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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:59 PM

Milbank: Deficit-Hawk Seceding States are the Taker States

The Confederacy of Takers

By Dana Milbank, Published: November 13

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.
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And so a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for. It would be excellent financial news for those of us left behind if Obama were to grant a number of the rebel states their wish “to withdraw from the United States and create own NEW government” (the petitions emphasize “new” by capitalizing it).

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.


What would be left is a Confederacy of Takers, including relatively poor states such as Alaska, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. One of the few would-be Confederacy members that pays more than it receives is Texas, which because of oil money is roughly break-even at 94 cents of benefits for its tax dollar. (The statistics, from an analysis of tax and revenue data by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, were published in 2006, but the broad pattern doesn’t vary much over time.)

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Yet would-be rebels from the red states should keep in mind during the coming budget battle that those who are most ardent about cutting government spending tend to come from parts of the country that most rely on it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-confederacy-of-takers/2012/11/13/d8adc7ee-2dd4-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_story.html

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ErikJ Nov 2012 OP
Blue4Texas Nov 2012 #1
Wellstone ruled Nov 2012 #2
ErikJ Nov 2012 #3
and-justice-for-all Nov 2012 #4
ErikJ Nov 2012 #5

Response to ErikJ (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:09 PM

1. The 47%

In 8 red out of 10 states

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Response to ErikJ (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:26 PM

2. Dana has been reading DU,

you found out that a ton of folks don't trust your work..

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:03 PM

3. What do you mean by that? He's Progressive.

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Response to ErikJ (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:10 PM

4. They would have to pay off their part of the debt first...

"Yet would-be rebels from the red states should keep in mind during the coming budget battle that those who are most ardent about cutting government spending tend to come from parts of the country that most rely on it." YUP!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:15 PM

5. 4 comments? At WaPo this Oped has about 8000 comments!!

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