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As Pennsylvania Prepares to Fail, Other States Are Not Far Behind 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/as-pennsylvania-prepares-to-fail-other-states-are-not-far-behind 

It's hard to imagine that Pennsylvania is preparing to become a failed state, but it is. Despite world-class universities, active industries, and a global economic footprint, the Commonwealth has decided to cut funding for students and place its bets on a growing prison population.

It's a shocking turn of affairs for a state that, on its own, would be the 20th largest economy in the world. But one need only look at a recent standoff between Governor Tom Corbett and the School District of Philadelphia to get a sense of how deeply a culture of failure has been ingrained in the state's governance...