Sources: IEEE Spectrum, LLNL, The New York Times
quote: Technically, he's prejudice if he assumes these attributes about people from the south by default, but he's not racist. There is no race called the south.
quote: At the end of the day though, he is correct about money flow. States that vote blue tend towards net loss in under Federal tax and spending while red states tend toward net gain.
quote: Red states OTOH are saying even though the current tax structure helps them, they don't want that help and would prefer moving to a tax system which helps blue states. They're the ones staking the noble position here, not the folks imposing a higher tax on themselves and then trying to blame it on the recipients of that tax revenue.
quote: They're welcome to turn down the tax money coming from blue states and send it back.
quote: Really though, the South's also beat you at politics, having relatively more federal programs located there; not just military bases, but NASA facilities, research, government contractors of various sorts, agriculture subsidies, etc. Despite a disadvantage in population.
quote: The south would disintegrate into a Christian version of the current Afghan government in a couple of years without our propping up.
quote: Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Ireland.
quote: All of these countries have Universal Healthcare and mostly allow abortions.
quote: I also pay a lot of taxes, five figures, a year to the federal government alone.
quote: You keep making this argument, and it's idiotic. Your tax money goes to the Federal Government, which it then redistributes in a variety of ways. But to keep making the statement that your tax dollars "props up" southern states exclusively
quote: so it's obviously going to prop up the red states.
quote: There are very few blue states that take more federal money than they pay in taxes,
quote: The blue states would not have budget shortfalls if their federal tax revenue came back to their state instead of to red states.
quote: Maybe the funding could be reduced a bit,
quote: but I'd rather have my tax money spent on developing awesome lasers than pay for unnecessary wars on the middle east or tax cuts for the wealthy...
quote: And yes, they are very, very close to ignition (producing more energy than they are injecting). Killing this program now, when they are so close to success would be the real boondoggle.
quote: Quite the other way around actually, fusion bomb designers are desperate for new information on the way an implosion fusion reaction takes place
quote: For $1 billion more you can demonstrate fusion
quote: Sure leave the country but as long as any income earned from any US based business or investment is still taxed no matter who is earning it, we'll be fine.
quote: Income taxes are high in pretty much throughout Europe, yet people aren't leaving.
quote: The point is that there would be less of that investment taking place, since tax laws would make it less attractive compared to an investment with the same underlying potential returns made elsewhere.
quote: Not to mention the world's financial heart beats in NYC.
quote: And your words are meaningless without facts and figures from reputable studies. I would bet that any such migration is at an insignificant level.