Remember last week when my in-laws vowed to prevent a single dime of their tax money from going to bail out California? And I kindly pointed out (in my head at least) that if they wanted to rally against blood-sucking-leech-states, their protests could start a little closer to home?
Well, someone else has noted the same:
It isn’t surprising that the more Republican a state leans, the more likely it is to be furious about government spending. But what is surprising is that states with the highest anti-spending sentiment appear to be the largest beneficiaries of government spending. Not only do red states swallow the lion’s share of government spending, but Richardson found a linear relationship between the extent of GOP support in a state—and, by implication, the fervor of its anti-government sentiment—and the amount of federal largesse the state receives.
The 28 states where George W. Bush won more than 50 percent of the vote in 2004 received an average of $1.32 for every dollar contributed. The 19 states where Bush received less than 50 percent of the vote collected 93 cents on the dollar.
Strange, isn’t it? It’s almost as if there were some deep psychological need to outwardly bash the things one secretly needs and desires.