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  •  Well Oklahoma is not New Jersey (0+ / 0-)

    so I will say, that I am happy for you, but I cannot make decisions for my children and their future, based on your good fortune in another state.

    •  You can say that again! (0+ / 0-)

      In fact, I'll do it for you. Oklahoma is not New Jersey. Never was, never will be, and never imagined to be. NJ is one of the most beautiful and abundant states in the nation, great education and health care, and also, they pay for it.

      New Jersey residents pay the highest annual tax bill of any state - a median $6,579 per year, according to the Tax Foundation, which calculated the tally using data the U.S. Census Bureau released on Tuesday.

      Connecticut comes in second place ($4,738), followed by New Hampshire ($4,636) and New York ($3,755).

      Of course, the reason for high taxes vary. You don't want to feel too bad for New Hampshire, for example. They don't pay income or sales tax.

      "It comes down to two things," said Gerald Prante, senior economist with the Tax Foundation. "The demands for services placed on governments and the reliance on property taxes as opposed to other sources of revenue."

      Some local governments simply offer more services to taxpayers, spending more on schools, for exampe. Citizens demand services and must pay for them.

      I jump in to promote the notion of migration. It's amazing how beautiful and different each of the 50 states are - terrain, weather, culture, education, health, food, livelihoods, lifestyles....even life spans. The "better" a place is the more people live there and the more resources they generate and the better their lives.

      I never though of equality as an American trait, or virtue so much as a measure of birth right which is immediately limited by every possible post partum dimension we can conjure up. We are diversity squared, IMO. There's no real world equality between OK or NJ - just look at the weather! Hopefully we're all in a place we want to be though, warts and all.

      Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

      by kck on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:45:08 PM PDT

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