Republican Poverty: 93 Of The Poorest 100 Counties In America Are In Red States

One of the favorite talking points for the conservative media is that “liberal economics” have turned Detroit into an enormous slum. They are, of course, neglecting to mention that it was the collapse of America’s manufacturing sector that destroyed Detroit. And they also, somehow, always forget to mention how conservative economic policies led to the outsourcing that led to that collapse in the first place. But none of that matters to the right wing. Discuss the impact of conservative economics with a right winger for more than 30 seconds and they WILL bring up Detroit as “proof” of what liberal economic policies do to the country.

Here’s how you answer:

“So you’re saying that liberal policies lead to poverty and ruin? Hey, wouldn’t that mean that the poorest parts of America would be in Democratically controlled states? Let’s take a look at the 100 poorest counties in America!”

According to Wikipedia, this is the breakdown of where the 100 poor counties are located. Just for fun, I included the results of the 2012 election:

Texas, 17 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 57% Romney, 41% Obama

Kentucky, 16 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 38% Obama*

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Mississippi, 14 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 56% Romney, 44% Obama

South Dakota, 10 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 58% Romney, 40% Obama

Louisiana, 5 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 58% Romney, 41% Obama

Alabama, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 38% Obama

Georgia, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 53% Romney, 45% Obama

Montana, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 55% Romney, 42% Obama***

New Mexico, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 43% Romney, 53% Obama*

North Dakota, 3 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 59% Romney, 39% Obama

Arizona, 2 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 54% Romney, 44% Obama

Idaho, 2 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 65% Romney, 33% Obama

Nebraska, 2 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 38% Obama**

Tennessee, 2 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 59% Romney, 39% Obama

West Virginia, 2 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 62% Romney, 36% Obama***

Alaska, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 55% Romney, 41% Obama

Arkansas, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 37% Obama

Colorado, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 47% Romney, 51% Obama

Florida, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 49% Romney, 50% Obama****

Missouri, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 54% Romney, 44% Obama***

Oklahoma, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 67% Romney, 33% Obama

South Carolina, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 55% Romney, 44% Obama

Utah, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 73% Romney, 25% Obama

Wisconsin, 1 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 46% Romney, 53% Obama****

Even accounting for a few electoral oddities (see below), it’s clear that the overwhelming majority of the poorest counties in America are located in Republican controlled states, being subjected to Republican economic policies. Most of these Republican controlled states have an overwhelming Republican Senate and House majority, many even have a supermajority. Yet, despite Republican claims of superior economic acumen, poverty is rampant under their rule.

Also, just to drive home just how horrible Republican economic policies are, take another look at that list. You’ll notice that none of the states listed are Michigan. That means that Detroit, that supposed shining example of the failure of liberal economic policies, is better off than all of these places. So much conservative propaganda. And if you were planning on pointing out that cities/towns/etc. and counties are different, Detroit is not among the 100 poorest of those, either. And, yes, the overwhelming majority of them are in Republican controlled states as well.

Whoops.

The numbers are clear: Republican governance breeds poverty and misery. Conservatives crow about Detroit either out of ignorance or shame. Either way, they’re still going to vote for the people who are actively trying to destroy their lives because gays can marry or something.

‘Murika.

 

*Kentucky is a bit of an odd duck. While it currently has a Republican governor, it had a Democrat for several years and the legislature is split between the two parties. So does New Mexico.

**Nebraska is even odder in that it’s legislature is, by design, nonpartisan.

***Montana, Missouri, West Virginia has a Democratic governor but a Republican controlled legislature.

****Due to extreme gerrymandering and voter suppression, Florida and Wisconsin are completely controlled by Republicans but still somehow voted for Obama.

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