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Poorest State Is Mississippi, Also The Fattest

The Poorest State In America Is Mississippi

The poorest state in America is Mississippi, data released from the US Census Bureau from 2011 found, with median income there reaching only $36,919.

By comparison, the nation’s richest state, Maryland, had a median income nearly double that of Mississippi, $70,004, 24/7 Wall Street reported.

The analysis found that median income fell or stagnated nearly everywhere between 2010 and 2011. There were 18 states that saw the average income fall and another 31 saw no change. Only Vermont saw the median income increase.

Poverty rates continued to be high, with the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line increasing in 17 states between 2010 and 2011. The poorest states saw poverty rates greater than 20 percent, with Mississippi coming in at a 22.6 percent poverty rate.

Those poorest states were almost exclusively in the South, 24/7 Wall Street noted, with the exception of New Mexico. The richest states were spread across the country.

Mississippi was also the poorest state for 2010, 24/7 Wall Street reported last year. The poverty rate for 2010 reached 21 percent in Mississippi, which at that point had a median income of $36,850.

The problems stretched beyond finances, the report noted:

“Mississippi is among the states with the worst education systems, highest obesity levels, highest unemployment, and lowest rates of health insurance coverage. The state is an economic black hole, and it shows in the way people suffer there. And, as is true with black holes, it is nearly impossible for the residents of Mississippi to escape their difficult financial situations. There is a dearth of federal programs that target specific states and cities based on local economic need.”

In a report released earlier this year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mississippi was also found to be the fattest state in America as well as the poorest state, Yahoo News reported. Experts say these two rankings are likely related: Those with lower incomes have fewer choices for health food, which tends to be more expensive. Cheaper food options are usually processed food that is high in sodium and calories.

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458 Responses to “Poorest State Is Mississippi, Also The Fattest”

  1. Mark Aria

    feel bad for the people in mississippi… id packed up right now and moved if I'm there…

  2. Vanessa Renee Williams

    They aren't well fed. They have lower incomes, so they don't have the choice to pay for more expensive healthy choices. Not to mention years of frying foods have taken it's toll. If you are working poor, you tend to eat off the dollar menu at fast food places. Definitely not the higher priced salads they have.I am sure that generations of culturally enriched "heavy meals" have not been adapted to lighter versions. No money for a gym membership. Crime is probably high so they aren't going to jogging in their neighborhoods. Hopefully, education funding increases so they can "unlearn" the habits they have entrenched themselves in.

  3. Brian Kiehnau

    Poorest and fattest, now how does that work? The main rallying cry for the liberals is we need all these programs to support poor or they will go hungry. Mississippi proves that is not not the case. Also looking at income only does not tell the full story, income has to be compared to costs I am sure its way cheaper to live in Mississippi then Maryland.

  4. Anonymous

    Because of the general racial overtones of the GOP, they have convinced poor white trash that they must be Republican via they hate other races as well, while nothing else about their lifestyles would suggest that they are Republican. I know I grew up in the South and fled it…….

  5. Anonymous

    True that! My inlaws live in WV and we have to visit there from time to time, by far the most depressed and depressing state in the Union, BAR NONE!

  6. Tom Ferris

    Missisippi also has the most bigets. I think I am glad I do not have to live there.

  7. James Caruso

    9 out of ten states that are fat and ignorant are repugnaKKKion… why are they leeches? why do we let them drag the country down…

  8. Rich Hogan

    The Pew Economic Mobility Project, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, released a report on May 5,2012, on upward mobility. The 9 Worst States:Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas. Now census data reveals the 10 poorest states and they all have common denominators. All are "Right To Work" "states for one. According to Republican rhetoric these states should be the best performing. Every state in these surveys are Republican strong holds for very long periods of time. Why doesn't the press force politicians to explain their records?

  9. Rich Hogan

    The Pew Economic Mobility Project, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, released a report on May 5,2012, on upward mobility. The 9 Worst States:Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas. Now census data reveals the 10 poorest states and they all have common denominators. All are "Right To Work" "states for one. According to Republican rhetoric these states should be the best performing. Every state in these surveys are Republican strong holds for very long periods of time. Why doesn't the press force politicians to explain their records?

  10. Annette Post

    think what i was about to say. i moved here from ohio 14 years ago and the health of people in this state is vey alarming. they have many health issues that cause the overwieght and can not afford the seek help. we have very few assitant programs and the few we do have the people that oversees them use them for thier self instead of issueing them out properly! and please let not even talk about the pay, rent,food and god forebid a doctor!!!!

  11. Rich Hogan

    Food and clothing are close in price in all states except for Hawaii and Alaska. Cheap food is low in nutritional value and high in fat, filler and other ingredients the body doesn't expel easily. Stop trying to justify proven failed Republican policies. The Pew Economic Mobility Project, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, released a report on May 5,2012, on upward mobility. The 9 Worst States:Alabama, Florida, Kentucky,Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,Oklahoma,South Carolina,Texas. Now census data reveals the 10 poorest states and they all have common denominators. All are "Right To Work" "states, for one. According to Republican rhetoric these states should be the best performing. Every state in these surveys are Republican strong holds for very long periods of time. Sounds like a Republican con job.

  12. Vanessa Renee Williams

    I completely get that. It is so easy for someone who has good health care and a great income to pass judgement on others. The programs that are put in place only seem to "trickle down" to the overseers friends and families. Sad that in this day and age people are still only out for themselves. That is what will be the death of "American Values". Back in the day we helped our neighbors. Today, we don't even know our neighbors name and if we do, it is only because they can "do something for us". When will we wake up and realize that we all need each other. Man was not meant to "go it alone".

  13. Valerie White

    So I guess this means that Governors who keep claiming that a "Right to Work" state attracts CEO's to start their businesses there are full of it.

  14. Bobby Bleu

    Maybe they realize freedom has a cost, and selling out to mega give you everything big government costs more than they want to pay and isn't the answer. What the answer is is getting Jobs down.

  15. Christine Pfitscher

    cheap food is less healthy and higher in carbohydrates. Your lack of understanding and care about people who have not seen the good fortune you apparently have had is a arrogant lack of humility usually caused by choosing ignorance . After all the people in Africa who die of hunger is probably due to laziness and their just too lazy to go to school as well.

  16. Tony Williams

    Do some reseacrh before you make an idiot of yourself. oops too late. MS has had long list of Democratic Governors. It just became GOP since 2004. Arkansas had Bill Clinton as it's governor and still has a democrat Gov. All the Governors of GA have been democrats until 2003 same with AL. So I guess you could say the GOP inherited this mess.

  17. Tony Williams

    I've lived in the North and the South and there are more racest in North. I use all the whites up north as an example. You don't have many all white neighborhoods in the South. And Boston is one of the most racest cities in America.

  18. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  19. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  20. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  21. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  22. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  23. Lee Smith

    sadly under obamacare, they will be charged penalties by the IRS for not having an insurance plan…ABC reported last week that there are 6 MILLION Middle Class citizens who will incur IRS penalties for not having insurance. Obama knew this before his socialist healthcare pass it's why obamacare provides for the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to collect those penalties from these unemployed struggling middle class citizens. Obama care IS a TAX per the Supreme Court. Obama is taxing the middle class. The poor will have medicaid for insurance, the wealthy will have whatever plan they want and the middle class under obamacare will be nailed to the wall by obama the liar.

  24. Barbara Carby

    Most of these people who have voiced their opinion have never been to Mississippi. Know nothing except what they read about the state or the people. Yes, it is true there is poverty in this state as all states. I live here, educated my children here, they are all productive citizens, well educated and with high incomes.
    I too, am self employed with a business, own a 4 bedroom brick home, with a 5 acre lake, have two late model vehicles, home and vehicles paid in full! How many of you can live as comfortable and debt free?
    Have a great day and come to see us we still have southern hospitality.

  25. Ricky Carl Gleason

    It's sad that we can re-build forein contries and yet can't give our own states a facelift! All it seems anyone can do about it anymore is bow our heads in prayer because the ammount of assistance needed looks like a nice Bonus to the.
    politicians!

  26. Kristi Simpson

    I moved from chicago illinois and wet virginia is by far the most poorest, ignorant, and most depressing place to live. but my kids are finishing high school so they want to stay instead of moving back. man if I won the lottery I would leave everything I own here and back to chicago I go!

  27. Kristi Simpson

    I moved from chicago illinois and wet virginia is by far the most poorest, ignorant, and most depressing place to live. but my kids are finishing high school so they want to stay instead of moving back. man if I won the lottery I would leave everything I own here and back to chicago I go!

  28. Karen Shaw

    poor people no matter their race, always end up eating lots of pasta, breads potatoes. cheaper more feeling, feeds more people. this is nothing new. Doesn't mater were the from. so natural , a weight health problems follow.

  29. Karen Shaw

    poor people no matter their race, always end up eating lots of pasta, breads potatoes. cheaper more feeling, feeds more people. this is nothing new. Doesn't mater were the from. so natural , a weight health problems follow.

  30. Bob White

    Oxymoron, fattest because of government handouts, poorest because they don't want to work.., btw, welfare is handed out by the Federal Government.

