I live in New Jersey, a solid Gore state. We get $0.67 to $0.69 cents back for every dollar we send to Washington. The same is true for Connecticut, Lieberman's home state. Where does all that money go? You might want to take a look at some of those states that voted for Bush. Think military bases, farm subsidies, and federal pork barrel spending.
Who published these numbers. The assumptions underlying the conclusion are by necessity complex and arguable. For instance, farm subsidies benefit any one who eats food.
Well I'd like to see the detailed math. The US Army is not the same as block grants for welfare is not the same as the Los Alamos labs is not the same as building nuclear submarines is not the same as having lots of retired people collecting social security. One only has to live in a place like NY to know that huge numbers of unproductive citizens are living off the fat of the land. I don't think you can say this about places like Wyoming. So before I give any weight to supposed "69c out of every $1" I'd like to see (and contemplate) the breakdown.
Where does all that money go? You might want to take a look at some of those states that voted for Bush. Think military bases, farm subsidies, and federal pork barrel spending.
I'd be curious as to the demographics. Most of Federal spending is for 'entitlements', including Social Security. Many retirees head for these 'red' states because the cost of living is cheaper. I've no idea how many do this, though; if it's a significant percentage.
posted on 10/31/2003 2:59:35 PM PST
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