An excellent DKos thread points out the irony of the Red (GOP) states that feed at the taxpayers’ trough versus the Blue states that take less in government resources and support those Red states:
States Receiving Most in Federal Spending Per Dollar of Federal Taxes Paid (red states in bold):
North Dakota ($2.03)
New Mexico ($1.89)
West Virginia ($1.74)
South Dakota ($1.59)
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. Here are the Top 10 states that supply feed for the federal trough (with Blue States highlighted in bold):
States Receiving Least in Federal Spending Per Dollar of Federal Taxes Paid:
New Jersey ($0.62)
New Hampshire ($0.68)
New York ($0.81)
Two states — Florida and Oregon (coincidentally, the two closest states in the 2000 Presidential election) — received $1.00 in federal spending for each $1.00 in federal taxes paid.
So much for the GOP representing smaller government.