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New York is least happiest state in America
examiner.com/ ^ | Dec 18,2009

Posted on 12/19/2009 12:15:53 AM PST by NoLibZone

Do you live in the happiest state in America? Well if you live in New York, you're in the least happy state according to the Huffington Post article. The top thing on the list that made the Empire State the least happy was the government. One resident described the government as “…corrupt, self-dealing and too quick to increase taxes.”

It is no secret that New York has had a troubled government for sometime now. Constantly cutting well needed programs for children and the elderly. Not being able to pass a budget in a timely fashion or one that works for that matter. The lack of governmental leadership that this state has is causing a lot of issues that runs right down to the county level.

Just recently it was announced that an area nursing home, Waterfront Health Care Center might be closing mainly due to the Medicaid cut backs that have happened year after year. This might be the fate of other local nursing home whose population is largely Medicaid. Where are these people supposed to go? If you keep closing these nursing homes it is just going to over crowd other ones which will put a strain on the staff that can cause other serious concerns. Not to mentions people who will be out of a job.

As someone who works in a nursing home setting, it is extremely sad to know that those who can not take care and speak for themselves are being forgotten.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bluestate; dnc; happiness; liberals; newyork

1 posted on 12/19/2009 12:15:54 AM PST by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Most Liberal states are the least happiest. They complain about the very Government they keep electing...Democrats.

This story contradicts itself. Says the NY government is to quick to raise taxes, but then blames the government for reducing services for children and seniors.

There is no hope for these states!!!!


2 posted on 12/19/2009 12:23:11 AM PST by neverbluffer (But,)
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To: NoLibZone

Grammar police siren: should be “least happy state.” This is what happens when they let anyone write for their “paper.”


3 posted on 12/19/2009 12:24:38 AM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: malkee

The entire thing is poorly written.


4 posted on 12/19/2009 12:29:05 AM PST by ruination
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To: NoLibZone

Self inflicted misery at its best.My tagline applies.


5 posted on 12/19/2009 12:30:05 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: malkee
Grammar police siren: should be “least happy state.” This is what happens when they let anyone write for their “paper.”

Very true. I think that one could even argue for calling New York the "unhappiest state."

Regards,

6 posted on 12/19/2009 12:31:05 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: NoLibZone

It’s amazing how libs twist things around. The people feel the government is oppressive with self serving corruption and heavy taxes, yet this article declares the people are unhappy because the government lacks programs and cuts back on services — a huge disconnect.

I live in one of the happiest states (Florida). Along with our sunshine and warm weather, we have no income tax. The taxes we do have can feel oppressive, but cut backs don’t cause us to feel sad, and the tax rebates make us happier. I know they will probably have to cut out the tax holidays, but our constitution and republican state house and senate keep them from running amok with taxes so I’m looking forward to even more happy days — forclosures and all.


7 posted on 12/19/2009 12:32:10 AM PST by Waryone (II Chronicles 7:14)
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To: malkee
I think that should get the coveted “Most Worstest Award”.
8 posted on 12/19/2009 12:32:57 AM PST by stormer
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To: ruination
"Constantly cutting well needed programs for children and the elderly."

This poor girl is probably a college graduate and fancies herself a journalist. When I taught college English, one of the first things I had to teach students was how to recognize what is and what is not a sentence.
9 posted on 12/19/2009 12:37:02 AM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: ruination
Sure enough.

"Alexcia is a recent graduate of S.U.N.Y at Buffalo with a degree in Social Gerontology"
10 posted on 12/19/2009 12:45:02 AM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: NoLibZone

How can that be. They have the most liberal (insane) (deranged) political leadership in the country.

At least some NJ counties have sane counties. NY, none!

Even CA has a few pockets of sanity.


11 posted on 12/19/2009 12:49:32 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: malkee

The ratio of bad to acceptable sentences in the article is about 3:2. I didn’t think SUNY Buffalo was that bad of a school.


12 posted on 12/19/2009 1:01:47 AM PST by ruination
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To: Carley

“At least some NJ counties have sane counties. NY, none!”

You know little about NY.

There are a number of “sane counties” and many sane people.

We are outnumbered by the tremendous population density of NYC and the surrounding downstate area.

Most of the state is a long way from NYC.

Look at a map sometime.


