#ncpol #ncga: Farmer Ted’s kinda-sketchy ”income inequality” study

Lefties LOVE the concept of “income inequality.” *It’s just NOT fair that some people get more money than others.* Sixteen-Candles-Farmer-Ted-Moments-farmer-ted-2481167-1600-900 At least, that’s what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels preached in the Bible-of-the-left “The Communist Manifesto.”  

*Keep the poor folks riled up at the more successful folks, so they aren’t paying attention to how bad the government is screwing and failing them.*

The folks who settled Jamestown and Roanoke (a/k/a The Lost Colony) tried their hand at “income equality”. So did the Pilgrims at Plymouth.  Everybody got the same treatment / result regardless of how much or how little they worked.  Roanokemarxism was a disaster.  Jamestown almost was.  As was Plymouth.

We’ve seen the concept fail in The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  It’s been failing miserably in North Korea and Cuba.  China and Vietnam have pulled their fat out of the fire by embracing SOME aspects of capitalism.

Despite all of this miserable failure, leftists in this country are determined to inflict “income equality” on the rest of us.  The drivebys and their lefty friends on Jones Street were beside themselves with excitement over a presentation to the General Assembly this week:

State legislators saw a jarring map of North Carolina’s income inequality during an economist’s presentation Thursday.

Ted Abernathy of Economic Leadership LLC showed a map of how the average annual pay in each of the state’s 100 counties compares to the overall state average of $44,969 in 2014.

It’s a sea of red (below average counties) with a few small pockets of green (the urban areas with above-average salaries).

Only five counties had annual pay above the statewide average, meaning that Wake, Durham, Mecklenburg, Orange and Forsyth counties have substantially higher incomes than the rest of the state.

Only five counties – Iredell, Guilford, Granville, Wilson and Pitt – are within 10 percent of the $44,969 average figure. The other 90 counties in the state have an average annual pay that’s at least 10 percent lower. The vast majority of counties posted figures that are at least 25 percent lower.[…]

Of course, this particular driveby had to find supporting evidence for his thesis on that vast databank of intellectual depth and breadth known as Twitter.  I, howeverincome redistribution cartoon_thumb[1], decided to dig deeper into ol’ Ted’s findings and map.  

Let’s take Moore County, for starters.  I know the place.  I live there.  We have our pockets of lower-middle class communities, but we are also loaded with huge horse farms and multi-million dollar homes fronting world-class golf courses.  Donald Trump, Troy Aikman, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, and Oprah Winfrey are among some of the members of the moneyed class who make this place their private playground.

According to Ted and his map, Moore County’s average income is TEN to TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT below the state’s average.  (He IDs North Carolina’s average income as $44,969.)   Hmmm. I do know that all of these horse farms and golf-front palaces ain’t cheap. SOMsheldonEBODY is shelling out big bucks for them. 

According to the folks at the Census Bureau, Moore County’s mean (average) household income through 2014 was $70,008.  The median household income was $50,393.  Both of those numbers are bigger than $44,969. 

Let’s look at Dare County on The Outer Banks. According to Ted and his chart, Dare is in the same category with Moore County  — TEN to TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT of the state average of $44,969.   But, once again, our friends at the Census Bureau say something different: a mean (average) household income of $71,875. Again, numbers that are  HIGHER than the state average cited by ol’ Ted. 

In New Hanover County (Wilmington), the mean household income was $69,727.  In Watauga County (Boone & Blowing Rock), the mean household income was $53,048.

According to the Census Bureau, the average household income for North Carolina in 2014 was $64,555.  Much higher than the $44,969 touted by Farmer Ted and his driveby groupies. puben

Farmer Ted’s chart — if it is to be believed (and I don’t believe it is) — indicates only FIVE counties have average incomes higher than the state average. I just found four more that do, as well.  But Farmer ted’s chart shows them  ALL ten to twenty-five percent below the state average.

Want people to advance economically?  Get government out of the damn way!

Numbers are funny things.  Like with polls, they can be twisted and massaged to say whatever fits the agenda of the person behind them. Don’t believe the hype.