No surprise there that the people that opposed it are now ready to claim it and tell everyone how they fought for that money to help them.
The government always gives away free things. How about the police, fire department, roads, education and other things. When have you scratched out a check for your kids every week to go to school (assuming you have any of course)? They don't come for free. The government also provides troops going all over the world to fight without funding it. Just saw an article that said Wisconsin's crisis could be solved if they brought 15 troops home. It's all in one's perspective I guess.
The situation is ugly because the state wants to balance their budgets, but if they cut services, the result will be worse. The costs for things like psychiatric hospitals ($500 a day) and prisons ($30,000+ a year), which is where a lot of people with mental illness will end up with no assistance, will cost much more than what they spend on them now. You can pay now or later when it will cost even more.
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