Tax Freedom Day arrives the earliest for red state moochers and the latest for blue states. This should come as no surprise since up to half of the biggest mooching red state budgets (except Alaska) are paid for with federal tax dollars.
The ten states claiming the earliest tax freedom day are colored to match their vote from the 2012 presidential election.
March 29 Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) #1 worst moocher
March 29 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) #2 worst moocher
April 2 Tennessee Gov. William Haslam (R) #6 worst moocher
April 3 South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) #21 worst moocher
April 3 New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) #7 worst moocher
April 4 South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) #4 worst moocher
April 5 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) #3 worst moocher
April 5 Alabama Gov. Robert J. Bentley (R) #20 worst moocher
April 6 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) #14 worst moocher
April 6 Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) NOT a moocher state
Some could make the argument that red state governors whittled their state budgets down enough to conversely balloon the portion paid by the federal government. That argument would hold merit except that red state governors are the first to preach about breaking the bonds of big government dependency and taking personal responsibility for oneself. That concept should extend to their respective state's fiscal draw on the federal government as well - but it obviously does not.
Secondly, I haven't included the tables showing the majority of red states getting back up to 160% for each dollar they pay into the federal government, while some blue states are lucky to get back half.
I'm not bashing the American fair share doctrine of helping out communities in need from those who can afford. The point is about the blatant hypocrisy celebrated by red states and their ideologues. They shout the loudest about enjoying early tax freedom days but never explain how easy it comes for them when somebody else is paying the tab.
Believe it or not:
Of the ten states most dependent on federal spending, all but New Mexico (7th) and New York which ranks 10th, voted for the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket. Of the ten states least dependent on federal dollars, all but two voted for President Barack Obama.
2012 Presidential Electoral Map
Tax Freedom Day By State Map
Federal Aid To State Budget Map