You know how some people react to being helped.
They’re in need so you give them a hand up and they’re grateful at the time. But from then on you’ve changed a friend or relative into someone who resents you, obstructs you, talks about you behind your back. Not nice, but that’s human nature sometimes.
There’s a theory that this phenomenon may help explain many of the Red states.
The Red states are America’s heartland and pride themselves on their independence, on going it alone, on standing on their own two feet.
But most of them are freeloaders, benefiting from federal handouts, charity paid for by the Blue states.
Because when you look at the taxes sent to Washington and compare that to the federal money spent in the states, you find that Blues pay more than they get, Reds get more than they pay.
Here’s a map of the situation. The states in red receive more than they pay. The blue states pay more than they get. The white states don’t fit the theory, and Florida gets a buck back for every buck it sends in. [Federal Taxing and Spending] (Story links open in new windows)
Matches the electoral vote pretty well, doesn’t it?
Okay, back to reality. Fun is fun but that’s clearly not why Bush won.
The Democrats simply lost through ineptitude and incompetence.
They started in the hole with the wrong candidate, and it went downhill from there.
Sure, the right lied, but the Dems had no idea how to respond. The original lying swift boat vets ad is a good example of their inadequacy.
For starters, Kerry and the DNC should have known O’Neill and his gang were going to do something because they’ve tried to nail Kerry every time he ran for office.
The DNC should have been prepared with a strong, overkill response when the first lying ad appeared.
Instead, they sat around with their thumbs you-know-where for weeks while Kerry got pounded into the ground.
There are numerous other examples, but you name it and the Dems were constantly on the defensive, reacting not acting, and didn’t even come close to ever having the right on the run.
They were like a farm team suddenly finding itself in the majors.
And they may not have learned a thing from the experience – this morning I heard talk about running Hillary in 2008.
Might as well get those Canadian visas ready now.