It would be excellent financial news for those of us left behind if Obama were to grant a number of the rebel states their wish “to withdraw from the United States and create [their] own NEW government” (the petitions emphasize “new” by capitalizing it).
Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes.
Among those states with large numbers of petitioners asking out: Louisiana (more than 28,000 signatures at midday Tuesday), which gets about $1.45 in federal largess for every $1 it pays in taxes; Alabama (more than 20,000 signatures), which takes $1.71 for every $1 it puts in; South Carolina (26,000), which takes $1.38 for its dollar; and Missouri (22,000), which takes $1.29 for its dollar.
Oh, yes, let's get rid of all the whiny takers. Let them fend for themselves. And since they want to be so independent, definitely do not send them any 'foreign aid' once they find out just how badly off they are.
Do you think we should allow immigration from the Newnited States, once some people figure out that life in a poor backward country isn't all that wonderful? Or should we finally erect that huge fence so many of them wanted?