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  •  It is a bit deceptive (1+ / 0-)
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    skohayes

    The measure is more about state income levels. Those states which have higher average income levels (mostly blue states), pay more taxes because they have more taxable income.

    •  Of Course (7+ / 0-)

      You are of course right on that point.  All I'm asking is that those who are the recipients of federal largesse simply acknowledge it.

      Consider, for example, Sarah Palin's farewell speech:

      "We can resist enslavement to big central government that crushes hope and opportunity. Be wary of accepting government largesse; it doesn't come free. And often, accepting it takes away everything that is free. Melting into Washington's powerful, care-taking arms will just suck incentive to work hard and chart our own course right out of us. And that not only contributes to an unstable economy and dizzying national debt, but it does make us less free.

      I resisted the stimulus package and we have championed earmark reform, slashing earmark requests by 85% to break the cycle of dependency on a stifling, unsustainable federal agenda. And other states should follow this for their and America's stability. We don't have to feel that we have to beg an allowance from Washington, except to beg the allowance to be self-deterrmined."

      •  They rarely acknowledge it (2+ / 0-)
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        skohayes, Pris from LA

        And when they do, they usually act ungrateful for the help. But in terms of the whole issue of federal spending distribution by state, this is a much more complicated issue than some people are making it out to be. It's not as simple as saying "blue states subsidize red states". If you look at TOTAL federal spending by state, it's mostly distributed by population, with a few exceptions for very small states with large military bases or other large federal projects. The reason blue states get less back than they pay in is because their average income levels are higher.

      •  Is this profound stupidity or lying hypocrisy? (0+ / 0-)

        When someone like this can rise to celebrity you have to wonder.

        hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

        by Stuart Heady on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 01:36:45 AM PST

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