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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:46 am    Post subject: The Socialist South Reply with quote

I am always amused by the free market arguments coming from the American South. Various studies are completed each year, tabulating how much each state contributes to Federal revenues, and how much each state receives. A tabluation of Fiscal year 2017 was done by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, using the "Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2019." The six states that received the most return were all from the old South. Virginia, at 1.97 dollars for every dollar paid in leads the list. Defense contractors account for much of that. Ten of the top 15 were southern states. North Carolina is number 5, taking $113 billion and paying in only $78.6 billion. Woo hoo, socialism and voter suppresion.

Of course, these states also lead the country in suppressing minority voters and unions. The poorest states in the country are in the south, with North Carolina number 8 with a bullet.

If you ask which states have the most recipients who get food stamps--most are in the south.

Contrary to Trump tweets and right wing conspiracy theories, most recipients of food stamps are white.

I could go on, about how the right to work states have lower wages and more injuries. But they also have more churches--I guess it's better to pray that your employer will provide a safe workspace than to have a regulation that requires it.

The stooges and their allies will quickly counter that the cost of living is cheaper in the south--particularly in rural areas. True that--because they are losing population. But please, stay there. We're happy to pay extra taxes to keep you there, although we will remind you now and again, that you are living in a socialist dream.
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