Hint: their supporters are overwhelmingly represented in those taking government assistance.
I spent years growing up in a very coservative republican farming community. A hard working but poor community- and one whose financial backbone- dairy farming, relied heavily on government subsidies and government price guarantees. And still- a huge portion of the population was on food stamps and other form of evil government handouts. And I was one of the only kids in school who wasn’t getting the reduced or free school lunches.
And just look at the statistics. And the evidence. Not only is it the deep red states that overwhelmingly take far more in federal dollars from these very programs then they put in, they are the main states that actually tend to hire employees to make sure as many people are enrolled as possible- so that it is the feds- and the american taxpayer, who are paying for their failed state policies.
And these states also often lead in giving massive tax breaks to corporations to bring in “jobs”. Which then tends to lead to them also leading in minimum wage and sub living wage jobs, which of course then leads to employed americans who still need government assistance to meet their basic needs.
And of course we are also talking states that have the proud honor of leading in the field of substandard education. leading to an unskilled and unprepared workforce and population.
Leading in abstinence only education and by extension it would seem in teen pregnancies.
Not to mention the long history of both outright and veiled racism and racial inequality. (but of course- the, ahem, “african americans” and “latinos” simply don’t want to work and/or are inferior and lazy- and their situation has nothing to do with the long and continuing tradition of oppression.
Anyway- I think the democrats should step back and let the right dig their own grave. Because it increasingly seems the only chance America has to save itself is to let the right prove, once and for all, how big a failure their policies are. (I mean really- thing back to 2007/ McCaim/Palin as the republican ticket? Really? They *knew* their policies had so completely destroyed america their only hope was to have a democrat take office- because they knew damn well that much of the blame, and much of the snowballing failure, will fall on the shoulders of the next president. (But damned if Obama didn’t start to turn things around quickly- leading to a full out assault by the right to ensure that things didn’t get better under a democrat).
And for anyone who thinks this is new, or that things can change- just look at the rights actions during the Carter or Clinton years following years of reublican dominance (and the problems they created).
These decades of yo-yo effect do not serve us well. And I am increasingly convinced our ownly chance to survive and thrive is to allow the right to totally destroy our country, and then for the left to fix it after the fall.