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Monday, November 08, 2004 :::

Hideous beast.

I wouldn't vote for it. Still too Bushy.


Just try to look away. You can't.

Oh, and guess which states pay the most federal tax dollars compared to which states receive the most federal tax dollars. Go ahead. Guess.

::: posted by dan at 11:41 PM :: [ link ] :: (8) comments Social Bookmark Button

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My vote couldn't change my state to blue - but hey, we finally made the TOP ten of something for a change.

I'm still in mourning.

That picture is creeping me out.

By Blogger Raine, at 12:04 AM  

That is really disturbing...both the picture and the stats.

By Blogger lynne, at 9:09 AM  

Dang, that is sexy. Wouldn't kick that out of bed. I've always hated Kerry's hair...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 AM  

Well I'd say we have a higher per cap income which will increase our donations to the Fed Gov't. Since we don't have any military or big federal institutions, we don't get any big payouts. It sucks, but I'd rather have our economoy over say Kentucky-bama.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 AM  

I would have to call BULLSHIT on that map. It looks a bit too much like this map of the 2000 election results. In fact, I would say it is the same map. I hate it when data is "tweaked" like that. Just use the real map.

I looked at the actual state-by-state results published in the study and re-mapped it.

SEE ITIt isn't exactly the same as the voting map but is pretty darn close.

By Blogger MC High Life, at 4:11 PM  

I think you're right, that is just supposed to be the election results map so that you can compare the data to the red vs. blue states. They don't label it very well, though, so it seems as if they are trying to say that map represents the federal tax dollar distribution data. Either way it seems pretty darned close, though.

By Blogger dan, at 4:20 PM  

For a great (if profanity-laced) "discussion" of more examples of red-state ironies, check out

By Blogger Dennis!, at 5:00 PM  

That's interesting. 2 thoughts:

1) I wonder how much military spending figures into the equation. After all, military spending makes up a sizeable portion of the budget, and most military bases are located in Red states.

2) So Republicans are actually poor? And Democrats are actually super-rich? So nobody ever votes their self-interest?

The other side of the coin:

It's "The Generosity Index" from the Catalogue for Philanthropy (whatever that is). The Generosity Index ranks each state's average annual income and its average annual itemized charitable contributions, and then it compares the two numbers. It's a way to measure how much each state is giving compared to how much it has.

The results are odd. It looks like the poorest states (which voted Republican in the last election) give the most, and the richest states (which voted Democrat in the last election) generally give the least. In fact, the first Blue state I see on the list is New York, which is ranked #26.

So it looks like Republicans taking money from the federal government and then giving it away to charities.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:05 PM  

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