Friday, May 16, 2003

Gore v. Bush States

Angry Bear put up some pretty pictures about the Bush and Gore states' relative tax burden. But, I didn't think this picture was the right one. It appears to simply be an average of the numbers across the states, rather than simply the (sum of all expenditures received by states who voted for X)/(sum of all taxes paid by states who voted for X).

So, I went to the raw data on all of that and wasted too many a few minutes punching it in. In total, "blue" states get 94 cents for every dollar they send to the Feds, and "red" states get $1.08.

On that note, I'm off to redistribute some of my income to the local bartenders.