April 15 is Tax Day (or if you’re “Kenny Boy” Lay, it’s Saturday). Have you paid your federal taxes yet? Trent Lott is hoping you have, for you see for every $1.00 Mississippi pays in taxes, it gets $1.77 back from the federal government in the form of government spending on the state with 4 eyes and can’t see.
An interesting report on Federal Tax Burdens and Expenditures by State details which states get the most for every dollar they send to the feds and which states get the least. The map on page 2 is especially informative. The biggest giver is New Jersey: for every $1.00 NJ sends, they get $0.55 back.
The biggest taker is New Mexico: For every dollar they send they get $2.00 back from the feds. Yes I know the red state/blue state map overgeneralizes about the character of the population of a state. Yes there are plenty of good hardworking Kerry voters in Bush states and deluded Bush voters in blue states. Just bear with me here:
We’ve all heard about how elitist and lazy blue staters are, how they don’t understand the “heartland of America.” The red states that works hard, spur the economy, and don’t rely on trust funds or welfare like those morally degenerate blue state folks. The red states don’t like “big guv’ment” takin’ their hard earned tax dollars. That’s funny, because most of the states that give more in taxes then they receive in federal spending are blue states. Meantime, most red states get more in federal spending then they give in federal taxes.
Look at the top ten states that give more than they get: New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Illinois, Nevada, California, New York, Delaware, and Colorado. Among the top ten givers, 8 are Kerry blue. Shift a few votes in Nevada and Colorado and all Top Ten giving states would be unanimously blue.
Now lets look at the top 10 states that get more than they give: New Mexico, Alaska, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Alabama, Virginia, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota. Among the top 10 tax money getters, 9 are Bush red.
Here’s something even more interesting: Of the 31 red states, only five are giving more than they get: Colorado, Nevada, Indiana, Texas, and Georgia. Of the 20 blue states, only 7 take more than they give: DC, Maine, Hawaii, Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Notice the geographic breakdown as well. Except for Hawaii, none of the states in the West that give more $ than they recieve voted for Kerry. All the solid red Western states take more than they give. Meantime, of the three battleground states of NM, CO, and Nevada, two give more than they get. There are no blue state takers in the Midwest. All but one red state in the MidWest get more federal largesse than they give to the feds.
While six Northeast states get more than they give, 11 of the 13 southern states get more in federal spending than they send in taxes. That’s right, the most Democratic region of the country subsidizes the most Republican region of the country BIGTIME. We might also add that the South has higher poverty, divorce, and murder rates than any other region in the US of A http://www.fuckthesouth.com/
Hey wait a minute Nick, you’re in a blue state that takes more than it gives. Well, sort of. The nearest city to me, Washington DC, does get more in federal spending than it gives in taxes. But then again, if it weren’t for all the federal buildings in Washington-that the city of DC cannot levy property taxes on-where would all the federal loans and grants to the states be processed?
Let’s not forget all the federal employees who are responsible for writing the regulations that benefit all Americans (food safety anyone?) and do the actual processing of Medicaid and other such funding. It turns out many of them live in Washington DC. Or these civil servants live in my homestate, a blue state taker, of Maryland. Mostly they live in the blue counties of Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore City, or Baltimore County. So yes, Maryland takes more in taxes that it sends: It also provides most of the federal workforce that delivers any federal benefits that anybody, anywhere receives.
In fact, your Social Security tax dollars are not sent to the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC. Because the SSA is not in Washington DC-it’s in Baltimore, Maryland. On behalf of the Baltimoreans working their butts off to make sure all the old and disabled folks get their SS checks (many of whom live in red states) I say “you’re welcome.”
Interestingly, while MD gets $1.44 for every dollar it sends, that’s not as much as the other state that border DC: the red state of Virginia. Virginia gets $1.66 from the feds for every dollar it sends. My New York relatives are coming to visit some friends down there. Hey Virginia GOP. Yeah, you guys that control both of Virginia’s Senate seats, a majority of the Va. US House seats, and a majority of both houses of the Va. state legislature. Do you think you can do something about the god awful traffic problems in your state? Don’t worry, the transportation costs won’t hurt Virginia’s budget. New Yorkers will pay for the roads and mass transit in Virginia- after all they’ve been paying for them for years.