Saturday, January 15, 2005

Here's a Little Gem

"Conventional" wisdom (aka, Conservative Talk Radio) has it that Democrats like to live high off the tax dollars of ordinary citizens, while Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility.

So it's interesting to compare the election results (by county, here it is by state) to the net flow of cash between states and the federal government (I wish this one was by county).

That's right, folks, states that voted Republican tend to take in more money from the federal government than they give, and states that voted Democratic tend to pay more to the government than they get back.

There are many reasons for this, including population density, federal highway funding, national park locations, etc., but it's interesting, nevertheless.