  31. Bob White

    Hmmm, I'm a lifelong Democrat, but haven't voted that way in years. General terms like you're making got you a star as a top commenter? Yep, we're in trouble…

  32. Sandy Sinclair

    I also live in MS, a college grad, raised a family, and have worked a full-time job for a good income to afford a beautiful home, 2 late model vehicles, horses, plus a nice retirement nest egg. Although living in MS is challenging at times, these fattest and poorest ratings are a slap in the face to those of us who have refused to sit back with our hand out for government assistance. Of course you are not going to be above the poverty line living on welfare!! Some are deserving of welfare, but most are not. MS should be rated as the #1 Laziest State – perhaps that would explain the obesity rate – too comfortable in the a/c watching satelite tv and just too damn lazy to get out and exercise. Oh, and food that is good for you can be bought with food stamps just as easily as burgers and fried chicken!

  33. Anonymous

    It costs twice as much to live in Maryland as it does Mississippi. There are also plenty of very educated affluent people in Mississippi. The problem in Mississippi is there are entire towns in Mississippi especially the Delta area that are minority, uneducated, and have not one ounce of motivation to better themselves because they get a Federal Government check and housing. It will not change until these people have reason to work. YOO HOO for Welfare. This is the result. A culture of people who live impoverished completely dependent on the government with no motivation to change.

  34. Anonymous

    It costs twice as much to live in Maryland as it does Mississippi. There are also plenty of very educated affluent people in Mississippi. The problem in Mississippi is there are entire towns in Mississippi especially the Delta area that are minority, uneducated, and have not one ounce of motivation to better themselves because they get a Federal Government check and housing. It will not change until these people have reason to work. YOO HOO for Welfare. This is the result. A culture of people who live impoverished completely dependent on the government with no motivation to change.

  35. Angela Mcmillan

    I swear I feel like I am being talked about.i guess but for some reason I cant get gov. grants I have to get loans.some weeks its bean and rice for supper.don't have many choices of restaurants, we need some the serve vegetables.but all we have is fast food joints.and that's where we get fat.i would love someone to open up a place that serves vegetables or veg. plates we get a choice of corn, mash potatoes, cole slaw, potato salad.so if any of you rich folks want to open up a place in gautier/pascagoula mississippi and have it open for more than just lunch you can have what little money we have for a great meal.i know I would go there more than once a week.

  36. Angela Mcmillan

    I swear I feel like I am being talked about.i guess but for some reason I cant get gov. grants I have to get loans.some weeks its bean and rice for supper.don't have many choices of restaurants, we need some the serve vegetables.but all we have is fast food joints.and that's where we get fat.i would love someone to open up a place that serves vegetables or veg. plates we get a choice of corn, mash potatoes, cole slaw, potato salad.so if any of you rich folks want to open up a place in gautier/pascagoula mississippi and have it open for more than just lunch you can have what little money we have for a great meal.i know I would go there more than once a week.

  37. Sandy Sinclair

    Christine Pfitscher
    Have you ever been in the grocery store behind someone with food stamps? Potato chips, sodas, candy, cookies fill their baskets. Very few veggies or fruits. It is not the money that is the problem, it is the people whose only concern is when their next check from the government is coming in.

  38. Linda Rasey

    How sad; but I have a solution, for anybody hurting financially, no matter what state that you live; I am recruiting for Independent Designers who need to earn extra money; the holiday season is fast approaching and there is money to be made: just go to celebratinghome.com and click on Find A Designer, then add my name Linda Rasey in the name boxes and California for the state; hit enter and scroll down a bit and click on my name in the pop up box; then on my website click on Become My Own Boss at the top of the page and you will find out the information that you need and I will be right there for you to offer my help and mentoring. Your business can be a real success! People are going to spend alot of money at retailers, why not have them spend money with you, instead?

  39. Anonymous

    I live in alabama and this state had been run by dems until recently now there is new businesses popping up all over the state.my home town had honda locate here now the local economy is exploding.mainly because we don't have high taxes bleeding business dry.

  40. Anonymous

    I live in alabama and this state had been run by dems until recently now there is new businesses popping up all over the state.my home town had honda locate here now the local economy is exploding.mainly because we don't have high taxes bleeding business dry.

  41. Anonymous

    I live in alabama and this state had been run by dems until recently now there is new businesses popping up all over the state.my home town had honda locate here now the local economy is exploding.mainly because we don't have high taxes bleeding business dry.

  42. Anonymous

    I live in alabama and this state had been run by dems until recently now there is new businesses popping up all over the state.my home town had honda locate here now the local economy is exploding.mainly because we don't have high taxes bleeding business dry.

  43. Anonymous

    our last proud dem gov is in jail for corruption.but u know he's only looking out for the poor.

  44. Preston Wall

    Poorest, fattest, dumbest, second laziest, second most leaching off tax dollars. Can we just dump this embarrassment from the country?

  45. Preston Wall

    Poorest, fattest, dumbest, second laziest, second most leaching off tax dollars. Can we just dump this embarrassment from the country?

  46. Preston Wall

    Poorest, fattest, dumbest, second laziest, second most leaching off tax dollars. Can we just dump this embarrassment from the country?

  47. Preston Wall

    Poorest, fattest, dumbest, second laziest, second most leaching off tax dollars. Can we just dump this embarrassment from the country?

  48. Anonymous

    @Tony Williams: Wrong on the facts, Hannitard! Look it up! This sad, poor state has had but ONE Democratic governor since 1992. Look, these states didn't care about "jobs," education, health care, or for that matter, the right to vote, for the vast majority of its citizens since the first governor in the early 1800s. WHY would they care now? Oh yeah, "America got better." I know this because Lynne Cheney told me so.

  49. Brian Kiehnau

    I guess people don't like my observations, if you are fat you are most likely not wanting for food. Good food bad food it does not mater and in Mississippi you may not make as much as other places but some how they have the money to stuff them selves to obesity. Yes people in Africa truly starve, (die from lack of food) unlike in the US where people eat them selves to death even though they live in poverty. I guess I need to look up the definition of poverty since I think its being miss used or maybe my understanding is incorrect.

    My main issue is how numbers are tossed around in the media and by the politicians and people just eat the stuff up with out really looking at what the numbers really mean in the proper context.

    Christine I really don't appreciate you implying I am ignorant, I will admit to being painfully practical though in these PC times that can can make the perpetuity offended unhappy. I made a reasonable observation and comment. If you can tell me how one can get fat by not overeating I will patent it and split the profits with you.

  50. Anonymous

    @Jackson Saint James: Speaking as an American, I am wondering who "us" are. Interesting what we let slip when our attitudes pour forth from the lips.

  51. Michael Maynard Thompson

    This is what a true republican society looks like. Vote against your own best interests because the other guy, besides democratic also is black. This is the US with Romney 2016.

  52. Michael Maynard Thompson

    This is what a true republican society looks like. Vote against your own best interests because the other guy, besides democratic also is black. This is the US with Romney 2016.

  53. Matt D. Smith

    Sandy Sinclair don't be so simple-minded. As the HR Director of a large Medical Hospital in the south I would think you to know people and have more humility without judgement – yet some people fall into a job. While it may be true that some grocery baskets are full of the nonhealthy items BUT those are examples of ignorant people who make a choice to buy those items. I can bet your baskets have the same unhealthy snacks but who's judging. Not every person who has been in needed buys those same items at the store. My household income is more than 250K, I'm an African American female who received a graduate degree with honors from Princeton University. I live in AL and know all too well what it means to struggle and not have enough. Poor states such as MS, AL, and GA still produce citizen who aren't on food stamps waiting for the mailman to run or government assistance. I've had my lights turned off, house forclosured, car repossed, received WIC when my daughter was born, and vote DEMOCRATE. We haven't always been a position of prosperity, but thank GOD there was something out there to help. I Pray you or your kids NEVER require a hand-out but again someone like you would WORK for someone like ME!!!

  54. Brian Kiehnau

    Hey Rich

    I really don't buy it the the whole Republican this Democrat that thing. Its kind of like saying one state has better water then another. For the most part water is just water and politicians are just politicians. I prefer to chart my own course and hope the politicians stay out of my way because any time they get involved things get more screwed up. Right to work is another interesting topic, lots of jobs have moved from the mid -west the the south to take advantage of the lower wages but for some reason it has not helped the south.

  55. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  56. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  57. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  58. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  59. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  60. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  61. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  62. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  63. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  64. Leo Rudd

    Tony Williams The Democrats you speak about (I'm not calling you and idiot), were the "Yellow Dog" democrats, the so-called DixieCrats, the George Wallace crowd, not the modern Democrats as we know them. It is said they would rather vote for a yellow dog than one outside their party faction.) They changed flavors in the 1960's when Civil Rights became an issue. And it is true with Texas as well. We have the "Oops" governor Rick Perry who would rather see poor people starve and go with medication before he would go along with something not proposed by his Tea Party ilk. The sad thing is, the poor white trash who support him don't realize what dupes they are as he and his croonies have no intention of ever helping them in their times of need.

  65. Anonymous

    Brian Kiehnau —Its not necessarily how much they eat but what they eat. What they eat is cheap, high fat contact food. You seem to assume these folks over spend on food.

  66. Anonymous

    Mississippi has the highest percentage of African Americans (37%). Number two is Louisiana (31%). Lowest two are Montana (.67%) and Vermont (.87%).

  67. Stephanie Hanson

    Stats alert! How can the median income in Mississippi be $36,919 yet the state has a poverty level of 22.6%. Using the Federal Poverty Level stats, $11,170 is the poverty level for a one person family. Shouldn't it be skewing poorer? Or are there some super-rich people who are really skewing this higher?

