Since the beginning of the Trump Con Campaign, I have been trying to understand the depth of ignorance and stupidity of Trump voters. Needless to say it has been a fruitless task but I did see a Washington Post article that allowed me to complete more of the puzzle. The article entitled: "Trump budget would hit rural towns hard — but they’re willing to trust him" is about a small Oklahoma town named, Durant near the Texas-Oklahoma border. The town voted overwhelmingly for Trump as did all the counties in the state.
The town has 16,000 people and it is broke just like the entire state. From the article:
Durant has already undergone years of state budget cuts, as Oklahoma has been unable to balance its increasing costs with declines in the oil industry, tax cuts and generous corporate tax credits. That has made federal funds even more vital to the city, especially for programs that serve the poor and working class.
Now the town is worried about Trump's proposed budget which would kill the few social safety net programs they have left. And the voters there concerned as one voter said: “I have high hopes for Trump, but if he’s going to be cutting these kinds of programs, that’s going to be one,” Harris said. “And we’ll see. I hope I don’t get up to 10, but I will give him one for that.”
As an outside observer, I have to wonder did this voter ever have concerns when her Republican governor, legislature, county, and/or city government. enacted the tax giveaways to corporations, etc? Does this voter know that federal money goes to the state government first, in most states, before it is disbursed locally and that the state can just keep it? Does this voter and the other Trump suckers know what the role of state and county government is in terms of satisfying the needs of the people? Does this voter and the other suckers know that their lives are directly impacted by local government? My guess is that they don't. And as a result, many of these ignorant raving Trump voters who complain constantly about the federal government not helping them are really complaining about the worthless government they neglected to vote for locally and/or state-wide but are too dumb to know the difference.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice that all Red States, governed by republicans, are welfare states but we have to remember being stupid in America is a fulltime job.
Comments to think about.