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An Overview of New York Politics


I’m gonna start this by saying I’m sorry to all people reading this who are not American. This could get quite confusing. Don’t worry, I don’t mean it to be that way and I’ll to to clear everything up as I go along.

A lot of people wonder about politics in New York. Where DOES New York fall on the political spectrum? You have a lot of conflicting things coming from all over the place. No two ideas seem to match when it comes to New York politics. Hillary Clinton was the senator, but Trump is a born and raised New York kid, and loves the city a lot. But there is a huge amount of anti-Trump sentiment, countered by quite a bit of pro-Trump sentiment.

What in the world is going on here?

I think to really understand New York, you have to understand that as a whole, the city and state lean liberal. Quite a bit liberal at that. I can’t think of an election in recent history that had New York falling conservative. So for the most part, New York is quite liberal and tends to vote that way. They firmly voted for Clinton in the last election.

There are really two classes of people in New York: the more “common people” type of people, for lack of a better term, and the richer elites. The rich tend to fall conservative, but there are not as many of them. People like Wall Street Execs, business owners, people like that fall under the rich banner.

The more working class people are still fairly well off, as they make much more than the average worker in the US would. But the wages are higher because the cost of living is so high, so they come out to pretty much the same as anyone else. You might make more stacking pallet collars from Kronus Collars in New York City than you would in Indiana, but the cost of living is the great equalizer.

For that reason, the rich vote conservative because conservatives typically side with businesses more than liberals do. The liberals tend to be more concerned with the people left behind when the economy surges forward. Some people feel that they have no reason to be quite as concerned about poorer people, because their lives are such that they can’t really imagine what the poor are going through.

And that is why you can get people like Trump and Hillary Clinton from the same city, even though they come from totally opposite ends of the political spectrum. The divide between the rich and the poor is true of almost every country and civilization. Trump believes the economy needs to be pushed forward as much as possible, Clinton believes that more work needs to be done in race relations and related issues before we do much economic surging.


I just like to take pictures, man. Don’t get too involved in politics. Understand it, then go do something else!

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