  68. Andrea Olsen

    I understand the cheaper food is more fattening, but NO ONE is so stupid or uneducated that they can't say NO to second helpings! The price of food is not a choice, but THAT is!

  69. Vanessa Thomas

    As a life-long Mississippian I've been hearing for years that all residents of this state are uneducated, overfed, criminals and ignorant. Mississippi have wealthy people, middle-class and poor—just like the other 49 states. The cost of living is cheaper here than other areas of the country and that is where unfortunely, it shows in our payday. This state does have a dark past that some people can't seem to get over; and their are people on food stamps/welfare—like elsewhere. Most people posting on here have never set foot in the state–just going by hearsay and have a lot of misinformation. While we are not driving Bentleys and eating Black Caviar, we are thriving—like everyone else.

  70. Scott Thistle

    During Haley Barbour's 8 years in office (2004 – 2012), he wasn't able to do squat about the situation his state was in. He probably made it worse. Mississippi has always been like that.

  71. Anonymous

    Mississippi is also the dumbest state! Just look at who they vote for! I also think the people from there are the ugliest.

  72. Cole Cooper

    We might as well just have another civil war… Democrats vs Republicans. You all act like children. Not one of you has an idea on how to make things better. You just blame the other party for making things worse. Why not just fight it out till you're all dead.

  73. Cole Cooper

    We might as well just have another civil war… Democrats vs Republicans. You all act like children. Not one of you has an idea on how to make things better. You just blame the other party for making things worse. Why not just fight it out till you're all dead.

  74. Cole Cooper

    We might as well just have another civil war… Democrats vs Republicans. You all act like children. Not one of you has an idea on how to make things better. You just blame the other party for making things worse. Why not just fight it out till you're all dead.

  75. Cole Cooper

    We might as well just have another civil war… Democrats vs Republicans. You all act like children. Not one of you has an idea on how to make things better. You just blame the other party for making things worse. Why not just fight it out till you're all dead.

  76. Cole Cooper

    We might as well just have another civil war… Democrats vs Republicans. You all act like children. Not one of you has an idea on how to make things better. You just blame the other party for making things worse. Why not just fight it out till you're all dead.

  77. Angela Mcmillan

    now I am not on welfare myself.but I know about jobs and insurance.most minimum wage jobs here, wont give you full time employment because they will have to give you insurance.so they work you just 32 hours a week.average car insurance here full coverage is 600.00 dollars every 6 months.but people cant afford to pay that far in advance, so we pay about 137.00 a month.depends on which agency you go with.add that to 600.00 a month rent 150.00 light bill, 72.00 water bill.now that's not to mention a car payment, cable, internet, or a phone.all of which you really need except cable.internet to fill out for these jobs, a phone for them to call you back on.but we will say 100.00 bucks for both.now without taxes being taken out you make about 1100.00 a month.take out 25% for taxes say around 850.00 is your monthly income.we just count up a few of the bills, 600.00 rent, 150.00 lights, 72.00 water.that's 822.00 left over to buy food, clothes detergent , but you will have to wash them in your bathtub because you don't have any money to save to buy a washing machine.never mind to buy clothes to put in it.a ride to work, or anything else.and all that was based on 8.00$ a hour.and 10.00 wont get you much more.so yeah we are poor here if your lucky you have a spouse that works at the shipyard.but those single mothers who's, male left them with a kid or 2 doesn't have a chance.if they do get a job they go to they have to pay for daycare which is 150.00 a week, and as soon as they go to work all their government allowances stop, or become very slim.actually less than if they just sat home on their butts.so that what they do.most because they want to.other because they have to, they cant afford to go to work.our gov. has them tied down and they cant get out of poverty.i know because my family have been in that situation all our lives.marriage and no kids, is the only way I didn't carry the torch.hope I opened your eyes.i live in gautier, mississippi.

  78. Alan Gilmore

    The median is the middle value. 50% higher, 50% lower; doesn't have to be super rich, just over 36,919 for half, and under the same for half.

  79. Beef O Brady's

    I lived in mississippi for a number of years and i agree with you Barbara. i feel it is how people raise their kids is how their kids turn out

  80. Anonymous

    Oh yes Mississippi….Where a gun was put to my head. I was not only robbed but the boots were taken from my feet. I got away with my life…but if you 2 scum bags know how to read-and are; all of my cash was in my sock. Rot in Hell(unless you meet Jesus first+I bet against that)!

  81. Jessie Childress

    Virginia Meadow
    Just like the rest of you idiots in the dem party look at the facts before you make such a assine statement
    62 of the last 64 governors have been dem
    good try on spreadign another lie

  82. Phil Romans

    cole: you are wise beyond your years. run for office. i'll vote for ya.

  83. Stephanie Hanson

    I understand what median is. But if 22% are at or below poverty level, ($11,170) then that should really skew it lower. Or there are lots of very rich people bringing that median up and it isn't so poor after all.

  84. Anonymous

    Hey BC-wake up+travel a bit-the US+abroad. That is if you have the brains+$$!

  85. Jibreel K Riley

    Welcome to America, Welcome to a preview of the Western Version of the "Tolerated" Third World.

  86. Angela Mcmillan

    most people here work at the shipyard if they can.which is about the 36,919 a year.hope i helped ya

  87. Jibreel K Riley

    I've been to Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama thus if the world (not just America) know about the lack of upward mobility that exist in these states they would be epic appalled thus questioning America's "First World Status" thus think about that at your next SEC Football game

  88. Cija Foster

    why not educate those people that living in squalor is not pleasant and not have kids at 13,14 and 15 yrs old like their mother, sisters and grandmothers.

  89. Angela Mcmillan

    there you go thinking again.why not save a few brain cells for later.

  90. Cija Foster

    that's a lie. they know how to read right ? then they know that sitting on your butt all day watching stories and eating high sugary food and drinks are wrong. ANYONE can have health care. If you need to see a dr they can go, they can set up payment arrangements.

    I bet they get seen at the ER fast with medicaid then with the insurance I pay almost 7 thousand a year for

  91. Tim Ceska

    Bigets? Nice spelling ace. Mississippi has the highest percentage of blacks of all the 57 states & also the most black elected officials. You might want to do a little fact checking before posting your prejudice lies – and no, Hollywood movies are not a viable source of information.

  92. Jibreel K Riley

    Brian Kiehnau I think your chances of upward mobility are greater in Baltimore, Maryland than in Jackson, Mississippi. Does even Jackson has public transit and if so what are its concurrence times during peak and non peak hours? How is the manufacturing sector? What are the major research universities in Mississippi? How many world class hospitals are in Mississippi? Is there a "mom and pop" small business culture in Mississippi or do everybody gets everything from "Walmart?" Affordable housing, public housing, homelessness how are these things in Mississippi?

  93. Angela Mcmillan

    i think they need to go to 10 hour school days,5 days a week.and put a hour in for gym time every day,that will help with exercising our children.

  94. Jibreel K Riley

    I got family in WV but WV benefits from being near Pittsburgh and Washington plus there senators know how to bring home the bacon

  95. Tim Ceska

    What alternative universe are you living in Vanessa? You don't really believe that white neighborhoods have as much violent crime as black neighborhoods. Stop drinking the PC Kool Aid & look at reality.

  96. Jibreel K Riley

    I prefer to live in a all white neighborhood too, y'all cut the grass and stuff and go to bed in a timely matter

  97. Jibreel K Riley

    when you are low income your food choices is mainly "crap" and "poo" thus I doubt there is a Whole Foods anywhere in that state

  98. Jibreel K Riley

    so we'll all have healthcare and live happily ever after, yay living in the First World!

  99. Jibreel K Riley

    You are thinking of DC/Baltimore parts of Maryland then again those are major cities as for Mississippi what major cities are in that state? I'll wait

  100. Jibreel K Riley

    well I don't know about you but up north in the First World part of America we have wash machines or laundry mats and a lot of street parking

  101. Jibreel K Riley

    the cost of living kind of gets trumped by the lack of upward mobility… I have a high quality of life and I'm up north in a very rust belt city but we value things like parks and museums and stuff

  102. Angela Mcmillan

    we can get 2 hamburgers 2 fries and 2 drinks for 12.00 go to grocery store,but a pack of chuck ground about 2lbs. for around 10.00,hamburger buns 3.00,bag of fries 4.00,or potatoes you can cut and make fries 5.00. say around 2.50 for the electricity to cook it.so say around 15.00 for a meal.we saved 3 dollars.hey but when wendys and burger king sends us coupons we save even more.buy a meal at full price get a burger free.lol but still have buy another drink and fries.and if you eat out,you dont have to run your a/c to cool the house down from cooking a meal.now theres a plus size.

  103. Jibreel K Riley

    BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN MISSISSIPPI! If you lived in a First World State you might have more grants then you know what to do with but in New York we try hard to not keep people poor believe it or not

  104. Sammy Romines

    usually poorest state would end up being the fattest due to them not being able to afford to buy the food that is more healthier to eat then fast food joins and junk food. I know first hand in not being able to afford healthier foods.

