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No Evidence That Liberals Subsidize Conservatives


By tjjenkins   Follow   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 9:45am PDT   6,796 views   46 comments
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Pundits, journalists and posters on this (and many other) forums like to suggest that liberals subsidize conservatives and cite, as evidence, studies that show that so called blue states pay more in taxes than they get back from the federal government, and that the contra is true for red states. This view represents a gross misreading of those studies, at least to the extent the studies are used to suggest that liberals subsidize conservatives.

The studies do not show that blue states pay more in taxes to the feds than they get back - - indeed, since STATES do not pay taxes to the federal government, that would be nonsense. What the studies show is that the combined taxes paid by individuals living in blue states is greater than the amount of tax revenue coming back to that state from the federal government, and that the reverse is true for red states. Now you might think at first blush that I am citing a distinction without a difference but, as explained below, this distinction undermines the core thesis that these studies somehow suggest that liberals subsidize conservatives.

Since it is individuals, and not states, paying the taxes, the real question here is what are the political leanings of the people in the blue states that are responsible for that state's overpayment (i.e., the wealthy residents of that state) - - what is not relevant are the political leanings of the people living in that state generally. Suppose, for example, that a certain state is blue because most of its residents vote democratic, but that the wealthy people living in that state were mostly conservative. Since it is the blue state's wealthy residents that are mostly responsible for its "overpayment" status, the wealth transfer from this blue state to a red state would not demonstrate that liberals were subsidizing conservatives. It would simply show that rich conservatives living in blue states were subsidizing residents of red states.

Is this what is occurring? The data does not answer that question either way, as studies are mixed on whether wealthy people tend to be conservative or liberal. However, to claim that studies regarding the gross tax payments and outlays to red and blue states somehow demonstrates that liberals subsidize conservatives evinces a lack of understanding about the limitations of those studies.

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iwog   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:10am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

tjjenkins says

Iwog- your comment failed to demonstrate any hole in my argument. My point is that the studies regarding tax intakes and outlays do not establish that liberals subsidize conservatives. How does anything you have written refute that point.

It doesn't matter if liberals subsidize conservatives or conservatives in liberal states subsidize liberals in conservative states.

You are ignoring the entire point of the study!

WHY do citizens in blue states subsidize citizens in red states? WHAT is causing it? The conclusion of your essay seems to ignore the only question that matters. You CANNOT dismiss party when the party effect is almost total. You can argue cause and effect, but you can't dismiss it.

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:12am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 8

Dan- if you are aware of any well-designed study demonstrating that wealthy people tend to vote democratic, then share it. I have seen several studies going both ways. From my own experience the 250 plus crowd leans republican but I would be interested in your views.

iwog   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:13am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

tjjenkins says

Dan- if you are aware of any well-designed study demonstrating that wealthy people tend to vote democratic, then share it. I have seen several studies going both ways. From my own experience the 250 plus crowd leans republican but I would be interested in your views.

You realize the two richest men in American are liberal Democrats right?

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:18am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

Iwog- these studies are constantly being cited by liberals as evidence that liberals subsidize conservatives (regardless of the researchers' purpose for the study). My point is that such citations are misguided. Ironically, the people usually using them for that purpose are moderate and lower income types living in blue states. They are not subsidizing anybody.

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:20am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 11

Iwog- you realize that a statistical sample of 2 has no value whatsoever, don't you?

Dan8267   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:22am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 12

tjjenkins says

Dan- if you are aware of any well-designed study demonstrating that wealthy people tend to vote democratic, then share it.

The very wealthy pay less in taxes than the upper-middle class. Just look at the famous Warren Buffett example. The richest man pays a smaller rate than his secretary. Romney pays almost no taxes, and that's not even looking at all the tax forms he refuses to release.

But it's not just about the tax rate. Sure, the absolute number of dollars paid by a Mitt Romney will be more than that pay by a single person earning $100k/yr. But there are vastly more people earning a low six figure salary than there are people with Romney's income.

As such, most of the federal tax revenue comes from upper-middle class. Those making from $80k to $200k a year. These people actually are subject to income tax, unlike the poor, yet there are sufficient numbers of them.

And yes, this demographic in the blue state almost always votes democrat, mainly because Republicans are so god-awful on human and civil rights and because Republicans think that producers (workers, employees) should pay all the taxes and rent-seekers (capital, land-owners, trust funds) should pay none. Republicans simply don't represent the liberty or the financial interests of high earners.

