|Percent of budget coming from the feds went from 37% in 2001 to 45% in 2012. Federal money per person went from $1,352 in 2001 to $2,603 in 2012. The darker the color, the more federal monies the state receives.|
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At Asylum Watch, Jim writes the following:
Our nation, as constitutionally formed, is The Republic of the United State of America. In theory, a republic is where the supreme power is vested in the citizens who elect people to represent them. Do you feel that we are living in a republic? Do our elected officials really represent their electorate? And, what about the words: United States? Are we, a constitutional union of states, where all power rest with the states except for the enumerated powers constitutionally assigned to the federal government? Our nation may have started out as The Republic of The United States of America but it has evolved into something quite different. Some of the changes came about through constitutional amendments and, thereby, the citizens of each state did have a voice in those changes. Most changes, in my opinion, have come about by either judicial fiat or by congress passing laws that no one asked for or by Executive Orders of a sitting president. The laws passed by congress have often created federal programs, which states must implement with partial or full funding from the federal government. When states accept those funds, the find they must comply with the strings, which are firmly attached. Those federal funds and the attached strings have given the federal government much power over the states that was never envisaged in our constitution.So much for the principles of federalism!
...Louisiana receives 44% of their budget from Washington and New Mexico 37% and Idaho 35%....
The Achilles heel. Every state in the union is to some degree dependent on the fed printing money in the short run. To leave the union, even peacefully, would cause short term fiscal ruin. Even after absolving all state citizens of their federal income tax burden the sudden loss of federal subsidies in the "poor" areas would immediately lead to catastrophic levels of violence and destruction.
It's all going according to plan isn't it.
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