13 posted on 12/19/2009 1:28:07 AM PST by Nik Naym (Palin. Got that? Palin. <---Right there is your answer!)
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To: alexander_busek
Very true. I think that one could even argue for calling New York the "unhappiest state."

New York is the Septic Tank State and New Jersey the Leech Field State.

14 posted on 12/19/2009 1:40:30 AM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: NoLibZone

So, NY’s are the unhappiest in all 50 States because of what they call a tax raising and corrupt State government, yet keep electing the same people time after time.

Here is the definition of insanity:

“Doing the same thing over an over again and expecting a different result each time”

Do we need any further proof that ignorance of Democrats is at the cellular level and more probably baked into their genes at this point.


15 posted on 12/19/2009 2:31:18 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: neverbluffer
“One resident described the government as “…corrupt, self-dealing and too quick to increase taxes.”

To all you liberal Dems in NY, NJ. Stay there! We don't want or need your liberal votes anywhere else. YOU made the problems in your states, YOU fix it!

16 posted on 12/19/2009 2:42:11 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: NoLibZone
This might be the fate of other local nursing home whose population is largely Medicaid. Where are these people supposed to go?

Well, there is some room in the House and Senate, right next to Bobby Byrd and ... If they run out of places there, just put the old-timers on the payroll as staffers. The results would probably be the same, even though the legislation would still smell like poo.

17 posted on 12/19/2009 2:57:25 AM PST by Bernard (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Government)
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To: NoLibZone

I knew this 24 years ago , when I left .


18 posted on 12/19/2009 3:35:51 AM PST by sushiman
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To: NoLibZone

As a resident in the “least happy State” and a worker in a Medicaid funded Not for Profit organization, I can honestly say that the crisis with Medicaid was a long time in the making. Back in the late ‘80s, Medicaid began shovelling huge amounts of money into social programs that supported the closing of large institutional type programs and the opening of smaller, but far more numerous ones. Money was being poured into finding group homes in affluent neighborhoods that were incredibly expensive and paid for with the Medicaid dime. Of course, the gravy train had to end sometime, and that time is now. NYS is a beautiful state but I am wondering if I should begin to think of moving.


19 posted on 12/19/2009 4:44:22 AM PST by sueuprising
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To: Nik Naym

Like the people in #23 and the people who elected Gillibrand? Give me a break. I do read about the NY State legislature when I need a good laugh, that is.

So I know enough about NY, more than I ever wanted to know.

You have my deepest sympathy.


20 posted on 12/19/2009 4:51:00 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: NoLibZone
I'm not surprised. Liberals are miserable people, who want everyone to be as miserable as they are.
21 posted on 12/19/2009 5:03:12 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: ruination

It probably isn’t. But you would be surprised at what passes for acceptable grammar on college campuses. Only the better—read “private” schools reject writers like these. And not all private schools reject them, either.


22 posted on 12/19/2009 5:39:36 AM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: 1776 Reborn

Before you condemn the entire state of NY for being liberal you might want to check out where your state ranks in donations to FR.

https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/scoreboard

Yes, we do complain about our state government and yes there are many liberals here (mostly in NYC). It’s the “New York Way” to be complaining about something and can be quite comical most of the time. Upstate NY’s problems originate from the vast amounts of liberals in the big shitty.

We have contemplated moving out but when we look at our taxes (school and property combined <$1000 @ year) we rethink. This discussion usually happens every winter when the temperature is 4 degrees or during a blizzard. We own (outright) 7 acres of land covered with Sugar Maples, a year round creek with waterfalls, a house as well as a cabin 3 other outbuildings surrounded by 1700 acres of timbered forest. I can shoot turkeys from my bedroom window and we have a hard time keeping the deer out of our gardens. Wildlife is abundant and the hunting and trapping is great here but the fishing sucks (by my standards). The people are friendly and always willing to help their neighbors when in need. We might have three cars go by our house today.

What I am trying to say is that we ‘upstaters’ are not really that unhappy. Our county is flat out broke. We fix our own potholes and trim trees without waiting for the county or town to do it. If we see a street sign leaning, we straighten it up. If a neighbors cows are loose, we stop and help without being prompted to do so. During blizzards, we plow our own roads when the town crew is running behind. If or when the SHTF, I can think of no better place to be than right here. Our county has one of the highest populations of CCW permit holders. Everyone I know has a closet full of weapons and knows how to use them.

