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?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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