Welcome to Republican America

Are you fond of driving on roads that are paved and free of potholes, so that you’re not breaking the bank on new tires, rims, shocks, and struts for your car? Well, you’d better avoid the roads in South Dakota and Michigan, where paved roads in both states are being converted to gravel roads to save some bucks. South Dakota has transformed over 100 miles of asphalt road into gravel over the past year, and 38 out of the 83 counties in the state of Michigan have transformed at least some of their asphalt roads into gravel roads.

Do you value a quality education? If so, you shouldn’t send your kids to school in New Mexico or Idaho, where a number of school districts will be closed on Fridays or Mondays come September. After all, despite the fact that our kids lag behind kids in many other industrialized nations when it comes to education performance, the need to balance budgets outweighs the need to provide kids with a quality education.

Need a new heart, liver, kidney, or lung to stay alive? You’d better avoid the entire state of Arizona, where that state’s Republican elected officials have decided to stop paying for many types of organ transplants for people enrolled in its Medicaid program.

Looking for police protection? Don’t visit Alto, Texas, where that city has laid off its entire police force due to budget constraints.

Now maybe you’re thinking, “But Zach, I don’t mind driving on gravel roads, I think education is overrated, I’m perfectly healthy and I’m packing a concealed firearm, so I’m not really worried about crime, so why should I care about these cuts?”

To you I say, “Welcome to Republican America.”


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