Go west, but not too far west, to find self-reliance

The graph below was plotted by Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell from data assembled by the Center for Immigration Studies. The horizontal axis represents the percentage of non-poor residents of each state signed up for government assistance–in other words, income redistribution programs. Mitchell calls the measure the Moocher Index.

Really study the graph. Allow me to provide a few observations to assist you in seeing some staggering messages.

  1. 6 of the top 10 (in fact, 4 of the top 5) states with the most moochers are in the Northeast.
  2. 11 of the top 30 mooching states are on the East Coast.
  3. Fully half of the top 20 mooching states are on either the East of West Coasts.
  4. Half of the ten states with the lowest percentage of moochers are in the West, but not the West Coast.

To observe that there is a distinctive trend here would be to understate the obvious. The self-reliant spirit of America has migrated from the territory in which the country was founded. To find the American spirit, one must go westward, but not too far west. California is the thirteenth worst offender when it comes to moochers willing to live off of responsible taxpayers.

I live in Arizona, the state with the third lowest proportion of moochers. Remember, moochers are defined as non-poor residents accepting government assistance. Were illegal aliens to be included in the measurement, Arizona would rocket to the top of the list.

See where your state lies.

Have fun.

(Each division on the horizontal axis marks two percentage points of non-poor residents on the government dole. Hence, Vermont, for instance, has 17.5% if residents who aren’t even “poor” accepting payouts from fellow residents’ taxes.)

Click on graph, then click on resulting image for readable view.


One Response to “Go west, but not too far west, to find self-reliance”

  1. azcIII says:

    I don’t know how other states do it, but Arizona requires welfare applicants to prove their citizenship and document their income to receive benefits.

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