In comment threads like this one finds a number of comments about secession, where the littoral types want to leave the USA to get away from the rednecks/fundamentalists/lobotomized minions of Karl Rove. What makes it funny is the complaint that those heartland types are living off the tax money of the littorals. This is hilarious on two levels.
The first is the issue of why there’s all that tax money being extracted from the Lefty states. Of course, it is because the Democratic Party supports high taxes. It seems to be an article of faith that high taxes are good. Yet I have never seen it occur to one of the whiners to agitate for lower taxes so they don’t get (as they see it) “ripped off”.
The second is the strong parallel to the welfare debate. It’s the welfare queen story, just with a slightly different gloss. It might do such commentors good to think about why they are so upset about the federal government handing out their money to other people, and how that might just push people towards the Republican Party, which advocates doing less of that.
Nah. The idea that someone might have an actual reason for voting for President Bush beyond homophobia and Bible thumping would probably even further damage their mental machinery.