The inconvenient truth is that Sarah Palin isn’t really a maverick.
She chooses to ignore the reality of the freeloading Red States and instead, prefers repeating the same old (false) line that it’s those living in the Democratic cities who are costing America money.
As it turns out, it is red states that are overwhelmingly the Welfare Queen States. Yes, that’s right. Red States — the ones governed by folks who think government is too big and spending needs to be cut — are a net drain on the economy, taking in more federal spending than they pay out in federal taxes. They talk a good game, but stick Blue States with the bill.
Of the twenty worst states, 16 are either Republican dominated or conservative states.
In the real world, it’s Alaska and the hard core Red States that are the spongers (depending on the list, Alaska is #3-ranked federal welfare queen – though, as we see below, it was the #1 stimulus queen). As much as the Palin types like to attack Democrats for spending wildly, somehow they never quite find the courage to demand that their own states only accept as much as they pay into the federal system. That’s not being a maverick. That’s being a cheap, weaselly coward.
Alaska received more stimulus dollars per capita than any other state in the nation. For instance, as of August of 2010 (when the bulk of stimulus spending had been dispatched), Alaska had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent (two points below the national average) but received $3,145 per person in federal stimulus dollars. But Florida, with an unemployment rate at 11.4 percent got just $914 in per capita stimulus spending. And, incidentally, Alaska is not a poor state — with oil revenues that make up 88 percent of the state’s general fund.
Red states generally receive more federal spending than they pay in taxes. In 2005, Alaska received $1.84 in spending for every $1 paid in taxes). Other red states fared just as well, for instance: North Dakota ($1.68), Alabama ($1.66), Kentucky ($1.51), Oklahoma ($1.36). Blue states tend to pay more in taxes than they receive in spending, for instance: Connecticut (received $0.69 for every $1 in taxes paid), Illinois ($0.75), California ($0.78), New York ($0.79). In 2012, the New York Times published an eye-opening study revealing that Americans in conservative parts of the country — including the voting bases of the most anti-government Tea Party candidates — use more government benefits (including Medicare and Social Security and unemployment insurance) than more liberal parts of the nation.