Makers vs. Takers and the "Death Spiral States"
Over at my old stomping grounds of Forbes, William Baldwin has an excellent article called "Do You Live In A Death Spiral State?" (link):
Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii... Two factors determine whether a state makes this elite list of fiscal hellholes. The first is whether it has more takers than makers. A taker is someone who draws money from the government, as an employee, pensioner or welfare recipient. A maker is someone gainfully employed in the private sector.
The article contains excellent advice, but unfortunately some are too blind to see it. In comments, several statist takers pipe up, raising cavils about the use of "makers vs. takers" and so on. I guess it's easy to leave comments on blogs when you spend your days sponging off those of us with real jobs.
I've got a message to takers like that and takers in general: we makers are tired of leeches like you mooching off us.
For just one of many examples, Erick Erickson of CNN has to work three jobs just to pay for your goodies. He has to work his fingers to the bone to support the exorbitant lifestyles of disabled vets, the working poor, students, the retired and others. While he puts in 8, even 10 hour days, leeches like you light up cigars and kick back with a bottle of expensive wine.
At the same time, fiscally responsible red states like Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia send billions of dollars to the Feds each year to prop up mooching blue states like New York, New Jersey, California, and Connecticut.
I've got a message for you moochers: we're tired of it. Just be thankful we don't put you in work camps.