Note that high "earners" is distinct from high "income". If the income is earned through work and production rather than siphoned from rent or investment, Republicans want it taxed. Most people with incomes in the low six figures get that income from employment, not investments. In other words, they have to work for it. The Republicans don't represent the financial interests of these people.

iwog   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:24am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 13

tjjenkins says

Iwog- these studies are constantly being cited by liberals as evidence that liberals subsidize conservatives (regardless of the researchers' purpose for the study). My point is that such citations are misguided. Ironically, the people usually using them for that purpose are moderate and lower income types living in blue states. They are not subsidizing anybody.

Why do citizens in blue states pay more than they receive while citizens in red states receive more than they pay.

It seems to me like you're defining my conclusion for me then knocking it down. It's called a straw man.

Do you have any theories?

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:27am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 14

Dan- I am not sure anything you said undermined my point but I agree with most of your statements.

leo707   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:29am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 15

iwog says

It seems to me like you're defining my conclusion for me then knocking it down. It's called a straw man.

Bingo.

And jenkins "shuts-down" any data that may respond to his/her phrasing of the argument with this:
tjjenkins says

The data does not answer that question either way, as studies are mixed on whether wealthy people tend to be conservative or liberal.

Dan8267   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:31am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 16

Some side facts: from http://ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

People earning between $112,124 and $343,927 pay about a third of the income tax. Another third is pay by the wealthy. And the final third is paid by the lower middle class.

I'd like to see a breakdown with the $100k, 150k, 200k, and 250k marks, but this is close enough.

So about two thirds of the federal income tax revenue comes from the middle class. Almost all of the Social Security and Medicare, the main social services provided to the masses, is paid by the middle class since the FICA tax is limited to $110,100 in income for the year 2012.

So, the money for social services is mainly coming from middle class and particularly the upper middle class, which tends to be democratic. Naturally, once you start making really big bucks, which virtually can only be done unethically in our society, you want republicans in office to keep the parasitic leaching in place.

Not that democrats don't do quite a bit of parasitic leaching themselves, but the big tables are run by republicans. The really big games, played by banks and investment firms, are almost entirely republican.

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:33am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 17

Iwog- I am not knocking down your conclusion, or even trying to suggest that your points are wrong, I am simply stating that they do not undermine my point that use of the studies in the way I referenced is misguided.

My theories? Too humble to hazzard a guess.

Dan8267   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:36am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 18

tjjenkins says

Dan- I am not sure anything you said undermined my point but I agree with most of your statements.

I see your point, and it might be mathematically possible, but you have to do a whole hell of a lot of gymnastics to get the data to work for your conclusions.

It's like saying that every study that shows 20-year-old men want more sex than 20-year-old women is wrong because every study just happen to pick the few 20-year-old men out there who are really, really horny while most 20-year-old men have no sex drive. While technically that could be possible, it completely undermines common sense and experience and is a pretty extraordinary claim.

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:43am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 19

Dan- I guess I just don't see it that way. Here in the bay area, most people are pretty liberal. However, the wealthiest town, Atherton, is also the only city in San Mateo county where a majority of residents are registered republicans. It seems to me that if the most wealthy people in a liberal bastion like the bay area are mostly conservative, then would it be surprising if it were the case that most wealthy people nationally leaned conservative? Basically, if I went to the Atherton of (fill in any US city here) would those people also lean conservative?

iwog   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:44am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 20

tjjenkins says

Iwog- I am not knocking down your conclusion, or even trying to suggest that your points are wrong, I am simply stating that they do not undermine my point that use of the studies in the way I referenced is misguided.

My theories? Too humble to hazzard a guess.

They aren't misguided, they are simply explanations. It may be an incorrect explanation but you don't know that. At the very least it's a theory that fits the data.

The best way to handle this is to offer an alternate explanation as to why Democrat states are providers and Republican states are receivers, but you don't give any.

tjjenkins   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 10:54am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 21

You are right, I don't know. As I stated in my opening post, the available data does not answer the question either way. That is why it is no proper to cite the studies as demonstrating that liberals subsidize conservatives. They might. But these studies do not establish that proposition.

Dan8267   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 11:02am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike (1)     Comment 22

Naturally, the more money people have, the less need they have for social safety nets and government services and the less overall taxation they want for paying for such safety nets and services. However, with the exception of a few very wealthy parasites at the top 1%, most people who make good money never become billionaires that can sit on their asses waiting for royalty checks, dividends, or capital gains.

