Shutdown Brought to You By Uneducated Rural White People

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On one level you can point to polls that show the House Republicans are behaving in a way that most people in their districts don’t actually want them to behave, as a way to excuse those people.

But on some level, I just can’t accept that. Somebody elected these people, and while those who voted affirmatively for these mouth-breathers are obviously monsters, there are still people who live in these districts and hear this nonsense going on, and still don’t bother to register to vote and go vote for somebody else.

Via Joey Sweeney, Ryan Lizza very politely describes who has sent these tea people to ruin everything:

In a piece in the New Yorker last week entitled “Where The GOP’s Suicide Caucus Lives,” reporter Ryan Lizza examines the phenomenon behind the people that drove the government to shut down once again — four of whom are GOP representatives from the area you and I know informally as “Pennsyltucky.” He tries to understand. He tries to see it the way they see it. What does Pennsyltucky see when it opens its eyes each morning? Glad you asked:

The members of the suicide caucus live in a different America from the one that most political commentators describe when talking about how the country is transforming. The average suicide-caucus district is seventy-five per cent white, while the average House district is sixty-three per cent white. Latinos make up an average of nine per cent of suicide-district residents, while the over-all average is seventeen per cent. The districts also have slightly lower levels of education (twenty-five per cent of the population in suicide districts have college degrees, while that number is twenty-nine per cent for the average district).

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2 Responses to Shutdown Brought to You By Uneducated Rural White People

  1. Squarian says:

    “The members of the suicide caucus live in a different America”

    If only it were so.

  2. C Frederick says:

    Are these numbers statistically different? What is the variance of college degrees in a rural district vs the national average. There is no claim that these numbers are statistically different and so this claim has no validity. In addition, low population numbers found in rural areas suffer from sampling size effects in inferential studies; meaning more variance from the average. In other words, comparing percentages is not a very accurate way of comparing two populations.

    What do rural people see every day when they wake up? Probably a ceiling…or a pillow.