Insider Monkey has written an interesting piece found over at Business Insider detailing the most “socialist” states in the Union. Many will find the results rather shocking especially the state that comes out number one.
He first details how he catagorizes his results and how came about them.
“By definition, socialist states (or countries) tax and spend a higher percentage of their GDP. Instead of returning state revenue back to taxpayers, these states think they know how to spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars better. So we only need two pieces of data to determine which states are the most socialist: total state revenue and the state’s GDP”
The obviously missing stat would be lack of the spending also being done at the city and county level as well. Adding these in and this would change the calculations a bit.
However, based on the chosen metrics above there are several states that would appear to be rather obvious, the two North Eastern states of Maine and Vermont. Maine features at number number 8.
“Size of Government: 21.6% State Revenue: $10.8 billion State GDP: $49.7billion GDP Per Capita: $37760”
And, of course, hippy land Vermont would rank high as well in most people’s minds, number 4 in fact.
“Size of Government: 23.9% State Revenue: $6.1 billion State GDP: $25.4 billion GDP Per Capita: $40952”
What will no doubt shock people is the fact that Alaska is by his reckoning the most socialist state in the Union. Yes land of Sarah Palin and oodles of oil is the most socialist state in the land.
“Size of Government: 39.2% State Revenue: $18.8 billion State GDP: $47.9 billion GDP Per Capita: $69813”
Given this, some may question whether Sarah Palin is the best person to become President and take the nation away from its bloated government situation. But as the WSJ breathlessly said about her tenure as Governor.
“People see her as the symbol of purity in an atmosphere of corruption,” says Anchorage pollster Marc Hellenthal. “She's more like Saint Sarah.”
A bastion in the fight against curruption, she might be, but limited government credentials could be said as lacking considering this metrics evidence. The notion that Alaska is some wilderness libertarian paradise, if it exists, should truly sunk if you agree with this studies back-of-the-envelope metric.