” This is the map that shows the fastest growing cities in the country, according to a new report on GDP growth across metropolitan areas.
Cities in Texas and Indiana are booming largely thanks to a booming oil industry, but metropolitan areas of Louisiana are going backward as the petroleum industries in those areas slumped, the fascinating report released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Tuesday revealed.
Overall, real GDP in U.S. cities increased 2.5 per cent last year. This is up from an increase of 1.7 per cent on 2011.
The highest ranking cities for GDP growth were Midland, Texas, with a boom of 14.4 per cent, and Odessa, Texas with 14.1 per cent GDP growth.”
Contrast the economic growth displayed above with the last presidential election voting results below .
And here’s the nation’s voting record for 2012 county by county.
Now contrast both of the above with the map below showing charitable giving .
How about violent crime rates.
Property tax rates show similar trends.
Lowest performing schools .
Gasoline tax rates .
State income tax rates.
State debt per capita .
Population growth over the last decade.
Notice any trends ? While the charts are not all from the exact years they reflect the most current available that we could locate . Even so , we think the picture is quite clear . The so called “blue states” , those that supported Obama are the self-same states that lead the way in high taxes , poor school performance , crime rates , population flight , government dependence and nearly all other negative trends in socio-economic trends today . That’s “Hope & Change” for you .
We’ll be the first to admit that there is nothing scientific about this post . We were inspired at the spur of the moment by the linked post and put this together in 20 minutes , and while there is not exact correlation in the data provided you must admit that it does give the reader food for thought.The message is clear enough … Statism is a negative on society as a whole .
If nothing else perhaps this post will inspire someone with more time and research acumen to polish it to a high luster and destroy the ” I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” meme once and for all .