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An Analogy Between States and NBA Players

An important question (and argument) occurs every four years – are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? It will be no different this election. What may vary are the answers from Republican led states vs Democrat ones. During these slow summer political doldrums I’ve seen some TV talking heads spinning the idea that conservative areas recuperating from the recession of 2008, are something Obama can use to his political advantage. Let’s not buy what they’re selling. Starting in 2009, with the Republican Governor wins in Virginia and New Jersey, and continuing with the 2010 Republican Governor wins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Oklahoma, there is strong evidence of a rejection of Obama politics and a political disadvantage for Obama.

However, I can think of five states that did not become part of the wave of newly elected Republicans. These five states are Washington, Oregon, California, Illinois, and Connecticut. These states are financial basketcases, and residents who can’t take it anymore are voting with their feet to conservative states. We must not have the federal government bail them out.

Not all states are the same though there may be similarities, and since the focus is on five states, using the five playing positions of basketball might be helpful for an analogy. It’s difficult to compare center Dwight Howard to shooting guard Kobe Bryant because of the different skills they need to perform at their position. Below are five tables that compare states that are close in terms of populations. An NBA player is assigned to represent a particular state.

  • Center position California=Ben Wallace Florida=Dwight Howard
  • Strong Forward position Illinois=Glen Davis Pennsylvania=Dirk Nowitzki
  • Small Forward position Washington= Corey Brewer Virginia=LeBron James
  • Point Guard position Oregon=Norris Cole Oklahoma=Ty Lawson
  • Shooting Guard position Connecticut=J.R.Smith Nebraska=Kobe Bryant

If I’m pursuing happiness and success I choose Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Ty Lawson, and Kobe Bryant instead of those others most have never heard of. It’s a whole lot easier to move from a state than to move from a country, and this is why Washington DC needs a change of leadership that puts our nation on the right track like some Republican Governors have put their state on the right track.

The source of the data used in the tables can be seen here.

Center Ben Wallace (California) vs Center Dwight Howard (Florida)

. California Florida
Total Shortfall Amount of FY10 Budget $45.5 billion $6.0 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY10 Budget 52.8% 28.5%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY11 Budget $17.9 billion $4.7 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget 20.7% 19.5%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY12 Budget $23.9 billion $3.7 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY12 Budget 27.8% 15.8%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY13 Budget $15.0 billion $1 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY13 Budget 16.2% 4.1%

Strong Forward Glen Davis (Illinois) vs Strong Forward Dirk Nowitzki (Pennsylvania)

. Illinois Pennsylvania
Total Shortfall Amount of FY10 Budget $14.3 billion $5.9 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY10 Budget 43.7% 23.6%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY11 Budget $13.5 billion $4.1 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget 40.2% 16.2%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY12 Budget $6.4 billion $3.7 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY12 Budget 18.5% 13.5%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY13 Budget $1.8 billion $540 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY13 Budget 5.5% 2.0%

Small Forward Corey Brewer (Washington) vs Small Forward LeBron James (Virginia)

. Washington Virginia
Total Shortfall Amount of FY10 Budget $4.8 billion $3.6 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY10 Budget 23.2% 24.1%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY11 Budget $4.6 billion $1.3 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget 29.6% 8.5%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY12 Budget $2.7 billion $2.0 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY12 Budget 16.9% 12.2%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY13 Budget $3.1 billion $145 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY13 Budget 19.6% 0.8%

Point Guard Cole Norris (Oregon) vs Point Guard Ty Lawson (Oklahoma)

. Oregon Oklahoma
Total Shortfall Amount of FY10 Budget $4.2 billion $1.6 billion
Shortfall as Percent of FY10 Budget 32.4% 28.4%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY11 Budget $1.7 billion $725 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget 24.0% 13.7%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY12 Budget $1.7 billion $500 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY12 Budget 24.0% 9.0%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY13 Budget $1.7 billion $0
Shortfall as Percent of FY13 Budget 24.3% 0%

Shooting Guard J.R.Smith (Connecticut) vs Shooting Guard Kobe Bryant (Nebraska)

. Connecticut Nebraska
Total Shortfall Amount of FY10 Budget $4.7 billion $305 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY10 Budget 27.0% 9.2%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY11 Budget $5.1 billion $329 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY11 Budget 28.8% 9.7%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY12 Budget $3.2 billion $166 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY12 Budget 17.1% 4.8%
Total Shortfall Amount of FY13 Budget $3.1 billion $347 million
Shortfall as Percent of FY13 Budget 16.0% 9.8%

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    NBA star Jason Kidd arrested at zero-dark-thirty this morning for DWI in The Hamptons:  https://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/15/report-jason-kidd-arrested-on-dwi-charge/   ……… The Hamptons ?……. Damn 1%’ers.

    And from the amateur ranks, dateline Philadelphia, the city of brotherly shove, August 2011……. https://theamericansurvivalguide.com/showthread.php?4719-Basketball-Jones-has-nothin-on-this-crowd

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    Oooooooo eeeeeeeee ooooooooo !

  2. Good analogy Pilgrim although I confess the only thing I know about basketball is you are supposed to get the ball through the net. Ohio for the first time in a long time has a balanced budget thanks to Kasich.

  1. I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    NBA star Jason Kidd arrested at zero-dark-thirty this morning for DWI in The Hamptons:  https://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/15/report-jason-kidd-arrested-on-dwi-charge/   ……… The Hamptons ?……. Damn 1%’ers.

    And from the amateur ranks, dateline Philadelphia, the city of brotherly shove, August 2011……. https://theamericansurvivalguide.com/showthread.php?4719-Basketball-Jones-has-nothin-on-this-crowd

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    I got a Basketball Jones !

    Oooooooo eeeeeeeee ooooooooo !

  2. Good analogy Pilgrim although I confess the only thing I know about basketball is you are supposed to get the ball through the net. Ohio for the first time in a long time has a balanced budget thanks to Kasich.

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