Ohhhh we used to DREAM of livin’ in a corridor! Woulda’ been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woken up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House!? Hmph.
— Michael Palin (from Four Yorkshiremen, Monty Python)
The continuing competition among U.S. states to outdo one another in declining tax receipts combined with job losses is starting to feel like a variant of the classic Four Yorkshiremen sketch from Monty Python.