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Citing Budget Deficit, Philadelphia Closes 23 Schools But Spends Historic Sum On New Prison

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Austerity, budget cuts, Philadelphia, Prisons, school closings )

- 2206 days ago -
While officials blamed the decision on a $304 million debt, others are questioning the state's decision to simultaneously spend hundreds of millions on corporate tax breaks and a new prison.


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Past Member (0)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 9:44 pm
The expansion of the police state profits the corporate elites at the expense of everyone else.

Paul G (126)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 10:13 pm
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!"


"The more it changes, the more it stays the same!"


Lisa Layton (1)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 11:02 pm
no schools + no education? will need the prison to employ all that slave labor for private industry

Judy C (91)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 2:09 am
Thanks for your comments, everyone. The for-profit prisons will certainly benefit from this. It's disgusting.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 6:43 am

As Americans we long had a mutual understanding of what was in the best interest of ourselves and the country. The structure of the American dream was that we knew that each of us could improve our lives and the lives of our children through education. That began to change, even erode in the 1980's when this country began the process of rolling back the shared responsibilities for our society and the greater focus was about tax decreases for the wealthy and corporations. We now can clearly see the results of this handiwork. Greed comes first, social responsibility lagging in last place.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 6:45 am
Just Great - we're already number one in most incarcerated citizens. Now we can work towards being the dumbest country with the most incarcerated citizens.

Joanne D (37)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 8:25 am
Yes, they did get one thing right - if they cut back on schools more prisons will definitely be needed. They don't like the cost of education, but they seem to be fine with the cost of ignorance.

Alice C (1797)
Monday June 10, 2013, 2:49 am
Completely bass ackwards !

Robert K (31)
Monday June 10, 2013, 5:51 am
Spending the money on good quality teachers and schools would make more prisons unnecessary. As usual, politicians get it utterly wrong.

Bunch of buffoons.

Robert K (31)
Monday June 10, 2013, 5:56 am
It should be illegal to give money or loopholes for any business em[ploying more than 50 people. Only truly small businesses should get government help.

Additionally, it should also be illegal to privatize any legitimate government function and all prrevious privatizations should be negated. And energy companies should be run by the government on a non prfit basis.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 2:41 pm
I agree with all your comments, everyone. I just hate the disrespect for education and for teachers that is exhibited when neighborhood schools are demolished, Learning is impoverished by reducing it to performance on a standardized test.
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