Stop leeching off us hard-working taxpayers you lazy socialist losers!

We’ve written a lot here at S&R about the “donor state/taker state” phenomenon, especially in the context of talk about secession. Of course, you know what they say about the pictures-to-words exchange rate, I’m sure, so instead of boring you with a thousand more words, have a picture.

Credit: Thanks, UpWorthy.

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  1. The worst possible thing that could happen to the donor states would be for the taker states to create their own country. This new country (Takerstand) would rush to reduce wages far below the current minimum wage, thereby drawing companies from makerstan to move there. Next, pollution regulations would be dumped…acid rain and other crossborder pollutants would flow into makerstan with impunity. Social security and medicaid would be ravaged thereby resulting in a mass exodus of poor streaming to makerstand for healthcare and food to survive old age.

  2. Kevin, you forget that sovereign nations can put a halt to most of the things you postulate. Takerstan already has lured manufacturers with low wages. This is not new. If Makerstan wants, it can impose tariffs on goods made in Takerstan to partially or fully offset any wage differential, though that practice has its own consequences. Makerstan does not have to allow immigration from Takerstan, and if it does, it does not have to allow those immigrants access to any social services. Anyway, that’s already happening now. There’s nothing new in this.

    You make a good point about pollution, but let’s remember that Makerstan will have most of the purchasing power. It can refuse to buy goods made in environmentally unfavorable ways, if it likes, putting economic pressure on Takerstan to reduce its pollutants.

    But let’s forget government intervention like tariffs and the like, and just talk about the economics of the thing. Everything you postulate already exists in the relationship between the US and Mexico, doesn’t it? Manufacturing in many industries is not at all like it used to be. Plants need skilled, well-educated workers instead of employees to take the place of dumb machines. Takerstan will have a terrible education system, and companies will immediately perceive this. Even if those companies were allowed to import some skilled workers from Makerstan, the Makerstan workers won’t want to come because they won’t want to raise children there. To lure them, they’d have to pay them higher wages, thereby negating much, if not all, of Takerstan’s wage differential.

    In general, Takerstan would be far less productive than Makerstan, and low productivity leads to legion problems in moving a company there. I would expect, actually, for many corporate headquarters to leave Takerstan if there were a split.

  3. Great charts and excellent source but I did notice some blue in the takers. Would the difference be because the blue states hold the bulk of urbanization which have bigger populations to pay for more taxes? Also how ’bout a chart showing states facing possible bankruptcy as in California/Illinois which would clarify the “whole picture better? Also don’t think the blue states could survive adequately with out the red states. Bad times for all of us any way you cut it.