Saturday, June 10, 2006

A Local Observation

While talking to some of my co-workers I noticed something.

On military and defense matters the vast majority of them are absolute red-staters.

On cultural, family and social issues they are very strongly red-staters.

On economic issues (except for welfare) they are blue-staters. (I don't think anyone despises welfare more than the lower echelons of the working class.)

I personally am not much of a blue-state economic person, and don't know if this is local, but if a serious third party were to come along and take note of that (or a dissident faction of an established party) the big two parties might have a problem. Whether or not this is a good thing is another thing altogether. I tend to distrust mixing the government and economy as much as I distrust corporate monopolies (as the results are indistinguishable from each other.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Pamela Reece said...

Love the comic strip... it made me laugh out loud!!

2:33 PM  
Blogger eyesallaround said...

I think the problem with blue state economics is that it always involves the government doing things that would be better handled in the free market (education is good example).

11:17 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I have voted Liberatarian in the past for local elections hoping that they could get some traction. I also voted for Perot in '92. I feel we are doomed to have the R's and D's come what may. It will have to be a lot worse before we'll get a third way. Gov't could help direct the economy of our state. It already does by making Mich. a donor state and sending our money south and west. Saying that gov't doesn't pick winners and losers is a lie.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

It's the same here, Shop. Most of my neighbors are more socially and culturally conservative than me but more socialist. They are conservative Democrats who have voted Republican since Reagan. I find their blue-state government-worship depressing.

1:50 AM  
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