Reluctantly, from the Washington Examiner:
Red states are outperforming blue states economically
States run by Republican governors on average have economically outperformed states run by Democratic governors in recent months.
The difference in economic growth is likely due to the pathway of the coronavirus pandemic in the first few months and the economic restrictions imposed by Democratic governors.
Overall, Democratic-run states, particularly those in the Northeast and Midwest, had larger contractions in gross domestic product than Republican-run states in the Plains and the South, according to the latest state GDP data for the second quarter of 2020, released by the Commerce Department on Friday. Of the 20 states with the smallest decrease in state GDP, 13 were run by Republican governors, while the bottom 25 states with the highest decrease in state GDP were predominantly Democratic-run states.
Furthermore, the average unemployment rate across Republican states was 6.5% in August, compared to an average of 9% in Democrat states, according to an analysis of unemployment data by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Republican-controlled Utah had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country in August at 4.1%, and the second-lowest GDP drop, at just over 18% in the second quarter. Nevada, run by Democrats, had the highest unemployment rate, at 13.2%. It was closely followed by Democratic-run Rhode Island, 12.8%, and New York, 12.5%. New York also had a GDP loss of 30%, putting it at 44th in the nation.
“The GDP data confirms that blue states are severely underperforming red states, even if there are some outliers for sure,” said Stephen Moore, one of President Trump’s top economic advisers.
“It’s pretty clear blue states with the most severe lockdown had the most damage done to their economies,” said Moore, who is also a contributor to the Washington Examiner.
He added that the Democratic strategy for containing the virus and keeping the economy afloat did not appear to be working, based on the latest economic data.
Red states: 1
Blue states: 0
People this surprised: 0
No one with half a brain ever considered otherwise. Blue states shut everything down and continue to hide in the basement in fear. They are the equivalent of societal-wide doomsday activists.
All because of a cold virus.
This isn’t to say that the red state response has been perfect. Far from it. But at least we’re not fully tanking our GDP, exhibiting massive unemployment, and continuing failed lock-downs.
You would expect because of the blue states’ asinine measures that they would have saved more people from COVID, at least. Right?
Nah. When looking at the data, the blue states also have higher death rates from COVID compared to red states:
The record is clear: blue states have experienced far worse devastation from COVID-19.
In March, data guru Nate Silver wrote about the different ways blue states and red states were experiencing the COVID-19 epidemic, noting that “states Clinton won do have considerably more total reported cases.”
Eleven of the 12 states (including the District of Columbia) with the highest COVID-19 fatality rates are traditional blue states. Leading the way, unsurprisingly, is New York, which posted the highest deaths, total (31,346) and per capita (1,611 per 1M).* New Jersey is not far behind New York, however (1,478/1M). These states are followed by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia. Just one red state—Louisiana, seventh highest with 680/1M—cracked the top twelve.
The question is, why? After all, blue states tended to have the most stringent lockdowns. Indeed, eight red states—Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming—declined to issue stay-at-home orders at all (though some took less severe measures).
None of these states were among the states hardest hit by COVID-19.
So not only do they fail on the economy… but they have more body-bags as well.
Which is the epitome of leftism: Failure everywhere, constantly.