Folks down south and out west are fond of shaking their fists against "big government" and all the welfare queens in places like California, New York and Massachusetts. What a wonderful opportunity for them to live up to their rhetoric. What a chance for all those Southerners and cowboys to get out of the cart and help the rest of us pull!

A second positive effect? If the states that actually pay the bills chose the government, maybe this would at last restore some fiscal sanity to Washington.

It's just an idea. Sure beats the current fiasco -- or letting the people of Iowa pick the next president because they did last time.

Repeat after me: "A strong America needs big corn ethanol subsidies."
In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, Brett Arends doesn't own or short individual stocks. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. Arends takes a critical look inside mutual funds and the personal finance industry in a twice-weekly column that ranges from investment advice for the general reader to the industry's latest scoop. Prior to joining TheStreet.com in 2006, he worked for more than two years at the Boston Herald, where he revived the paper's well-known 'On State Street' finance column and was part of a team that won two SABEW awards in 2005. He had previously written for the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail newspapers in London, the magazine Private Eye, and for Global Agenda, the official magazine of the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. Arends has also written a book on sports 'futures' betting.

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