By Duncan Smith
The nation’s economy is revving back up again as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes less of a threat.
That’s because more of the country is reopening so it makes perfect sense that commerce would pick up.
But the economic recovery has been anything but even.
In fact, while we often here about how much better blue states are than red ones and how they supposedly contribute so much more to our country, the economic rebound has been led by red states.
The Center Square reports:
Red states are leading economic growth in the U.S., a new report by the U. S. Commerce Department shows, with South Dakota, Texas and Utah reporting the highest growth.
The report is based on 2020 fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data and February 2021 unemployment rates.
Real GDP increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the fourth quarter of 2020. Real GDP for the U.S. as a whole increased at an annual rate of 4.3%. The percent change in real GDP in the fourth quarter ranged from 9.9% in South Dakota to 1.2% in the District of Columbia.
The top three states in quarter-over-quarter growth were South Dakota (9.9%), Texas (7.5%), and Utah (7.1%). All three have Republican trifecta governments, with Republicans controlling the governor's offices and both chambers of state legislatures.
Of the remaining seven other states in the top 10 leading the US' economic growth, five were also Republican strongholds: Tennessee with 6.7% growth, Iowa and Nebraska recording 6.3% growth each, Alaska with 5.8% GDP increase and Missouri with 5.6% growth recorded.
‘Economic powerhouses’ New York and California? A dismal 3.7 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.
Both are deep blue hellholes.
Once again, it is red states that are leading the way to economic independence, liberty, and freedom.
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