Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blue States Are Smart, Red States Are Dumb. Why?

Mississippi state flag: 2nd dumbest state. Stuck in the past?

The Street did a "The 10 Dumbest States in America" feature, then expanded it to include "The 10 Smartest States in America." Quite revealing.

I'm not editorializing when I notice that the smartest states are politically blue and the dumbest states are politically red, though it's worth noting and thinking it through. What does this say about anything? I'd say it says a lot and should be a cause for reflection.

My state, California, wasn't on either list. That's probably because, though it's overall one of the bluest states in the Union, it's actually two states: the red, farm state in the Central Valley and other rural areas and the blue, educated state on the coast. Guess where the highest median income is.

California's Central Valley: Megafarmers do very well, farm workers not so much.

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