Unexamined Assumption: Poverty and voting

This is a double whammy, a left meme and a right meme that are mirror images of each other and are equally misleading:

The unexamined assumption, from both sides, is that voting fixed poverty. Last time I checked, it was illegal to pay people to vote a particular way (subsection c in this link). There could be an indirect connection between voting and poverty alleviation, but as the twin memes show, it doesn’t work. Deep blue and deep red areas can both be very poor.

Maybe government isn’t the solution to poverty?

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