Your scenario describes the state of Ohio, Indiana, Mo, Ms, Ks Wv. Dakotas and the rest of the
Regulations aren’t necessarily only due to being a Red or Blue state. It also tends to happen over time as its rare for governments to go back and streamline old laws while adding new laws always makes it look like you are doing something. However the Dems, generally, favor policies that inevitably lead to more regulations so their states, in general, are pretty onerous in a fair comparison. As for your examples I cannot speak for every single one since I have not been to them; although I doubt you have either since they are filled with those nasty, backward, uneducated bigots. Those states’ peoples are not good enough for you, so why would you visit or even bare to think of them without your nose up in the air. Also, Ohio goes either way, thats why its a battleground state; Reps were in control and now the Dems are. MS is just a recent Red state convert; they were Blue state back in their bigoted past. WV is still considered a Blue state, although that may be changing. Also most of your examples suffer from a lack of natural resources for industry, lack of population, and/or are suffering from changes in their old industries.
Midwest perfectly. Sorry to burst your bubble ,but those are all Red states. I suggest you look > at a map of the US and locate the Blue states. They are on the East and West coasts and to
the North. ie California, Wa, Or., Mass, New York, Vt. etc
All of whom are successful in certain areas due to the luck of history, geography, natural resources, or old industries. Whether that luck is able to hold up against a tendency towards bad policies will depends on the particulars of each situation. CA already has long term growing problems, mainly due to the growth in government and onerous regulations. WA and OR I do not know much about so I cannot say, although it would not surprise me if the old western libertarian spirit may very well be keeping Blue governments there from going too far. New York is only successful in the city (and the immediate surroundings) and until those evil Rep mayors took over 13 years ago the city was well on its way towards becoming another dead city like so many innumerable Democratic bastions such as Newark, Camden, Detroit, etc. As far as the, generally Blue, north east and mid west goes they have by in large been losing population and industries for several decades.
Demographically, Blue states are
Where the prosperity exists it is more due to a city or area whom through the luck of history managed to survive the severe losses in industries that hit blue states particularly hard; mainly due to them being the old industrial center of the country; built at a time that blue didn’t mean what it means today.
Old industrialize part of the country. People generally had more income to send their kids to college and it has been something of a tradition in those areas. Also the old rich families come from there since they generally made their money on the industrial revolution. And most of the old colleges and universities were in this old industrial part of the country. And the South, which at least in the past had the highest percentage of uneducated people just recently turned Red from Blue. Guess all those uneducated masses flocked there overnight and turned them Red. Of course the blue states would have a better educated populace, at least at the moment.
First this is very subjective. Besides which port towns (or airport travel hubs these days), much of the old north east, are always cosmopolitan simply due to the movement of peoples.
socially progressive, attract a high percentage of college degreed professionals,
Judging by you, apparently snooty, arrogant, and bigoted as well.
are cultural meccas and
Wow, you really have a pretty high opinion of yourself. As far as cultural meccas go that is a very subjective standard. Although I submit to you that practically any southern area is likely to value their culture and history more than the blue crowd on the coasts, generally.
home to world class cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco , Chicago , Seattle, Boston , etc.
Also home to Newark, Camden, Detroit, etc. etc. etc. etc. I’m willing to bet that all the crappiest areas of the country are represented by a blue, even if just locally. And unlike you I do not lay the total blame for these areas being crappy on their blue leaders. Its simply a fact that people in need are likely to vote for people whom promise to give them stuff, which is how the Dems get elected ever since the New Deal. It is unfortunate, but those very giveaways then come back to bite those people in the rear end as someone has to bear the burden of taxes and regulations and given enough burdens those able to will leave or just not be productive making the situation worse for those whom remain.
Mostly demand , not regulations is what drives real estate prices up as evidenced in the above cities.
Supply and demand is always at the base of prices. However both supply and demand are affected by outside influences. Regulations are one of those influences. And from the study, made by a very well regarded guy with a PhD in economics at that, it was found that regulations was a key factor that tightened supply enough to drive real estate prices skyward in the overpriced parts of the country. For example, NYC has plenty of land; especially if efficiently used. But builders have problems building up, thus being able to spread out the cost of the land and some of the building costs among more people due to having to get air rights, millionaire neighbors (or a plethora of neighborhood groups) suing due to loss of a view, tons and tons of paperwork, environmental study after environmental study. They can’t build up and sell the same piece of land to more people and they have a ton of costs while building. Walla, you’ve got tightened supply and high costs that drives up prices.
You spoke of high taxes , high unemployment, excessive government regulations on businesses etc as factors which drive companies , jobs and the young, well educated out. Bingo!! You just
described Ohio to a “T” - a Red state. This state has literally been run into the ground ever since Republicans took control over a decade ago. We are now the third highest taxed state in the nation , have a host of archaic and business unfriendly laws and regulations, and I won’t even begin to comment on the magnitude of other problems this state now faces. They are too numerous to list here.
That may be; I don’t know Ohio so I cannot speak. However even if true that just means the Reps there were governing like Dems; not uncommon in the north east and mid west. The political philosophies of each party affects the general outcome of each parties’ run of a particular government. However this will never be exact, only a generality, as each politician is an individual in a different area and will govern according to his own beliefs and the desires of his populace.
On the flip side, Red states typically attract and retain the uneducated, socially backward , bigoted,
I guess your from a Red state then. Sounds like your describing yourself. You forgot arrogant, pompous, and self-righteous.
Yeah a belief in old fashioned values, morality, a work ethic, belief in free enterprise, love of country and one’s own culture and history. Yeah, that will depress real estate prices.
and economically depressed therefore, depressing the real estate market as well.
Hmm, if I were economically depressed (and planned to stay that way or at least though I could do nothing about being economically depressed) I’d find a state with the largest welfare state and move there. It just makes sense, being economically depressed, to either go somewhere were I will be helped to the maximal extend or somewhere where the economy was good enough that I could work my way out of economic depression; course it would logically be the former if I had no intention of working my way out of being economically depressed or if I thought I could do nothing about it. Seriously though, the poor don’t go to a poor area to hang out with the poor people. Generally they just happen to be from a certain area and remain there being unable to go somewhere else. Or, if they area able to go somewhere else they then go someplace they can afford, obviously someplace with low real estate prices; maybe a red state or more commonly someplace that is really, really cheap since its a really depressed or possible even dead area which can exists in both Red and Blue states.
Of course, there are exceptions to this as seen in the West as people move to places like Arizona and Nevada for the climate and jobs etc… but, as more of the young educated locate there, you will see a shift in the political climate as they become more blue.
Maybe. Then again maybe not, they didn’t leave for no reason. Also the young are actually, currently anyway, more Republican. Those generally leftist student protesters the media gives ogles of time to and perhaps memories of the rebel students from the 60s are clouding your view.