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Monday, August 02, 2021

It has long been central to Republican mythology that Democrats have nothing but seething contempt for the rural and small-town inhabitants of the Real American Heartland. An important new study of the distribution of benefits from a major new policy from President Biden and Democrats - the expanded child tax credit - illuminates the repulsiveness of this scam with unusual clarity.

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Every congressional Republican voted against the covid-19 rescue bill, which created the current child allowance by temporarily expanding the previously existing child tax credit to poorer and working-class families, making it much more like a universal program.

And every Republican will likely oppose extending the expanded child allowance. It's now set to expire next July, and Democrats hope to extend it until 2025 in the $3.5 trillion "human infrastructure" bill they want to pass through the Senate via reconciliation.

The new analysis from the Niskanen Center finds that the expanded child allowance - which has started delivering up to $300 per child per month to most U.S. households with children - will shower outsize benefits on residents of rural and less populous states and will deliver a disproportionately large relative boost to their local economies.

Niskanen finds that two of the three states that will get the most in funds are Texas and Florida (along with California) ... This gets even more interesting when you break the funding down per capita in each state. The study finds that the first nine states that will gain the most per capita from the expanded child allowance are all red states.

And, because red states tend to have lower economic output, they will receive a larger injection of funds as a share of their GDP as well ...

There is a realtime experiment going on right now that most seem oblivious of. It consists of whether putting actual money into working family's hands will be more important than bombarding them with culture war lies and hyperboles when it comes to voting in 2022 - voting restrictions and gerrymandering be damned.

Though the Democrats aren't tooting their horns nearly enough to be heard over the plaintive wails of the GOP's incessant mendacity, poorer rural voters will be faced with a choice that will affect each of their lives and personal fortunes regardless - Should they vote for the party wanting to take away the money already given them by Democrats or will they for once vote in favor of their own self interests and place direct financial assistance above culture war politics and the cult worship embodied by a twice impeached ex-President and his scores of minions and enablers?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-08-02 12:13 PM | Reply

Rural voters are lost. Dems need to win big with minorities and women. In my life I pray the USA breaks up and the republicans can go their own way.

#2 | Posted by byrdman at 2021-08-02 12:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These crap heaps oppose the child tax credit because brown people will get it, but they will cash that cheque in a heart beat because they deserve it.

Time to slash welfare for the rural rich, kill farm subsidies and let the market rule. Boot straps are free.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-08-02 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

----- every single one of them. Cut them off from any federal programs.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-02 04:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

White people don't want to accept that two thirds of their cohort are unreconstructed racists because they don't want to believe that white people, as a group, are, on balance, evil, the weight of history be damned. Racial animosity is the greatest predictor of political affinity. Not income, not religiosity, not region. Other factors only have efficacy as predictors in direct proportion to their correlation with racial animosity. Not acknowledging that fact keeps appropriate strategies from even being conceived, let alone followed.

#5 | Posted by s1l3ntc0y0t3 at 2021-08-02 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It has long been central to Republican mythology that Democrats have nothing but seething contempt for the rural and small-town inhabitants of the Real American Heartland.

Looking at the comments so far you can see why it's an easy sell for the GOP.

#6 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-02 06:17 PM | Reply

#6 Whereas Republicans have a policy of "---- Your Feelings."

You don't hold those people in contempt, ScottE?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-02 06:33 PM | Reply

You know I do.

#8 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-02 06:43 PM | Reply

I'm just pointing out how the GOP maintains a strong loyal following in rural America. These folks realize that the left does indeed have nothing but contempt for them...and you can see it in the comments here anytime this subject comes up.

#9 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-02 06:47 PM | Reply

"I'm just pointing out how the GOP maintains a strong loyal following in rural America."

Through fake news and propaganda.
It's called Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

Facts don't work on people who believe in Alternate Facts.

If you have a way to get through to them, I'm all ears.

Do you think there comes a point where there's no getting through to some people? I do. Try getting through to an Orthodox Jew for example.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-02 06:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Looking at the comments so far you can see why it's an easy sell for the GOP.

