Why America is Failing – ‘The Confederacy of Takers’
Most us us know we are all in this together. It’s really not even a matter of being patriotic.
It’s a matter of being a human being.
But some and a growing number in our extreme partisian politics of today harken back to the ‘good old days’, survival of the fittest, their ‘special knowledge’ of the Constitution.
‘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’.
‘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’.
‘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’.
‘But once the handout states left the union (and took with them a proportionate share of the federal debt), the rest of the country could enjoy lower taxes and the high level of government service typical of the Northeast, the Great Lakes and the West Coast’.
‘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’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-confederacy-of-takers/2012/11/13/d8adc7ee-2dd4-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_story.html?