neverfail wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Steve, I want to thank you for the pains you have taken in your reply. Little for me to disagree with and being there you have the tactical advantage of being more directly "tuned in" to the subject matter under discussion. But allow me to chew the fat a little over this:
No, we don't seem to be terribly far apart on this.
"Wealthier as a result of greater population density" you say? I humbly suggest the exact opposite is true and the population density is in response to the wealth routinely generated.
Enh, let's just call it a positive feedback loop.
Hawaii, Maryland? No doubt that the fiscal spinoff from the Pearl Harbour naval base would be important for the Hawaii regional economy whilst Maryland likewise gets a spin-off from the fact that a lot of Federal agencies and facilities would be based there as spill-over from (otherwise overcrowded) Washington DC. But when all is said and done I believe that you are hair splitting here Steve. The vast majority of (so called) blue states, especially the big, highly urbanised ones, would generate their wealth predominantly through private enterprise endeavour to the point where Federal spending would be relatively insignificant contributor to the whole.
I'm not splitting hairs, since I wasn't suggesting that concentrated federal spending in a few smaller blue states is the main reason blue states as a whole are wealthier on average. I was merely adding a point that I thought would be of interest.
By the way: you realise that the sacred cow of US politics, farm subsidies, have long represented a tax on the blue states in order to prop up the regional economies of the red ones.
Yes, but only sort of. The red states are more agricultural, to be sure, but it's not exactly Ma and Pa Kettle typically getting the benefits of those subsidies, it's giant agricorps that may or may not be headquartered in the states where they actually do the growing.
How can anyone sincere in his belief in the efficacy of a market forces based economy tolerate that? No sign in the current tax package of any urge to reform that.
As you can imagine, I oppose such subsidies, doubly so in that meat and dairy subsidies are anti-environmental. But Congressional Republicans (with a few exceptions, like Justin Amash) might pay lip services to free markets but neither really understand them nor care.
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