Interesting article today in the N.Y.Times about the geographic distribution of government benefits as a percentage of personal income. I think its interesting to note that the major cities all are largely at the lowest rate of government spending while large swaths of rural America suck up a large proportions of their income from the government.
Indeed. While urban areas are definitely benefitting a great deal from the dread “income support” category (just 1.9% of the 17.6% of personal income that goes to transfers, but 100% of total spending in the minds of Republicans), look how much redder the poor rural areas of the South are. These are the Republican base voters who tell pollsters they are angry about handouts to the undeserving, but look how much they’re benefitting from these transfers.
I pulled the PA maps for a few of the different transfer programs. What really jumps out is how much the rural areas of the state are benefitting from unemployment insurance .
Here’s total transfers: