It's been sort of sad watching right wing commentators address what to do about the Republican Party's shocking showing in the last Presidential election in America. They were very certain they were going to win. They didn't win, and they don't understand why they didn't win, other than that their guy didn't get enough popular or electoral votes.
Laura Ingraham, one of the commentators, suggested that they need to revisit the southern strategy and use it in other states to win in 2016. The southern strategy helped transform the Republican party. Richard Nixon used it to return to the White House. Ronald Reagan then built on it to take the White House from Jimmy Carter.
Ingraham used Mississippi as an example. Using the southern strategy, Republicans transformed Mississippi. It's a solid Republican stronghold. It enjoys one of the lowest tax burdens in the United States.
30% of Mississippi's population has been considered obese for the last three years in the row. 22% of its children are obese. The Commonwealth Fund says the state is ranked 50th or last among all states for health care. In 2005, the state's citizens received $2.02 of Federal aid for every dollar they put in, ranking it as the second highest recipient of Federal aid nationally.
Mississippi ranks last in per capita income, about 39K per year. 21% of its population live below the national poverty level, ranking it number one in the nation in that category. It's ranked as the 49th healthiest state, a ranking it also achieved for its education level. However, it ranks third for teen pregnancies.
So, let's see, poor, uneducated, obese, receiving Federal aid. That's the model Republican state for the Republicans to take back the White House.
Such a message of hope.
At least they don't pay much taxes.
h/t to Wikipedia.org and statemaster.com for rankings and information about states and Mississippi.
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