The Roanoke Times editorial team this morning:
For decades, federal spending has buoyed Virginia and its credit rating. Investors knew that cash flowed freely across the Potomac River and that many federal workers chose to live in the commonwealth.Got that?
Virginia receives more federal spending per capita than any other state except Alaska. It is one of the lucky states that is a net recipient of federal spending. Other states subsidize us and boost our economy.
Given that relationship, it behooves Virginia to promote a reasoned compromise in Washington.
In the meantime, Virginia must continue to invest in economic development that fosters a diverse economy throughout the commonwealth. The greater the dominance of Northern Virginia, the more susceptible we are to being caught up in the financial woes of Washington.
We need to find a compromise so that government can do "more of the same" (i.e., shower money on us). And it's that "more of the same" that is going to ruin us.
For the love of God.