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  •  They do a great job of taking care of their own (6+ / 0-)

    except, as of 2005, they receive 1.36 for every dollar they send to the Federal government:  

    http://taxfoundation.org/...

    soooo....not.

    Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

    by AppleP on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:51:18 PM PDT

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    •  Sooo, not a valid comparison (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, Oh Mary Oh

      First, it's the law of small numbers - Oklahoma has only 1% of the US population. As a small state, small variances skew the numbers.

      A 2009 Census Bureau report ranked Oklahoma 26th among the states in per capita federal spending but 12th for retirement and disability payments and 11th in per capita federal payroll.

      About 10% of Oklahoma's population are veterans, compared to 7% overall USA. This and the military bases there explain much of the disparity in taxes paid versus federal spending received.

      Also, the "former Indian reservations in Oklahoma" give substantial tax benefits and business incentives to areas in Oklahoma that were formerly Indian reservations.

      So, taking out the military, veterans and Indian programs, they do in fact take care of their own.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:39:39 AM PDT

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      •  soooo... (0+ / 0-)

        excluding where they are not taking care of their own they are taking care of their own.

        Got ya.

        Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

        by AppleP on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:36:55 PM PDT

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