At the county level, the Moocher Myth is more intriguing. The Census Bureau counts federal dollars in five broad categories: retirement and disability payments, salaries and wages, procurement contracts, grants, and other direct payments. In 2004 -- the last year the Tax Foundation calculated the tax burden per county -- the counties that received the most per person in retirement or grants had higher vote margins for Democrat John Kerry.<quoted text>
democrat = both hands out.
But the counties that received the highest per-capita spending in the category other direct payments voted for George W. Bush.Other direct payments includes Medicaid, food stamps, crop subsidies, housing assistance and many other programs that people generally think of as welfare.
It remains a mystery why places that receive the most per person in federal spending, particularly on welfare programs, vote in presidential elections for the party that wants to cut those programs.