One of the most common refrains from my Republican neighbors is that they are tired of paying for people to sit on their butts and collect welfare. Now this lie, and all of its imagery of the welfare queen, was started by Reagan as part of the GOP's "Southern Strategy" to keep whites voting for Republicans out of disdain and fear.
When I mention that the red states are more likely to rely on handouts from the government, Republicans refuse to believe it. Fox News and other conservative outlets have pushed the welfare lie so much, almost all people who identify as Republican accept it. "But what about California?" they ask. Actually California gets back only 77 cents for every dollar it sends to the federal government.
A list of the top ten states which are dependent on the American taxpayer can be found here: State Dependent on Federal Government.
Most and least dependent states.