The Corner

Red States, Blue States, Spending, Ctd.

An email: “The answer to the question in the Corner is cultural. The places most accepting of military bases are culturally conservative. NYC always had protestors and mouthy local politicians causing trouble for the SI naval base. That doesn’t happen at Quantico (or most of red upstate NY either). Moreover, military bases require a lot of land. The urban centers that make up the strength of the blue states don’t have it to spare and its all expensive. Finally, blues states are older on average than red states. Old people are wealthier than younger ones. That’s another reason for the disparity.

“Did you know that the 16th amendment (income taxes) was designed to be a millionaires’ tax and at the time more than 90% of all millionaires lived in NY. It was explicitly thought that the wealth of NY would be tapped for the rest of the country. And that is exactly what is occurring.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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