Inasmuch as conservatives think they have it all figured out, they need to realize that they themselves are the ones they are fighting against.
The biggest stereotype of a liberal, perpetrated by the right, is that we are all just a bunch of lazy moochers and takers, and that we love to feed off the federal government and the tax-payers. All we do is take take take and give nothing back .
Oh but wait, conservatives. I think it’s time to get off the righteous high horse and take a good long look into the mirror. Tell me, what do you see? What have you noticed?
Oh you can’t see it, can you? Well let me say it in plain English (or Duck Dynasty English, whichever is easier): Red states, the same ones that accuse the liberals and the liberal states of being greedy moochers from the federal government, actually receive MORE money in government aid, and give back less to the federal government than blue states do!
As of mid-2012, states that are receiving the most federal funding per tax dollar paid in the United States are:
- New Mexico: $2.63
- West Virginia: $2.57
- Mississippi: $2.47
- District of Colombia: $2.41
- Hawaii: $2.38
- Alabama: $2.03
- Alaska: $1.93
- Montana: $1.92
- South Carolina: $1.92
- Maine: $1.78
(***Numbers may have changed since 2012)
So 7 of the 10 states are Conservative. Now, of course Washington D.C. gets federal money. I’m going to beat the right-wingers and give them the facts (they’ll ignore it anyways): D.C can’t get state money because it’s a city without a state. Under the U.S. Constitution in Article One Section Eight Paragraph 17 “17 : To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful buildings;”
D.C and those who live there, are in essence, wards of the Federal Government. Not an “excuse,” just a technicality.
Overlooking all 50 states, the 22 states that John McCain had won in the 2008 election saw that 86 percent of those states received more federal funding, and paid less back in taxes in 2010, when Republicans took back the House. In the same election, in which Obama won the presidency, about 55 percent of the states President Obama won had received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. A 31 percent difference between the red states and the blue states. Republican states, on average, have received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar they have paid whereas Democratic states, on average, have received $1.16, a 50 cent difference.
This is all according to the 2010 Census and IRS data reveal of those years, and the Tax Foundation for numbers from 2005 and beyond.
So wait a minute, back it up people….are you actually saying that all of these red state politicians, from the state and the federal level, are nothing but absolute hypocrites who don’t realize that they are only shooting themselves in the foot when they say “CUT, CUT, CUT?” Surely you jest. I was shocked too. Imagine, Republicans being hypocrites? That couldn’t happen!
The rural conservative “taker” phenomenon is blatantly on display, or as what the liberals like to call “red-state socialism”. Urban liberal makers, by contrast, are subsidizing these fiscally “conservative” Republicans.
Finally, I can say to a Republican “STOP TAKING MY HARD EARNED CASH!”
Now that the tables have turned, I demand restitution from Republicans and an apology for the invention of the word “libtard.”
And even New York Times came to the rescue of the manipulated right wingers in their February 2012 article by saying that fiscally conservative lawmakers are the ones who do nothing but complain about deficit spending and want cuts to everything, but back at home, their equally conservative constituents don’t want to cut from the Social Security network, their Medicare benefits, etc. However, you ask any conservative, urban or rural, what the federal government needs to cut from, I will bet my life that they’ll tell you we must cut from government programs first. Again, an apology for the word libtard seems to be in order.
Here’s another example: an analysis of fiscal year 2009 funds using the census records, it was found that 31 percent of federal assistance , which totaled up about $446.7 billion, was distributed across the United States. Medicaid funding, for example, was distributed to the states based on the size of their poor populations. Here’s a handy list of the poorest states in 2010 with their median income:
- Mississippi – $35,693
- Arkansas – $37,987
- West Virginia – $39,170
- Tennessee – $40,034
- South Carolina - $41,548
- Montana - $41,587
- Kentucky - $41,828
- Alabama - $42,144
- North Carolina - $42,337
- Louisiana – $42,423
During the 2004 election, in which conservative crusader George Bush won, of the 32 states that had received more than they contribute, 27 states were red states. Of the 18 states which contribute more than they receive, 14 states were blue states. And what a surprise, Bush won all of the 27 red states that received more than they gave back, and Kerry won the 14 states that that gave more back than they received.
This has been going on since at least 2004. For the past 10 years, Republicans and conservatives all across the nation have been hounding every liberal they can as being moochers and takers and leeches. But all the facts point to the exact opposite!
In retrospect, the top 10 highest net contributors to the federal budget are liberal states. The top ten are:
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- California (the “liberal wasteland” as Conservatives call it)
- New York
This is not to shame Republicans or Republican states. As liberals, we look to help those who need it. And clearly Republicans need it. It’s in our belief system that the states or the people of this country who need help will get help. That being said, these facts are here to teach Republicans to look in the mirror and quit accusing the liberals of being the things that they are. We don’t mind helping you, conservatives. This is what we fight for. We just ask that you wake up and join us.