Sunday, November 20, 2016

The 10 States Most Dependent on the Federal Government (Hint: California Isn't One Of Them)


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
Individuals in each city, county and state are free to elect their own representatives, whether to local governmental bodies or federal ones. In this way, we are all able to get a glimpse into how competing ideologies or methodologies for governance work for different groups of people in different situations, and cherry pick from a variety of different perspectives.

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
#CalExit: The California Secession Movement is real, and could work (Mashable link): As is the case in so many other parts of America, thousands of California residents are protesting the 2016 election results. The difference? Their frustration has swelled into support for perhaps the ultimate solution to the Golden State's strong distaste for president-elect Donald Trump—secession.

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.

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33 comments:

  1. I know I'm uninformed. That being said, what does the "world's 6th largest economy" mean, exactly? If California decides it wants to secede from the Union and still maintain sanctuary cities and all the other things it offers, how can it sustain itself? Would it become a sovereign country with all that entails? Or a Protectorate still beholden to the Union? I always hear how many companies are leaving the state because of the taxes and rules and regulations. How is this helpful? If we become a sovereign country how do we protect ourselves? How would a polyglot society of many different cultures and beliefs have unity? How would citizens support these needs? Higher taxes? o many questions to something that appears so reactive. Would we adopt a new Constitution? How would we go from state to state? What sanctions would the Union place on us? What options would people have who disagree and have vested interests in California? Would we just have to sell and move out? How do you handle the many foreign owned usinesses? Any info would be helpful.

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    1. Don't worry, it will never happen

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    2. More likely the "Challenged states" will try to join California.

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    3. might want to first figure out water supply problem

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  2. California Overtakes France to Become Sixth-Largest Economy
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-14/california-overtakes-france-to-become-sixth-largest-economy

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  3. So the red states live off our tax money, and in return they give us Donald Trump? That's gratitude for you. Somehow I do not think we are getting our moneys worth.

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    1. They need to secede from their Stockholm Syndrome.

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    2. I read recently that the states with the worst education and health rates were the greatest Trump supporters

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    3. Kind of sad. They just voted themselves out of their SSI. They have no idea how much Team Trump hates their guts.

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    4. Biting the hand that feeds them.

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  4. Just like the minorities here the stupid white people in the fly over states need our help.

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  5. Why Red Staters hate California
    1) We're much better looking
    2) You can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon
    3) People here make more money than they do
    4) The economy is not dependent on Home Depot jobs
    5) They live off of us, which makes them feel bad

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    1. 6) the TV shows Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo were canceled by California based executives.

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    2. I live in a canyon fixer-upper. My second home is Home Depot

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    3. Anything you need help with, sir?

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    4. I dunno, I see some ugly rednecks in Lancaster

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    5. Has anyone looked around Sierra Madre lately??? The worst looking collection of people in California for sure. A transplant friend of mine gripes about it almost daily and resents his wife bringing him here. The Mod has really changed his tune in recent years, a big disappointment and why myself and others almost never visit this site any longer.

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    6. You're not looking too good yourself. Have you tried fish oil?

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  6. Divide and Conquer. Could it be that is what America's enemy is doing. We are going through some troubling times right now. With all the hate groups "KKK" feeling free to come out and openly call others names and talk of killing them is and has been unacceptable in America. Beware, ANYONE who talks of killing others is not a christian. A formed government designed to protect it's people from harm of invaders is different than hate groups forming to riot and kill. Trump mentality is not a cure no more than tax me more is. There is much to talk about and consider before it is to late.

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    1. it is too late, time has come and gone. We're smart enough to get ourselves this far but not smart enough to figure out how to sustain life in a manageable acceptable way. Hawking is right, although 1,000 years may be too generous. Population reduction is the only only only solution. Period. THen everything else has a chance to fall into place to allow for sustainable life to exist. Those that think we can just keep growing and consuming are the reason we're on the decline. Period.

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    2. Speak for yourself,hopefully you haven't reproduced. I'm glad you're so enlightened tho......

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    3. I am your father, Luke ...

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    4. What was the 'Period' for?

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  7. Tired of these red state whiners always looking for the government to give them jobs

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    1. They can mow the lawns of all the retired Californians moving into their cheap ass state.

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  8. We may need to parse out New Mexico from that list. Wouldn't he large number of citizens pushing up dependence on the Federal Government for their sustinance be First Nation Americas who are under long-standing federal subsidy programs?

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  9. No it would be yes and not until maybe yesterday in the future.

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  10. Hillary Clinton's Popular Vote Lead Over Donald Trump Now Exceeds 1.5 Million Votes
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/72c3a1bf-b5ab-3d9f-9044-aede585535ba/clinton%26%2339%3Bs-popular-vote.html

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    1. Sure, with Dem voter fraud in full effect. Remember the Coleman/Franken election in Minnesota? Perfect example of how the Democrats conduct themselves in elections. Atrociously with no hint of integrity.

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  11. We can see the riots were having now, can you imagine what would have happened if Trump had lost.

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  12. Trumptards now trying to boycott a musical that's already sold out for years and which they never would/ could have paid to see.

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  13. Trump was right - the election was rigged

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