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Cathleen Kaveny September 12, 2012 - 6:58am
Here's another take on the fed/state spending gap from The Economist, which looks at the gap measured over a 20-year period, 1990-2009. http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-unionDraw your own conclusions about what it means. Mine are that we need to reassess whether the Louisiana Purchase was really such a great deal, and that Seward's Folly was probably aptly characterized.
Wow! "New York transferred over $950 billion to the rest of America's fiscal union from 1990 to 2009. But relative to the size of its economy, Delaware made the biggest contribution, equivalent to more than twice its 2009 GDP." The Economist cited by Jean Raber.
Amuriken capitalism at its best!!! ????
This is a story any libertarian would love: why should the federal government supply any aid to Mississippi, which I believe is the poorest per-capita state in the union? Let New York financial-industry billionaires keep their income tax dollars. If the poor in Mississippi need aid for food, shelter or education - that's their problem. And why in the world should New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, receive any federal aid? Let them pay their own bills. Etc.
Jim, maybe our sarcasm isn't coming through.As a charter member of the International Socialist-Feminist Conspiracy, Capital Area Chapter, I'm happy and proud that Michigan has helped its fellow citizens. We already fought one war to maintain the idea of union, and it seems to me that the whole notion of union implies that we're all in this together and need to help each other. From sea to shining sea this land is your land this land is my land America the beautiful and all that jazz.If we start measuring people and places based on productivity and economic contribution--which is what business does--rather than their beautiful lakes, wide-open spaces, or hospitable people, that are available for us all to enjoy, then we might just as well make Secession retroactive.My concern is HOW states with surpluses have been able to make that happen. By being fiscally responsible? Or by shafting teachers and state workers, and cutting back on social safety nets administered by states? Like a business.
This was one of the funniest sketches of the week at the RNC.I wish the Democrats would take a cue and offer bills in Congress actually cutting off the federal spigot to all the tax slacker states. Democrats should just say to the mostly Republicans from "red" states: For your own good, start walking down that Road from Welfare to Work!
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.
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