Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Entitlement Society Reality

I recently had a discussion with a conservative friend from South Carolina. He accused me of being from the "moocher" state of "Taxachusetts," a prime example of the "liberal entitlement society," which was, of course, ruining the country for the people in "honest, hard-working" states like his. 

Take a look at the map below from Talking Points Memo. (Click it to enlarge.) 

For every dollar the residents of my state pays in federal taxes, we get back only 83 cents in federal services. For every dollar my conservative friend and his neighbors in South Carolina pay, they get back $2.13.

So who's the "entitlement-society moocher" in this equation?


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