WOW: The 5 Reddest States in America are Some Welfare Queen Motherf**kers
States That Voted For Trump Rake in Federal Aid
Republicans are gearing up for a policy battle in Washington over reforming America’s tax code. Unified Republican government, under an unprecedented alleged billionaire president, promises massive tax cuts for the rich. So, it might make sense if the most hardcore Republican voters would have something to gain from huge tax cuts. But the data shows a different story. The 5 reddest states in 2016–the states that voted most enthusiastically for Donald Trump–are also among the biggest net recipients of federal expenditures versus the taxes they pay.
Trump won 68.50% of all votes cast in West Virginia, making it the reddest state in the 2016 election. West Virginia receives $4.23 billion in federal aid. This is 34.1% of its general revenue. The state receives $2,282 in federal aid per capita. According to an analysis of state revenue vs. federal aid by WalletHub, West Virginia ranks 5th in the country in terms of being dependent on help from the federal government. WalletHub also noted that West Virginia receives the second highest amount of federal grants of any state.
Trump promised to bring back coal jobs, a pledge that was primarily directed at West Virginia. Though the state has been voting Republican for years, this could prove to be a costly empty promise once West Virginians realize Trump isn’t going to produce coal, or any other jobs for them.
Wyoming is possibly the most consistently red state in the past several presidential elections. It’s always among the safest of states for a Republican presidential candidate. For Trump, it was the second reddest state in 2016. Trump won Wyoming by 67.40% of the vote. Wyoming receives almost $2.1 billion in federal aid. This is 35.2% of its general revenue. This translates to $3,580 per capita in federal aid. According to WalletHub, Wyoming ranks 19th in the country for being dependent on the federal government.
Trump received 65.32% of the votes cast in Oklahoma, making it the third reddest state for Trump. Oklahoma receives over $7 billion in federal aid, or $1,825 per capita. This was 33.8% of the state’s general revenues. According to WalletHub, Oklahoma ranks 21st for being dependent on the federal government.
Oklahoma’s former Attorney General is Scott Pruitt, now the EPA director. As AG, he sued the EPA on behalf of fracking companies as his state suffered a pandemic manmade earthquakes.
Trump received 62.96% of the vote in North Dakota. The state receives $1.5 billion in federal aid, or $2,114 per capita. This was only 19% of the state’s general revenues.
According to WalletHub, North Dakota ranks highest in the whole country in terms of residents’ dependency on federal aid, but last in the country in terms of federal aid as a percentage of overall state revenue. WalletHub observed that North Dakota received the highest amount of financial assistance, like Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
This indicates that the state is making a killing from the burgeoning fracking business that has come to dominate North Dakota politics, but the state isn’t really spending that money on its residence, and is allowing them to rely on federal assistance. This makes North Dakota both the wealthiest and stingiest state per capita in the country.
Trump won 62.52% of the votes cast in Kentucky. The state receives over $8 billion in federal aid. This is 35.1% of the state’s general revenues, or $1,831 per capita. WalletHub ranks Kentucky as the number 1 most dependent state, overall, on federal funds. It also notes that Kentucky is the third highest recipient of financial assistance.
Compare these 5 states to a state like California, a large blue bastion with big urban centers, which cast 61.73% of its votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton. California receives almost $55 billion in federal aid. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 25% of the state’s general revenues. And California ranks in the bottom 5 states in the country in terms of being dependent on federal aid.
The amount of federal assistance a state receives versus how much revenue the state makes in taxes can have complex causes. Some of it has to do with how rural a state is, how much poverty and industrial decline it has. But it also has a lot to do with the quality of its representation in Washington. A state with long-serving Congressional representatives who work their way up to party leadership tend to send more benefits back to their home state. This is especially true in the South, which tends to vote as a bloc.
But the tragic bottom line is that, the states that voted most enthusiastically for Trump and Republicans also tend to have the most to lose under Trumpian Republican policies. Bluer states tend to be more self-sufficient. Slashing federal aid and federal tax revenue will hurt Trump voters first. And the big moral difference in motivation between a Republican voter and a Democratic voter is this: A Democrat is willing to pay more in taxes to help people they don’t know, while a Republican voter is willing to risk losing benefits that sustain them in order to take them away from people they don’t know.
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