The South and the other traditionally red states loathe ‘big government’ interfering in their lives. The South was especially ticked-off at the government mandate back in 1965 forcing them to open their bathrooms to ‘coloreds.’ The government is ‘the problem.’ They like their ‘states rights.’
Odd stuff considering just how often red states feed from the government pig trough. Their apparent bipolarity seems to go unnoticed and has grown to feel natural to them. But, one might ask, just how often do they ‘feed’?
Take health care, for example. Every red state senator and the vast majority of red state representatives voted against the Health Care Bill that just squeaked by. Yet, here is a surprising set of data. Here are the bottom 10 state rankings for ‘healthiest residents of states’
Who pays for these unhealthy people? Why, we do, of course, the citizens of this nation. Medicare, Medicaid and trips to the ER.
Thirteen of the top 15 states are blue by comparison. The ones whose senator and representatives voted FOR health care fixes. How odd.
When looking at the entire pig trough, it is interesting that Alaska ranks #2 among all of the states in Federal government subsidies per capita. Alaska, former half-term governor Sarah Palin who said ‘no’ to the bridge before she said yes. Solid red Wyoming ranks #1. Think Dick Cheney. Louisiana and Mississippi are in the top 5 feeders at the government trough.
Damed Federal government! Socialism!