Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pay Your Own Way

For decades residents of blue states have shelled out far more in federal tax monies than they’ve received.  Taxpayers in blue states have funded massive infrastructure projects in the rural counties of red states, subsidized their schools, power plants, nursing homes, while simultaneously absorbing their most destitute, unskilled, and oppressed portions of their white and black populations.
In fact, red states haven’t been pulling their own weight for a very long time.  They are nearly twice as dependent on the federal government as blue states.  Of the twelve states that receive the least federal aid in return for each tax dollar they contribute to the U.S. Treasury, ten of them voted for Hillary Clinton, and the other two were Michigan and Wisconsin, who in 2016 decided to vote for Trump.  And, 20 of the 26 states that are most dependent on federal aid went for Trump.
For example more than 40 percent of Mississippi’s state revenue comes from federal funding; one-third of its GDP comes from federal spending; for every dollar it pays out in federal taxes, it takes in $4.70 in federal aid; one in five of it’s residents are on food stamp.
Conservative Republican’s liked to bash Obama for turning America into what they referred to as “Food Stamp Nation.”  Actually, it’s more like Food Stamp Red America.
Trump’s characterization of “American carnage” in our urban centers aside, cities now generate the vast majority of America’s wealth, and those cities are where blue voters live.  Hillary Clinton won just 487 counties in 2016.   However, those 487 counties generate almost two- thirds of our nation’s economic activity.
In self-supporting America some of us still believe that there must be a way to persuade voters in red states to restore responsible government in the foreseeable future.


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