Please read an essay there by Daniel Winslow and the other three [may be more by now} and the “Budget Brief”.
In my opinion, as per earlier posts of mine, the budget imbalance could be solved by changing the focus of government to heal social problems, not punish the poor.
1. http://bluemassgroup.com/s… I am in and out of those poor homes – and take issue with the idea touted by Daniel Winslow that a so-called “lifestyle analysis” – would lead to billions in savings – almost none of these people have cars, and if they have cell phones, they are prepaid blood suckers and there is no land line because they cannot get one.
2. http://bluemassgroup.com/s… The real budget buster is the incarceration mentality. It is $45,000 a year plus for every incarcerated adult felon in the State system. At the same time, 90,000 jobs requriring a community college degree go unfilled depriving the state of taxpayers and consumers. Answer is education not incarceration.
3. Much of the so called “underground economy” results from illegal immigration. But much of illegal immigration results from the impact of NAFTA, such as the destruction of a million Mexican farmer’s livelihoods, and – well here is the detail:
The solution to the structural budget deficit is to change the focus of government from social eugenics that spends enormous sums to punish the poor, to management of social problems that seeks to extinguish problems, not punish and blame. Both the immensely swollen DSS budget and the prison industry thrive on elitism, social eugenics, and produce nothing but costs.
Deb Sirotkin Butler