28 February 2009
[/rant] Poorest, Least Educated, Most Violent, Least Healthy States=Red States
The map above (which I made myself!) is the twenty states in the nation with the least median household income during 2004-2006. Red indicates top ten in all the maps.
All but Maine and New Mexico voted for Bush in 2000; all but Maine voted for Bush in 2004. Even in this past landslide election, all but five voted for McCain.
The second map (also made myself) is the twenty-three lowest ACT score states as of 2008. Illinois, Michigan, and Colorado made all of their H.S. juniors take the ACT, so their presence on the list is most likely a fluke. But, in case you didn't know, all these states except Oregon voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004.
The third maps out the twenty states with the highest amount of violent crime in 2004 (the newest I could find). Of these, 14 voted for Bush in 2004, and 13 voted for him in 2000. PS, I made the map myself.
EDIT: The fourth map is the twenty least healthy states, as ranked by the UHF in 2008. Big surprise here: all but two of these states voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. The information used to gather the statistics here are nauseating; they take into account prevalence of smoking, binge drinking, obesity, high school graduation, violent crime (where were you an hour ago? SHIT), occupational fatalities, children in poverty, infectious disease, air pollution, lack of health insurance, public health funding, immunization coverage, primary care physicians, preventable hospitalizations, poor mental/physical health days, infant mortality, cardiovascular deaths, cancer death, and premature death. In case you wanted to know, Louisiana is #1, Mississippi is #2, and South Carolina is #3 overall. You can read the statistics on every one of these categories by downloading the report.
So, basically what I'm saying is that red states are hellish because they are, in fact, red states. Republicans are keeping us down.
If you have anything else that might relate to this subject, please send it to me. I need fuel for my Republican rage machine.