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The closest thing the US has is New York, but NY's growth strategy is based on pillaging the entire US industrial plant, including NY's own. Which creates an external imbalance, but not an internal one.

True, though New York State only gets back about eighty percent of what it pays in federal taxes. And that is misleading since what we're talking about here is the NYC metro area, not New York State.  I can't find the Metro area federal numbers, but as an indicator, NJ and CT get on the order of two thirds back.  Furthermore there are net intrastate transfers as well.  This dwarfs anything in the EU.  Of course if the institutional set up were like that of the EU I rather doubt the wealthy parts of the US would be behaving any differently.  But as you write, not only do poorer states have an equal say, they're effectively more equal than others courtesy of the Senate.

by MarekNYC on Fri Nov 19th, 2010 at 12:07:01 PM EST
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