Just a broad question that struck me recently.
I know many people have ideological issues with the US in many areas but equally many people have ideological issues with the EU and even closer to home, with the current government.
Leaving them to one side - from a day to day perspective, would the Irish people be better off as the 51st state of the US than we are as a country within the EU?
Taxation wise - probably not hugely different. As a State we would operate our own budget anyway.
Policy wise - the US gives a lot of freedom to States to effect their own social policies, albeit with some overarching ones (abortion, gun control etc).
Employment - massive opportunity for Irish to travel and work in the US but more importantly as the entry point for US into Europe we would be a prime hub for US companies with EU customers.
Education - no massive change albeit a liklihood that there would be more transfers between US and Irish education facilities.
Health - the system can't get any worse - healthcare costs in the US are very high but I would think that State controls could be used to manage that risk and prevent spill over - the geographical distance would tend to prevent cost migration across State lines
Politics - all the focus would be on State politics - the national element would be gone. But how much of a real loss would that be ?
Statehood - gone. Again from a day to day perspective, would that make much of a difference?
Social identity - the US is far from Homogenous - individual States are just that so maintaining a sense of Irish-ness wouldn't be a major problem (we'd probably get federal assistance !!)
Yes - it's somewhat tongue in cheek but only somewhat. At many (non-idealogical) levels I reckon the current and future generations could actually benefit from our being positioned as a US State.
Any views in P.ie world?