I smoke cigarettes. Go ahead and boo and hiss. My choice. It is a legal product. Government doesn’t want us to smoke but contradict themselves by loving the cigarette tax money. Stupidology 101. But we’re use to that from our government, right?
I’m been saying for years that since the Feds like telling us what to do, next on their list will be the fat people. They will come after them. And we’re seeing new laws all over the U.S. now to ban soft drinks, change rules for what fast food places can sell, what kind of oil we can use to fry, and on and on. It will only get worse as far as the Feds telling us what we can and can’t do – count on it.
A recent fat study came out and there has been a lot of media lately about the rankings of the “fattest” states in the nation. Mississippi and Alabama come in at No. 1 & 2 respectfully.
What I find very interesting is comparing this ranking to a ranking of states as to how many Federal dollars they receive per dollar of federal taxes they pay. For instance, Alabama comes in at No. 7 getting back $1.66 for every dollar sent to Washington. (which makes the constant shouts toward Washington to keep their hands off our business sound rather hollow.)
So here’s what we have ….
Fat state ranking Federal welfare state ranking
- Mississippi no. 2
- Alabama no. 7
- West Virginia no. 5
- Tennessee no. 19
- Louisiana no. 4
- Kentucky no. 9
- Oklahoma no. 15
- South Carolina no. 16
- Arkansas no. 14
- Michigan no. 37
So all of the top 10 fat states except Michigan get more dollars back from Washington than they send them.
On the other end of the spectrum, of the 10 least fat states, 6 of them get back less from the feds than they send.
So what is the lesson here?
For certain, the farther south one goes in this country, the more likely you are to see fat folks. And could it be that many are fat because they’re not working very hard and therefore, not paying a lot of taxes?
You heard it first here in Richard’s World. The Fat Police are Coming!
Until next time,