"Ge, Verizon and many others have had several years in which NO taxes were paid---filthy welfare slackers!"
And what did your lord and savior do about that? Why, put the head of GE on his "jobs board," paid him a fat stipend, and then never met with the board.
Way to go! Hooray for Obama! Let's give him a third term, because he's doing so well!
OK. So? It used to be in Orlando, which is somewhat closer to an ocean, but it's still pretty tough to get a submarine there.
That does not in any way change the fundamental fact that if you want to actually look at the data honestly, you'll deduct Social Security spending (since that's allegedly money that is being returned to "investors") and military spending. Furthermore, if you're REALLY bored, you can break this down to Congressional districts, and what you'll find is that rural and particularly suburban areas are the payers and urban areas are the "parasites," as Tom put it. You can see that in some basic common sense just looking around: anyone with one eye and a grain of sense can see that Williamson County ultimately winds up paying to support Davidson County, for example.
"why in THE HELL would we do that???" [meaning extract out SS and military spending]
Well, frankly, I don't know why you would do it, because it blows your meme straight to hell.
*I* would do that because it's the fundamentally honest way to look at the data. If you believe the snake oil that is Social Security and those selling it, then that is not federal spending, but instead money being returned to people after they have invested it. Military spending is specifically authorized in the Constitution, unlike EBT cards used to buy lottery tickets and cigarettes, and military spending is (at least in theory) based not upon a state border, but upon strategic significance. There's not much point in having the Coast Guard or a submarine base in Oklahoma, for example. So that spending should also be extracted from the equation IF you are going to actually take an *honest* look at the data.
But then taking an honest look at the data was never the intent in the first place, as we all know.
Great. Now extract Social Security and military spending out of it. Texas suddenly takes on a much grayer hue, as does Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, and Georgia. Now extract New Orleans from Louisiana and see what happens. See how it looks without all of that Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard spending.
This same dishonest graphic gets passed around every six months or so, and it's still as dishonest every time that happens.
Rather interesting irony that the actual halfway point, in terms of miles traveled, between Riverfront Park and (I guess) Mud Island would actually fall somewhere in Kentucky or on the Kentucky/Illinois border. On a more positive note, that would potentially mean a great gambling opportunity at Harrah's Metropolis.
In addition to defending Nashville's honor, we should make it sort of an ultimate build-off steampunk competition. Whoever has the winning design (and thus ultimately the winning boat) gets to have it replace that God-awful statue at the Roundabout. Then we kill a couple of birds with one stone: defend Nashville's honor AND beautify the city by getting rid of that eyesore.
It was worth reading these mostly whining comments just to see the term "Ketchup Claudius." I'm going to be laughing about that one for days.
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