I see from Charlie Pierce's account of the Sarah Palin CPAC speech that she took the opportunity to promote Amazing America, the new hunting-and-fishing show she's doing for the Sportsman Channel. The promo included (naturally) a political attack:
[Palin] did, in fact, manage to work in a plug for her next inevitably cancelled television show, citing "the places where most of the people who do the working and tax-paying live...and that's where you'll find... AMAZING AMERICA!" The folks at the Very Big Fish Channel or whatever it is must be thrilled.So she says her hunting-and-fishing show will be set in "the places where most of the people who do the working and tax-paying"? Really?
Palin may not know this, but the federal government actually keeps track of the places where people (and corporations) do most of the taxpaying. In fact, if you go to the Wikipedia page titled "Federal Tax Revenue by State" and sort the 2012 chart by "Revenue per capita," you get this list (based on Census Bureau data) of the top ten states (D.C. excluded) where per-capita tax revenue is highest:
DelawareAnd here are the bottom ten states -- the states (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) where per capita federal tax revenue is lowest:
West VirginiaWhich of those do you think more closely resembles the likely list of Amazing America location shoots? Ya think Palin is right about the connection between economic activity and outdoorsiness?