Originally Posted by Tom.Jay61
I didn't misread anything.
The taxpayers in Texas did not get back there money. The statement that these states "received more than residents paid in taxes" might be accurate, however who is "the state"? Federal employees who work in that state? Do you have any idea how many military bases are in Texas? Do you know how much federal property has to be maintained in those states? How much of that money goes to medicaid costs? Yeah, neither do I, because the OP doesn't provide the information.
Also when you factor in the waste, fraud and abuse, I guarantee the +200 billion dollars that Texas sends to the pig trough in wash dc would be managed much more efficiently if they just kept the money and handled the above mentioned costs themselves. In fact, they would be left with a surplus.
I asked you because you highlighted a sentence fragment. We don't disagree here. I am saying that not only does Texas run efficiently enough to tax its citizens substantially less than most states, but that historically Texas pays more money to the Federal government than it receives. The notion of Texas falling apart (economically) without Federal money is ridiculous.