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Welfare bums on crack, or....

I'm intrigued by this post from TaxProf about a report from the Tax Foundation on the expenditures of federal dollars per dollar of taxes -- iow, which states pay more than they get and which states get more than they pay into the federal pool?

What's interesting is that TaxProf took it a step further and overlayed the Red v. Blue state maps, and it's an interesting tale.

The report shows that of the 32 states (and the District of Columbia) that are "winners" -- receiving more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes -- 76% are Red States that voted for George Bush in 2000. Indeed, 17 of the 20 (85%) states receiving the most federal spending per dollar of federal taxes paid are Red States.

In contrast, of the 16 states that are "losers" -- receiving less in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes -- 69% are Blue States that voted for Al Gore in 2000. Indeed, 11 of the 14 (79%) of the states receiving the least federal spending per dollar of federal taxes paid are Blue States.

Apparently, states who are living off of federal spending are voting Republican. It seems to be in direct opposition the Republican party's vantage which in recent decades has been "states rights," "small government," and "lower taxes" driven. Perhaps it is really returning to its roots and origins as the party of Lincoln who redefined the role of the federal government, the union.

As one friend of mine put it, "So much for the theories of those inner city crackhead welfare bums bleeding this country dry."

November 12, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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