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  •  And I regret that we (8+ / 0-)

    send them so much more in federal funds each year than they pay in.  In fact, sometimes I truly regret that we allowed them into the damned Union in the first place.  To all good, sensible Texans, you have my sympathy, but I'm more than a little weary of the rest of your state's folks.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:34:16 AM PDT

    •  Except you don't (6+ / 0-)
      send them so much more in federal funds each year than they pay in
      Texas is one of those few red states that is a net donor, contributing more than it receives.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:50:49 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry. I shouldn't A$$ume... (2+ / 0-)
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        because I know what that makes me...  ;-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 10:10:53 AM PDT

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      •  Meh, not recently. (4+ / 0-)
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        In fiscal 2009, the IRS collected about $163 billion from Texans and the state received about $224 billion, for a net gain of $61 billion. Federal spending in Texas also exceeded tax payments in 2008 by $8 billion. It was the other way around in 2006 and 2007, when tax payments by Texans exceeded federal spending by a total of about $47 billion.

        Eva DeLuna Castro, a budget analyst at Austin’s Center for Public Policy Priorities, which advocates for moderate- to low-income Texans, told us Texas started receiving more federal funds in the last decade because of an increase in military spending, tax cuts and tax credits and a modest growth in federal health spending — not to mention a spike in social services and aid every time a hurricane hit.

        "Texas is definitely getting back way more than people in Texas are paying in taxes," she said. "So do a lot of other states. Texas isn’t unique in that."

        In 2009, most states — there were 45, including Texas — received more than residents paid in taxes. Though no data is yet available, DeLuna Castro said Texas will again receive more than residents paid in taxes in 2010. But by 2011, when stimulus funds dry up, she speculated that Texas will revert to being a "donor state."

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        Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

        by Flyswatterbanjo on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:12:39 PM PDT

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