  105. Jibreel K Riley

    I doubt major corporations are going to leave Manhattan for Alabama any time soon… its one thing to manufacturing things however in a post carbon society the Deep South is really going to be in a world of hurt

  106. Butty Suwwy

    Please, please, please Christine. Oatmeal is very cheap, a high source of protein and fiber, no one needs to add tons of butter and sugar to eat it. I once bought a 42 ounce container of Great Value Oatmeal at Walmart for $1 on sale – - – any other day their regularly sized container is just $1. And guess what? Has anyone ever heard of water, that's right, good old fashioned H20!? How about dry beans and rice? Beans are very nutritious and if you purchase badia's line of herbs (they are usually less than half the price of MCcormick and other name brands) it really increases the deliciousness of simple food items. Season stuff up with some cumin or garlic and/or other herbs. One of these powdered/crushed spice containers goes a long way. I'd rather have a plate of brown rice with black beans on it and a little red wine vinegar on top any day over a crappy $1 burger at Mcdonald's – - – and guess what? It's actually cheaper per serving! I see poor families all the time who go through the line buying cookies and soda's for their kids ( and probably for themselves too) and then use food stamps to pay for their groceries.
    If you are smart with your money you can make your food stamps go far and still have nutritious food.
    And please, please, please don't make excuses for these people such as "Well, they don't know what food to buy." Yes they do.
    By the way, I'm on food stamps and I know other's who are too and they are not overweight.
    Oh, and it's "an arrogant lack of humility" not "a"…

  107. Jibreel K Riley

    the cost of living kind of gets trumped by the lack of upward mobility people… I have a high quality of life and I'm up north in a very rust belt city but we value things like parks, museums and stuff you think is optional like major research universities or world class hospitals but we got SEC Football.

  108. Jibreel K Riley

    the cost of living kind of gets trumped by the lack of upward mobility people… I have a high quality of life and I'm up north in a very rust belt city but we value things like parks, museums and stuff you think is optional like major research universities or world class hospitals but we got SEC Football.

  109. Jibreel K Riley

    the cost of living kind of gets trumped by the lack of upward mobility people… I have a high quality of life and I'm up north in a very rust belt city but we value things like parks, museums and stuff you think is optional like major research universities or world class hospitals but we got SEC Football.

  110. Angela Mcmillan

    yep we got those here,h point was no one has the money for anything.i myself have a washing machine now that i am married and older.i also own a truck note.lol what i was saying was people on welfare are mostly women with children that will never come out of it.for multiple reasons,no inspiration from anyone close who went to college,and the only thing they know is we are poor buy the cheap stuff or we will starve closer to the end of the month.been there.

  111. Angela Mcmillan

    yep we got those here,h point was no one has the money for anything.i myself have a washing machine now that i am married and older.i also own a truck note.lol what i was saying was people on welfare are mostly women with children that will never come out of it.for multiple reasons,no inspiration from anyone close who went to college,and the only thing they know is we are poor buy the cheap stuff or we will starve closer to the end of the month.been there.

  112. Brian Kiehnau

    I "assume" they over eat because they are fat, whether the food is good, bad, fatty, salty or whatever, if you are fat you are consuming more calories then you are expending. If that is not the case please explain to me how that is not the case because you have the solution to world famine.

  113. Anonymous

    It doesn't have to be that way. Beans are cheap, so it brown rice. I see people on food stamps buy sodas and crap all the time. Ever heard of water?

  114. Anonymous

    I kind of agree I mean I kind of think no matter who is in office there is always going to be a "the worst of" list and a "the best of". Sometimes it is simply the people (common citizens, wherever) making bad choices for themselves but someone always wants to blame some leader as if the average man is completely incompetent or does not have free will.

  115. Maurice Ehrlich

    Easy to solve this question if you have lived there…..Number one problem….is not education, it is…. limited education…..easy to make a living which induces easy living….(gardens, fishing, low heating bills, etc.)…..but the biggest form of entertainment is going to church….same easy every week clean up and visit mentality….small donations to churches, as they are not that interested in ministeries….(like the Mormons)…..they listen to Limbaugh 3 hours a day….think of themselves as God fearing Christians who care for their neighbors…..And they do…..so you might say they still are living in the past…..and like it….and have mindsets that are easy to control…..They would not understand what this means……"The Facist state will come dressed in the flag and carrying a bible"…..

  116. Anonymous

    Why is Mississippi the fattest state? Easy question….THERE IS NOTHING TO DO HERE! If the State provided more activities for people to do, then maybe people would stop getting knocked up & sitting on their ass. I mean hell…our zoo is freaking pathetic. I seriously can't think of one thing to do in my town (Hattiesburg, MS) other than going to the movies….which includes SITTING ON YOUR ASS! They could at least build a decent park or something….ANYTHING. There's no culture here at all! It makes me really angry when I visit other states and they have FREE admission to museums, beautiful parks, tennis courts, access to concerts, ballets, CULTURE, etc. WE HAVE NOTHING HERE BUT DIRT! It's seriously not fair….MISSISSIPPI IS A STATE TOO! Seriously, the Gulf Coast still looks like shit from Katrina. Why hasn't the Government helped rebuild it back to the way it was? It's been YEARS since that disaster! SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE IN ORDER FOR THINGS TO CHANGE!

  117. Barbara Carby

    We love our SEC Football games! Everybody has an opinion and yours is extremely bias! That's why we live in America each of us are allowed to have a little or alot, all depends on the person, dreams and abilities. Hope you and yours have a blessed life!

  118. Lord Briton

    A black might get lynched if he or she votes in MS. Reminds me of the movie Rosewood. Real story of a town that killed many black inhabitants over a lie that was told by a white woman…..even though many new the person to be of questionable character. I guess she was sleeping around and got beat by her lover.

  119. Anonymous

    All the top 10 poorest states are" right to work states" in other words union busting states. Coincidence I think not.

  120. Lord Briton

    B.K.- It reads like you are a man of some means….Even entrepreneurial. There have been studies done where mice have eaten themselves to death because what they ate was addictive, did not register in their bodies as providing needed nourishment. It just like cigarettes being told that they are not bad for your system, or even worse, they will calm your nerves so they get dispensed with morphine to soldier in combat back in the day. People who don't know better will not do better. People who have limited means, education, choices will not make the best choices….Hell they may just make bad ones.

  121. Lord Briton

    B.K.- It reads like you are a man of some means….Even entrepreneurial. There have been studies done where mice have eaten themselves to death because what they ate was addictive, did not register in their bodies as providing needed nourishment. It just like cigarettes being told that they are not bad for your system, or even worse, they will calm your nerves so they get dispensed with morphine to soldier in combat back in the day. People who don't know better will not do better. People who have limited means, education, choices will not make the best choices….Hell they may just make bad ones.

  122. Jibreel K Riley

    yes its bias but I have facts plus experience to back up being a condescending yankee however instead of thinking how bias this study is or how the world is picking on Mississippi, why don't you work on changing things for the better? Not everything was all honkey dowry in New York City 30 years ago but they changes things around and now we can't stop people from coming here versus the going rate Mississippi harbors is "well if they want to do great things they will just do it somewhere else than Mississippi" than just "ho hum, oh well." I'm sorry, I'm just not one of those people whom can just sit on the sidelines and watch this stuff. I would get of my duff and come down and help but we got our own problems up North (like keeping it affordable)

  123. Jibreel K Riley

    yes its bias but I have facts plus experience to back up being a condescending yankee however instead of thinking how bias this study is or how the world is picking on Mississippi, why don't you work on changing things for the better? Not everything was all honkey dowry in New York City 30 years ago but they changes things around and now we can't stop people from coming here versus the going rate Mississippi harbors is "well if they want to do great things they will just do it somewhere else than Mississippi" than just "ho hum, oh well." I'm sorry, I'm just not one of those people whom can just sit on the sidelines and watch this stuff. I would get of my duff and come down and help but we got our own problems up North (like keeping it affordable)

  124. Jibreel K Riley

    just stop feeding off of what First World States are doing and do the things that First World States are doing

  125. Jibreel K Riley

    maybe thats the problem, the truck note… I don't even drive mainly because where I'm at its optional and I'm not even in NYC

  126. Lord Briton

    There's a new show on called Revolution. Where the electricity is knocked out all over the country. In just 15 years, a new order has arisen and it's illegal to have the US Flag or guns. Seems close enough to your civil war concept. It comes on cable on Mondays.

  127. Angela Mcmillan

    i dont have a problem,my husband makes over 36 thousand dollars a year.im talking about every one else and they dont have truck notes.we pay our taxes and the rest of our stuff just fine.

  128. Angela Mcmillan

    do you work?how far is your work from your home that you dont have a car?

  129. Angela Mcmillan

    do you work?how far is your work from your home that you dont have a car?

  130. Lori Carson

    Right to Work states do allow people to start businesses alright. But those businesses exist because they can pay their employees minimum wage, allow only 30 hour work weeks (so as not to have to put themployees on their insurance plan), and perpetuate gross social disparity. The Republicans' "trickle down" plan has not worked and will not work for precisely that reason. Yes, some people can do well and start businesses (the GOP mantra) and better their lives, but for the vast majority it perpetuates a economic bondage. A look at these Southern "Red" states shows the real truth of the GOP's "Plan" for America."

