[The minor differences between the stats as portrayed in the chart above and as reported below are due to different bases. The chart is based on 1990-2009 and those reported below are based on those reported 2005-2010]
States that vote Republican hate the Federal Government and Government Spending, and yet Republican States are generally “welfare states”, that is, States that receive more in Federal funding than they pay in taxes.
For example, rugged, outdoorsy ALASKA so hates America that they talk about seceding. Sarah Palin’s main man was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. Alaskans say, “Leave us alone!”
But Alaska takes in a $ 1.93 for every dollar it pays in taxes.
ALABAMA, heart of the Confederacy, doesn’t like the Federal Government and hasn’t since 1860. But Alabama sucks down a $ 2.03 for every dollar it pays in.
MISSISSIPPI collects $ 2.02 for every dollar it pays.
SOUTH CAROLINA gets $ 1.92 on the dole for every dollar it sends to Washington.
How about the Liberal, Democratic States? CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS and MINNESOTA are consistent supporters of the Democrats and each of them PAYS more to the Federal Government than receiving back. Minnesota for one gets $ 0.72 back for every dollar it sends in. The 16 States which pay more than they get really support the rest of the country (13 of the 16 are Blue).
The Red States (27 of the 33 collectors are Red) are the takers, the entitlement devotees, the welfare moochers while the Blue States are the producers, the successful worker-bees and the veritable Atlas Titans upon whose shoulders the Nation rests. If Atlas should shrug the Red States would have to go back to harvesting road kill, cousin-humping and selling their babies to tourists. Without Federal largesse, they have nothing else.
ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, INDIANA*, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW MEXICO, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO*, OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA*, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WYOMING
CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE , FLORIDA*, ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OREGON, TEXAS, WASHINGTON, WISCONSIN
RHODE ISLAND collected $ 1.00 for every $ 1.00 it sent to Washington DC
* States marked with an asterisk had in the years previous to the one recorded (2005) been in the other camp
While I am not about to dig up the stats now it is well documented that the Red States which generally tend to be Bible-thumping, Morally-pure States are also the States with the highest rates of out-of-wedlock births, divorces, alcoholism, meth addiction, spousal assaults and child abuse (as well as cousin-humping). Just saying.