Originally posted by spyder550The United States would be far better of with fewer red states - they do generally burn more federal money
than they contribute.
If this were true in any way the Federal Government would be not only welcoming the idea of secession but they’d be falling all over themselves to
kick these States out of the Union.
All those statistics to which you refer count any and all individual income from federal employment and any/all federal money spent in the operation
of federal institutions such as military bases, ports as tax dollars received.
So if the federal government pays a GS 12 who works at Fort Hood 75K a year and he/she pays 20% federal income tax the numbers will certainly show a
skewed ratio of tax dollars spent vs. received. The preponderance of military bases, ports and other major military installations happen to be in red
States – why you ask? Because, it is simply cheaper there all expenditures to the federal government are simply less costly in a red State because
of that. Big daddy Fed benefits from the red State relationship more than the skewed statistics show.
Also not figured into this is how much the States are in debt. Three blue States - IL, CA and NY carry a deficit almost larger than most of the red
However, it is the case that these red States feed the mass of idiocy that is the urban centers - the blue States in the US alone would eat themselves
out of hearth and home in about 1 year.
Entitlements are nice and all but one must eat and last I checked pavement is a poor medium for pasture and crop land.
If one looks county by county at the US you will see that not many if any of the States are blue at all. Rather the US is a sea of red with islands
of blue in the urban centers whose populations happen to dominate the State and the Nations politics.
edit on 12/1/2013 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)