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The Most Socialist US State Is...

Hello, West Virginia
By Aaron Cowan,  Newser User
Posted Nov 28, 2010 10:21 AM CST Posted Nov 28, 2010 10:21 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 28, 2010 11:10 AM CST

(User Submitted) – The term "socialism" gets thrown around a lot in American politics, but what does it really mean? Greg Bocquet of mainstreet.com says you can measure it by how much a state government spends on its social programs as a percentage of GDP. However, "the results may surprise you," he warns. California didn't even make the list, nor are most states on the list overwhelmingly blue.

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Weighing in at No. 10 is Rhode Island, which spends 15.9% of its GDP on state programs. Hawaii spends 17.8%. Surprisingly though, Alabama, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Mississippi all spend more. And Alaska might not be so rogue after all, taking the No. 2 spot with 31.3%. First place goes to West Virginia, which spends 32.1% of GDP on government programs. (Read more socialism stories.)

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