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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Politics of Lies

Isaiah 28:15 says in part, "we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." Isaiah accused the Israelites of finding refuge in lies. I wonder if the same is going on today. Consider the following, fairly unscientific look at American political views by state. The lighter the blue the less people of that state favor using government money to help the poor.
economic left vs. right
Political Maps

Not surprisingly we see that Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia typically have people least in favor of these programs. We also regularly hear politicians from the Confederate South decrying big government. Now, this is an old report from the Tax Foundation, but it shows how many dollars per capita a state receives for every dollar per capita that state's citizens pay in federal taxes. 2005 number here. The states listed above receive: $1.78, $2.02, $1.66, $1.01 respectively. Georgia only breaks even. Do the people in these states realize how much they benefit from participating in a federal government?

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