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Rural versus City America

  1. ptosis profile image83
    ptosisposted 10 months ago

    Both seem to have self destructive voting histories?

    New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, Connecticut, California, Washington and Oregon pay the highest proportion of the country’s bills &   lowest voting power in the Electoral College, yet 19 of the 25 most empowered (and largely rural) states went for Mr. Trump. - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/opin … .html?_r=0

    Why do Republican voters  back policies that undermine their own economic interests?

    "Paranoia is “a chronic mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions of persecution and of one’s own greatness.” Fun fact: it applies to political movements and their shouting leaders, not just to suffering individuals." - https://www.thestar.com/opinion/comment … llick.html

    As H.L. Mencken once put it, “Democracy is a theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it, good and hard.” - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/won … 670a981e2f

    "While Trump’s red-state supporters may be cheering now, they’ll soon feel the consequences. Take the Muslim travel ban, if upheld. Thousands of the doctors across rural America are from the countries targeted by Trump." - http://www.salon.com/2017/02/08/trumps- … e_partner/


    1. ahorseback profile image81
      ahorsebackposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      And you think states mentioned above and cities like Chicago, Detroit , NYC, L.A,  Seattle, N.O, are where ideological  brilliance comes from ?----  To classify "poorest and least educated ", all you are really showing is where the most political common sense came from in his election  !   
      33  states  ? ,   elected him ?

      Why would the "Muslim Travel Ban  "   ban LEGALLY IMMIGRATED  doctors and  for that matter ,plumbers and truck drivers anyway ?   How elitist and bigoted  is your opine !

    2. wilderness profile image99
      wildernessposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Federal spending for each dollar received in taxes:
      Colorado 1.19
      Wisconsin 1.18
      Michigan 1.61
      California 1.18
      Washington 1.39
      Oregon 1.47

      In spite of the opinion piece from the NYT (that doesn't give numbers, just opinions), most of your "paying" states are getting more out of the feds than they pay in.  (Have to wonder how California is a "lowest voting power in the EC", too.  With the most votes of any state, I'd hardly classify it as "low")

      "Why do Republican voters  back policies that undermine their own economic interests?"

      Perhaps because the voters understand the ethics of forcibly taking from one to give to another, but don't realize just what their state leaders are doing?

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-0 … l-spending

      1. Live to Learn profile image81
        Live to Learnposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        Yep. I think people of a conservative bent, no matter what their net worth or income, understand there is no such thing as a free lunch. Liberals are still grappling with the concept. They appear to think this applies to those who believe it and only to them. And, the punishment for believing such should be that we supply free lunches for the left while they constantly ridicule us for .having the audacity to believe it.

        1. wilderness profile image99
          wildernessposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          I would disagree; liberals are not "grappling" with it at all.  It is a fundamental basis for their brand of socialism and never questioned.  TANSTAAFL is meaningless as the price can always be put onto our children, and as they don't exist yet neither does the price tag.  And onto those defined as evil (anyone with more wealth than the speaker) in order to legally steal from them.