If Republican Ideology Is So Great, Why Are So Many of Their States Poor?

alabamaIt’s always been something that’s confounded me.  Republicans talk in length about the greatness of Republican economic ideology, and how it’s the only thing that can bring our country to greatness.

But outside of Texas, what strongly Republican state is a highly desirable place in which to live?  And even in Texas, where I live, every major city votes for Democrats in major elections.

Now, I can already hear the Republicans bashing California.  California is a very liberal state, and trust me I know it has its problems, but let’s not forget it had a Republican governor during the majority of the Bush years—you know, when it faced such terrible financial woes.

But when you look at states like Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi—these are very poor states.  They’re simply not that highly desirable to live in (I’m not saying they’re terrible, and I’m sure there are a lot of great places and people in them, but facts are facts).

For this article I’ll focus on one of the “most Republican” states in the country–Mississippi.

For all the “greatness” of Republican ideology, let’s take a look at Mississippi:

Mississippi: One of the “most Republican” states in the country.

So, if Republican ideology is so great, why is one of the “most Republican” states so terrible for its citizens—on almost every level?  And why do so many other “strongly Republican” states share this same pattern?

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • anon

    The republican policies don’t work for the rich either; how many rich people live in Mississippi? On the contrary, most rich people are not stupid–they choose to live in the blue states.

  • anon

    If you make the comparison to the bluest part of California–such as Marin County–the contrast is even more stark. People in Marin live an average of about 10 years longer than in Mississippi, and earn far more money. People who live in wealthy blue areas tend to understand the importance of education, infrastructure, and public services to creating and maintaining health and wealth.

  • jimtoday

    Because they’re full of people easily convinced to vote against their own interests, or not at all.

  • Colleen Ryan

    Not to mention the high enlistment rates (lack of employment and choice) and low secondary and higher education rates….

  • LindsayCA

    The funniest thing is that while I lived in Los Angeles, the minute I move to the Republican agricultural center of California…. it’s dead beat poor! Yet blue areas of California have better living conditions and more wealth!! It makes me laugh! Oh and if I say I’m Democrat voting God shall throw a lightning bolt to me!! I can’t wait to get out! Too much ignorance!