Are the red states really “red” or more “brown?” The May 1999 storm cost the town of Moore $1 billion in insured losses but unfazed Oklahomans continue to build there, the town’s population grew 34 percent between 2000 and 2011 compared with a state population growth of 9 percent. The 2013 recovery effort will cost billions of dollars, and the residents will look to the federal government for disaster relief. Oklahoma’s Republicans senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn resolutely opposed such aid for the victims of hurricane Sandy. Coburn said he would demand that any money that flows to the tornado’s victims be offset by cutting federal spending elsewhere.
Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16 (evtnow.com/5ix). Of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” of Americans who regard themselves as victims and therefore pay no taxes, nine of those 10 states are in the red-as-ruby Old Confederacy.