An item in today’s Daily News caught my attention. The author, in an effort to slam former Governor Sarah Palin, notes that Alaska receives $1.84 in spending for every dollar paid in Federal taxes, while New York gets 79 cents and New Jersey comes in dead last with 61 cents.
You might believe that the states that most often vote Democratic, and favor government intervention to help the people, are the states that receive the most benefits for every dollar that they pay in taxes. But in fact, the correlation is the other way around: in general, the states that get the biggest return are the ‘red states’ most likely to vote Republican and stand up for ‘rugged individualism.’
So I guess government spending is bad, unless they spend it on my state….