The county board wanted to cut the funding back for the Sheriff’s office and a public meeting was called. 500 people stood in the cold to get into the meeting to voice their opinions. The result.....we won, no cutbacks.

I guess what I am trying to say is that you should not paint the state with such a broad brush. Don’t worry about the liberals moving out of here and into your neighborhood. They like it here because of the many social programs that have broken this beautiful state. It would most likely be a strong Conservative that would be relocating to your area and they should be welcomed with open arms.

I must admit that our preconceived notion about NYS was much the same as yours before we actually came here 20 years ago. We thought that the state would be overpopulated with roving gangs of carjackers and murderers, muggers, home invaders and the like. Not so.

Also, please note that this survey was conducted by the CDC. The same agency that declared H1N1 a worldwide pandemic and predicted that half the world will die from the flu this year.

Hopefully you will have a chance to meet a NY’er someday soon. Take some time and talk to them and you will most likely find that they believe in the same values as you....and they’re probably packing heat.

Welcome to Free Republic.


23 posted on 12/19/2009 6:23:00 AM PST by panaxanax (It's time to start plucking the chickens and boiling the tar.)
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To: panaxanax
Our criticism of New Yorkers is when they move to the South and they continue to vote Democratic. Republicans are always welcome but that isn’t what we usually get. They have turned too many of these traditionally conservative states in to toss up states or worse.
24 posted on 12/19/2009 7:03:42 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: 1776 Reborn

Our goal as Conservative NY State voters is to dump all the liberals we can into your state. Get ‘em the hell out of here so we can live here as we wish. Then they would be your problem and up to you to....”Fix it”.

I understand your concerns about libs moving into your area and gaining a majority of votes. We have the same problem here with the NY City people moving up and telling us what to do. They bring their ways with them and expect us to live by city standards. Believe me, they are quickly shut down and frozen out.

What state do you live in that does not have graft & corruption in the government? If your state did not score as high as NY did on the donation chart wouldn’t that make NY more conservative than yours. Just asking.


25 posted on 12/19/2009 9:21:09 AM PST by panaxanax (It's time to start plucking the chickens and boiling the tar.)
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To: panaxanax

I’m watched the national election results for the various states since I was a little kid. Are you really trying to make the case that NY is more conservative than than ANY other state in the country because of the conservative donations you see to FR? I wish you were right but that is beyond belief.


26 posted on 12/19/2009 10:07:18 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: NoLibZone

btt


27 posted on 12/19/2009 11:35:33 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: NoLibZone

NYC Bump


28 posted on 12/19/2009 1:57:27 PM PST by NoLibZone (If Reagan rises & runs I'll vote. Pure Conservative¬ô know it's better to have Obama, Ayers & Soros.)
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To: 1776 Reborn

Let me guess. Your state must have scored way down on the list, right?


29 posted on 12/19/2009 1:58:11 PM PST by panaxanax (It's time to start plucking the chickens and boiling the tar.)
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To: NoLibZone

New York is the home of the most miserable folks in the Union? Who knew?


30 posted on 12/19/2009 2:00:42 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Carley

“...I know enough about NY, ...”

You don’t know crap.

You said:

“At least some NJ counties have sane counties. NY, none!”

You can’t back that up. There are many counties in NY where a lib doesn’t stand a chance. In my one little old county alone there are virtually No democrats elected to anything.

In many towns in my county the Democrats don’t even run any candidates for offices because they are so outnumbered they gave up. That’s right- there are places in NY where the Democrats don’t even try to run because they CAN NOT win.

You claim there are no “sane counties” in NY. You don’t seem to grasp the fact that New York is NOT New York City. As I said, look at a map.

“...more than I ever wanted to know.””

At least you admit that you prefer ignorance.

YOU have MY sympathies not for where you live but because you choose to remain ignorant.


31 posted on 12/19/2009 2:12:23 PM PST by Nik Naym (Palin. Got that? Palin. <---Right there is your answer!)
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To: panaxanax
No actually it is in the top third, as are most of the largest liberal states so I fail to see any correlation.
32 posted on 12/19/2009 2:13:49 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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