Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Family Values in Pennsylvania

It’s amazing what you can find with a little time and effort. The posting below called “A Northern Response” references an article that compares “Family Values” in red and blue states. With help from the Pennsylvania State Data Center I was able to look up divorce rates by county, and compare them with whether or not they voted primarily democratic in the last election.

By my count, 13 counties of the 67 in Pennsylvania cast more votes for Kerry than Bush. Of course, these 13 counties have by far the largest population. Pennsylvania as a whole has a divorce rate of 3.3. Of those thirteen, only two (Erie at 3.4 and Fayette at 3.5) exceed this average, and Northampton at 3.3 ties it. All the remaining 10 are far below the average, including Allegany at 2.8, Lackawanna at 2.8, Lehigh at 3.1, Beaver at 3, Luzerne at 2.5, Bucks at 2.7, Montgomery at 2.6, Washington at 2.8, Philadelphia at 2.1, and Delaware at 1.5.

Take a wild guess which counties pulled the average up to 3.3.

Again, those who would like to make an issue of morality and family values might try to clean up their own homes before criticizing the rest of us.

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