New Study Finds 14 of The 15 Biggest ‘Moocher States’ Are Republican Controlled

Blue States are less dependent on the Federal Government
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Although America’s official name is the United States of America, it is obvious based on the past five years with an African American man as President that the states of this country are anything but united. However, the one factor that does contribute to the country allegedly being united is the federal government that Republican-led states hate with a passion. The reasons red states detest the federal government vary depending, in part, on the geographical location of the states although the physical location has little to do with why they hate a centralized authority. In general, red states hate the federal government because their leaders do not control the direction and policies of the nation, and it has led to calls to secede from America to start their own conservative Utopias where every citizen is heavily armed, an evangelical Christian, and pays corporations for the privilege of living in a libertarian theocracy.

As much as red states hate the federal government, they never complain about the level of other taxpayers’ dollars the feds send to Republican states to accommodate state laws that keep wages low, poor people hungry and unhealthy, and state income and corporate tax rates lower than the rest of the nation. In fact, it is reasonable to compare American taxpayers feeding, housing, and providing healthcare for Walmart employees barely surviving on low slave wages to red states inordinately collecting federal tax dollars to make up for low state tax rates primarily benefitting corporations and wealthy residents.

It is stunning that Republicans complain so bitterly about Americans who earn so little they require government assistance just to survive that garners the label moochers and freeloaders, and yet red states mooch off the federal government just to provide low corporate tax rates and little to no income taxes for the very rich. According to a comprehensive study detailing the disparity between red and blue states regarding the level of federal government assistance as it relates to state tax rates, there are three areas that revealed red states are more dependent on the federal government than blue states.

Wallethub analyzed the disparity between all 50 states and their share of federal funding based on government data and three key metrics including; the return on taxes paid to the federal government, federal funding as a percentage of a state’s revenue, and the number of federal employees per capita. The return on taxes paid to the federal government is how many dollars in federal funding state taxpayers receive for every dollar they pay in federal income taxes. Federal funding as a percentage of state revenue is, as it seems, how much of a state’s revenue is provided by the federal government that means without it states would have to cut services or raise taxes. And the number of federal employees in a state addresses how much a state owes the federal government for providing a percentage of a state’s workforce that owes its livelihood to the federal government.

The results of the study are not surprising, and as it turns out all but one of the 15 states most dependent on the federal government are Republican controlled, have very low state tax rates, receive inordinately more federal government-provided revenue than states with higher tax rates, more federal workers than blue states, and receive a higher percentage of return for every dollar paid in federal taxes. There is a reason Republican-controlled states boast they have lower taxes than blue states, and it is solely because they are more dependent on federal funding to support state revenue and low taxes. In fact, there is a 34.4% correlation between how much a state depends on federal assistance and its tax rates that means the more federal money Republicans can leach from Democratic state’s federal tax dollars, the least likely they are to impose higher tax rates. Overall, red states had an average federal government dependency ranking of 33.5 as opposed to blue states that ranked 19.2 on average.

As an example, the state most dependent on the federal government was Mississippi that received $3.07 for every dollar spent on federal taxes, had 8.67 federal employees (per capita), and allowed the federal government, and other taxpayers, to fund 45.8% of the state’s revenue. Contrast Mississippi with the state least dependent on the federal government, and other taxpayers, Delaware that received $0.50 for every federal tax dollar sent to the government, Connecticut with 4.91 federal employees per capita, and Hawaii that received 23.6% of its revenue from the federal government. There is also a direct correlation between blue states with higher tax rates that received the fewest federal contracts, fewest and lowest amount in federal grants, and least amount of federal insurance assistance. The disparity between blue state and red state dependency on the federal government means, without exception, that red states boasting low tax rates are the storied 47% that are mooching off the federal government and other taxpayers in predominately blue states.

Americans living in blue states typically earn more that allows them to pay more in federal and state taxes than those living in red states, particularly Southern states, that boast right to work for less laws, higher rates of uninsured residents, and lower tax rates primarily benefit the wealthy and corporations reaping profits off low wages and other taxpayers subsidizing their profits. The majority of Americans, especially those living in Democratic-controlled states, are more than happy to help their brethren living in pathetic Republican-controlled states because they comprehend that this is supposed to be a United States. However, they would overwhelmingly prefer their tax dollars went to education, infrastructure repair, and providing Veterans with the highest quality healthcare. Unfortunately, that cannot happen when their tax dollars are supporting tax cuts for the rich and corporations in Republican states mooching off the federal government while threatening to secede if they cannot install a Christian theocracy, carry firearms in any public place, restrict voting rights to white Christian gun owners, control women’s vaginas, or discriminate against gays.

Republican states already boast the stupidest populations, more guns, most religious extremists, most people living in poverty, substandard living conditions, and lowest taxes and still have the temerity to hate the federal government to the point they want to secede. It is getting more difficult to feel empathy for the residents suffering in red states because they would not be red states if the voters did not continue electing Republicans keeping wages low for workers and taxes low for the rich and corporations. It is noteworthy that the states most dependent on the federal government are primarily in the South where hating the government, and Democrats, is as prevalent as mooching off of other taxpayers’ largesse. It is time for Republican-controlled states to start pulling their own weight and contributing to this nation instead of living off the generosity of the federal government, and for Democrats to tell their supporters why their tax dollars cannot be utilized repairing the infrastructure, funding education, and building new Veteran’s hospitals. As usual, it is the same reason why Republicans in Congress refuse to fund domestic programs; providing low tax rates for the rich and corporations.






28 Replies to “New Study Finds 14 of The 15 Biggest ‘Moocher States’ Are Republican Controlled”

  1. And the Republican/Conservative legislators in these states cry and moan a bitch about the big mean fed pushing them around and trying to take away their “rights and freedoms”. Which proves the fact once more that the right wing lives in an opposite universe.

