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Smaller States Find Outsize
Clout Growing in Senate

New York Times, by Adam Liptak

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/12/2013 4:52:31 AM

Big State, Small State RUTLAND, Vt. — In the four years after the financial crisis struck, a great wave of federal stimulus money washed over Rutland County. It helped pay for bridges, roads, preschool programs, a community health center, buses and fire trucks, water mains and tanks, even a project to make sure fish could still swim down the river while a bridge was being rebuilt. Just down Route 4, at the New York border, the landscape abruptly turns from spiffy to scruffy. Washington County, N.Y., which is home to about 60,000 people —

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 3/12/2013 5:03:43 AM     (No. 9220445)

You would think that the NYT would know about constitutional powers, and the fact that the Senate represents the states, and the House represents the people. This "outsized clout" of small states having the same number of Senators as large states is there to prevent the big states from running roughshod over the smaller states. As expected, I would not expect New York Times to let facts, truth, and history get in the way of pushing their agenda.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/12/2013 5:19:20 AM     (No. 9220450)

If I´m not mistaken Vermont also does a pretty good job of milking taxpayers for price supports in the dairy industry which runs afoul of the global warmers who think dairy cow farts are a leading cause of climate change.

In the case of the stimulus,maybe Vermont simply had better lobbyists making money grabs for the stimulus.Maybe people look at NY as a lost cause state not worth dumping billions into.Vermont is a very white,very liberal state which should offend other minority states in the battle for federal handouts.How do we know if some of Obama´s biggest donors didn´t come from Vermont and that´s how they got outsized stimulus money.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: plumnellie, 3/12/2013 8:36:22 AM     (No. 9220662)

Here in Mississippi we have seen some movement from industry to our area. This is not so much from any clout from our Senators or Representatives but due to Republican Governors helping make us a right to work state. Finally, both houses of the state are Republican majority. Took way way too long but better late than never. Now to keep the Repubs from becoming good ol boys and corrupt. It is always a fight.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 3/12/2013 9:43:10 AM     (No. 9220770)

Good luck on that, #3.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: woodsman, 3/12/2013 10:26:02 AM     (No. 9220871)

If it weren´t for federal subsidies and grants Vermont would collapse in about a week....they have chased all of their industry out of the state and are trying to shut down all of their energy....Maple syrup and cheeses does not an economy make

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NYbob, 3/12/2013 10:38:18 AM     (No. 9220894)

More nonsense from self described ´intellectuals´ in NYC. They would be happy to see Vermont go back to dirt trails after the major storm and flooding that wiped out a large portion of the Vermont road network. The writers at the Times don´t remember that storm because they are still pouring millions and billions into the corrupt NYC political system that can´t get power to NYC residents months after a hurricane. Also BIG news flash to all the apologists for corrupt and stupid urban ´leadership´ who are still mystified by the lingering homeless problem. When the ACLU forces insane people out of institutions and onto our streets, you have a lingering homeless problem. Sopping up all the money from ´small´ states to feed criminal politicians and hack writers in urban wastelands, is not a solution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/12/2013 11:13:25 AM     (No. 9220971)

Upstate NY looks the way it does because their US Senator spent her time crapping on Bush, and ignoring the actual needs of her constituency.

Because to a liberal, the attainment and retention of power is FAR more important than the ´people´.


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