Monday, December 26, 2016

Welfare Hypocrisy: Red States Are The Real Freeloaders (Not California)

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Mod: You hear the term "fake news" being used a lot lately. It is kind of a silly term, and hardly a good replacement for what is far better usage, the word "propaganda." The propaganda in this case being that states like California are places where government handouts are the predominant form of economic enterprise, while red states are capitalist powerhouses that produce the wealth from which we here in the west freeload. As the following articles will show, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Welfare Hypocrisy: Red States Are The Real Freeloaders (Trofire.com link): For years the Republican Party has been telling us that the welfare system in America is helping to make people lazy and making them too dependent on the federal government. If this is true, then a new report has some horrible news to deliver to Republicans.

As it turns out, Red states are far more likely to depend on federal welfare than blue states, and they are also more likely to have a higher percentage of poor people in their states. A new report from the Tax Foundation shows that two of the most conservative states in AmericaLouisiana and Mississippi – rank in the top 3 recipients of federal handouts.

The report says that, of the revenue brought in by these states each year, with about 42% of Louisiana’s total state revenue coming from the federal government and almost 43% of Mississippi’s yearly revenue coming from the Feds. The remainder of that revenue is what the states bring in via taxes, commerce, and other sources of revenue and that’s not a reflection of the workers in the state, but a reflection of the failed conservative principles that govern these states.

Both Louisiana and Mississippi are run by backwards-thinking Republican governors who feel like it’s their job to cut benefits for the needy while at the same time handing out welfare to wealthy corporations. They have both also allowed the energy industry to operate with few limitations in their states, further reducing the health of the overall state.

Overall, the study shows that conservative states are far more likely to depend on the federal government to shore up their budget shortfalls, which is one of the greatest ironies in American politics. Republicans love to tell us that welfare recipients are lazy and shiftless and that an individual’s success or failure is the sole responsibility of the individual, but THEY are actually the ones who depend the most on government handouts.

States Won by Trump Have Highest 'Obamacare' Enrollment (ABC News link): A record number of people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for the coming year, Barack Obama's administration announced Wednesday, with the most people selecting coverage in states that Donald Trump won in November.

Some 6.4 million people signed up by the mid-December deadline — 400,000 more enrollees than the same period last year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a twist, the states with the most people selecting coverage all went for Trump in the presidential election: Florida, with just under 1.3 million selections; Texas, with about 776,000; North Carolina, with 369,077; Georgia, with 352,000; and Pennsylvania, with 290,950.

The enrollment numbers include new subscribers (2.05 million) and returning consumers who had to renew their coverage and were not automatically enrolled. The tallies do not yet include automatic enrollments, which will be added to the total later.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell did not directly attribute the spike to the election of Trump, who has promised to repeal and replace "Obamacare," but noted that more than 30,000 people have called HHS operators "worrying about the future of coverage in the wake of the election."

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Burwell said officials have been assuring consumers that "Obamacare" remains the law of the land through the 2017 calendar year and that people will be guaranteed coverage at least until then under the existing law.

Mod: An additional article, "10 States Most Dependent on the Federal Government," can be found here

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59 comments:

  1. You really outta change the masthead by now. 'Covering national, state, San Gabriel Valley, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, and sometimes Pasadena news.' I am a moderately new viewer as of a few years ago, and I don't wholly resent the focus, but I am starting to question the point of continued reading. I mostly scroll through the linked content. If this can change to a 3 day "print" or so to maintain content standards I'm all for it. But hey it's your site, do what you want. I just think its kind of tired to at this point keep up the Sierra Madre charade. On the other hand you have your regulars and I guess they'll keep checking in on the site 10 or so times a day. Yet it can just be so much more.

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    1. The Los Angeles Times only covers Los Angeles. The Pasadena Star News only covers Pasadena. The New York Times only covers New York. The Washington Post only covers Washington. Yes, I see your point. But look, maybe you should read something else? I'm not here to ruin your day.

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    2. 5:39 - are you from a red state?

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    3. Usually people vote their interests rather than their principles. If your data is correct and I don't concede that for a second, then you have just made red state people more virtuous and principled than blue state people.

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    4. Nah. Red staters are just suckers who voted against their own interests. Stupidity is not a principle.

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    5. 9:12
      'Data' is plural; 'datum' is singular. 'Data' are correct, not 'is' correct.

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    6. 5:39, you've done your duty, or perhaps your job, and made a good effort to discredit the Tattler. Don't feel bad that it doesn't work. But if you're going to continue in that fruitless quest, please get some new material.

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    7. 5:39 just doesn't like people expressing opinions that he doesn't like. So much so that he either gets up very early to post first, or lives back east somewhere.

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    8. Hey 9:23: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/data

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  2. More proff of why Donald J. Trump was elected. JOBS JOBS JOBS.

