"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Here's what you can do, if you want to know. Google "Government employee unions pensions benefits" and then add a state name. I suggest beginning with Califonia, and Illinois.
As for you expecting to be given a handout, I will refer to the Cinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
So yes, the best way to insure a state's prosperity is to attract a healthy tax base. Is the best way to do that to have the lowest possible taxes? No. The best way to attract a healthy tax base is to have a good balance between taxes and services, and of course to have AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE and GOOD SCHOOLS and SAFE COMMUNITIES.
But how is all this working out? Are these Tea Party governors performing as promised? Not so much, as it turns out. Walker is putting up the worst job numbers in the country. In Florida, Rick Scott has created a tiny fraction of the jobs he promised he would create, and he has one of the lowest approval ratings in the country. In New Jersey, Christie doesn't have the revenue to make good on his promised tax cuts, but he's going to do them anyway by BORROWING $260 million to finance transportation projects (he lied). Etc.
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"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
Found out that they are only not on the ballot in:
District of Columbia
Not much to overcome with regards to electoral college there.