Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

[Politics] Electoral Maps

Even more than the just plain purple-shaded map of states or counties, these maps give me pause for thought. I'm not sure if this means that Kerry (or at least, a more Democratic platform) was of high priority to people in urban and highly-populated areas, or what.

The thing which made me pause for thought was that I wonder if this has any correlation with the funding numbers I've heard quoted. I.e. that all but one of the top 10 states in terms of money paid into federal programs were blue states which went Kerry, and all of the top 10 states who demand money from federal programs for things were red states which went Bush.

It reminds me of the quote of President Bartlett's during the debates on 'West Wing.' The guy running against him decries the use of taxpayer money in federal programs for education and whatnot, saying that it should be left in the hands of local communities. Bartlett's reply was along the lines of, "It's interesting that you'd say that, since your state requests more federal funding aid than any other," and reeling off numbers. Then he concludes with something along the lines, "So my question for my opponent is... may I have the money back?" Wish I could find the original scene offhand, because it's so perfectly executed...

At the time, I thought 'ah, Aaron Sorkin, wonderful dialogue writer,' but it seems like the point behind it is somewhat true and relevant as well.
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