Most Americans who are well off but still have to work for a living, i.e. the low six-figure income Americans, do invest but don't speculate and they make most of their income from their jobs, not their IRAs, 401Ks, and non-retirement investment accounts. These people are far better served by reducing the federal income tax and increasing the capital gains tax.

Furthermore, these people are almost all college educated, and as the right always complains, colleges are bastions of "liberal indoctrination" what with all that book learning. The six-figure income earner is still quite concerned about things like

1. The outsourcing of high tech, high education jobs.
2. The white collar crimes of bankers that bring down the economy.
3. The consolidation of bargaining power into the hands of a few large corporations.
4. The lowering standards of education and intelligence in America.
5. The intrusion of religion in secular policy making.

Yet Republicans make all these problems worse. Sure, Republicans will pick up the dirt poor religious idiot and the godless uberwealthy tycoon who made his fortune by screwing over others, but they aren't picking up the highly productive worker class American because those Americas are scared shitless about the destruction of the middle class and the upper-middle class techno-artisan class they occupy. Trust me, I'm one of them. Everyone I work with and hang out with is one of them.

My biggest financial fear -- and the biggest financial fear of the income 90-98 percentile I occupy -- is that the middle class is going to be ripped apart by the rich-poor gap and America is going to become a banana republic occupied by a servant class and a ruling class with zero economic mobility. And I see the republicans lusting for that society and doing everything to bring about it.

I don't like the democrats. I hate them. But I hate and fear the republicans more because their polices will kill the middle class, including the upper middle class where I live. Under the republican utopia, no one can make a living producing wealth. You can only make a living by controlling slave labor. How the hell are us real innovators -- not the false innovators of bullshit financial products, but the real innovators of real systems like the Internet -- suppose to make a living in that world?

When the only way to make money is to own everything and the producers of wealth cannot make a living, what the hell happens to the economy? What the hell happens to society?

For every dollar of wealth that I've received in income before taxes, I have generated at least four dollars of wealth for the companies I've worked for. And yet, taking 75% of my wealth creation isn't enough. Nothing less than 100% of my wealth creation is a good enough take for the capitalist. So fuck American producers, let's move all production to third world countries where the workers are slaves in every way but name so we can take 99% of the wealth production.

Why would I vote for a party that thinks this is a good idea? Why would I vote for two candidates who think that capital is more important and more virtuous than production? Why would I vote for a system that considers the employees to be expenses rather than wealth producers?

freak80   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 1:07pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 23

It's pretty simple. Cities tend to be blue and rural areas red. Look at a map of the 2004 election by county and that fact becomes clear. Really there are no "red states" or "blue states"...just rural red counties and urban blue counties.

Obviously rural areas have far fewer people per road mile. Roads are expensive. That accounts for some of the difference. I find it bizarre that "liberal" types are effectively promoting the idea of going back to the days when a few railroad barons controlled the overland movement of goods.

It could be true that red states are "welfare bums" but to prove that, you'd want to look at welfare/SS/medicare spending specifically.

bob2356   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 9:27pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 24

Defense spending has a lot to do with it.

freak80   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 11:05pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 25

freak80 says

Really there are no "red states" or "blue states"...just rural red counties and urban blue counties.

Here's a map that shows this, based on the 2004 election (when the terms "red state" and "blue state" began):

freak80   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 11:12pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 26

Here's one that shows red vs. blue with population. As you can see, most of the big cities are blue.

freak80   Thu, 6 Sep 2012, 11:20pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 27

Maybe farm subsidies have something to do with it. Maybe that's why some of the rural counties in eastern Iowa went blue in 2004. I'm all in favor of phasing out corn ethanol subsidies, for example.

finehoe   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 12:48am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 28

freak80 says

Maybe farm subsidies have something to do with it. Maybe that's why some of the rural counties in eastern Iowa went blue in 2004.

Usually the ones with their mouths most firmly planted on the government teat (farmers, seniors, defense) are the ones complaining the loudest about "welfare parasites".

swebb   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 1:30am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 29

tjjenkins says

Since it is the blue state's wealthy residents that are mostly responsible for its "overpayment" status, the wealth transfer from this blue state to a red state would not demonstrate that liberals were subsidizing conservatives. It would simply show that rich conservatives living in blue states were subsidizing residents of red states.

