North America 2 August 2012 The chart Mitt Romney has to explain if he thinks "culture" makes Israel richer than Palestine Your move, Mittens. Print HTML As of 2010, the average Democratic state received $1.24 in benefits for every dollar of federal taxes paid, while the average Republican state received $1.49. If culture affects economics... does that mean that liberalism is better than conservativism? Your move, Mitt. › The case for onshore wind Mitt Romney in Israel. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles The murder of my friend Giulio Regeni is an attack on academic freedom The changing world of work Beyond terror: how are the Paris attack survivors healing their “invisible wounds”?