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    1. Here's some "proff"December 26, 2016 at 6:32 AM

      U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/02/u-s-economy-added-178000-jobs-in-november-unemployment-rate-drops-to-4-6-percent/?utm_term=.efee278ea499

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    2. And that dumb people don't usually realize they are dumb

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  3. This is further truth that Trumps presidency is all based on lies. Some educated and some uneducated but never the less, lies.

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  4. A lot of those red state Trump voters are going to be very upset when they start losing their government benefits. They're about to be fed to the swamp creatures.

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  5. The mod has dived off the deep end and must think that California, New York, Illinois, and Michigan, the nation's largest Democrat strongholds, aren't consequently the most fiscally upside down portions of the country. Rahm Emmanuel's recent $250 million property tax increase on Chicago residents to subsidize teachers' pensions illustrates this perfectly. All the Dems know how to do is tax and spend, period.

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    1. Sure. But here is how it looks on the planet floor, Tea Boy. On average blue states contribute more taxes to the Federal government than red states. And red states often consume more federal handouts than they pay in Federal taxes. California does not. I can understand why you have a knot in your thong about this, but that's the deal. One that you apparently cannot handle. Now please explain how robbing old folks of their Medicare and Social Security is going to "Make America great again."

      The states most dependent on the federal government are who you'd least expect
      http://www.businessinsider.com/red-states-more-dependent-on-federal-government-2015-7

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    2. $250m? Small potatoes. The taxpayer cost of Bush's illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq is now $5 trillion- not including the collateral damage to our nations reputauon, the rise in terrirism, future medical and legal bill.

      And that idiot actually lowered taxes on the rich.

      They tax the masses then spend it on their corporations.

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    3. 6:59...at least the Democrats figured out that if you want to spend, ya gotta tax, whereas the republicans just spend without increasing revenue, tax.

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    4. Every day, for the next four years, the progressives will have a freak out. The President will be trolling you guys on Twitter, knowing that your lives are hanging on his every provocative word. It's going to be fun to watch!

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    5. You have just handed the nuclear codes over to a Baboon with a smart phone.

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  6. Maybe Trump will get the no bell piece prize?

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  7. Fake news most often is propaganda. It is a commercial as well as political persuasion method that relies on the gullibility and PREJUDICES of the viewer. That is why right-wingers are the perfect customers because they are dangerously prejudiced and ignorant.

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  8. 7:14 at least you should give credit to the author of your unoriginal idea

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  9. Tax and spend or borrow and incumber...how does Government pay for the programs that people want?

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    1. Get out your Ouija board and ask Ronald Reagan. America went from being a creditor nation to a borrower under his administration. This astonishing feat was accomplished because he cut taxes while increasing spending. Trump is about to do the same thing.

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  10. Eyes wide open? A concern is that the Red States will rise up when you take away some of that welfare. These states house the largest number of Trump voters and they have shown proof they are ready to riot and hate the government that provides the entitlements they receive. Wonder the number of sharp shooters in some of different clubs in America? So many elements in the change that is taking place that can't be ignored.

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    1. In the end the GOP will chicken out. Much safer to borrow another trillion dollars from China.

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  11. Wacy group of Libs in today postings! In the Red state of Indiana the gas price at the pumps is $1.88. I can feed the two of us very well on a hundred dollars a month. Back in California, one hundred dollars barely covers a week. We don't "use" handouts, but there a lot of people here out of work. NO JOBS. President Trump will bring back dignity and jobs.

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    1. The average salary in Indiana is $55,000.
      https://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Indiana&l1=
      The average salary in California is $62,000
      https://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=&l1=California
      Enjoy your gas.

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    2. Why would Trump bring JOBS back to the USA when he outsources all of his merchandise production to third world countries, builds his hotels out of Chinese steel and interior finish products, and has investments all over the globe that hire low-wage folks from those countries? Nothing about the USA here, and the trade agreements have already cast the red states into stone that nobody can change. He's done a traitorous turnaround on his proposed cabinet already, climbed into bed with Russia and its oligarchs - just understand that he's using the Presidency to increase his family wealth and get out from under the actions that the US Government was taking to go after him. The whole thing is just his own protection racket; corruption on steroids.

      You've been had.

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    3. California is completly run by the Democratic Party and has been for some time. California has the highest population of uninsured homeless living on the streets. The number continues to grow. The Dems need to put the money where their "no handouts" attitudes are. Just drive anywhere in L.A. and you can see for yourself what a blue state thinks of the most venerable.
      You want to point out a division of takers? Fix your own broken state.

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    4. I finally understand your issue - You're out of work and lack dignity. That must be frustrating for you.

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    5. US Poverty Level By State
      http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/us-poverty-rate-by-state.html

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    6. Indiana is almost 90% white and entire state has a population one third the size of LA Metro area

      Not our fault you don't have a job there

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    7. If Indiana is a traditionally red state and you don't have a job then it would be a mistake to vote Republican

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    8. An examination of Trump's company reveals a distinctly family business fortified with longtime loyalists that operates less on standardized procedures and more on a culture of Trump.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/25/us/politics/trump-organization-business.html

      Exactly the way Putin's Russia and numerous other oligarchies and banana republics are run - by loyalists to a personality, not via democratic structures run by an elected congress. Power is centered in the individual, not a balanced structure. These countries are primitive and will easily collapse. So our country rots from within, manipulated by the likes of Putin.