#6 | POSTED BY SCOTTE

Right. Because comments on message boards outweighs actual policy.

The GOP ----- all over them but tells them what they want to hear.

Dems give them meaningful change and improvement in their lives but don't lie to them.

Sad to see who wins that one, huh?

Also, hard not to think poorly of that kind of person either, eh?

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-02 07:16 PM | Reply

I can't remember actually hearing those kinds of comments about small town rural folks coming from the mouths of actual Democrat politicians.

So, ScottE, while it's certainly true that you'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar;

You sound like a scold when you complain about Democrats feeding into the stereotype when it's Republicans who created the myth.

Lots of white supremacists point to black crime rate, black high school dropout rate, and black teen pregnancy to support their beliefs.

What you're doing here is the equivalent of scolding black people for proving the racists right. Like it's the black people's problem to fix white racism.

The strategy definitely works. Republicans have been cashing in on Lee Atwater's strategy for 40 years and counting. It's become part of the mythology, as you said.

Only Republicans can change the Republican Party. Trump became a Republican, and changed it, for example. And Republicans like this one better.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-02 07:55 PM | Reply

Right. Because comments on message boards outweighs actual policy.

No because comments on an anonymous platform tend to show people's true feelings and it's clear the left looks down on rural Americans and the GOP takes advantage of the situation.

What meaningful change and improvement have the Dems brought to rural America?

#13 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-02 08:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Snoofy I'm not complaining or scolding anyone. I'm making an observation,and it seems to have struck a nerve.

#14 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-02 08:21 PM | Reply

What meaningful change and improvement have the Dems brought to rural America?

ACA

You're putting the cart before the horse.

Well, at least for me.

I don't have contempt for rural Americans at all. I grew up in rural America.

I have contempt for people who are easily fooled by transparently dishonest politicians so often it's clearly not that they're fooled anymore. I have contempt for people who hold themselves up as some sort of paragon of morals, integrity and patriotism as they support lying, cheating conmen who are the antithesis of every core value of America.

Please. I won't respect willing stupidity and gullibility simply because it's people's "opinion."

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-02 08:41 PM | Reply

Yes by all means lets have Democrats demonize brown and black people and then stoke the fears of white morons. THAT'S A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS.

#16 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-02 08:42 PM | Reply

I don't have a problem with rural voters
I don't have a problem with conservative people who have a different moral basis for their beliefs
I don't have a problem with people who have a different view on life ethics and society
I do have a problem with willful ignorance
I do have a problem with belief systems based on disenfranchising others
I do have a problem with a movement that is hated based

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-08-02 09:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"What meaningful change and improvement have the Dems brought to rural America?"

Do you even think government should do that, or are you just being Devil's Advocate?

Meawihle:
What meaningful harm have Republicans brought to rural America?
Right To Work. And lately, anti-mask and anti-vaxx messaging.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 12:18 AM | Reply

"Snoofy I'm not complaining or scolding anyone."

Yeah you are. You even did it when you asked "What meaningful change and improvement have the Dems brought to rural America?"

Fact is, health care in rural America in blue states is better than health care in rural America in red states. I'm surprised you don't know that, but I won't be surprised if you don't believe it.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 12:22 AM | Reply

"Looking at the comments so far you can see why it's an easy sell for the GOP."

A much harder sell is getting you to acknowledge Democrats are actually better than Republicans.

What's the hold-up?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 12:29 AM | Reply

Dems give them meaningful change and improvement in their lives but don't lie to them.

#11 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2021-08-02 07:16 PM |

Did you miss this Snoof?? JPW made the statement and I was asking for some examples.

My point was the left shows an obvious disdain for rural America and there's been plenty is comments on this site and others to support that.

You seem to think that I'm supporting Republicans when all I'm doing is show how they manage to keep the support is a majority of rural Americans.

#21 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 02:21 AM | Reply

"What meaningful change and improvement have the Dems brought to rural America?"

Electricity, for starters. When power companies didn't want to expand to rural areas, FDR made them.

There are a host of others ...

