Mod: Alt-knuckleheads like to claim that California is some sort of dysfunctional locale that would rapidly sink into the ocean if it wasn't for the generosity of such places as, say, Kansas. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. California is the 6th largest economy on the face of the earth (link), and those parasitic wastelands known as the "Red States" would dry up and blow away if it wasn't for all of the Federal taxes we pay here. Talk about a Marxist redistribution of wealth, we really are supporting a loafer class of empty and unproductive states. The website CultureCheatSheet, with the assistance of WalletHub, has done a survey of the worst offending states, and the following is what they have uncovered.
10 States Most Dependent on the Federal Government (CultureCheatSheet link): Self-sufficiency is an American ideal, and one that many people take great care to achieve, and pride in attaining. It isn’t easy, though, and there are many factors at play. It’s not simply a calculation of who has the most money or best skill set — although that plays a part in it. Resources simply aren’t always distributed equally. And even if you look at which states themselves are the richest or poorest, you’re not getting a complete picture.
The true genius of America’s political organization lies partially within the way the states and the federal government form a cohesive bond. Essentially, the states themselves act as individual laboratories, all separate and able to take self-direction and action, yet all tied together under a unified central government.
|Red State Welfare Rioters|
As a result, each state has a certain amount of natural competition with its counterparts. States compete with each other in order to attract businesses and investment dollars, for example, or to attract students to their universities. However, given the major demographic, economic, political, and geographical differences between different states, some carry unique burdens while others have unique advantages. Border states, for example, are much more concerned with immigration policies than central states are, and Gulf Coast states are much more concerned with the health and viability of the Gulf of Mexico than those located in the northeast, who may be more concerned about political tensions with Europe and Canada.
Because of differences like these, as well as differences in policy and fiscal decisions, states depend on support from the federal government to vastly different degrees. WalletHub recently released its annual study looking at federal dependency and assumed the burden of digging into the data to find out definitively which states lean the most-heavily on Uncle Sam for support.
Mod: Here are the Top 10 tax scrounger states.
Mod: So how can we get these tax mooching bums off of our backs?
|We'll need to build a wall|
The idea of a #Calexit blew up on Twitter right after Trump's win. It started as a series of jokes—Tweets about the state's best-known exports, of sorts (from Apple devices to weed), along with maps and memes showing what an independent California would look like.
It wasn't long before a mere wave of social media output coalesced into something more. A group leading the movement toward state independence, Yes California, grew from some 1,500 members to around 12,000 after Trump's win, its president Louis Marinelli told Mashable.
It might sound like an extreme, reactive mode of thinking, but the reality is that every state has tried seceding at some point, mostly through petitions to the White House. But the probability of any kind of modern-day state secession actually happening is incredibly low. There's no set process for breaking away from the beloved union, as the part of the Constitution that explains how a state can join never explains how it can leave.
But: it's actually sort of, kind of, possible.
The Golden State's opposition to Trump has been made clear via the thousands who protested in the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles. The morning after election night, even some of the state's top lawmakers said they felt like a Trump presidency just didn't mesh with California values.
"Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California," California Senate President Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a joint statement. "We have never been more proud to be Californians."
They added that the state would continue being a "refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love."
Mod: The remainder of the two articles cited above can be read by clicking on the links provided.