May 18th, 2011

Posse

whuf

Ever have one of those days where you accidentally way oversleep, call in to work, way oversleep some more, and all but twenty minutes after you finally wake up, you're showering a cat, and cleaning out a newly-discovered guerilla cat litter box? No? Really? Maybe it's just me.

Politics

Harold Meyerson, keepin' it real

"In 2007, the foundation published a survey of 2005 federal spending in each state and compared that with each state’s contribution in federal taxes. In other words, the foundation identified the states that sponge off the federal government and those that subsidize it. The welfare-queen states and the responsible, producing states, as it were.

"The list, alas, hasn’t been updated — in part, no doubt, because conservatives didn’t like what it revealed: that those states that got more back from our government than they paid in were overwhelmingly Republican. The 10 biggest net recipients of taxpayers’ largess were, in order, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky and Virginia. The 10 states that paid in the most and got back the least were New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware, California, New York and Colorado."