I was working on a blog post featuring studies that show the flow of tax dollars from taxpayers, to federal general funds pools, and then back to the states (and then presumably back to taxpayers), when I ran across a blogger’s instructions to readers who Comment. The instructions are worth quoting, and worth reading.
From Barry Ritholtz at Think Tank (scroll down to the post’s Comments section to see these instructions):
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.” [Link to blog post and instructions to Comment writers.]
I’m sure serious bloggers (and online news reporters) everywhere could add a few more pointed instructions to their own Comment writers.
In any event, here’s a quick view of some tax flow studies I’ve found so far, but I will leave a serious discussion of this information for those more qualified than I:
1) Visual Economics
2) Tax Foundation (and read their other reports)
3) A regional view of the flow of federal money back to each state’s taxpayers, from the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Thoughtful, funny, or useful Comments are welcome.
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