But maybe Charlie's heart was in the right place. He figured that since none of his constituents pay income taxes more of them ought to contribute to their country in another way.
Thiis may shock you but did you know that the blue states pay more taxes than they receive back from the government but the red states actually get more from the government than they pay in taxes? Yes, with all the talk about "rugged individualism" and rants about "big government", the bottom line is the red states are on the dole!! Yep, the ones with the biggest mouths bitching about welfare are the biggest recipients of government handouts!
This book basically breaks it down to the red states as "Retro America" and the blue states as "Metro America":
"Between 1991 and 2000, the 25 states that make up Retro America received $800 billion more in federal payments than they paid in federal taxes. Much of this unfair transfer of wealth from the Metro states was delivered via subsidies to the extraction industries-agriculture, mining, timber, oil, etc. So, who's the real “welfare queen,” if not Retro America?"