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Do You Live in a “Death Spiral” State?

GTA Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 11:00 AM
If giving people government money led to their prosperity, the Mississippi Delta would be the most prosperous place on earth. About 70% of money flowing into that region comes from individual and corporate welfare (farm subsidies).

Three years ago, I put together a “Moocher Index” that measured the degree to which non-poor people in a state were benefiting from redistribution programs.

As you can see if you click on the nearby table, Vermont was the worst state, followed by Mississippi, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts.

I confessed that my Moocher Index was a crude and imprecise tool, but it was one of my most popular posts in the early days of this blog. Probably because it was a way of measuring the degree to which people were being lured to ride in the wagon of government...