Our old friend David “thereisnospoon” Atkins is at it again:
I’m no economic royalist, preaching about producers and parasites. I don’t much care. I believe that we’re all one big human species, and that every single human being on earth deserves basic dignity and economic protection.
But it’s very, very tiresome to watch a bunch of delusional narcissists taking urban tax dollars to pay for their rural infrastructure and safety nets (most SNAP recipients are white, remember) elect a bunch of jokers to Congress who prevent the people who actually pay the bills from solving big problems like climate change, healthcare, privacy, wealth inequality, poverty, and financial corruption. All while whining that “those people” in big cities are stealing their hard-earned munnee from Real ‘Murica.
A bunch of people in Texas and Dixie want to secede to shed liberal America from their more perfect union. Fine. Quietly, a lot of liberals are sharing the sentiment. If we as a nation can’t get started on solving our real problems, those voices are going to start growing much louder.
Sigh, he has so much rage, barely suppressed. David is definitely a stereotypical Vile Prog.
The first thing that jumped out at me about David’s handy-dandy little chart is the lack of any provenance or supporting data. David didn’t make the chart himself, I first saw it two days ago, floating around Twitter like a turd in a septic tank.
So who made it? What data is the chart based on? I’m guessing that David can’t answer that question.
The second thing that jumped out at me is that all those orange spots on the map are densely populated urban areas, while the blue-green areas are sparsely populated rural areas. I’m sure that fact is gonna skew the results a little bit.
The third thing I noticed is that Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul appear to be economic powerhouses, while Atlanta, New Orleans and Denver didn’t leave a mark.
There is an urban myth (literally) among the Vile Prog pseudo-intelligentsia that red states take in more in federal tax dollars than they pay out. This myth is never backed up with comprehensive data.
This myth allows Vile Progs to feel superior to their inbred rural redneck fellow-citizens, and also serves to rationalize their lust for power. Obviously, if those red-staters knew what was good for them they would agree with David and his fellow urbanite Vile Progs. But they have been misled by the Koch Brothers and FOX News.
Here’s the funny thing – there aren’t a lot of factories in urban areas anymore. There sure aren’t many farms either. Those economic power centers depend on the other half for survival. If the South seceded again, who would stop them? Most of the military bases are in red states, and red staters are overrepresented in the service. There sure aren’t a lot of over-privileged rich kids in the military.
The red states grow the food that feeds the cities. They mine the coal, drill the oil, drive the trucks, and cut the trees that supply the asphalt farms. The interstate highways run through their land. They have the water and the hydroelectric dams that produce the electricity that lights up Broadway.
Be careful what you wish for, David. You might get it.