By that logic wouldn't you expect a red state to have even more rich conservatives and therefore pay more? Or if you are tying to show that the poor conservatives don't use as much federal aid, wouldn't you expect the red states to also take in less?

The problem with this whole discussion is that states "get" money for a variety of reasons, and it's not just to help poor people eat. A rich red state may have stronger lobbying that brings new infrastructure projects to the state, keeps open a military base instead of shuttering it, etc...how do those fit in to the flow of money to the state?

freak80   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 2:31am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 30

swebb says

The problem with this whole discussion is that states "get" money for a variety of reasons, and it's not just to help poor people eat.

Exactly. Funds for roads, military bases, dams, and irrigation projects don't go into the personal bank accounts of red-state residents.

That being said, I agree that it's silly to spend money for roads nobody uses. I'm perfectly ok with reducing spending on roads out in the middle of deserts. Of course the plains states still need roads to get cattle and crops to into the cities.

curious2   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 4:02am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 31

I'm glad to see this discussion turning to the related question of whether the subsidies actually benefit the recipients. For example, farm subsidies tend to go to ADM and other agribusiness executives and lobbyists, who don't live on farms. Likewise, Medicaid subsidies go to the provider lobbies, not the purported beneficiaries. The prison industrial complex creates many jobs in rural areas, but they're mostly unpleasant jobs, with a deleterious effect on the local community, and prisoner labor undermines local wages. (See The Shawshank Redemption and more recent documentaries on this topic, and of course the history of slavery.)

In general, the biggest recipients of subsidies tend to be the elderly, who tend also to be more conservative, so in that sense there is evidence that younger people (who tend to be more liberal) do in fact subsidize conservatives. A caveat is, if you look at a program like Medicare (where working people subsidize retirees), the real beneficiaries are the revenue recipients, while the purported beneficiaries are too often the victims:

How American Health Care Killed My Father

If people tend to live in job centers while young and working, then retire somewhere else, that would produce a pattern of job centers subsidizing retirement destinations.

Quigley   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 5:04am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 32

Iwog wrote,"You are ignoring the entire point of the study!"

This statement, more than any other, proves that the duck has no grasp of logic or the scientific method. Studies may be performed to look into a phenomenon, or statistics parsed for relevance and correlation, but to ASSUME that the hypothesis MUST be proven correct or the study has no veracity is completely wrong. Only people with art degrees can get away with that kind of thinking, as their subject has no basis in reality.
If you conduct a study, with the stated objective to prove that up is actually down, then your results don't bear out that conclusion, your problem is that your hypothesis was proven wrong, not the study.
The original poster was finding fault with the analysis of the data. His points are valid, if not as well stated as perhaps they could be.

Iwog, keep to what you know: slumlording. Science is clearly not your area of expertise.

Quigley   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 5:10am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 33

A possible explanation for the phenomenon of appearing in the charts above is that government invests in energy production. Texas is already developed, but Louisiana combines both developing industries and lots of poor people for a double helping of gub'mint cheese! Alaska is real red, but is also the most underdeveloped state and the government has vested interest in contributing to things like roads and mail service to remote communities. Arkansas has its share of poor people on the Dole, but also has developing industry. West Virginia and the coal connection should be obvious, along with tons of hicks needing welfare for new teeth.
The answers can be found if one searches instead of running around quacking loudly in panic.

rooemoore   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 5:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 34

Quigley says

If you conduct a study, with the stated objective to prove that up is actually down, then your results don't bear out that conclusion, your problem is that your hypothesis was proven wrong, not the study.
The original poster was finding fault with the analysis of the data. His points are valid, if not as well stated as perhaps they could be.

You are in way over your head on this one.

iwog   Fri, 7 Sep 2012, 5:38am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 35

Quigley says

Iwog, keep to what you know: slumlording. Science is clearly not your area of expertise.

My major at UC Davis was genetics.

What was my hypothesis again? You wrote so much about it that I wonder if you can even say what it is.

DotsLines   Tue, 6 Nov 2012, 9:23am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 36

A couple of people mentioned farm subsidies - and some were less than complimentary with expressions such as 'the biggest mouths at the government teet' and so forth.

