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my home state, Pennsylvania, fell to Hillary Clinton. Sorry guys, it looks like the anti-Doom, pro-Thompson censorship nut has taken another state. Here's to proof that the US government is becoming a nothing more than warring 'new rich' families. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. Okay, Clinton may not be the true definition of "new rich" but still. It's just a series of dynasties. It's kind of pissing me off.
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Dr. Zin said:
The suburbs have all the money because, generally, they manage it better. Really big urban areas tend to spend more than they have, and do things really inefficiently. For example, last fall the Chicago Transit Authority was going bankrupt. Chicago politicians refused to raise CTA fares (which would have solved the problem), and instead screamed at the state government to bail them out. They were even ready to have the CTA cut parts of operations as a way of threatening Springfield. IIRC Blagojevich bailed them out eventually with money the state didn't have.
Or perhaps the suburbs have all the money because the people who live there tend to make more of it? Many suburbanites commute into city limits to work high-salaried jobs, then return to their suburban communities and pay their taxes there.
It's true that there is a certain degree of mismanagement in most major cities, but you also have to consider that it's far more difficult to run a city of hundreds of thousands of people or more than it is to run a little suburban hamlet.