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November 17, 2004

The Red Inside the Blue

I blogged this over at Anchor Rising, but I'm intrigued enough to post it here, as well. Blogger Sensible Mom challenges the notion that the federal government transfers Blue State largesse to Red State indigents:

But let's focus on the election map by county. Those states with large cities, Illinois, New York and California, benefit from the corporate taxes payed by the businesses in those cities. In addition, in many of the blue states, there are large areas of red. Take a look at Illinois and California. One of the collar counties of Chicago, DuPage County, is wealthy. I would like to see the average tax bill per household in DuPage compared to the average in the city of Chicago [I'm going to try to find this data]. I bet it is higher in DuPage.

Move over Lawrence, my hypothesis is that the bulk of the blue states' taxes are paid by corporations and by the people living in the red areas. I now have to research my theory.

Yes, I know the numbers clearly show that Blue States send more to the feds while receiving less back, but something about those numbers seems like a function more of the statistics than of the reality, if you know what I mean.

(Via Lane Core)

Posted by Justin Katz at November 17, 2004 10:57 PM
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