  131. Dawn Lodrigue

    there are alot of CEO's, big businesses here. The problem is that those businesses do not pay well do to the average minimum wage. When minimum wage is 7.25, its not hard to think you have a good job because you ar making 14 an hour. That being said its hard to push up standard of living because of lack of good pay. I am an Environmental Law major and single mom who works multiple jobs, and I make on average an annual salary of about 24,000 so far. I will enter a field of jobs that is needed here for environmental protection. I worked my butt off and still do and will be and am a productive citizen, but im lucky. The big companies here monopolize the jobs, control what is considered high pay, and get rich off of it. I know I know a company first hand. The south is the most mineral and resource rich part of the U.S., so why does it remain poor?

  132. Anonymous

    Jackson Saint James whites are fattieess too!!! dumb, non -voting , fat pigs

  133. Jibreel K Riley

    I don't mean to be condescending or anything but this whole notion that "well the world is better down hear because our cost of living is cheaper" is great until you want the rest of America to live kind of just like y'all and thats not the case as we have epic infrastructure alone to support. When I went to school, I walked and when I went to work I took the bus. I made sure I lived in places where i could do both comfortably in any city I lived in. Not "everybody" can do this but close 44 million people do something like that in the Northeast Megalopolis. These people might take a commuter railroad or bus once in a blue moon or everyday and for the city dwellers proper (yes you can live out in the middle of nowhere and still be a 3 hour train ride New York City), not many of us has cars in these cities. Some of us are wealthy to Mississippi standards pulling in (single) over 110K a year to 80K or even less than 20K but if you think making 20K is going to lead to a miserable life in the Northeast its all in what you make it. You got access to hospitals, museums, universities, parks, culture and the clincher: transit. Even the wealthy take the subway in many of these cities thus the social stigma of "the bus is for poor people only" is not harbored up here however to cut this short this is the region of the country thats growing. Come election night this is the region thats going to reelect the President, this is going to be the region that drags the nation out of its economic malaise. I've been to Mississippi, nice place but its hard to live there then again I have a hard time doing without less and I want to live in a "house" house someday of my own than a trailer

  134. Linda J. Sweet-blanzy

    I wonder if EVERYONES income was included. One person making a million plus can really screw up the average income for people making less. I wonder if things would change if they only took people who make 100,000 a year or less and average that out what kind of #'s they would come up with. Just putting it out there.

  135. Linda J. Sweet-blanzy

    I wonder if EVERYONES income was included. One person making a million plus can really screw up the average income for people making less. I wonder if things would change if they only took people who make 100,000 a year or less and average that out what kind of #'s they would come up with. Just putting it out there.

  136. Linda J. Sweet-blanzy

    I wonder if EVERYONES income was included. One person making a million plus can really screw up the average income for people making less. I wonder if things would change if they only took people who make 100,000 a year or less and average that out what kind of #'s they would come up with. Just putting it out there.

  137. Lord Briton

    that number is skewed lower when compared to the other 49 states. As some have said there are well off folks in MS. They offset the 1000's on welfare getting the $900/ mo checks to pay for $1700/mo needs

  138. Silvia Planchett

    Also the highest belief in a supernatural being that answers prayers. Keep on believing Mississippians, the lord is on his way to helping you but he has many light years to travel. He started this this thing 13.7 billion years ago.

  139. Melvin Hobson

    While folks come to this country are willing to share accommodations, most of us want our own place and will not. We are trying to get out of Moms/Dads place asap. Sharing the living space cuts into that $800/mo housing bill.

  140. Dawn Lodrigue

    taking your bet. The human body is conditioned from day one. That is why it is so important to teach children to eat healthy. If a person who is poor cannot afford fresh food and buys processed food, which in reality unhealthy it does stretch further, their bodies are going to get used to this type of food. Now lets see how well you know the human body. The metabolism in a person slows down with age, but also because of diet and excercise. If a person eats nutritionally deficient foods all the time, it will pick up the nutrients it gets in storage. When the body starts to store nutrients instead of burning them off, weight is gained. So it is not always a problem of overeating, it is a problem of diet and money. I encourage a diet high in fiber, fruits like berries, bananas, and an array of tropical fruit, veggies, especially green and fresh like kale, spinach, and brocolli. Garlic for alot of reasons, and yogurt, the superfood. Even if one has to buy less to get fresh, do it, its worth it for health.

  141. Angela Mcmillan

    see we really dont have a lot of places that pay big money to work.we have ship yards,and some of them close down part of the year others lay off for christmas time.i been saying they need buses here.but they have never put them up.told my husband we were going to get mopeds as they were cheaper on gas.lol only about 20 thousand people work at the yards here.the others work walmart,food places,clothing stores,gs stations.taxes are killing us.we really dont have big business office buildings here.we have casinos some work there.i think the people on food stamps and welfare could get off allowed to work for a while with out everything being snatched out from under them.i say give them a year of what they are receiving already on top of the new job they just got.it beats giving it to them their whole lives.if they want to go to college provide child care and transportation besides the loans.its like getting a million dollars to give away to others to help them,but you find 1million people and give them all one dollar.how many have you helped?none,you just wasted a million bucks.

  142. Dawn Lodrigue

    in other news, brave new world by Aldous Huxley, is now being remembered. The world is conditioning its people for certain lifestyles and sommas the pill are considered a trip. Creepy, right?

  143. Mary Della Valle

    I do know this: all of the poorest states are in the Bible Belt, lots of white trailer park folks on welfare, huge families, homeschooling their kids.

  144. Frank Bliss

    I noticed the governorship of Mississippi has bounced around the political spectrum. It could be they are poor because it is primarily farming vs industry. Also, the education system in the state is the poorest in the nation. When I was recruiting there some years ago I had trouble getting qualified candidates for the Coast Guard. The had very low test scores. On the other hand I have served with people from Mississippi who where very intelligent and hard working. I do believe that the poorest of the poor live in the south. In rural areas some people still sleep on feather mattresses and use a pot belly stove to heat the house. Some are still using mules to farm. Where is the government to help these people move ahead.

  145. Frank Bliss

    I noticed the governorship of Mississippi has bounced around the political spectrum. It could be they are poor because it is primarily farming vs industry. Also, the education system in the state is the poorest in the nation. When I was recruiting there some years ago I had trouble getting qualified candidates for the Coast Guard. The had very low test scores. On the other hand I have served with people from Mississippi who where very intelligent and hard working. I do believe that the poorest of the poor live in the south. In rural areas some people still sleep on feather mattresses and use a pot belly stove to heat the house. Some are still using mules to farm. Where is the government to help these people move ahead.

  146. Anonymous

    Google MS Governors, 16 of the last 20 years have been Republican governors. Prior to 1992, Democrats dominated MS governors office. the reality is, it is up to the people of MS to change things. Obviously the gov't, Dem or GOP aint helping.

  147. Anonymous

    Maybe you are doing OK Barb but obviously a lot of people their are not, as in more people than any other state are not. I have all the things you mentioned, home, nice car, good job, no debt, etc but that does not mean the people two towns over are doing just as well, because I know for a fact they are not. That does not mean we owe them anything but it also doesn't mean they don't need help because we don't…….

  148. Danny Rodrigues

    A red state full of poor people? Don't worry Romney cares about you… Apparently the Republicans you keep voting in are doing a great job… *rolleyes*

  149. Jimmy W. Brantley

    You are all crazy. Lord Briton, those days have long gone in the South. Everyone has the same opportunities to vote, and the same opportunities to go to college and to get a good job. Nobody has an excuse anymore.

    By the way, If people are content with their income, what is it to the rest of the U.S.? That is the problem today, D.C. has too much power. The sad fact is, over-regulation only benefits the few while the many fall harder. I'm from Georgia, and we are right down on that list of "lowly educated states." And you all know what? It has just gotten worse since the government and the state have stuck their hands into small counties business. It used to be a man learned from his mistakes, and corrected himself (or took a good whippin everyday when he got home) but now the Government is putting so many laws into place it is ridiculous. I mean, realistically, where would we be in life if we wouldn't have had the bully to make us stand up for ourselves and what we believe in? The fact is government, we might have all been born equal, but we don't ALL want to be kept "equal." We want to live the American Dream and excel in life. We want to finally get enough from the bully and stand up and say, "You're Nothing." We don't need someone else to do that for us. We should all find our own place in life, and like it or not, Government, its none of your business in the first place.

    If you don't first fall, you can never pick yourself up. No one would realize his/her potential. The same I'm sure is true in Mississippi, feds telling the state what they have to do, influencing policies down to the little men results in the complete opposite of "no child left behind", it results in "every child left behind." Not being able to fail someone in school is just wrong. On top of that, is it honestly right to teach a gifted student on the same level as a special education student? You are bringing the gifted student down.

    The bottom line is in every state, it starts with the education system. Let the teachers teach and the politicians politic, but they shouldn't have their hands in everyday business on the county and state level. The government needs to learn that when left alone people learn from their mistakes, but the government can't make people learn, they have to want to learn themselves. They have to overcome.

  150. Sarah Aragon

    I used to live there in Mississippi for 4 years and I personally know that some extremely impoverished people have to use their fireplaces to cook their food. It’s a sad place to be, and the government there is so corrupt and twisted that it keeps Mississippi state the poorest.

  151. William G Hawkins Jr

    Hah! I knew it. Have been posting for years that this State is a turd and apparently happy to be one. I am glad that they are proud to be Mississipians, my only regret is that they have ANY say on what happens on the National level and would be happier (as would they) if they could just secede. You may have an education BC, but it isn't any good outside of that cesspool. Big fish in a small, poor, polluted, ignorant, GOP pond. You can have it, and I will continue to avoid that place like the plague that it is. This is America and I am thankful that I have that choice.

