There has been quite a bit of discussion lately over this map. It shows that the areas of the country most dependent on the government are also the areas of the country that are most conservative. It confirms my own experiences with angry Tea Partiers who rant and rave about government spending while at the same receiving their Social Security and Medicare checks and while paying nothing in income taxes. Gotta keep the government off my medicare!
Anyone want to offer an explanation?
My explanation: Conservative voters have been lied to and manipulated. They have been led to believe that "Washington" is the problem, only that "Washington" does not include 2/3rd (defense and entitlement) of the federal budget. They have been led to believe that cutting large swathes of government at a time when older, working class, whites are unemployed will somehow make their lives better. They have been told that the problems in society come from scary elites and immigrants, not from changing dynamics in a complex world. Conservative pundits have completely failed at articulating a credible conservative strategy for government that would help the very people that buy their books and watch their television programs. In short, Talk Radio has profited immensely from perpetuating the pain coming from their listeners.
Snark aside, older, white, working class voters are suffering in this country and they need a credible leader who will address their needs. They don't need lies or red meat.