  2. Yet the voters go to the polls election after election and vote the same set of idiots back into office. Like stabbing yourself in the foot with a fork.

    Personally I think the federal government needs to cut off funding to states that want to pass restrictive abortion laws and voter suppression laws. They couldn’t hold out more than a month.

  3. these states cry and moan a bitch about the big mean fed pushing them around and trying to take away their “rights and freedoms”

    The phrase I hear most here in Oklahoma is “God given liberties”.

    It seems to me most of our liberties are NOT God given according to the Bible.

    Freedom of Religion – Oops, not included.

    Freedom of Speech and Press – That’d only lead to pure blaspheme.

    And for our NRA disciples, God never mentioned guns either.

  4. Republican-minded people are innate moochers. That much I know from dealing with them in my day-to-day. They talk a good talk, whine a good whine, and kvetch as if there’s no tomorrow, but they are people who subscribe to the “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrites. There’s abundant documented evidence proving the aforementioned.

    That’s why they have to choose “faith” over “facts”. If they have to look at the facts, they’d see what a bunch of miserable leeches they really are (as opposed to the independent and altruistic godly people they fantasize themselves to be) of the very same “Big Gubment” they say (but not really) they abhor.

  5. Lots of “we don’t need no government” cretins in the Welfare States that are controlled by the taker Republicans.

  6. I’m sick and tired of paying for the MOOCHING RED STATES, signed – a BLUE CALIFORNIA LIBERAL

    To the ignorant tea bag Texans this is why your state is crumbling:
    “..and yet red states mooch off the federal government just to provide low corporate tax rates and little to no income taxes for the very rich.”

  7. Time to clean out TEA-types and Republicans out of Austin. Two-faced and greedy Greg Abbott should be ashamed of himself. But Abbott has no couth. Catering to the fringe TEA party while claiming he sues the federal government weekly. He wants the benefit of federal money when it protects his financial backers while he slashes school budgets. And this numb-skull has the audacity to beg federal funding while backing Perry when he stole money from UTMB indigent funding. All the while failing those 25% uninsured and not accepting Medicaid funding. The leaders in Austin continue to rail against EPA and other federal regulations while passing tax breaks to companies to open in Texas. All those tax abatements are then passed onto Texas residents via property tax or Sales tax.

  8. These also are the same States that scream for FEMA when weather disaster or collapses of infrastructure failure. Yet they cut money to programs that help all States.

    They also deny climate change, and than blame President Obama for not approving the Keystone pipeline. I agree with most of the above posts.

  9. If you explain this to a conservative site like Yahoo Answers the response you hear back is typical. Conservatives will argue the reason this is the case is due to them minorities in them big cities. A conservative tried to blame only Memphis for the reason Tennessee made a mooching list a few years ago on another site. You know only black people receive welfare. I love when a conservative will mention “government teat” like they themselves never had to suckle off the government teat before.

  10. New Study Finds 14 of The 15 Biggest ‘Moocher States’ Are Republican Controlled

    No surprise there! New study, old study, they all draw the same conclusion, Republicans are moochers, i.e. Clive Bundy, poster boy for right wing mooching.

  11. A smart Democrat should introduce a bill saying the only money a state gets is what they contribute in federal tax dollars. It would be interesting to see the republicans vote against the bill. Why should we rich blue states pay for the freeloading red states?

  12. It is so sad that most of the people in these red states do not realize that their so called leaders are selling them out to the highest bider.

  13. Correlation does not imply causation! There are a myriad of factors that could explain this, not the least of which are less healthier economies in red states. I’m a liberal but I believe in true information first.

  14. For all the “greatness” of Republican ideology, let’s take a look at Mississippi: Ranked last in education Took in more federal dollars (when adjusted for how much they paid out) than almost any other state in the country Ranked dead last for median family income
    Ranked near the top for rate of divorce Ranked last for percentage of citizens with health insurance
    Ranked dead last for average life expectancy
    Ranked first for percentage of people living below the poverty line
    Ranked first for infant mortality rate – See more at:
    That’s a lot of correlation if you ask me

  15. I lived in Oklahoma for 10 years and one of the things that really bugged me is how much they’d complain about people “takin them welfare checks” then break out their food stamp cards. That and how so many people thought that their religion should determine MY actions.

  16. I know the cognitive dissonance is strong among the poorest and uneducated. I go through it all the time here OK

  17. Ya know Huck, it always got me how those red states screaming about government overreach and states rights have no problem taking government money just to pass laws that stomp all over the constitoooooshun they claim to love so much. Your observation is spot on!

  18. When we lived in Mississippi I had so many people (on disability) tell me they hated the government in their lives. I do not know if they did not face up to the truth or if they were just plain stupid. It is very sad and Alabama is almost as bad.

  19. They hate the government being in their lives but I’ll willing bet that none are sending those government checks back.

  20. Alot of right wing nut jobs when asked which health program they would support either Obama Care or the ACA, most overwhelmingley choose the ACA.

  21. From the poorest,to the richest they take,take,take. Greg Abbott is a taker. Unfortunate accident but he knows he cannot afford the care he needs so we the citizens support him just like we do others. We do not mind,it’s people who are benefitting and want to deny everyone else the same benefits. States who do not contribute should get reduced benefits. Heck,punish those who punish all the women and children. Who are the real takers? The right wingers.

  22. Remember that movie with all the pioneers lined up at the border waiting for the land rush to begin? That was a true story. most of the land in Oklahoma was given to the people by the federal government. And things worked out just fine. They descended from the the patron saints of socialism.

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