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11/30/2003 Entry: "Do the Dems need the South?"

"Of the 13 southern states, only 2 send more federal tax dollars to Washington than the federal government spends within those states (Texas gets 96¢ and Georgia gets 99¢ for every tax dollar sent to Washington). Every other southern state receives an economic benefit for sending their tax dollars to Washington. For example, Oklahoma gets $1.46 back, Alabama gets $1.54 back and Mississippi trails only New Mexico and North Dakota for return on its federal tax dollar getting $1.78 back for every dollar sent to Washington.

"By following the political rhetoric of anti-government, social conservative Republicans, modest-income white Southerners may be putting their opposition to groups that don’t fit narrowly defined 'family values' paradigms, such as gays, liberals and racial minorities, ahead of their economic interests. That was the point that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean tried to make recently with his clumsy reference to the need for Democrats to appeal to white voters with Confederate flag decals on their pick-up trucks."
Do Democrats Need the South?, by Sam Parry, Consortium News, December 1, 2003

Not if we can win without them. We can come back for them later.

However, I disagree with this:

"The emergence of the solid Democratic South followed the end of Reconstruction when Republicans used the post-Civil War period to help African-Americans emerge from slavery and secure their political rights."

As far as I know, Reconstruction was mainly used to loot what was left of the South. The Republicans did very little to support the newly emancipated African-Americans, which is partly why the descendents of those former slaves were not completely emancipated until the Civil Rights Act, a hundred years later. And what about those 40 acres and a mule?

 

 

 

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