Posted 5 years ago on June 11, 2013, 11:25 a.m. EST by bensdad
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'Red State Socialism' graphic says GOP-leaning states get lion's share of federal dollars. This graphic has been circulating on the Internet.
Many GOP-leaning states get more in federal funding than they contribute in federal taxes. That's the point made by a graphic that’s circulating on the Internet, titled "Red State Socialism." The chart suggests that Republicans are hypocritical for bashing the federal government and federal spending, when Republican-leaning states are reaping the lion’s share of federal dollars.
The graphic emphasizes this point by showing two tables side by side. States that send more money to the federal government than they receive in federal spending are on the left, and they are primarily blue (or Democratic) states. The table on the right shows states that receive more in federal spending than they contribute in taxes. This table is predominantly red (or Republican).
The graphic says: "Of the 32 states which receive more than they contribute, 27 states (84%) are REPUBLICAN. Of the 18 states which contribute more than they receive, 14 states (78%) are DEMOCRATIC." The source cited is a report by the Tax Foundation, a business-backed group. We checked with the Tax Foundation to see whether the data was legitimate and confirmed that it is.