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  •  Perhaps (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, keetz4, kyril, wasatch

    Perhaps there is much corruption and unfairness in the disbursement of federal money in the Red States.

    That would explain the paradox that the average voter is angrily against the government, while the officials there still feed off the teats of government.

    •  I think it's historical/sociological (5+ / 0-)

      I think you have to look at the original Euro settlers in South and southern Midwest, and the take on education, religion, government, and authority they brought with them; the economic and social outfall of slavery, emancipation, the evil Compromise of 1877, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights struggle; and the psychological and economic trauma and devastation the South suffered in and following the Civil War.

      New Jersey, New York, and Illinois (Maryland used to be in there, too, iirc) -- some of the nation's bluest AND most corruption-riddled states.

      !! Four more years !!

      by raincrow on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:29:49 PM PDT

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    •  I think you're very right. (4+ / 0-)
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      kyril, Leap Year, wasatch, blue denim

      If you look at some of the other stats..........infant mortality rate, poverty, educational levels, lifespan, etc........the red states tend to be at the bottom.  

      It looks like their pols don't believe in doing a good job.

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