Tom Blumer points out that red states and blue states are faring quite differently. Red states continue to experience healthy economic growth, while blue states are in recession. This may be why Democrats believe the economy to be in much worse shape than Republicans do—and than the facts justify. Things are bad in New England, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and California. But they’re just fine in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina.
Here’s the irony. It’s “blue-state thinking,” as he puts it, that’s made times bad. But the people in the blue states aren’t blaming their own Democratic leaders for the high taxes, crippling regulations, and generous government spending that hold their economies back. They blame Republicans, and seek to impose on the rest of us the policies that damage their own economies. Obama’s platform of higher tax rates, increased regulation, and increased spending matches the policies in place in the blue states, and promises to do for the rest of the country what it’s done for them.