  152. William G Hawkins Jr

    Hah! I knew it. Have been posting for years that this State is a turd and apparently happy to be one. I am glad that they are proud to be Mississipians, my only regret is that they have ANY say on what happens on the National level and would be happier (as would they) if they could just secede. You may have an education BC, but it isn't any good outside of that cesspool. Big fish in a small, poor, polluted, ignorant, GOP pond. You can have it, and I will continue to avoid that place like the plague that it is. This is America and I am thankful that I have that choice.

  153. Pete Smith

    This gauge of economic wealth is flawed. The neighbor down the street that has an income of $20K annual is poor? What if that neighbor is retired, has several million in the bank, no debt, etc. Do you still consider them poor. While Mississippi may have the lowest median income, I suspect their buying power is on par with most states. Mississippi has the 3rd highest rate of home ownership in the country, and all the top states for home ownership are in the south, same states that are considered poor. (West Virginia has the highest rate). So while you may make lots more money in Maryland, you have a high cost of living, and I am not so sure I would consider you any wealthier than Mississippi. 24/7 Wall Street should review how they determine "poor".

  154. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  155. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  156. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  157. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  158. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  159. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  160. Nancy Reagan

    Vanessa, I have never been to Mississippi, but I was about to comment similarly in terms of the cost of living. The average salary is 36k according to the article, but people can afford large, cheap housing. In New York, most average saleries are about 50k and the income to housing expense ratio makes us look a heck of a lot poorer.

  161. Anonymous

    For a state to be a "backward state" it must be backwards in all ways. Having an average income appropriate to 1975 is just one way that Mississippi is backwards. Congrats red staters..

  162. Yvonne Williams

    Now there's a choice for ya! If you want to live in the most corrupt city in the USA, go back to Chicago and live your dream! Even West (wet??) Virginia is better than that!

  163. Oliver Kennamer

    The average federal per capita spending is $7,222.82. In Maryland, the federal per capita spending is $12,150.00. Alabama is #10 in federal per caita spending at $8,619.00. Maybe if Mississippi could replace Maryland in the federal spending race, this article would be moot!

  164. Gerry Wright

    There are lots of "Right to Work" states all over the country, not just in the south. You are making a giant leap to say thats why Mississippi is poor. You must be a union organizer.

  165. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  166. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  167. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  168. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  169. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  170. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  171. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  172. Steve Taylor

    I have a wife going to school, a daughter in first grade, a newborn son, a housenote, and a car note. I make okay money, but to keep a roof over my familys' heads I can't afford to to get the health insurance my employer doesn't offer. The government says I make 75 dollars to much every 2 weeks to qualify for medicaid coverage for my family. So i'm not exactly looking forward to tax time this year.

  173. Anonymous

    and we are sending billions overseas cant help are own people something ain't right.

  174. Anonymous

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  175. Anonymous

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  176. Anonymous

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  177. Anonymous

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  178. Anonymous

    and we are sending billions overseas cant help are own people something ain't right.

  179. Anonymous

    Jackson Saint James What you wrote is awful. Your statement perpetuates racism, hatred, and stereotypes. I wonder why you feel the way you do? I wish that we could destroy the cycle.

  180. Anonymous

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  186. Andrea Floyd Harris

    I was born and raised in Tupelo Mississippi. Yes there are problems here. And to those saying that it's the fault of the Republicans then think about this. We have all the entitlements you do. Democrats want to keep giving hand outs like the ones MS gets now, with very little requirement on the person to do anything to better themselves. These hand outs keep most people sitting on asses and not doing anything. Republicans just ask that you TRY to work, and if you do you can still get help! SMH some of the things you guys say about Mississippians floors me. I'm as smart or smarter than most of the people making personal attacks on the people of our state. Truth is you can't beat southern hospitality! That is proven through some of the comments here that seem to just want to spread hate. God bless Ya'll!

  187. Michael Magargel

    I've lived in MS now for 5 years.
    Paying tax on food…on clothing…but I can get cigarettes and beer alot cheaper than in the north!
    Also, I am paying far more in rent than I had in the north.
    Property owners, especially those on the coast face HUGE insurance bills.
    As far as "big companies" in MS…the overwhelming majority of those businesses provide factory work…

  188. John Linda Diederich

    If good manners counted in the cash column the South would be rich as rich can be.

  189. Landall Hathorn

    Jibreel K Riley , did they teach you grammar and punctuation at "THE" OSU? I see nothing but gibberish.

  190. Nicholas Batrow

    this doesn't have anything to do with parties, it has to do with poor leadership in general. Republican or Democrat, something needs to be done in this country fast or we are all screwed.

  191. Mary Jones

    I was raised in Louisiana; the 10th of 14 children. My Dad was a welder for the railroad and my Mom was a stay at home Mom. They never had food stamps and were just hard working proud people. We ate beans and cornbread and home made biscuits and syrup fr brakfast most mornings. I know a lot of people have no control over the mess our wonderful country is in, but we need to pray for one another, love our neighbors and humble ourselves and the Good Lord will heal our land.

  192. Theresa Shay Braddy

    wow…..now the south has had both dems and reps as gov…..however most of the time it leg has been controled by repub….now as far as us being fat and poor…..so true….The Biggest Loser just chose MS to have on their show

  193. Nya Bell

    we still lookin at things as what state is the poorest and the richest and what about have the united states rich in education and wealth why do have to seperate its 1 country so we all should be on the up come.

  194. Taylor Kennedy

    Mississippi is mostly rural, meaning people don't have places to walk to one town to another. Mississippi is not in clusters like other states are (one town/city after the next) Have you been to Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley? If you come here, you can see the buildings are nice and we have houses ranging from $20,000 to million dollars homes. We were recently called the healthiest city of Mississippi this year. Lots of people here are walking, running, eating right. We have gas stations that have 'Health on a Shelf' which is basically full of healthy foods with low calories. It is very popular around here. Our children are working out daily at schools. We have a dog park, nature trail, lots of parks- 20 to be exact! We have lots of walking tracks, places that serve healthy foods as well. We have the 2nd Healthworks in the nation. We have a regional mall and an active downtown which is rare! Usually one place is active than the other. Just because one city is doing well doesn't mean the whole state of Mississippi is. Some towns and cities are worse off than we are because of the money to fund such things that we have that they don't. Our community is unique because we are a people community. We do not have natural resources to sell, like gas, oil, minerals, etc. like other states do. We DO have natural gas which our Governor will start passing laws to start producing natural gas and produce natural-gas cars in the near future. We have Toyota at Blue Springs about 15 minutes from us.
    Tupelo Healthiest City 2012: http://www.leecountycourier.net/articles/2012/06/27/about_people/doc4feb573a85b1b399026173.txt

  195. Taylor Kennedy

    oh and our population is around 38,000-40,000, and grows to 100,000+ during the day where people from North Mississippi come here to shop, eat, and visit our attractions.

  196. Anonymous

    It is almost unimaginable to imagine how the poorest, most uneducated, highest welfare recipient state in the country – mostly white – can support the GOP. People please turn to something other than |Fox News and Rush for your news. |I realize it is much easier to continue your bigotry and hating minorities, but the |Democratic party is your only friend. Romney and the GOP could give a rats axx about you. Wake up.

  197. Jimmy W. Brantley

    That's right Tony… Southern Democrats, right good people. We started voting Republican just as soon as the Democrats decided they didn't believe in morals anymore.

  198. Anonymous

    It is old news by now. The only thing the GOP has to offer are lies in order to divide out nation by race, gender, class, etc. If you are not in the top 15 of the wealth you have no business pretending to be something you will never be – a rich white guy belonging to the country club set. As long as you continue voting Republican Mississippi will continue to be a white welfare state with no living wage jobs, job protection or voice in out nation. Mississippi has been a joke long enough. Ditch the GOP lie machine and move forward with the rest of the country.

  199. Taylor Kennedy

    We also have the largest non-government hospital (North Mississippi Medical Center) in Miss. and the largest rural hospital in the U.S. with 650 beds.

  200. Andrea Floyd Harris

    I can't lose my weight because I don't eat 3 meals a day. When I work all day at work(hard) I don't eat, when I come home at night and have supper it all stores as fat because my body feels starved. I imagine many of us hard working Mississippians have this issue. My DR told me if I eat three meals a day and add in fruits and balance my meals I'll see results. I certainly don't over-eat! I under-eat! I'm working on that even though I'm not to bad over weight but not at my ideal weight either.

  201. Dylan Carda

    You think this all happened in the last 20 years? It's hard to fix 100+ years of stupid. Just look at the black people, they vote for Democrats every year and that is the party that wanted to keep them slaves. Stupid and uneducated.

  202. Jimmy W. Brantley

    This whole commentary breeds hate, what we need is someone to bring our country together, seems this bi-partisan system has done enough of tearing it apart over the last two decades, without someone telling one state they are in the lowest ranking categories.

  203. Jenny Getz

    The poverty level is higher for a larger family though. For us I think it's about 31K or so, so you have to take into account the fact that many of the persons in poverty are in families.

