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.
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.
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.