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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:41 PM

"The Confederacy of Takers" - Dana Milbank takes a wrecking ball to the "secession movement."

The Confederacy of Takers
Dana Milbank
The Washington Post

President Obama’s opponents have unwittingly come up with a brilliant plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” They want to secede from the union. If Obama were serious about being a good steward of the nation’s finances, he’d let them.

(snip)

Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes. The balance is the opposite in blue states. The secession petitions, therefore, give the opportunity to create what would be, in a fiscal sense, a far more perfect union.

Among those states with large numbers of petitioners asking out: Louisiana (more than 28,000 signatures at midday Tuesday), which gets about $1.45 in federal largess for every $1 it pays in taxes; Alabama (more than 20,000 signatures), which takes $1.71 for every $1 it puts in; South Carolina (26,000), which takes $1.38 for its dollar; and Missouri (22,000), which takes $1.29 for its dollar.

(snip)

Depending on how aggressive a fiscal hawk he wishes to be, Obama could also try to offload onto the Confederacy of the Takers North and South Dakota and Montana ($1.73, $1.49 and $1.58 in benefits, respectively), but this would probably only work if Canada agreed to allow overflight rights for American aircraft to reach the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon and California (88 cents, 97 cents and 79 cents on their tax dollars, respectively).

It goes on, it gets better, read it all: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-confederacy-of-takers/2012/11/13/d8adc7ee-2dd4-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_story.html?hpid=z2

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Reply "The Confederacy of Takers" - Dana Milbank takes a wrecking ball to the "secession movement." (Original post)
WilliamPitt Nov 2012 OP
The Roux Comes First Nov 2012 #1
calimary Nov 2012 #2
JoeyT Nov 2012 #3
libertypirate Nov 2012 #4
pipewrench Nov 2012 #5
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #6

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:46 AM

1. Couldn't This Also Work in a "Budget-Balancing" Mode? -

Time to trim about 30% of the amount doled out to the slackers and self-appointed would-be victims in Louisiana (though I'm sure we could find a way to make the cuts in big-farm and corporate subsidies and such rather than aid to the poor).

Ka-ching!

Alabama obviously should be getting along w/o 40% or so of the gravy train we have had them on.

Ka-ching!

And so forth.

Pretty soon we could be talking big bucks.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:52 AM

2. Wow, if that's not Sore Loserman on steroids, I don't know what is.

If it were us (as it was in 2000 AND 2004), they'd be sneering and barking at us to "get over it!" They might do well to consider taking their own advice.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:23 AM

3. Better yet,

put forth a law stating no state can get more in federal funds than it pays in federal taxes. Point out how rapidly this would bring down the deficit. Watch as the Republicans scream bloody murder.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:30 AM

4. Your edit makes milk-toast out to be somewhat favorable decent human

I read the source this dude is going to die sucking up to the a$$ of the nearest fraternal brotherhood of hidden horseshit. Dana when you die some kid is going to piss his initials on your grave stone and take a huge dump about 6 feet 8 inches above your head.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:39 AM

5. love the comments

people are delusional.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:06 PM

6. But I bet if you did a poll

they see liberal blue states as being moochers

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