today’s Lympian/KisPian fun facts

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  1. Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

    Washington state can’t be far behind.

  2. Jess
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

    My thinking is along the lines of jettisoning these states from the union, close the borders and only allow those with a recent pay stub from a private company to cross. All the rest can figure it out without my hard earned money.

    I hope they have some good work gloves. Those first few days of planting a food garden are hell on tender hands.

  3. SteveHGraham
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

    Where is the list of the states on the other end of the scale?

  4. Rick
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    As is said in many areas, the trend is most important. The entire country is trending in this direction, a few bright spots will be overwhelmed.

  5. Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    Hawaii is only a 1.02? What the fuck is wrong with this world?

  6. mech
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

    Oh Boy, New Mexico is at the top of another (bad) List!

    Even if you adjust for the National Labs and military, we have way too many “minorities” who are gaming the system.

    In addition, if we are able to make more progress in reducing regulations and taxes, we will be more attractive to more business. Susanna Martinez is working hard, but we have a state senate that is about as useful as the one in washington.

  7. Freddie Sykes
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm |

    Sounds to me as if we need another wasteful transfer of funds Stimulus to aid these states. The last one was merely a temporary stop gate measure that put off the day of reckoning while permanently adding to the debt, Obama and Reid will be up for it but let’s hope the House stays firm.

  8. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

    ^ Freddie
    Yep. If they want to stimulate secessionist movements,
    promoting State bailouts will do it.

    Think about it. Not only have some States’ voters realized that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury in their own States, but they can loot their neighbors’ treasuries.
    Talk about taxation without representation.
    (What? Ohhhh, yeahhh … From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. [KisPref])

  9. Claire
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm |

    Third?!? Third?!? Third?!?

  10. scottw
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    I reside in MS (came back after 25 year absence) , to be closer to parents in their last years — I thought some things would change for the better but it is still so welfare/food stamp dependent that it is scary…A cycle that the Libs/Dems/Commies will forever perpetuate….But there are good people down here still fighting the Battle……

  11. Buzz
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm |

    What the hell happened to New Mexico?
    What attracted the lowlife scum? Or was it flight of producers?

    I haven’t a clue.

  12. mech
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm |

    Buzz (11)
    It’s a combination of the high number of folks employed at the two national labs (Los Alamos and Sandia) and the various military bases/test ranges/AF labs–lots of tax money coming in for those good paying jobs, the usual federal bloatacracies, state, county and local employees (way more than is necessary), school districts, etc. added to the folks on the dole (and I hear not too bad a place to retire in some spots). New Mexico has a relatively small population, so it’s not hard to tip the balance.

    Yes, and the flight of producers due to the deteriorating business climate–till recently with the new Governor.

  13. mech
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm |

    Oh, and we still give driver’s licenses to illegals.

    Then there is the significant number of Native American communities that are still collecting taxpayer dollars in spite of the income from their casinos and mineral rights.

    Yep, I guess it fits.

    But a good portion of the Labs’ and Air Force personnel are contributing to the national defense, so it’s not all bad.

  14. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm |

    Two surprises for me:
    Calipornia was not No. 1, and South Carolina being so high on the list.

  15. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    I think Alabama’s on the list due to several military bases plus all the government-funded rocketry at Huntsville. This isn’t one of the more populous states to begin with.

    Also, Alabama doesn’t tax federal, state, or municipal retiree pay, so there are a lot of retirees down here.

    I wonder if the National Guard is figured in to this; we sure have a lot of Guard units scattered around here as well.