There are RED States
and there are BLUE States
. And a few states are pastels.
(Kansas City Star
) Dave Helling, a reporter for the Kansas City Star wrote an article that I’m going to quote from here on this blog post, while adding some of my own observations.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ news service Stateline, 26 legislatures have become more Republican since 2003. The GOP holds a strong grip on legislatures in the Old South, the Plains, in some Rocky Mountain states and the industrial Northeast.
Democrats have grown stronger in 23 states. They control governments along both coasts and in New England.
Many US States are withdrawing from national political structures in favor of self-contained economic, regulatory and cultural policies. Texas is an example of a state that is struggling to free itself where it can from the Federal Government. Nowhere is that more evident than the Firearms Freedom Acts that many states have passed wherein they assert that the Federal Government has no jurisdiction over firearms and ammunition that were made in a state, purchased by residents of that state and do not leave the state. Kansas, for example, has their own firearms freedom act.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has labeled his budget an “experiment,” and it is. He and his party want to shift the burden of state government away from investment and capital and onto sales and labor. A similar shift is on the table in many Republican-controlled states.
They all say lower corporate and personal income taxes will promote growth and employment, as well as personal freedom and wealth creation. We’ll see. But the bet is that the benefits of putting more money in individual pockets ultimately will outweigh the problems created by the inevitable dip in government services such as education and (public) transportation.
Will people want to live in states such as California, where taxes are exceptionally high or in low-tax, low-services states such as Texas, Kansas, Idaho, Utah and Missouri? The Kansas experiment hopes to lure business to their state away from Blue States (so-called ‘slave states’ because of their enslaving taxes).
In California, it’s interesting to see which counties voted Democrat and which ones voted Republican. Even though California (in terms of territory) was evenly split between Republican and Democrat in 2012, the people who lived in the high density “so-called urban hells” overwhelmingly wanted Barack Obama to be their leader. California has bragging rights to 33% of the people in America who are receiving welfare benefits. That’s right, 1/3 of American welfare queens live in California. It’s likely that they’ll inherit even more as Republican States cut benefits to people on the dole.