Some of the memes of rural Republicans include: “the government is taxing us to death,” “we’re paying for other people’s programs” “where’s the benefit to the working
man person?”. Tea Party protests against government are being held on sidewalks, streets and in parks designed, paid for, cleaned and lit by- you guessed it- the very taxes they’re protesting. Irony is begging for attention here.
Especially- according to the following article- in the red states:
It’s no secret: The federal budget is expanding faster than tax revenues, a trend that’s been fueled by the rapid growth of entitlement programs and exacerbated by the recession. As a recent New York Times article documents, even as fiscally conservative lawmakers complain about deficit spending, their constituents don’t want to give up the Social Security checks, Medicare
benefits, and earned income tax credits that provide a safety net for the struggling middle class…
States receiving the most federal funding per tax dollar paid:
1. New Mexico: $2.63
2. West Virginia: $2.57
3. Mississippi: $2.47
4. District of Colombia: $2.41
5. Hawaii: $2.38
6. Alabama: $2.03
7. Alaska: $1.93
8. Montana: $1.92
9. South Carolina: $1.92
10. Maine: $1.78
Read the full article (with interactive maps) here.
- Political Hypocrisy: Taking it to the Bank (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Who Benefits From Social Programs? (wcward57.wordpress.com)
- Democrats need to build ways to turn blue-state subsidies into red-state votes (dailykos.com)
- Abstract maps of the United States (flowingdata.com)
Hawaii, New Mexico, West Virginia and DC are not red on your map that you’ve posted. Granted, WV is pretty close to red, but it’s pretty much even-steven. So – 4 of your top 10 are BLUE states, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m blue through and through, but your heading is just a little misleading.
Whoops- its not the map that went with the story, just an illustration.. More accurate map through the link.