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Do You Live in a “Death Spiral” State?

Pistol Wrote: Jan 06, 2013 4:44 PM
Acftually dheath, the country has been separating itself this way for years, slowly, but at a steadily increasing rate. Right now, California is losing thousands of businesses and the employees every year. But population is declining much slower, because the departing worker bees are being largely replaced by illegal aliens leaving places like Arizona, and Mexico, of course. Here in Florida, welfare policies are much less generous than in the NE states. So even though, as a vacation state we are taking a nasty hit from the tanking economy, our welfare population is not in proportion. Welfare suckers head for other more friendly states, just as businesses and workers come here to avoid state income tax. And so the moochers and the

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...