One of the dirty little secrets of American politics is that the states where Republicans rule the roost are more dependent on income redistribution than the states where Democrats predominate.
Putting it another way, Republican states are more likely “taker” states, while Democratic states are more likely “giver” states.
The giver states are those that pay more in federal taxes than they get back in federal spending. The taker states are those that get back more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes.
For example, here in Illinois, a Democratic state, we get 92 cents back from ...