Political Hypocrisy: Taking it to the Bank

Most Red States Take More Money From Washington Than They Put In. Even as Republicans gripe about deficit spending, their states get 30 cents more federal spending per tax dollar than their Democratic neighbors.

Imagine that. Republicans don’t like poor people getting rich folk’s money, but they’re happy to take as much as they get and more into their own coffers.

As a recent New York Times article documents, even as fiscally conservative lawmakers complain about deficit spending, their constituents don’t want to give up the Social Security checks, Medicare benefits, and earned income tax credits that provide a safety net for the struggling middle class. This gap between political perception and fiscal reality is also reflected in the distribution of tax dollars at the state level: Most politically “red” states are financially in the red when it comes to how much money they receive from Washington compared with what their residents pay in taxes.

Fun. Hypocrisy. Politicians….

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