Really: America’s Ten Poorest States Are Red?
For all the talk from the right of President Obama’s failure to create jobs and his misguided attempts to tax the rich this new report out on America’s poorest states sure doesn’t put the right in a good light.
All but two states are blue and only one state falls outside of the south.
The list includes Republican hotbeds like Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. All three states were red according to the 2008 election map and in Alabama Republican Presidential nominee John McCain carried a healthy 60 percent of the vote.
According to the report Alabama has the 9th highest poverty rate in America and 44% of all residents have absolutely no health insurance.
Next up is Mississippi, the poorest state in the United States of America. They have the nation’s highest concentration of poverty with 21 percent of the state’s residents living in poverty. The median income is just above $35,000 and Mississippi has the 7th highest unemployment rate in the nation at 10.4 percent.
It is truly depressing that Mississippi is still in such bad shape. Another red state where there is practically no economic stability and the number of people without jobs is deafening.
So, what say you Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, the so-called moral candidates? Where is the outrage that so many of your beloved countrymen and women are living in poverty and can’t afford to buy their next meal?
Republicans continue to rally against taxing the richest among us, yet the states where the meat of their votes comes from struggle mightily.
Now let’s juxtapose the nation’s poorest states against the nations richest.
Only two red states fall into the category of rich and the rest are Democratic blue. This country’s wealthiest state is New Hampshire with an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent and the nation’s lowest poverty rate, which is 7.1 percent. New Hampshire also has no sales tax or income tax.
So I say again to Bachmann and Perry, what say you to these numbers?
What does it say that Democratic states are generally wealthier than Republican red states? Does it say anything about the state’s character? What about the party’s position on social issues? Do Republicans generally care about the poor?
Simplistic, yet telling questions and stats regarding America’s poorest states.
What does it say that southerners continually lean toward a party that keeps them impoverished? How does it look that the nation’s poorest state has a Republican governor and he was elected twice to serve his state?
Well, while I would love to continue to beat up on Republicans this isn’t just a right or left issue. Democrats haven’t done that great of a job keeping people out of poverty either.
States in the south have suffered more than those in the north when it comes to this recession and Democrats have gun powder on their hands in this battle as well.
What’s most telling about this report is the vast wealth gap between the lowest and the highest where Mississippi has a 21 percent poverty rate and New Hampshire with only 7.1 percent.
What’s going on in this country where over 20 percent of the people in one state live in poverty and only 5 percent in another?
In essence this is a case where no one should favor a political party in this fight. Both have failed our nation, over and over again and it’s evident by this report.
For Democrats, simply taxing the wealthy won’t cure what ails America and for Republicans cutting every single spending item in sight won’t do the trick either.
To those that are suffering the most, the 99ers and the folks living in the throes of poverty: Know that your recovery is not with a political party. While it’s always helpful to receive a lending hand it’s not shrewd to believe in the color of an animal, be it an elephant or a donkey.