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19-11-2017, 08:13 AM
I thought I’d start a thread to discuss non-Trump US polarization issues.

I’m starting it with an interesting article using some actual comparative stats in it. Of course, it’s likely to be seen as having a left or right leaning bias.

Interesting article with some teaser quotes:

Blue States Practice the Family Values Red States Preach

By Nicholas Kristof, Nov. 18, 2017

“ As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach.

This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Al Franken underscore that liberals can be skunks as much as anyone else. Yet if one looks at blue and red state populations as a whole, it’s striking that conservatives champion “family values” even as red states have high rates of teenage births, divorce and prostitution. In contrast, people in blue states don’t trumpet these family values but often seem to do a better job living them.

“Then there’s adultery and prostitution. One large international survey found that the largest group of customers on Ashley Madison, the dating website for married people, were evangelical Christians. ... “

“Yet it’s complicated, and there is one religious group that is extremely good at living conservative family values: Mormons. Utah stands out for low teen birthrates, low divorce rates and low abortion rates, and it has the highest rate of teenagers living with married, biological parents.

More broadly, conservative values don’t directly lead to premarital sex or divorce. Rather, statistical analysis suggests that religious conservatives end up ...”


19-11-2017, 12:57 PM
Red states also get more from the federal government than they pay in taxes while the opposite is true of blue states. In other words, Republicans are the takers and Democrats are the makers.

The states most dependent on the federal government are who you'd least expect

But a recent study by personal finance resource site WalletHub reveals that red-state economies are far more dependent on funding from the federal government than blue states.

Using data from the IRS, WalletHub ranked all 50 states on four key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government, federal funding as a percentage of state revenue, the number of federal employees per 1,000 residents, and the number of non-defense federal employees per 1,000 residents.

By and large, they found that people in red states enjoy greater returns on their federal-income tax — and that federal funds make up a greater portion of their state's revenue.