Don’t Visit the Third World – Wait and the GOP Will Bring It To You

Oscar:  What’s the Third World MacIntosh?

MacIntosh:  Today it means the areas that are poor and not well developed.

Oscar:  Gives me an example.

MacIntosh:  Ok…Mississippi.

Oscar:  But that’s the Republicans favourite state.

MacIntosh:  Yep…Mississippi is way ahead of the pack and now Republicans want the rest of the country to catch-up.

Oscar:  What is they doin’ right?

MacIntosh:  Well…look what they have accomplished in education.  Despite having one of the highest rates of education funding coming from the federal government, they have been able to keep spending so low they still rank 45th out of 50 states in educational funding.

Oscar:  Wow…that must have been hard.  Was it worth it?

MacIntosh:  Oh yeah.  Only 22% of Mississippi fourth graders read at grade level, but with some more time in their system, they are able to reduce that to 19% of eighth graders.  Better yet, only 63% of their kids graduate.

Oscar:  Yippee.

MacIntosh:  And Mississippi is a right-to-work state so their state workers without a college degree make 11.9% less than in the private sector….those with college degrees make 16.9% less.

Oscar:  So it pays to learn less.

MacIntosh:  Yep…and all that union busting filters down through the economy and Mississippi is rated one of the lowest states in the nation for job opportunity, job quality AND job fairness.  All together, Mississippi ranks dead last in median household income.

Oscar:  Hoelee Moelee…the quafecta of worker exploitation.

MacIntosh:  But they don’t stop there.

Oscar:  No way Hoe-Zay.

MacIntosh:  Mississippi has the worst Medicaid system in the country.  To qualify you have to make less than $ 8700 a year.

Oscar:  And yet I bet the quality of healthcare is awful.

MacIntosh:  Worst in the nation.

Oscar:  What else do them do better?

MacIntosh:   Highest divorce rate, highest teen birth rate and..ta.da… more gun fatalities than any other state.

Oscar:  Their governor must be very proud.

MacIntosh:  Yep…Haley Barbour attacked Obama’s handling of the economy and said they had made great progress in Mississippi.

Oscar:  So there’s more to do?

MacIntosh:  Well yes…despite one of the lowest tax rates in the country, and a ton of programs to attract industry, they have been singularly unsuccessful in attracting industry or creating new jobs.

Oscar:  Why’s that?

MacIntosh:  Nobody wants to live there.



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26 Responses to Don’t Visit the Third World – Wait and the GOP Will Bring It To You

  1. Captain USA says:

    Just for Zig. Pretty funny…

    I’m all for Mac and Oscar 2012….
    They stand a good chance to win.
    Given a one eye, three legged dog that answers to the name “Lucky” could beat Obama…

  2. Captain USA says:

    Zig your discourses show your gross ignorances when you reduce all aliments to Tea Party or Conservatives… What next blame it on the Jews?

    • Zig Zoe says:

      “Gross ignorances”?

      Nah, I would leave blaming the Jews or any other minority on the Tea Party/Conservatives. In the past thirty to forty years they have done a wonderful job using minorities as scapegoats.

      I blame our current system of government which is ran by money instead of people. That is the root of the problem. The Tea Party/Conservatives are the idiots which think this current system should be enhanced….that is my problem with that group of morons. My issue with Democrats is that they are self-defeating sell-outs…this group left what traditional liberal values over 30 years ago. Democrats are centrists and Republicans are right/far right at the moment.

      I do not expect you to understand any of these nuances….

  3. Captain USA says:


    Shift in Hispanic populations to the SE

    black population

    Higher density populations east of the Mississippi, influx of immigrant / illegal aliens to these areas also plays a major part in the demographics.

    Whats more disturbing is the epidemic growth in obesity since 1985, and additional the alarming rise in Autism within the US and UK.
    California has had a 7 – 8 fold increase since 1990…

    • Zig Zoe says:

      Hilarious. Blame the immigrants. The rating of US states were the same before the influx of immigrants.

