Two very cool interactive maps that look at the upcoming presidential elections:

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Source: WSJ

2012 Election Map: The Race for the Presidency

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Source: Washington Post

Category: Digital Media, Politics

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5 Responses to “Money In Politics”

  1. philipat says:

    A tale of two countries?

  2. kek says:

    BO’s solid looks like a who’s who of fiscal trainwrecks.

  3. mathman says:

    http://questioneverything.typepad.com/

    Watching the Political System (er, Circus)
    What Happened to the Political System?

    (from same)
    “The political process as it is playing out in the United States this summer and early fall will be something else to watch. I seriously doubt that there are too many observers of what has been going on so far who do not believe that the system is broken badly. The presidential race is an amplified version of a comedy that is playing out all over the world, at all scales of governance districts. Corrupt, stupid, narcissistic, politicians are playing into the hands of corrupt, stupid, narcissistic capitalists everywhere and in every level of governments. These days even those few earnest and generally honest politicians who got into public service because they really believed they could help the system and people living under it find they have to play the game by the rules that have evolved which are mostly about money, power, and getting re-elected (or not getting assassinated in a coup). In the US this season is further made preposterous by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision which basically gave corporate powers carte blanche in purchasing the best candidates for representing their interests. Judges are supposed to exercise good judgment. The courts and laws are the backbone of civil society. When the back is broken, nothing else will work properly. What happened with the justices who found in favor of this abomination? What they will have done is simply accelerate the collapse of the political process and the collapse of governance.”

  4. krice2001 says:

    @kek — I guess that was a political statement? I don’ think Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Washington State, or Oregon are “fiscal train wrecks” and I live in one of those states and know it’s not.

    I could make a comparable statement such as, “Romney’s solid looks like a who’s who of states with the worst education records.” It would be as accuate a statement.

  5. RW says:

    The amount of money being thrown at this election is mind boggling. The battle for the swing states in particular — the 95 electoral ‘tossup’ votes — is going to be absolutely ferocious, pouring enough capital into those state economies that I may be induced to go seriously long on ‘em.

    Percentage of rural counties appears to be a greater determinant of “redness” than economics although it is true that red states tend to be poorer on average and also typically compensate for this by offering fewer services to their citizens. Regardless there are plenty of “fiscal trainwrecks” among the red states although not as many as a straightforward ratio might suggest since poorer states typically receive relatively more in federal transfer payments than richer states.

    NB: by the end of budget year 2009 the only states that had anything close to a balanced budget picture were the resource-rich states of Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming; all the rest were running deficits (FRB St. Louis).

    Austerity policies at the federal level have only made these deficits grow larger and the state cutbacks have become increasingly brutal in consequence. In the case of states where services and benefits were not particularly abundant to begin with it would not be inaccurate to say they have almost completely abandoned whole swaths of their citizenry, literally throwing the weakest and/or poorest under the bus.