Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Red State Porkers

Matthew Yglesias on supposed "small government" Red-States:
It's not just the values of the South that pose a problem. It is the region's appetite for government. In particular, The most solidly red states in the nation tend also to be the most reliant on federal handouts -- farm subsidies, water projects and sundry other earmarks. It's hard to be the party of small government when you represent the communities that benefit most from big government.
Preaching to choir, my brother. Here is the 2006 Pork List, ranking the states according to the amount of pork received per capita. Out of the top 10, 9 states went for Bush in '04 and 2 of the states (Alaska and Mississippi) each have 2 Republican Senators in D.C. Heh.