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-08-03 05:56 AM | Reply

That was over 80 years ago and people tend to forget. Today's Dems had nothing to do with that except maybe Biden and Feinstein.

#23 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 10:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

you can see why it's an easy sell for the GOP.

#6 | POSTED BY SCOTTE

Because Propaganda works?

Did you not see the words "Republican mythology"?

Your "sell for the GOP" easily translates to "Republican lies".

When you purposely keep people ignorant the disinformation becomes like the shear that fleeces the sheep.

It has long been known that no enemy could attack and defeat us from outside. So the attack has been designed to come from inside. We have been pitted against ourselves.

Pogo nailed it so many years ago:

"We have met the enemy and it is us."

A house divided cannot long stand ... it will become all one thing or all the other. Or we will eventually destroy ourselves. Like we tried to do on Jan 6th.

The time will come when one side will decide they have had enough.

Jan 6th was just the beginning. Especially if we do nothing about it.

Like they hope.

I just hope I am no longer here to see it when it happens.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-03 10:58 AM | Reply

Today's Dems had nothing to do with that except maybe Biden and Feinstein.

#23 | POSTED BY SCOTTE

That was pretty funny.

Honestly, though, do you really think they cleave to the GOP because they feel condescended to by the Dems?

Their undying support, even as they're dying, is little more than a middle finger to Dems?

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-03 12:24 PM | Reply

JPW,

Yes I do. A lot of them feel that way right or wrong, but you can see a lot of derogatory remarks thrown at people because of where they live, and assumptions made about their character and intellect.

If this kind of blanket judgement was directed at a certain race, religion gender or sexual orientation most folks here wouldn't stand for it.

#26 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 01:08 PM | Reply

"you can see a lot of derogatory remarks thrown at people because of where they live, and assumptions made about their character and intellect."

Blacks and immigrants have been living with this forever in this country.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 01:36 PM | Reply

And you approve of that Snoofy?

#28 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 02:27 PM | Reply

Of course not.
Republicans approved of "---- your feelings." But apparently not when it applies to them.

Do you approve of that?

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 02:45 PM | Reply

I lived for a decade in a rural red portion of one of the most liberal states in the union, and the unabashed racism I saw on display regularly was shocking. The GQP was a party of racial grievance long before Dotard came along. Combover Quisling was the perfect embodiment of the GQP's id, the candidate who told these racist POS to go ahead and let their freak flag fly.

#30 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-08-03 05:14 PM | Reply

I've been living in a rural red county in a red state for a decade and any overt racist behavior is rare. Not saying there aren't any racists but they are the exception not the rule and they will get called out for their behavior.

#31 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 06:23 PM | Reply

"I've been living in a rural red county in a red state for a decade and any overt racist behavior is rare."

Not on the Internet it's not. Which has been the thrust of your complaint about Democrats.

So, wanna talk about that?

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 06:53 PM | Reply

Not on the internet it's not????

What are you talking about?

What complaint is that?

I haven't complained about anything.

Perhaps you should read my posts again.

#33 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-03 07:09 PM | Reply

"I haven't complained about anything."

You've been clucking at Democrats this whole thread.
Saying they hurt Republican's feelings.

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-04 12:04 AM | Reply

-------..

You spend too much time in your own head. You make up what other people said then waste your time arguing against it.

I said the reason many rural Americans are duped by the Republicans is the disdain the left has for them. Everyone else here understood that whether they agreed with me or not...why can't you?

#35 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-08-04 01:32 AM | Reply

I said the reason many rural Americans are duped by the Republicans is the disdain the left has for them. Everyone else here understood that whether they agreed with me or not...why can't you?

#35 | POSTED BY SCOTTE

So what you're saying is that rural Americans, in response to perceived slights by Dems, unquestioningly follow the Repubs even as they lie to them, enact policy that directly hurts them and no so subtly insinuate they think poorly of them as well?

Is that correct?

If so, how is that supposed to convince me that I'm wrong in thinking they're not terribly bright or good critical thinkers?

#36 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-04 12:27 PM | Reply

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