8% of South Dakota's population is American Indian (many from tribes who were run out of Minnesota); Minnesota's is 1%. South Dakota has a bunch of Indian reservations, Federal land and national parks; Minnesota, not so much. South Dakota's 2nd largest employer is an air force base; Minnesota has some recruiting stations in strip malls. The people of Minnesota should send the people of South Dakota a thank you card for bearing the burden of Minnesota's shameful treatment of the Indians...with a PS "and thanks for protecting us from Russian nukes and giving us numerous places to vacation." In addition, it's not surprising that many of the states with the highest per cap Federal spending (per the Tax Foundation) are also states with a higher military presence. In a nutshell...the Tax Foundation numbers don't necessarily out states as free-loaders as you'd have us to believe.
I never said that they were freeloaders but I will say that the data clearly shows that those states are more dependent on the federal government to sustain their economies than others and that there is a clear redistribution of federal tax dollars to those states. It may be because of the military, farm subsidize, FEMA payments, etc, etc. If you suggest a reduction in farm subsidize or the closing of a military base in one of these states all you will hear about are the jobs and associated economic losses, and to think the RNC chair now says "the government does not create any jobs."
Bottom line, those states get more money back than they pay in. I continue to find it ironic that many folks that post here that live in those high return states are all for lower taxes and less government when they already pay relatively lower taxes and get more government benefits than others.
Stop your drooling Henry. I know you covet the Sodak life. If you join the tax paying ranks, you can move here, but I don't want any freeloaders... you can stay in the PROM for that.:D
As a break-in period, start in Sioux Falls...lotsa libs there. But don't go west of the river unles you've had a course in 'Redneck'...we don't want this part of the state overrun by socialists.
After Johnson and his cronies had more votes come from the Pine Ridge res than there are voters, and defeated John Thune, we saw to it that wasn't gonna happen again. Voila! Guess who's now in the senate, and who's working to get enough $$$ to pay his back taxes? No it's not Johnson. He's still in Washington building his nestegg. But he'll never spend it.
It's a tossup who will go first...Kennedy, Byrd, or Johnson. Couldn't fault the dude running against him. Too much of a sympathy vote for Johnson. But the farm libs will soon understand his votes to follow the Obamaites are not what a true South Dakotan was voting for. And our neighbors to the North are looking very seriously at those sycophants they have in the Senate also. As they continue following in lock step with BHO and his policies, they will finally have their backsides exposed, and everyone will get into the kicking contest.