We’ve all heard the cliché, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” This certainly applies to the December 10, 2017 article in The Journal Times headed, “Blue states fund red ones.”

The article compares tax (dollars, not percentages) paid by residents of New Jersey and other high-income states to taxes paid by the people of Mississippi and low-income states, alleging “blue” states actually support “red” states. New Jersey is fourth in income; Mississippi is 50th. Any wonder why New Jersey pays more than Mississippi?

Rather than manipulate the numbers to advance an agenda by making absurd comparisons between high- and low- income states, look at two similar states. Wisconsin controlled by Republicans and the nearly bankrupt state of Illinois controlled by Democrats.

The article is misleading to advance an agenda, except for the last paragraph. In it, the author notes that, on average, states receive $1.14 in return for every dollar sent to Washington; adding it’s the reason for the federal government budget deficit.

It appears ironic to fund an agency (IRS) formed to collect revenue, and return more than it collects. Ironic or moronic? Now, this is a topic worth writing about. However, it doesn’t advance an agenda.

Carl R. Cecelia

Burlington

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