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States Decision?

Then how about states pay for themselves. There has long been a series of Red states funded by Blue states. The Red states have ultra-low taxes and criticize the taxes in blue states yet happily take in a lot more than they pay in federal taxes. The Southern states are some of the biggest culprits, especially Moscow Mitch McConnels Kentucky. I remember when he criticized Covid aid to New York and Governor Cuomo replied “fine then give us back our $20b+ in overpayments”.

If states want the right to vote and make decisions about peoples lives let them pay for themselves. Interstate highways should be funded federally but all this aid for rural roads, infrastructure, etc, let them pay for it.

I know here in California we are criticized a lot by the Red states. We’ll give us back the $6b+ extra we paid in then. If you think your state is so great let it pay for itself. If your state is such a great state you don’t need other states to pay your way. Right?

New York is the largest donor state in the U.S., with a negative balance of payments at $22,798,000,000. For every dollar New York gives the federal government, its residents are only receiving $0.91 back.

Seven other states are donor states:

New Jersey (-$10,334,000,000)
Massachusetts (-$9,919,000,000)
California (-$6,653,000,000)
Connecticut ($5,754,000,000)
Minnesota (-$1,896,000,000)
Colorado ($1,374,000,000)
Utah (-$416,000,000)
Virginia is at the opposite end of the spectrum, with the highest positive balance of payments. Virginia’s balance of payments is $111,785,000,000, and residents receive $2.24 for every dollar sent to the federal government. Kentucky follows with $63,229,000,000 and the highest expenditure per dollar of receipts at $2.89.

The ten states with the largest positive balance of payments (the biggest takers) are:

Virginia ($111,785,000,000)
Kentucky ($63,229,000,000)
Florida ($50,999,000,000)
Maryland ($49,942,000,000)
Ohio ($42,004,000,000)
Pennsylvania ($41,516,000,000)
North Carolina ($35,437,000,000)
Alabama ($33,033,000,000)
Arizona ($30,907,000,000)
South Carolina ($28,209,000,000)


A lot of Red states getting “handouts”….

https://www.moneygeek.com/living/states-most-reliant-federal-government/





Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu May 5, 2022, 09:48 PM (17 replies)

TV Commercial Ideas for SCOTUS & Republicans...

If I had Bill Gates type money I know what I’d be doing with it. Starting next year there would be a non-stop TV and print ad campaign describing the Republican “Right” effect on real people with the Roe and I’m sure future marriage decisions. I came up with a couple commercial ideas. Please post your own too. Playing “nice” obviously hasn’t worked.

Commercial #1 - Two parents in an ER…. The doctor comes out and tells them their 12 year old daughter has been assaulted. They ask about an abortion pill but are told the Republicans have made it illegal. They go home and try to order one online but are unable too due to Republican legislation. Fast forward a few weeks and they talk to another doctor who tells them their daughter is pregnant. They ask about abortion but are told thanks to the Republican gerrymandered state legislature it is illegal. They don’t have the money to travel to another state. Their daughter doesn’t have healthcare because they both work at a discount store without insurance and they can’t afford the exchange. There was no Medicaid expansion in their state. Fast forward seven months and the baby is born… but the daughter dies in childbirth from complications because she was so young. The parents are attending her funeral.

Commercial #2 - A single woman is pregnant after a brutal asssult… she wants an abortion pill but a religious fanatic pharmacist refuses… She is unable to get one and a few weeks later is told she is pregnant… She is told the child has several chromosomal abnormalities and will be very disabled. The child won’t be able to even get out of bed, will be blind and deaf, and only has a life expectancy of a few years. The child will be suffering and spend most of its time in hospitals. She asks about abortion to spare the child but is given the “Republican ban” excuse. Fast forward four years. She is attending the child’s funeral. She is bankrupt now because she had to quit her job to care for the baby. The commercial explains that while Republicans cared for the unborn child they could care less when it was born. So the child suffered for four years in agony and the mothers life was destroyed. She was victimized twice. First by her assailant and again by the Republican laws.

Commercial #3 - A pregnant woman who is alcoholic is told her child will have severe fetal alcohol syndrome. The child will have severe disabilities and will not be able to have a “normal life”. The woman wants to have an abortion but is denied. She decides to carry the child to term. She has the child but puts it up for adoption. Fast forward 18 years. The child, shuffled thru countless foster homes, disabled. undereducated, aged out from foster care, and is homeless living on the streets. The now adult has no healthcare because there was no Medicaid expansion. He devolves into drugs and crime. No one adopted this child into a “good home with a mother and father”. The commercial explains that while Republicans claim adoption is the answer for abortion the reality is much different. We can even get the CURRENT kids adopted… are all these Christian’s going to adopt them AND the future kids?

This is playing dirty… but perhaps in this era of the right screaming about predators in womens bathrooms and stuff it’s all they will understand.

Note: I’m adopted and I’m very pro adoption.

Some stats from childrensrights.org

On any given day, there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the United States.

In 2019, over 672,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care.

On average, children remain in state care for over a year and a half, and five percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.

Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids entering care is 8.

In 2019, one third of children entering U.S. foster care were young people of color.

In 2019, more than 71,000 children – whose mothers’ and fathers’ parental rights had been legally terminated – were waiting to be adopted.

In 2019, more than 20,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults.


Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu May 5, 2022, 09:31 PM (0 replies)
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