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Sunday, November 4, 2012


I have to believe that Republican voters are largely motivated by a hatred of taxation and a contempt for those who they consider to be freeloaders on those tax dollars.

So it is more than a little bit ironic that Republican strongholds are leaches sucking money out of the Democratic States, where, coincidentally, people are more urban and well educated.

"There is a very strong correlation, then, between a state voting for Republicans and receiving more in federal spending than its residents pay to the federal government in taxes (the rust belt and Texas being notable exceptions). In essence, those in blue states are subsidizing those in red states. Both red and blue states appear to be acting politically in opposition to their economic interests. Blue states are voting for candidates who are likely to continue the policies of red state subsidization while red states are voting for candidates who profess a desire to reduce federal spending (and presumably red state subsidization)."

 In this map, red states are net recipients of federal spending, blue states are net donors.

In this map, red represents republican and blue democrtic electoral votes in the 2008 presidential election.

Pretty amazing.


Anonymous said...

When China/Japan/Korea decide to pull the plug on banksta freeloading (also known as bonds and the FIRE economy) will (former?) bankstas be dumpster diving?

Syrbal/Labrys said...

Talk about biting the hands that feed them....

Booksellers versus Bestsellers said...

I've looked for a sociological explanation in the past, as in this post: http://booksellersvsbestsellers.blogspot.com/2010/11/welfare-state-resentment.html

But Lee Atwater offered a much simpler explanation, related to the Southern strategy.