Like I’ve been saying… Federal grants represent one-third of state revenue

This is the disease. As you head for the polls this morning, I want you to think about the state of our union. Over the past five-plus decades we have allowed our freedom and liberty to be taken away from us in favor of central planning. For some reason, state after state, and voter after voter have made the decision that politicians and bureaucrats hundreds if not thousands of miles away in Washington, D.C. can do a better job managing our state governments, our schools, our health care system and more.

We’re just not smart enough, so we send them our money. We send them trillions of dollars – our wealth – with the promise of a better future, yet the inside-the-beltway crowd has failed us over and over and over.

So after sending our hard-earned wealth to our nation’s capital, thousands of state and local employees fill out grant request after grant request trying to prove to some middle-management type in an unknown federal department that we deserve praise; but more importantly grant money to help pay for more cops on the street, a new school building, a wider street, or some sort of mis-guided magic bus route.

It’s outright disgusting and makes me physically ill. Winners. Losers.

I’ve been mentioning this for at least three years from within my Symptom of the Disease series here at RVO. Are you reading?

So how dependent have the states become on federal dollars in the form of grants … cash states don’t have to pay back to the feds? Well Jillian Kay Melchior over at National Review Online points us to the Pew Center on the States for the charts below. Melchior writes…

States now count on the federal government for $1 out of every $3 in revenue, according the 2010 Census… And $1 out of every $3 is just the national average: In Arizona, 46.9 percent of state revenue came from federal grants; in Louisiana, 48 percent; and in Mississippi, a whopping 49.6 percent.

If you think states like Texas get less funding as a percentage as compared to Connecticut  you’d be wrong.  Connecticut residents depend on the federal government for 25 to 30 percent, where Texas is getting 41 to 45 percent. Certainly each state has different needs, but this is not a Democrat/Republican problem, this is big government problem.

I’m really not comfortable Mitt Romney will solve this issue. I’m just hoping he’ll take one or two steps towards returning power to the states. When he is announced the winner of the election tomorrow evening, I’ll be holding him to a very high standard in regard to the size and scope of the federal government.

I hope you’ll join me in voting for Romney, celebrate for an hour or two, and move on to help guide our new president by holding his feet to the fire as we all support conservative ideals across our great nation.

Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Lynn on November 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    We need to hold all of Congress’s feet to the fire, as well.

  2. Plainvillian on November 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The road to serfdom is paved with Federal dollars.? (with thanks to F. Hayek)?

  3. joe_m on November 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Repeal the 16th and put an end to Federal tyranny.

  4. yeah on November 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    and this is the one reason why “the market will do worse” under romney, simply because the trajectory towards hyperinflation will continue unabated should democrats happen to steal enough votes to declare obama eternal steward.
    there’s got to be a correction where real value gets reflected one way or another, and trimming back the government is the only way to safely bridge that gap.

  5. JBS on November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Do a search on how many government agencies, commissions, boards, groups, etc. yadda, yadda, yadda.
    Some are necessary. Defense is a big one. Public health and safety. There’s probably a couple of others that are Constitutionally defined.?
    The point is: Government is too darned big and is only getting bigger. Every time something happens Obama wants to expand the government. How many czars has he appointed? Thirty!!!!! With one deceased. Probably more since the latest article.?
    There is probably a “federal kick-backs to the states” czar.
    Wanna bet?


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