Friday, December 18, 2009

Unhappy Connecticut

A recent study measuring the happiness levels of residents in each U.S. State and Washington D.C. placed Connecticut at the bottom at number 50, outdone only by New York.

Who knew it was so bad? Well, anyone who lives here. However, it would appear that the analysis was extremely superficial and the findings suspect. Finds Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in England regarding the states at the bottom of the list: "Many people think these states would be marvelous places to live in. The problem is that if too many individuals think that way, they move into those states, and the resulting congestion and house prices make it a non-fulfilling prophecy."

One would have to take issue with that. Connecticut has lost population, roughly to the tune of over 240,000 people in the last ten to fifteen years. We lost a Congressional seat during the last redistricting effort.

Naturally, the reason for statewide unhappiness couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that our legislature and leaders in government tax the stuffing out of us, have terrible economic policies that punish success and drive businesses and jobs out of the state.

I mean, I thought the Democrats that run our legislature were passing all these great bills like making sure I can take a dump in a J. Crew store if I have a note from my doctor that says my ass acts up, or preventing children from having to dissect animals in school. Weren't these supposed to make our lives better?

Note to the General Assembly: you're so incompetent and ineffective you are making your constituents clinically depressed. The collective resignation of about 100 of you would probably put a spike in our happiness numbers.

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