North Dakota, a red state, tops the nation in income growth thanks to an oil boom. Other major energy states — Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas — are solidly Republican, polls show. Poor, southern red states depend heavily on government transfers for income and benefited from increases in Medicaid and other federal programs.But for the national government: do you say thanks for the transfer payments, or do you note that but for the constraints implied by "shovel ready" do you say energy development has been hampered?
THE FOLLY OF AVERAGING.
Don't vote Republican without analyzing the details. Red states' income growing faster than blue states'. It is true that in many of the states that gave Our President electoral votes, a truthful answer to "are you better off than you were four years ago?" is "On average, no." But in the states that did not give Our President electoral votes, there is a wide variation in income growth rates. Thus,