MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Yes, it's true, as BuzzFlash at Truthout documented a short time ago, the State of Mississippi (MS) "sucks up $2.73 in federal support for every dollar its residents pay in national taxes." In the dog-whistle language of the right wing, that makes the state where 66 percent of GOP voters believe in creationism, an official "welfare state."
In short, the MS state government run out of Jackson is a leech upon the US government, but try telling that to Mitt Romney.
While pandering for votes in Mississippi before the recent presidential primary, Romney declared: "If the federal government were run more like here in Mississippi, the whole country would be a lot better off." Say what?
Romney, the man who would be president, is saying that Washington DC should emulate a state propped up by federal subsidies -- arguably the poorest and least educated state in the Union.
Donna Ladd, the editor-in-chief of the alternative Mississippi capital city publication, "The Jackson Free Press," writes in response to Romney's statement:
To say -- even while pandering for votes -- that our state is a model of governance is flabbergasting and insulting to our citizens.
We have a Legislature spending much of our time trying to figure out unconstitutional legislation to limit the right to an abortion, despite the resounding message Mississippi voters sent last fall on the personhood fiasco. They are scheming to force underpaid police officers to pull over people who look like they might be undocumented immigrants (meaning: Latinos). They ignore the nonpartisan data that show that immigrants, even undocumented ones, actually help our economy.
Meantime, we are one of the poorest states in the nation with the resulting crime, and our education system is almost entirely divided between decent schools for the wealthy and continually weakening education for the poor and people of color (especially thanks to No Child Left Behind). Only 42 years after courts forced schools here to integrate, our public-school system is abysmally re-segregated.
That doesn't prevent the MS legislature -- and Gucci lobbyist turned governor, Haley Barbour -- from preaching "states' rights" while depending on financial support from Washington.
Not only is Misssissippi a drain on the federal treasury, not only is it a state where the majority of Republican Party members in control believe in creationism, not only is it a state that shames individual minority welfare recipients and women who seek abortions, but it is also the place where 52 percent of Republicans polled believe that President Obama is a Muslim (code word: he's black and we don't like that one bit at all.)
But Obama may have the last word on the dinosaur worldview of the GOP residents of MS who suck off the breast of blue state taxpayers.
Obama told an audience the other day, "If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. They would not believe that the world was round."