      What the hell does Autism have to do with the discussion? The likelihood of diagnosis of Autism would be higher in states with better infrastructures and funding. See the blue states in the lead? So what is disturbing about Autism rates going up? It is fantastic that more children and adults are finally being diagnosed with Autism and getting the help that they might require. It is disingenuous to compare 1990 numbers to 2000 numbers on Autism. In 1990, Autism was not widely discussed… in 2000 that is a different dynamic. The numbers were bound to go up, they are likely to smooth out over time…it is ridiculous to compare 1990 and 2000.

  4. Captain USA says:

    Guns can’t all that bad.

    Congress supports and promotes the sales of firearms by the Federal government under law.

    Some wonderful rifles are available for the shooter, and collector..

    Two store locations

  5. Zig Zoe says:

    You are right on the money. Red state equals more crime, higher divorce rates, higher abortion rates, lower education level, lower medical care, lower income levels, more homicide, more gun fatalities, higher obesity levels, higher religiosity, higher drug abuse levels, more domestic abuse…. oh what a traditional Republican state can achieve over time. And the sad thing is these people think that more conservatism in their government will make things better… One of the greatest con jobs ever.

    Ooooooo, I wish I was in the land of cotton… ummmmm, noooooooooooooooo….

    • Captain USA says:

      Yet surprisingly populations are shifting to these red states because of the bankrupt policies of the democrats..

      • Zig Zoe says:

        People make their money in the blue states and retire in the inexpensive and warmer red states.

        Also, there has been a boom in population via illegal immigration in the red states.

        That accounts for the growth.

        The blue states are the ones who fund and prop up the federal government and all the money that goes to the red states. Without the blue states, our country would have squat. Those democratic states are vastly superior to the republican states…not that any republican/teabagger want to go into that discussion.

        Please secede all ready!

    • Captain USA says:

      How in the hell do you expect to pay for this?
      This is America not Never-Never land..

      Abortions are more prominent in Democratic blue states!5731889/a-map-of-abortion-rates-by-state

      • Zig Zoe says:

        Cut corporate giveaways, cut loopholes, cut defense spending, increase tax rate on wealthy to Clintonian rates, then fund education, health care, science and small businesses.

        Get rid of the ridiculous war on marijuana…. saves billions. Tax it, makes billions…

        None of this will happen because we are ran by the wealthy elite few.

      • dwelchnz says:

        What Zig Zoe said.

  6. susan says:

    I’ve often wondered about where the good model is for current conservative / Tea Party talking points. Is there a place in the world that they point to? Certainly the early USA was philosophically behind a measure of wealth redistribution. Just hate to make the whole country an experiment. We could all be Mississippi. Too bad, as it’s a state with a lot to offer

    • Zig Zoe says:

      Yep, early American founders were about redistribution from the pockets of the average farmer into their pockets. Our founding fathers loved to find new and inventive ways of fleecing the government and people for ill-gotten gain.

    • Captain USA says:

      The country always has been an experiment..

      You would know this if you had a decent public education..

      • Zig Zoe says:

        The country has always been a plutarchy, you know this if you were not blinded by inane American Exceptionalism.

  7. Captain USA says:

    Your comparing the merits of horse vs cow manure in regards to public education…
    It stinks, and some folks actually pay for it.. Miss also suffered major damages in recent years from Katrina, Hugo, and Ike. I suppose it could be worse for thos Ole Miss folks they could have Moon Beam for Governor and California debt.

    Speaking of debt, how about Washington…

    • Zig Zoe says:

      Your relativist reply is nonsense. Mississippi has traditionally trailed the nation in all the factors mentioned long before Katrina, Hugo or even Ike. Any knowledgeable person would take California’s situation over Mississippi’s any day… oh that’s right, Mississippi’s citizens do not have adequate education…maybe they can pray for some education.

    • dwelchnz says:

      Over the years, Republicans in California loved to predict that raising taxes will result in businesses fleeing the state. Never happened. California just keeps churning along and its economy is the 5th largest in the world.

      People locate businesses in a location for a number of reasons. Certainly the availability of an educated workforce is a major element. Having a decent place to live is important too.

      • Captain USA says:

        California has a diverse industry base dating back generations, also its strategic geographic location plays important role. But it is also loosing major areas for example technologies industry.

        Data warehousing is shifting to states such as Washington with cheaper hydrodynamic power, to the south eastern United States, and overseas.

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