  204. Lawrence Robinson

    I'm from Mississippi and I'm not fat, dumb or uneducated. As a matter of a fact I find it that people from other states are not all that smart as they portray themselves to be, and sometimes haven't left the small world they call a city that they live in. Is there racism here…..yes! With that I have also found that at least racist in Mississippi will let you know they are racist whereas when you travel to other regions its more of a hidden agenda. I also start to think to myself, why is that people call us stupid when we are home to one of the richest women in the world in Oprah and single-handedly gave America a music scene. I almost forgot, you people must have some dumb ass kids because I know they grew up on Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street puppets, which were founded by a Mississippian. None of that matters though because I'm sure all of you knew that before you decided to call us dumb and uneducated.

  205. Anonymous

    This study does not take into account he cost of living in the state. An annual income of 36K-40K in Mississippi has the buying power of easily double or treble that amount in California or New York. Do not assume that a low income is automatically a low standard of living.

    Also they use a false measure of poverty. They make a bell curve of all incomes and say poverty is the bottom third. The problem there is there will ALWAYS be a bottom third so if 1/3 of the population were worth 10 million the middle 15 million and the upper third 20 million then the percentage in poverty would remain the same. Poverty means starving or nearly starving not obese people who can afford to eat at McDonald's or Burger King. Notice – Highest poverty and highest obesity those two should be mutually exclusive.

    While racism is a legacy issue in places like this it is not the only or even the main reason for the situation. This is evidenced by the fact that blacks have over the last 20 years or so been moving back to the deep South from Northern and Eastern cities.

    The problem is much more tied to a lack on manufacturing, financial or other non-farm based industries.

    If you want racist in the US, move to NYC or the the Jersey Shore. I'd never seen overt racism until I moved there from Texas in 1995. The people in the deep South have over the last 40 years changed for the better and people in Mississippi and Alabama are much more tolerant than people in the upper- Midwest and North East at least in my experience.

    As to bad schools, public schools are bad everywhere in the US.

  206. Jay Morey

    Those poorest states were almost exclusively in the South.
    Keep voting for the Republicans, the rich would like you all to pay for their next tax cut :)

  207. Nefertari Thompson

    Or could it just be that you are a racist jackass? People who are in a society that has oppressed them will not do better until they are given a way out.

  208. Jimmy W. Brantley

    Its called "college" everyone has the opportunity to go there. My folks didn't have the money to put me through I went on student loans, everyone has the same opportunity. It is their own individual choices that allow them no way out, they are oppressed because they oppress themselves. In America, we all have a chance in life, make it what you want, it doesn't take handouts to find your way up, just plain and simple hard work, and a little bit of putting up with what you have to to get where you want to. It ain't easy, but its possible.

  209. Jimmy W. Brantley

    Its called "college" everyone has the opportunity to go there. My folks didn't have the money to put me through I went on student loans, everyone has the same opportunity. It is their own individual choices that allow them no way out, they are oppressed because they oppress themselves. In America, we all have a chance in life, make it what you want, it doesn't take handouts to find your way up, just plain and simple hard work, and a little bit of putting up with what you have to to get where you want to. It ain't easy, but its possible.

  210. Nefertari Thompson

    I was born and raised in Jackson, MS, and am a proud graduate of Alcorn State University. I say that those who bash Mississippi are those who have never been here. Are we perfect? No. But, we are one of the most generous states when it comes to charitable giving. Our state has turned out some of the finest eamples of professional everything (Alex Haley? Steve McNair? Morgan Freeman? Lee Ann Rimes? B.B. King? etc.) We have one of the best H.S. basketball teams in the nation, Lanier High School, and one of the most acclaimed High school choirs in the world, Jim Hill High School. Many of our high schools crank out A.P. and I.B. graduates on a yearly basis. I could go on, but here's my point. No place is perfect, but there are lots of great things going on here. Don't jump on the bandwagon, do some research and find out for yourself before you judge.

  211. Taurus Bailey

    I'm not judging I just left. And until we stop defending MS and get up off our asses and fix that DAMN RED STATE– it's going to always be oppressed. Take out the vending machines — the xtra value meal– PE for students mandatory before breakfast. Instill a sense of pride about being alive — PROMOTE GOING TO THE FREAKING GYM to build mental health — and start it off in grammar school. When I come home I'm happy for 3 hrs and ready to go. I LOVE HOME but girl yall can have it

  212. Cole J LeBlanc

    I'm greatful for what I have, and I sympathise with anyone who has to live without basic necessities. but after reading a few of these comments I really see how materialistic this country has become and also foolish. many of the people who you folks are calling poor don't know they are poor because they are happy, and they fill their lives with things other than chasing a dollar. people don't get fat because they are poor. they get fat because they take in more callories than they burn. you folks can kick it around, point fingers, even get that vein on the side of your neck pokin out over the poor state of affairs down here in the south, me, well I think I'll walk out and look at the stars for a while.

  213. Bill Macomber

    The state with a socialist senator was the only one that saw income rise, the state with almost all Democrats saw the highest average income and the state almost completely controlled by Republicans is the poorest and the fattest. Hmm….

  214. Anonymous

    This is just an issue of being poor state based upon their income but people there are fat enough meaning much food.

  215. Bill Macomber

    I'm sorry but your state isn't thriving and the data shows that. Your grammar, no offense, shows how poor the quality of education there is..

  216. Matt Harris

    @Virginia…We are only on our third Republican governor since CIVIL WAR reconstruction! This state has been DOMINATED by democrat governors and state lawmakers for over a century! However when evaluating a states or regions of a states economy, you have to look at the local government as well. The areas of this state that continue to struggle are almost exclusively ran by democrats and are located in the almost entirely black delta areas. These areas would mirror many big northern cities demographically and politically. Have you taken a look at Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI or the entire state of California lately??? Here is a little more info on our wonderful state so you may educate yourself http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  217. Matt Harris

    For the record Cherie, MS has been DOMINATED by democrats since the civil war, both at the statewide and local level. We only recently elected our third republican governor since RECONSTRUCTION! Our election of fiscal conservatives is finally paying off with the state landing some very sought after Companies (search Toyota, Nissan, Eurocopter, Severstal etc…) its taken nearly 150 years to start righting this ship, but we are heading in the right direction. Please educate yourself on our wonderful state http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  218. Matt Harris

    Rich, please get your facts straight….Mississippi has been DOMINATED by democrats since the civil war, both at the statewide and local level. We only recently elected our third republican governor since RECONSTRUCTION! We jsut alst year got a majority in the state house. Our election of fiscal conservatives is finally paying off with the state landing some very sought after Companies (search Toyota, Nissan, Eurocopter, Severstal etc…) its taken nearly 150 years to start righting this ship, but we are heading in the right direction. Please educate yourself on our wonderful state http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

    p.s. Mississippi has always ranked at the top in charity giving. some of the kindest people you will ever meet! http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/mississippi-ranks-among-top-states-in-the-nation-for-charitable-giving/

    Of the 10 least generous states, nine voted for Democrat Barack Obama for president in the last election. By contrast, of the 10 most generous states, eight voted for Republican John McCain.

  219. Matt Harris

    I was raised in the Chicago area until 25. I witnessed some of the most racist people you could imagine growing up (both black and white), not to mention true segragation and racial undertones always present. Whites would always talk patronizing about blacks in public, but hide the way they truly felt. When i moved to MS (where my father was from) I was pleasantly surprised to see the huge difference in the way blacks/whites got along. it was 180 degrees opposite of the stereotype!!! You haters, get a life and quit opening your mouth when you dont know what the hell you are talking about. MS is home to some of the nicest and most generous people i have ever met.

    Take a look at this:
    http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/mississippi-ranks-among-top-states-in-the-nation-for-charitable-giving/

    Take a look at this and educate yourself: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  220. Matt Harris

    Vanessa…You have absolutlely no idea what you are talking about and your condescending attitude is insulting to the good people of this state. I grew up in one of the wealthiest counties in the USA Lake County, IL (north chicago burbs) and live at a much higher standard now in MISS than most every single friend i grew up with back home with similar education. The picture you paint is an uneducated one at best. There are pockets of poverty in every US state and city. You ever looked at Chicago, New York, or Detroit? Those cities have some of the poorest areas in America yet they have an ubandance of education resources and any food your hear desires. They spend the most per pupil on education yet turn out some of the lowest graduation rates in America. Wherever you have a culture of government dependency, be it the inner city or the Mississippi delta, you will have pockets of poverty. Mississippi has a large black population overall and especially in its delta regions that skew the overall economic rates for the state. Some people just refuse to change their way of life regardless of how many governmnet handouts you give them. Our state is a robust state in many other areas and has some of the most kind and generous people you will ever meet. The overall low cost of living here also allows those with a lower annual income to live at a higher standard than those in a bigger city. Mississippi has the second highest homeowner rate in the USA. Most people I know are doing pretty well despite the economy. Please educate yourself.

    Take a look at this:
    http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/mississippi-ranks-among-top-states-in-the-nation-for-charitable-giving/

    Take a look at this and educate yourself: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  221. Taylor Kennedy

    By the way, Lawrence 'Rabbit' Kennedy is my relative….all of my Kennedy relatives were fighters in almost all wars. I'm proud for Lawrence's service he has done for our State and our country!

