Voting against their best interests:
Carter won more than two-thirds of the 428 Appalachian counties in 1976, and Clinton won close to half (see chart below). In this election, the region was unkind to Obama; he won only 7% of Appalachian counties in his successful reelection bid last week.
It's probably not surprising to many reading this, but as a region, Appalachia has the highest rate of food stamp enrollment, at a whopping 21.9%. And that's in spite of a widespread refusal by eligible people to take part. And this is what the GOP is trying to do:
Highlights of House GOP legislation cutting spending by more than $300 billion over the coming decade.
Food Stamps – Cuts $35.8 billion by eliminating benefit increases in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus and tightening eligibility requirements. Cuts spending by 4 percent over coming decade.
It's safe to say that rural and blighted urban areas have many things in common, from food insecurity to economic despair. But this ever-widening ideological divide could spell doom for them both.
Task #1 for the NCDP should be to reach out to rural voters and explain how they're making a huge mistake.
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