In 2011, one of the 50 United States adopted state-level single-payer health care. If that sounded like a bunch of gibberish to you, what that means is that the government of that state declared that health care is a non-negotiable human right, and that it is the state's duty to provide it to every single citizen. If that doesn't sound awesome to you, I can't help you.
In 2011, one of the 50 United States adopted a draconian emergency management law that allowed the Governor to unilaterally declare a state of financial emergency to exist in any city in that state, and immediately and without oversight suspend the powers of that state's duly elected officials and replace them with an "Emergency Financial Manager." This "Emergency Financial Manager"--who, again, was appointed without oversight by the Governor and the Governor alone--would then adopt all of the stripped powers of the city government. He would thus become the city government. If it isn't clear yet, what I'm saying is that this state decided that there are economic conditions under which democracy ought to be suspended. If that doesn't sound scary to you, I can't help you.
I mention this for two reasons.
1. To show that state governments can basically do whatever they want, as long as it doesn't involve abortion or same-sex marriage, and no one will even notice, no matter how sweeping it is, no matter how awesome or terrible it is. Seriously. It is entirely possible that plenty of people who have an above-average interest in politics have no idea that this happened.
2. To ask... can anyone correctly name these two states for me? If you can, I'll give you a cookie. Uh. A digital cookie. An imaginary cookie, mostly. Yeah.
5 years, 10 months ago
28 Nov 2012 00:58 CET