Not that I think Obama needs any help winning the election but, damn, there’s just no way I can keep myself from mentioning this…
STATE GREED – Who gets the most of your money?
Have a look at the map below and note that the dollar amount you see for each state is the total that state gets back from the government for every dollar they pay in federal taxes. In other words, this graphic details which states request more from government coffers than they pay in and which states request less.
SOURCE: The Tax Foundation (.pdf link)
With all the harping about which candidates were the guiltiest of requesting earmarks for their constituents, I would ask that you have a look at four states in particular:
Illinois and Delaware: $0.82 and $0.79 | Total: $1.52 | Average
per state: –$0.24
Arizona and Alaska: $1.30 and $1.87 | Total: $3.17 | Average per state: +$0.59
As you can see, the McCain/Palin total is more than twice that of Obama/Biden. Hell, Alaska’s total by itself is more than those of Illinois and Delaware combined. In fact, Alaska and Arizona are the second and third greediest states in the country. Make no mistake: the right-wing accusation that Obama is the master of pork-barreling is an outright lie, just like the majority of their pitiful, desperate claims.
Bonus tidbit: Alaska was actually 12th in the union for federal expenditures ten years ago, but by 2004, they had shot up ten places to number two. Think about what that means, especially in light of the fact Alaskans pay neither sales tax nor income tax and receive dividends from the state’s oil sales.
Why, exactly, does Alaska need that much of your money? I think we all know the answer to that…