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  12. Is Trump's targeting of the F-35 for "cost" really about crippling NATO's ability to deter Russia?

    Saw this suggested on Twitter today, and it does make sense. Another favor by Trump for his pal Putin.

    From Business Insider:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/wolters-russia-f35-invisible-muhammad-ali-2016-9

    NATO AIR CHIEF: For Russians, engaging an F-35 would be like jumping into a boxing ring to 'fight an invisible Muhammad Ali'


    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — When asked how the F-35 Lightning II would stack up against potential aggression from Moscow, NATO air chiefs said they're confident the fifth-generation jet would devalue Russian forces.

    "What we are perfectly convinced of is the fact that when we do bring fifth-generation assets into the European region it is something that certainly serves as a deterrent," Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of US Air Forces in Europe, told Business Insider.

    "It forces the Russians to take a look at what we are doing and to realize that if they had to embrace us they might be in a position where they had to jump into a boxing ring and fight an invisible Muhammad Ali."

    Wolters comments, alongside Danish counterpart Maj. Gen. Max Nielsen and Dutch ally Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, came Monday at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber conference.

    "From our observations of their activities in the area of command and control, they are extremely challenged. So our sense is, from a fifth generation standpoint that we would have great success," Wolters said.

    Luyt, whose country was the second international partner to receive Lockheed Martin's "jack of all trades" fighter, highlighted the F-35's asymmetric advantage over any other fielded jet.

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  13. Analysis: Trump Doing What He Criticized Clinton For
    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/trump-adopting-same-behavior-he-criticized-clinton

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  14. 9:33am. A Progressive are you?

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  15. What does that mean?

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  16. 9:22,,,, the homeless have migrated from the cold red states to better weather and a state that is trying to improve what we provide for the homeless. Tax payer burden in California is considerable.

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  17. California makes up about 12% of the US population, yet we support 20% of the country's homeless population. That's more of a burden than everyone else but, as a Christian, I don't mind.

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  18. California also supports almost 25% of the nation's of billionaires.

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  19. A pretty good predictor whether a state is red or blue is average IQ--the lower the redder: http://imgur.com/f6IXR

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    1. Some think that one of the reasons Trump won was because his supporters were repeatedly shown to be un and under educated. Calling them stupid inspired them.

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    2. Yesterday at a family gathering I was speaking with my sister in law, we were speaking about retirement, the costs, health-care et al. She commented that she is so glad that she will be getting medicare in four months that insurance is really expensive. Well I commented it's good that your able to get it this year, I think you will be grandfathered in. She gave me a blank look, I went on, you know it looks like Paul Ryan is going to get his way, and he has always wanted to dismantle medicare and social security. These were her questions. Who is Paul Ryan, answer Speaker of the house from Wisconsin, remember he ran with Romney? Yes she remembered. Next question how could that happen, who would do that, again I answer Paul Ryan, she asked again, so I realized she had no idea how you make laws and or repeal current laws. I answered, he could do it many ways, via health care reform, via budget, or he could introduce new legislation. She goes, but no one would ever approve of that, I just looked at her and said have you looked at the new elected Congress? With that she said I don't want to talk politics. That's is when I understood who the fools were that have elected our next government. They are not all racists, or angry people full of hate, nope many of them just have no idea of how our government works, to the extent that if they see advertising saying I will do X or they did Y, that they believe it because they know no better.

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  20. California has more people on welfare than employeed people. There is something wrong here!!!

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    1. Yes. The problem is either you don't know what you're talking about or you are deliberately speading things you know to be untrue.

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    2. California ranks 46th in rank of dependency on federal funds. Red states dominate the top ten. That's because republicans are mooching of the backs of the blue states

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    3. Even worse, the red moocher states claim that they are actually paying their way, and we aren't. Lying ingrates!

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    4. The Sierra Madre Tattle has morphed into LA Weekly. (LOL)

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    5. The Republicans have morphed into National Socialists.

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  21. $1,200 .00-$1,300.00- $1,400.00. Deductibles on your premiums. Fewer choices, lower quality health care. Obama Care.
    Your sister-in-law understood. You all only talk once a year? I' d give you a funny look if you said "grandfathered in".

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    1. Quite a few people voted against their interests this election. It is going to cost them.

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  22. I guess it proves people in need are not stupid like the Ca and NY voters. A college degree doesn't mean you are smart. You just have a piece of paper that shows you paid tuition some place.

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    1. A college degree doesn't prove you are stupid, either. It just means that you prepared yourself for life better than some others.

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    2. Spoken like someone who never made it through high school

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