Statistically speaking, the Red State vs Blue State comparison would be better called Black and White (no reference to race) – there is so much contrast. It is like two different countries actually. Red States dominate the charts when it comes to how much welfare they receive, how obese they are and their number of teenage pregnancies. The Blue States are the ones that end up paying the bill – whether this is in the form of public assistance or higher healthcare costs.
Do as we say, not as we do
In fact, the GOP has cleverly used many of these issues as attack points, trying to pin the reputation for these traits on the Democrats, Liberals and Blue States when in fact they are far more guilty than anyone else.
Facts from the Stats
- Of the 32 states that receive more welfare than they contribute, 27 (84%) are Red States
- 14 out of the 15 states with the highest levels of teenage pregnancy are Red States
- The 7 most obese states voted overwhelmingly for McCain in 2008, the 7 least obese, for Obama
You hear it almost every time a Republican presidential candidate speaks – the evils of welfare. They speak about how THEY are opposed to an Obama welfare state, where personal responsibility has given way to an addiction to handouts.
Red meat for Red states? Do you know what the irony of this position is? Red States are the ones that receive the lion’s share of welfare. To be more precise, they receive more from the system than they put in.
The CDC report released Tuesday focused on state figures. The authors say the teen declines have been attributed to pregnancy prevention efforts. They note that a recent government survey showed more use of contraception by teens.
If you hear about your state legislature passing money-wasting laws in your state to promote abstinence education, ask them to explain the following stats.
State list with the rate per 1,000 teenage girls:
1. Mississippi – 55
2. New Mexico – 52.9
3. Arkansas – 52.5
4. Texas – 52.2
5. Oklahoma – 50.4
6. Louisiana – 47.7
7. Kentucky – 46.2
8. West Virginia – 44.8
9. Alabama – 43.6
10. Tennessee – 43.2
11. South Carolina – 42.5
12. Arizona 42.4
13. Georgia 41.4
14. Kansas 39.2
15. Wyoming 39
What is the connection between obesity and the GOP? Why are the most obese states also the reddest?
The connection between the Red States and obesity is undeniable. Below is a chart of that illustrates the the close link between the average obesity and overall health of a state and their voting patterns in the 2008 presidential election.
The seven states with the highest level of obesity all voted for McCain by double digits while the seven least obese states voted for Obama by double digits (with the exception of Colorado). Not surprisingly, the seven most obese states are all in the top 10 most unhealthy states while the opposite is true of the least obese states.