The red states, those that have typically been voting republican because they despise taxes and because the government intrudes on their lives are almost, without exception, welfare cases. For every tax dollar that Alaskans send to Uncle Sam, the state gets $1.83 back, almost doubling its money. This generous return is given Alaskans in spite of the state’s great wealth that enables what’s known as the Permanent Fund Dividend to be issued to every resident, man, woman or child, as an annual gift of at least a thousand dollars. The Bridge to Nowhere? Why not? Alaska could afford it, thanks to the taxes paid by the rest of the nation.
Montana is returned $1.43 of every tax dollar its residents send to Uncle Sam. Idaho? $1.19, Arizona $1.21, Arkansas $1.40, Alabama $1.63, Mississippi $2.02, South Carolina $1.29, Kentucky $1.51, Louisiana $1.85. Virtually every red state on the electoral map is returned more federal dollars then they send to Uncle Sam at tax time. The blue, democratic states, are typically returned less money then the red states. It’s clear that blue states are a crucial element in balancing the red state’s budgets. Red states are bums with their hands out, and if they had the conviction of their beliefs, they‘d send that free money right back to the Federal Government.
The liberals, it turns out, are the benefactors of their poorer brethren in the red states, and get less federal money returned to them than the red, republican leaning states. California is returned $.80, Maryland $.65, Vermont $.86, Connecticut $.73, Massachusetts $.85, Delaware $.80. It’s clear that blue states, with a higher per capita income, lend a generous helping hand to their poorer brethren. The poorer brethren however, insist on cutting their own throats, as they vote republicans into office who promise to put an end to their annual windfalls. These actuary numbers are an excellent indication of the pervasive ignorance that envelopes the so called, red states. Republicans, fanatically opposed to any free handout, are themselves the largest recipients of handouts, and perish the thought, the charity comes from those liberal Yankees. “Lordy, Lordy. Talk ’bout that o’er ya’alls grits an’ co’n pone.”
But the liberal Yankees ain’t complaining. They only wish there were a little cerebral activity going on down south, and in certain western states. Obama, despite his coziness with terrorists and other neer do wells, is going to win the coming election by such a huge margin that the republican cheats won’t dare to rig the election. They will have to console themselves with the knowledge that they’ve left Obama the booby prize - a sacked treasury, two ongoing wars, the world’s new perspective of the U.S. as a nation of idiots, and an economy in smoking ruins. But Obama will rise above it all. He’s got leader stamped all over him, and his superiority over George and Dick is written in neon for all the world to see. There is an immense happiness, almost an audible sigh of relief, that world leaders will no longer be compelled to deal with a moronic, U.S. President.
The Congress, with a democratic majority, will increase its lead as well, although Pelosi and Reid have not inspired anyone with their “leadership” skills. Perhaps the Barack Presidency will help them find their spines. One can only hope. The real question is whether or not Americans will be able to find their collective purpose as a nation. Will Americans continue believing they’re number one, even though they consume most of the world’s resources, and years of republican “leadership” have seriously tarnished the American promise of democracy, justice, fairness, compassion and tolerance for others? When, or how, will the Sarah Palin’s stop attempting to pretend they’re qualified to head a nation that absolutely must have an intelligent, thoughtful, highly experienced leader that understands international relationships and the extremely complex issues that are typical of the world’s complexities?
The McCain/Palin bid for the presidency is a bad joke. Another republican scam that’s being attempted on the American people. Palin, upon being asked to join McCain’s ticket, should have refused. If a carpenter were asked to join a surgical team scheduled for brain surgery, any decent person would say, “Oh no. Not me. I’m not a surgeon, or even a medical doctor. You‘ve got the wrong person!” But Palin, with husband Todd, jumped at the opportunity. Why? To foist their personal beliefs off on Americans. To enrich themselves with mad dreams of sugar plums dancing in their heads while disregarding the costs of their stupidity to the American people. They completely ignore the notion that the horrific ramifications of their inexperience, their unqualified arrogance, their laughable ignorance would cost the nation at a time when it’s imperative that intelligent, knowledgeable people assume the reigns of governance. It would be like voting for Forest Gump to teach math, while disparaging Albert Einstein.