Well, they don’t. There is such a thing as a stupid question. You’ve just asked one. I could stop there, but, hey, why not just inundate you with facts while I have the opportunity? We already know that conservatives tend to struggle on the intellectual side, after all, there is a negative correlation between education and conservatism. I’m sure your question comes from a place of ignorance so here is a brief run down of what is wrong with your statement:
Conservatives states actually suck money out of the economy. Money which is, of course, provided by blue states. It turns out that those evil, unproductive liberals are actually making it possible for conservatives to live the pathetic little existences that they do. In fact, without the blue states, the US wouldn’t be able to sustain itself because there wouldn’t be any amount of substantially beneficial money flowing in. The more red the state, the more money it sucks from the federal government, and the lower it charges for income tax. There’s actually a positive correlation between a state sucking off the federal teat and that state charging a lower income tax. In fact, of the states that do suck money out of the economy, not one is a left leaning state. Not fucking one. I, for one, am tired of republicans even pretending that they do shit for this country. They don’t.
I’m assuming that your claim is that economic wealth is what makes someone productive - something I’d argue with but I’ll entertain the idea for argument’s sake. Again, this isn’t something where conservatives actually hold the advantage if you look at the data - you know, that thing Fox News doesn’t do. While it is true that low income people are *generally* more likely to vote Democratic (except in states like MI where republicans garner a large number of votes from rednecks living on welfare) the ultra-wealthy are also almost universally Democratic. It turns out that the same policies that would make poor people’s lives miserable are also terrible for the economy. The unequivocally awful policies of conservatives and the smart, forward thinking policies of progressives are a uniting factor in a deeply economically divided country. Now, welfare, food stamp, etc recipients in particular are actually evenly politically divided. Where republicans hold the advantage is with middle class people, and those with higher, but not ultra-high incomes. These numbers are probably skewed slightly to the right because of the number of low-education manual labor jobs - ie oil field workers - who fall under these categories. It’s interesting because those professions more likely to be conservative are also more likely to be taken by people who do not invest their money at all.
There’s also what I like to call the Country Club Effect - and this is how I explain the political leanings of wealthy, but not rich, Americans. It’s the Americans with moderate wealth that vote Red after all, not the rich ones. The ultra wealthy are actually 60% democrats, with the wealthiest families being 75% democratic. So, if you want to understand why, I want you to go to two country clubs. Go to a cheap one first - one that maybe charges <$15,000-$40,000 per year for membership. You’ll find that the people there are fairly rude, and although they certainly are not at a facility that could be considered prestigious, they definitely act like it. Why? Well, the answer is simple. The fee is low enough that people with fairly low incomes can afford to belong - and incidentally, the people who have that income and that would go to the club really just want everyone to think they are rich. This attracts the type of person with an inflated sense of self worth. There you have it, the stuck up rich person is actually just an egotistical middle class person with a tiny dick in most cases. Now, go to a prestigious club. I’m partial to the Yellowstone Club. I’m talking the ones that cost 6-7 figures just to join and that have comparably high membership fees. You’ll notice that everyone is actually quite pleasant. There are no pissing contests because, with people who are actually wealthy, that would just get outrageous. There’s no need. It’s no shock then that the lower income wealth would vote republican. They’re more likely to like making a splash. They probably aren’t thinking forward, they just want to do what they think rich people do. What does popular opinion tell us rich people do? Vote republican. What do dipshit republicans who aren’t actually all that wealthy want to do? They want to look rich. So what do they do? Vote republican. I can assure you that while this isn’t the reason why every single republican in that income category votes republican, if we were somehow able to change popular opinion to “rich people vote blue,” enough of them would start voting blue that the majority of that demographic would become democratic.
So, now we know a little more definitively that you are wrong, but we also better understand why you are wrong. My suggestion for you going forward is to get an education. I know that an education is expensive, and that’s exactly why Democrats like Your Fearless Leaders, the Founding Parental Units at the LPG, are working hard to make it easier for everyone to get one.
The correct question to have asked is: “Why aren’t conservatives productive members of society?” The answer is of course that they are dipshits.
As someone with an education in economics, I can quantify the trillions that conservatives have cost the US economy annually since 1980, the millions they have cost my company every year, and the hundreds of thousands they have cost my portfolio. Unless a conservative wants to start writing a check to compensate for their pathetic little philosophy’s impact on society, I’m going to have to continue referring to republicans as unproductive members of society. After all, given their voting habits, that’s exactly what they are.