I'd like to ask the people expressing such beliefs who they think benefitsa from that "teet"? Go ahead, cut off the farm subsidies, and then when YOU start paying $15 for a loaf of bread or twice as much for ANYTHING made with corn or that eats corn, you'll figure it out. Actually, you're about to get a taste of what that's like, after the droughts of the summer. When it's YOUR wallet shrinking faster than you can feed it just to put food on the table, tell me again how much it's the red states benefiting from the subsidies.

Vicente   Tue, 6 Nov 2012, 10:42am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike     Comment 37

DotsLines says

I'd like to ask the people expressing such beliefs who they think benefitsa from that "teet"? Go ahead, cut off the farm subsidies, and then when YOU start paying $15 for a loaf of bread or twice as much for ANYTHING made with corn or that eats corn, you'll figure it out. Actually, you're about to get a taste of what that's like, after the droughts of the summer. When it's YOUR wallet shrinking faster than you can feed it just to put food on the table, tell me again how much it's the red states benefiting from the subsidies.

But I thought the perfection of free markets, plus commodities trading in Chicago, would take care of everything?

Bellingham Bill   Tue, 6 Nov 2012, 10:32pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 38

"Go ahead, cut off the farm subsidies, and then when YOU start paying $15 for a loaf of bread or twice as much for ANYTHING made with corn "

Farm subsides are $20B or whatever. $150 per household per year, call it $200.

Corn's not going to go up more than that if we cut the subsidies.

And we're not going to do that, anyway.

Bigsby   Tue, 6 Nov 2012, 10:34pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 39

iwog says

Quigley says

Iwog, keep to what you know: slumlording. Science is clearly not your area of expertise.

My major at UC Davis was genetics.

What was my hypothesis again? You wrote so much about it that I wonder if you can even say what it is.

Ouch.

Dan8267   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 1:17am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 40

tjjenkins says

No Evidence That Liberals Subsidize Conservatives

No evidence that teenage boys are horny little shits.

thunderlips11   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 4:37am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 41

DotsLines says

Go ahead, cut off the farm subsidies, and then when YOU start paying $15 for a loaf of bread or twice as much for ANYTHING made with corn or that eats corn, you'll figure it out.

Was going to respond to this, but Vicente and Bellingham Bill already said it.

Another nice thing about ending corn subsidies --- a return to grass fed beef as marginal farmland that is better used as grazing goes back to grasslands. And the rivers become less polluted because of the end of feedlots, with the manure spread evenly over endless miles of country instead of concentrated in a small space.

Less grains = less obesity, too.

thunderlips11   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 4:41am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 42

Speaking of subsidies and not paying taxes:

The Tax Foundation ain't exactly a left wing group. It was formed by various Big Business interests in response to "evil" FDR's tax schemes, to show how 'Anti-Growth" the New Deal was.

Vicente   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 6:27am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 43

thunderlips11 says

nd the rivers become less polluted because of the end of feedlots,

Now I'm thinking about the HORRENDOUS stench of Coalinga! I close all the vents and drive fast when I go through there. Next time maybe I'll bring my SCUBA tank so I don't have to breathe the brown funky haze.

http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/21/coalinga/

thunderlips11   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 11:01am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 44

Vicente says

http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/21/coalinga/

Thanks for this, Vicente. This piece has got everything... feedlots, prisons, the guy who wrote the three strikes law... Jeeze.

thomaswong.1986   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 11:30am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 45

tjjenkins says

Suppose, for example, that a certain state is blue because most of its residents vote democratic, but that the wealthy people living in that state were mostly conservative. Since it is the blue state's wealthy residents that are mostly responsible for its "overpayment" status, the wealth transfer from this blue state to a red state would not demonstrate that liberals were subsidizing conservatives. It would simply show that rich conservatives living in blue states were subsidizing residents of red states.

In California (blue) , the many who approach / reach retirement move to the south (red).. this has been going on for say 1990.

Its no secrete many from CA have retired to Arizona, Texas, Florida and Deep South.

Of course with the economic suicide of California, the transfers to Red States have picked up. Chances are good more than 60% of todays CA residents will move to the deep south for economic and retirement reasons..

Oh yes.. You East Coast Liberals really think your bankrolling the RED states...

www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p25-1135.pdf

Yo! Iwog ... time to spit shine them boots! Dallas is calling !

thomaswong.1986   Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 11:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 46

thunderlips11 says

Speaking of subsidies and not paying taxes:

Domestic Net Migration in the United States: 2000 to 2004

www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p25-1135.pdf

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