An interesting report made some noise online this week by showing that most Republicans planning to vote for Mitt Romney are doing so against their own interests. The report and corresponding map — “Romney Economic Plan Hurts Red States, Helps Wealthy Urbanites, While Obama Boosts Rural Areas” — allows readers to see exactly whose economic plan is better for their hometown and region:
According to a new analysis of tax and census data, Mitt Romney’s economic plan is heavily tilted towards big cities, but tough on the rural areas that comprise the GOP’s base. Barack Obama’s economic proposals lean the other way, offering little to wealthy urbanites while delivering broad tax savings to the middle and lower class Americans spread across the South and Midwest.
The interactive tool suggests an Obama landslide would be a given in an alternate reality where people relied on alien resources like data and facts. But in the media age of all-image-everything, the promise of economic prosperity based on actual policy cannot trump ideology and misinformation. Still, a boy can dream. Or, at the very least, mess with this cool map for a while.