Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cognitive dissonance

"Support for Republican candidates, who generally promise to cut government spending, has increased since 1980 in states where the federal government spends more than it collects. The greater the dependence, the greater the support for Republican candidates.
Conversely, states that pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits tend to support Democratic candidates."

The above is taken from an article in Sunday's New York Times, Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It.

How do you explain this phenomenon?  The following graphs only further add to my curiosity.  Here in Wisconsin, the vast majority of jobs that will be created by 2018 will require absolutely no education.  And workers cannot support their families on these jobs.  In fact, if you look at the last two slides in this post, you will see the dramatic increase in poverty in the  state over the last six years, as well-paying manufacturing jobs continue to disappear from the state.  Twenty-three years ago, Minnesota and Wisconsin had roughly the same per capita income.  No more.  Today, Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota.  Today, the gap is over $4,000 and continues to grow.

2018 Wisconsin Job Openings by Education

Poverty in Wisconsin has risen dramatically in the last five years.  As you look at these maps,  white counties have the lowest poverty rates, degrees of pink indicate increasing levels of poverty, deep red  indicates counties with highest poverty rates.

What are the implications of this for our schools and our children?

I often wonder, where is the leadership to take on this problem?  Perhaps the answer can be found in the quote from the NYT article.  

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