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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:53 AM

2. Power And Government Revenue Direction

The Legislative Branch (of any form of government) holds the power of the purse. They direct where government-collected taxes go. You hold that power then you can direct government-revenue flow either to your "friends" or conversely restrict it to your enemies. The last administration laid this bare. Threatening to withhold money from "uncooperative" entities (cities) and restructuring federal tax collections to limit state tax deductions (blue states tend to have higher taxes because their electorate generally demands more government services) are examples of wielding this power on the Federal level.

Densely populated areas tend to have more economic transactions than sparsely populated areas. Since tax collection is generally predicated on economic activity, it follows that the higher population density leads to higher tax revenue generation. It's been established that Democratic controlled areas generate almost 50% more tax revenue than Republican areas (Democratic controlled areas tend to be located in higher population density areas either urban or suburban areas). So controlling legislature bodies in effect allow Republicans to transfer tax revenue from Democratic areas to Republican controlled areas.

If Democrats do not take legislative steps to remedy this revenue switching scheme Republicans have been doing for years, then we deserve our fate. To be honest, I don't care what Republicans do to their own constituents but I'm tired of having my taxes diverted to enhance rural road and other infrastructure systems that I don't generally use. Or restricting investments in our public and higher education systems. This situation is only apt to get worse as our infrastructure becomes more outdated and traditional revenue streams become less effective as society habits evolve and change.

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