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Ehrlich gets the numbers wrong
Ehrlich gets the numbers wrong

I'm often perplexed by the content in Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column and wonder if he is free from fact-checking because his words appear on the op-ed page. One particular paragraph in his column, "American values under Obama" (Nov. 2), left me even more confused than usual. First, Mr. Ehrlich trots out the old canard about blue states requesting increased federal spending while lauding "heartland" states (read: red states) for practicing fiscal discipline. According to the Atlantic Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, the 10 biggest state "takers" of federal aid include seven deep reds (headed up by South Carolina and North Dakota and including red...