Politics 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 from £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles Turkey's turmoil should worry David Cameron The far right rises as the Nordic welfare model is tested to breaking point by immigration Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. What now?