Red States Mostly Welfare States Dependent On Blue States But Likely Too Uninformed to Know

Updated August 1, 2013
I wrote this piece in November of 2010. After listening to New Jersey Chris Christie’s response to Rand Paul’s accusation of Christie being a “gimme, gimme, gimme” politician, implying that he was a ‘taker’ from the government I changed the title of an essay I am writing for publication to “Governor Chris Christie -Senator Rand Paul Feud Could Make Christie President“. In no uncertain terms, Christie made Kentucky Senator Rand Paul aware that it was Kentucky that was a beggar state as it receives much more from the Federal Government than it pays in while New Jersey gets back much less than it pays in. I will go into the dynamics of how Christie can ride that the hypocrisy of Red States being welfare states right into the presidency.

Note below that the only Red State that gets back less than it sends to Washington is Texas. Of course Texas’ wealth of natural resources can hide a lot of its intrinsic dysfunction.

Red StateI just sat at my computer with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich checking my emails and hate mails for the day when one came in from a dear friend and political activist. Her email got my political juices flowing for the morning, not that I needed help this morning as I was blogging all night and still on an information high.

She directed me to this blog entry at DailyKos which references this New York Daily News article. In a nutshell it illustrated that not only is Alaska a welfare state in that it receives many more Federal dollars than it pays in taxes, but it is a state that runs a budget surplus because of low population and a lot of oil and as a consequence is able to provide each citizen with a government check every year (state welfare).

It is amusing that those most concerned about the budget deficit are those most dependent on the government. Unfortunately their willful ignorance caused by their affinity for acquiescing to misinformation continue to have them support policies that will ultimately keep them in poverty or prevent their financial growth out of indentured servitude.

Here is a suggestion that will get those in the red states attention rather quickly. Politicians can balance the budget if every state that receives more from the federal government than they pay to the federal government in taxes simply get one dollar for every dollar they pay in taxes. The blue states will be more than happy to continue contributing more than they pay in taxes for the good of the entire country.

Alabama $1.66 Alaska $1.84
Arizona $1.19 Arkansas $1.41
California $0.78 Colorado $0.81
Connecticut $0.69 Delaware $0.77
Florida $0.97 Georgia $1.01
Hawaii $1.44 Idaho $1.21
Illinois $0.75 Indiana $1.05
Iowa $1.10 Kansas $1.12
Kentucky $1.51 Louisiana $1.78
Maine $1.41 Maryland $1.30
Massachusetts $0.82 Michigan $0.92
Minnesota $0.72 Mississippi $2.02
Missouri $1.32 Montana $1.47
Nebraska $1.10 Nevada $0.65
New Hampshire $0.71 New Jersey $0.61
New Mexico $2.03 New York $0.79
North Carolina $1.08 North Dakota $1.68
Ohio $1.05 Oklahoma $1.36
Oregon $0.93 Pennsylvania $1.07
Rhode Island $1.00 South Carolina $1.35
South Dakota $1.53 Tennessee $1.27
Texas $0.94 Utah $1.07
Vermont $1.08 Virginia $1.51
Washington $0.88 West Virginia $1.76
Wisconsin $0.86 Wyoming $1.11
Corroborating data can be found at the Tax Foundation. I extracted the data and created an easy to understand table. The dollar amount is the amount received for every dollar the state sends to the Federal government. The chart is effective for year ending 2005 (latest available data). Red states colored red and blue states colored blue,