grabbing federal handouts

Lies and Hypocrisy Alert.

Red states receive more subsidies from the federal government than they pay in taxes. It is the other way around with blue states.

Red States, Blue States and the Distribution of Federal Spending, by Jeffrey Frankel:

The top ten feeders are Republican: New Mexico, Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky and Virginia.

Republican ‘fiscal conservatives’ took the most farm subsidies to Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Texas.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska is number one in per capita federal dole, and by far the most indebted of any state [chart].