In a typically brilliant post over at his place, TBogg quotes a sarcastic conservative comment about "rubes in middle America [you know - the people who fight the wars, pay the taxes, etc.]." In typical liberal fashion, TBogg responds to this wanker's claim with the unfair use of facts, data and reason.
First, TBogg references a fact that's probably familiar to most liberals by now, namely that the Red States are generally the ones who get more back from the federal government than they pay into its coffers in the form of taxes.
But he also challenges the other half of that conservative assumption, the claim that "middle America" does all the fighting. As this map shows, a surprisingly large number of our soldiers killed in Iraq come from the decadent cities of the Blue States.
Is there anything that the Red States are doing while the Blue States are out there paying taxes and fighting wars? Does the Republican War on Science and Foreign Languages really take up all their time?