Greece just has people avoiding paying the taxes they owe. The US has the people who owe big taxes rewriting laws so they no longer legally owe taxes at all.
What I predict is an upswing in the number of small towns that learn all of the vagaries of the Federal money system to bypass the state level and get the funding paid directly to the communities. I hope they will focus on education, libraries and necessary public services. Some will.
The rest of the state will probably become Namibia, and return to the dust bowl days.
But hippybear: they do generate tax revenue, by employing people who pay taxes! You see? They've already done their bit.
I'm not sure that this is so unprecedented or catastrophic as people think. The following states have no state income tax at all:
Being an independent contractor means you pay your own health insurance, folks. Not a very cost effective tax avoidance strategy.
Folks will contract themselves back to their current employer and, by and large, the contract will be terminable for any or no reason, and they'll lose all their protections.
I drove through Kansas once and definitely got The Fear. I'm from the coast and that much plain flatness rolling on and on definitely got to me.
Kansas is also the place where the interstate we were on was a toll road. Wife asked how they were going to enforce a toll on the interstate. I said, "It's Kansas, there are only going to be like five exits!" then laughed. I was depressingly correct.
I'm in California and just paid $257 to renew the registration on my 1988 (that's right, 24 year old) chevy pickup for one more year. I pay that every year and it never goes down.
Weird, my car is like 10 years younger than yours and my California registration is less than $100.
Anyone notice what's been happening in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, ah, Kansas? What do people expect the Republicans to do?
"Dust bowl days" as in, if you are not Archer Daniels Midland or Monsanto, you pack up the truck and get the hell out of there. Subsidized wheat farming is not for gentlemen farmers. It takes a lot of production to pay for a $350,000.00 combine-harvester, and subsidies really don't even come close.
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