According to Ezra Klein, those states that typically vote Republican are rippingoff the states that typically vote Democrat:
There is a very strong correlation, then, between a state voting for Republicans and receiving more in federal spending than its residents pay to the federal government in taxes (the rust belt and Texas being notable exceptions). In essence, those in blue states are subsidizing those in red states.
[Ezra’s Map that Depicts states that receive more from the govenrment than they put in-Red and stats that receive less from teh government than they put in-Blue]
So, the implied argument is that federal spending provides little or no benefit beyond the immediate area in which it is spent?
Blue state liberals may not appreciate the Norfolk Navy base, Fort Bragg, or the Centers for Disease Control but their benefits extend far beyond the red states in which they are located.
Also, retirees who move from blue to red states would show up as a “subsidy” in this formulation, but many feel the payments they have made to SS and Medicare during their working careers allow them to consider these earned benefits rather than unearned subsidies.
A more meaningful map would show the distribution of payments for AFDC, Medicaid and other unearned entitlements compared to income tax collections and even that would miss the previous taxes paid by retirees who move from blue to red.
The socialist’s eternal concern is with other people’s money. They want to move it one way, and then they’re shocked at the resulting inequality of their own machinations, never fathoming, somehow, that politicians are snake oil salesmen and that’s all there ’tis when you agree to play with them.
Here’s a question for Ezra Klein’s inner moron: If there is to be some sort of perfect “fairness” to taxes sucked/taxes bequeathed, then why NOT steal the money in the first place? Would it then not be profitable for dumps like the Washington Post to employ chumps like Klein, who makes his living playing red states against blue?
The top 1% of the countries income earners pay 40% of the taxes in this country. Many of these earners live in the nation’s population centers (which also happen to be “blue states” for a variety of other reasons). By definition, these people will never have voting power anywhere. To say that blue state democrats are voting to send their tax dollars to red states is asinine. It is not the average democrat that is paying the vast amounts of income tax revenue that gets sent to less populated states. It is the super wealthy that live in places surrounded by democratic voters.
Many, many of those paying loads of money to the federal government are Republicans.