Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where the economy is strongest

Income is growing much faster in Republican-leaning "red states" than in Democratic-tilting "blue states" or the pivotal swing states that will decide the 2012 presidential election, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Personal income in 23 red states has risen 4.6% since the recession began in December 2007, after adjusting for inflation. Income is up just 0.5% in 15 blue states and Washington, D.C., during that time. In the dozen swing states identified by USA TODAY that could vote either way Nov. 6, income has inched ahead 1.4% in 4 ½ years.

The big drivers of red state income growth: energy and government benefit payments such as food stamps.
Read the rest here.


Anonymous said...

Food stamps as income generating. Hah, hah, hah.

ochlophobist said...

"The big drivers of red state income growth: energy and government benefit payments such as food stamps."

And how much of that energy growth is subsidized by govt?

I invite all northern conservatives and tea party types to come live in the South for a few years - the real South, not VA or FL, but AL, MS, TN, and the like. Please come enjoy the glorious fruits of overwhelmingly conservative GOP political cultures. TN now has more Repub legislators than at any time since reconstruction. Banana Republics are great fun if you have money, or so I hear.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

There are 50 States. Why stay in Tennessee?

ochlophobist said...

I suppose being underneath my mortgage after the real estate market crashed here has something to do with it. So does the fact that my parents choose to live here, and my father has 40 some first cousins in the area. And then there is solidarity with those persons who innocently suffer under Republican rule, and, of course, the joy of knowing that once the revolution starts I'll be living in a target rich environment.