So the Tea Partiers are continuing to wave their poorly spelled placards across the United States, decrying 'big government' and demanding 'fair taxation.'
Well, I've decided to start my own little 'Tea Party' here in New Jersey.
Because while the right-wing radicals dress up like Paul Revere and argue that the 'real' America (that great expanse between the east and west coast) are paying more than their fair share to support bloated government; the facts don't quite add up.
If you look into it, it seems the opposite is the case.
Take New Jersey, for example. We're the highest-taxed state in the union; but we pay more than $1.50 in federal tax for every buck that's spent in our own state.
Where does the rest of that money vanish to? The vast spending sinkhole that is the Midwest.
The middle states - the ones that house the 'true patriots' if you listen to the Tea Partiers - are actually making off like bandits when it comes to federal taxation. It's all very well them complaining that they pay too much in tax; but considering all the benefits they enjoy for that taxation, they don't pay nearly enough!
A case in point? Take Montana, where the federal government invests $1.75 of taxpayer's money for every buck Montanans actually shell out. Essentially, they're getting almost double their value; so perhaps the Tea Partiers should quit their whining (or cough up more.)
Alternatively, why don't we folks on the east and west coasts start creating our own tea parties? Hell, we've got the ammunition. New Jersey's filled to the gills with wiseguys, goodfellas, guidos and gangsters (I married an Italian girl - I'm biased) and none of them should be willing to cough out dough they don't owe.
Imagine if New Jersey stopped subsidizing the so-called 'real America?' We could solve Chris Christie's budget crisis overnight (his waistline crisis might take a little longer.) Alternatively, we could cut taxation by 33% (and still be in the same deficit sinkhole we're stuck in right now)
...but have a bit more pocket money to enjoy it with.
I think Middle America should start paying what they really owe in taxes. Maybe then, the Tea Partiers would have something real to complain about; and maybe then I'd start worrying that they had a point.