Monday, November 08, 2004Red States = Welfare Queens
At last, a tax reform movement that pissed-off blue-staters can really get behind.
If there's one thing Republicans hate (besides a liberal who actually fights back), it's folks who live off other people's hard-earned tax dollars. The general idea seems to be that nobody should ever get more money out of the system than they put in... it's just not right! Unless, of course, we're talking state allocations of federal funding, in which case taxing other people to pay for your interests is totally cool.
How about we have a little more fun with maps?
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Is this the 2000 electoral map? Nope. Is it the 2004 electoral map? Nope. This is a map of which states receive more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes (red states) vs. those which pay more than they receive (blue states).
You might notice a sort of general pattern.
Liberals, as it happens, don't have such a problem with this... okay, so red Mississippi gets nearly $2 for every dollar it contributes, while blue Massachusetts only gets $.75. There are people with real needs in Mississippi, and obviously they need the money more than needy people in "taxachusetts". Ahem.
But if "tax fairness" is what Republicans claim to want, I say, let 'em have it. Thus, I am formally voicing my support for the Tax Fairness Act of 2005.
Steve Gilliard points out the likely consquences with aplomb:
All we have to do is help the Republicans stomp the federal income tax into oblivion and then crank up our state's income tax to cover our social programs.|
So, let's teach them evolution first-hand, and let them starve. No more Blue State funds to Red States.