  222. Taylor Kennedy

    Lawrence 'Rabbit' Kennedy is my relative….all of my Kennedy relatives were fighters in almost all wars. I'm proud for Lawrence's service he has done for our State and our country! He's at the mississippibelieveit.com site

  223. Matt Harris

    Actually Frank, the government of MS has been strongly in the hands of Democrats since the civil war until recently when we elected our first back to back republicans since reconstriction. We have also only elected our first majority reoublican state house since the civil war. It has taken nealry 150 years to wrestle the control of state govt out of the democrats hands, and it is already showing dividends in the economic development arena. (search: Nissan plant, Toyota plant, Eurocopter Plant, Severstal plant etc…)

    And yes, alot of the entrneched poverty has to do with the agricultural based economy of the the delta which is where most of the poverty and systemic government dependence in this state is located. it is almost 100% black and democrat. They havent transisitoned as well into the industrial society.

    some interesting Mississippi facts:
    http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  224. Matt Harris

    I used to live in Chicago…I knew tons of people who lived on the streets, in a cardboard box, and cooked over a barrel in the alley…..The government there WROTE the book on corruption.

    I live on a lake with a view, on 40 acres, with 4 wheelers and dirtbikes, and have low taxes with a huge house. It's a very happy place to be for me and my family!!!

    Mississippis legislators actually have a balnced budget and are attracting lots of out of state companies to build here…(Nissan, Toyota, Eurocopter, etc…)

    Stop generalizing, its very unbecoming and insulting. Bashing the state just because of your bad experience is just sour grapes. it is what you make of it.

    educate yourself: http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

    we are so sad here: http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/mississippi-ranks-among-top-states-in-the-nation-for-charitable-giving/

  225. Bill Rupeter

    I have an idea-let's find out the poorest, most obese CITIES in the U>S> Where do you think places like Detroit and New Yawk would come in? And don't get me started on crime!

  226. Matt Harris

    @Tom….What is a "biget"??? If you are refering to bigots, as in racists, you are sadly mistaken. MS has some of the best racial harmony i have ever seen. that coming from someone who grew up in Chicago. Blacks/Whites get along very well in this state for the most part. Of course you have idiots everywhere you go. This is a myth. in fact, alot of older black folks are moving back south to get away from all the violence and other issues in the north. its called the New great migration:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Great_Migration

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South

    Educate yourself or you become the victim of prejudice!!!
    http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  227. Matt Harris

    @Tom….What is a "biget"??? If you are refering to bigots, as in racists, you are sadly mistaken. MS has some of the best racial harmony i have ever seen. that coming from someone who grew up in Chicago. Blacks/Whites get along very well in this state for the most part. Of course you have idiots everywhere you go. This is a myth. in fact, alot of older black folks are moving back south to get away from all the violence and other issues in the north. its called the New great migration:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Great_Migration

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South

    Educate yourself or you become the victim of prejudice!!!
    http://www.mississippibelieveit.com

  228. Alex Waller

    Tony you are the idiot, the question about Republican governors was current not past history. Mississippi Republican since 2004? Really? Eight years and last in the nation. Maybe it is time for for the poor fat people to go vote democratic and kick the bloated fatcat republicans out of office for a decade or so. Quite a reach on your other examples as well but thanks for pointing out that Republicans have had many years to solve some problems and failed miserably.

  229. Matt Harris

    Leo Rudd Please tell me again how that whole "war on poverty" "Great Society" thing the Democrats have been perpetuating on the inner city minorities is working out for ya?….Thats the sound of crickets chirping.

    If anyone is truly starving in this country, they are crippled laying in a ditch somewhere, and we should send help. However, With the miriad of overlapping programs and charitable giving in this country, there is no excuse for starvation, ever. Hunger, now in my books, thats one of the great motivators.

    The culture of dependence and sense of entitlement in this country will be our demise. No Democrats or Republicans will be able to save us then.

  230. Matt Harris

    Lori…Tell me again how that union stronghold Detroit is doing again??? Your spreading of misinformation is so transparent, innacurate and predictable. The free market system is the best system the world has ever known. Anytime you allow the state (or a third party such as unions) to control industry, you may have to appearance of progress up front but the law of unintended consequences always catches up to you. Ask all the thousands of out of work UAW workers. The free market works. I know many folks who work full time for Toyota (non-union) with a high school education and make an excellent wage+benefits. Employers compete for the best and brightest and adjust wages and benefits accordingly. Henry Ford did this way back in 1914 long before the UAW or the Fed Govt told him to. If you are not satisfied with your working conditions/pay, go somewhere else. If enough people do that (high turnover) the company will be forced to make a change for the better. Thats how it works.

    How do you define "Economic Bondage"?

  231. Anonymous

    Jackson Saint James The majority of Mississippians are White sir. Over 62%

  232. Anonymous

    Granted I am not from Mississippi but my grandmother and father are from there and I grew up eating many of those southern dishes. Although delicious they are fattening and mostly unhealthy. This tradition is why many are overweight there and times have change people are no longer share croppers working hard physical labor to burn all those calories. These people have to learn better eating and preparation habits which is what I do as an adult. These great delicacies are best had during the holidays and left alone though out the year.

  233. Loomis Orange

    Southern states are full of Christians and the Democratic party who once was their home has accepted things like abortion and homosexuality into every day life as normal. The Bible strictly commands that man not lay with man and women with women and that sacrificing your newborns into the bonfires to Baal and Jezebel like they did in the Old Testament is an abomination also. If the Democrats would have stayed Democrats instead of "progressing" into evil with both barrels blazing iinto LIBERALS the south would STILL be Democrats. Poor people pray. Poor people search for the coming of a new world. They yearn for heaven for their lives on earth is sad. I don't really expect the new generation of people to understand what I just said but I said it anyway.

  234. Anonymous

    Why then when I drove across the country I paid the highest hotel rates in Mississippi?

  235. Aleyah-Grace Golson

    Bill Macomber I love when someone says "no offense" and then continue on to go insult the heck out of another person.

    Yes, the data shows that the state is not "thriving." What the raw numbers do not mention is the average expense. It is far cheaper to live in Mississippi or Alabama compared to, say, Los Angeles. The cost of living is much lower and the population isn't as high as California or New York where the average salary is higher but there are still more people who live in apartments simply because they can't afford home prices in the area they desire to live in. That being said, the fact that the population in Mississippi is lower than the aforementioned comparative states also attributes to its dismal ratios. When you only have four people and one person has whatever stat you are looking for, then it is easy to say that 25% of the people surveyed had the condition that the study mentions. Does that make any sense? When you don't have a huge sample, your percentage is going to show bigger proportions than a higher sample. Does this necessarily mean that a state is thriving? I suppose that is the big question. The only way to really be able to determine that is from raw numbers. Percentages lie.

  236. Carol Dickinson

    Poverty usually is the father of poor nutrition and poor nutrition is the father of obesity. Carbs which make fat, are usually cheaper foods like grains and soda, healthy carbs like fresh fruits and veggies cost more than maracroni, both to purchase or to store in refrigeration.

    and protein which makes a leaner more energetic body are expensive foods – like steak, chicken, seafood, buffalo etc., or even to hunt them is more expensive if you plan to eat rabbit deer or moose, unless you do it with a homemade bow and arrow

  237. Lawrence Dean Cannon

    Actually, you take away 18 Counties in the Delta (Mississippi has 82), Mississippi then falls into the middle of all these indicators. What America thinks of the South, the South thinks of Mississippi. What the South thinks of Mississippi, Mississippi thinks of the Delta.

  238. Lawrence Dean Cannon

    Matt Harris Agreed. 150 years of Democrat rule has made Mississippi a wasteland. By having Repubican Governors the last 16 of 20 years and finally a Republican Legislature (the first since Reconstruction), Mississippi is able to pull itself out of this mess.

    This said, if you were to take away 18 counties in the Delta Mississippi would be in the middle of all these significant stats. In other words, you take away Democrat Bennie Thompson's district, Mississippi is considered one of the most prosperous States in the South.

  239. Henie Osterman

    we must follow our leader's dictatea – half of every resident's income in Maryland must be sent to a lower income person in Mississippi for redistribution.

  240. Henie Osterman

    we must follow our leader's dictatea – half of every resident's income in Maryland must be sent to a lower income person in Mississippi for redistribution.

  241. Henie Osterman

    we must follow our leader's dictatea – half of every resident's income in Maryland must be sent to a lower income person in Mississippi for redistribution.

  242. Henie Osterman

    we must follow our leader's dictatea – half of every resident's income in Maryland must be sent to a lower income person in Mississippi for redistribution.

  243. Vanessa Renee Williams

    Matt Harris Actually, I am from Chicago. I have friends from Mississippi and I have visited there as well. I have seen poverty at all levels. In a lot of cities. Yes, I agree that there are educational resources out there and I also agree that to some level there is a cultural dependency on government dependency. But, why is that? Why do people choose to stay in the system instead of fight for a way out of it? I am doing pretty well despite the economy but, I do not put down those who have "given up" their chance for a better way of life. What I would like to see is what can we as a society do to motivate people to do better. I just don't believe that a person would just want to sit there and "watch television all day" if they believed there was something better out there for them. I felt that way for awhile and I had to find the motivation to do something better and I am doing that now. What can we do to motivate people to see that there is something out there for them. How can we show them that they can try to achieve whatever their hopes and dreams are? That should be the focus, in my humble opinion.

  244. Barbralu Cohen

    ..and vote republican, as they cash their disability and Medicaid checks..

  245. Barbralu Cohen

    ..and vote republican, as they cash their disability and Medicaid checks..

  246. Barbralu Cohen

    ..and vote republican, as they cash their disability and Medicaid checks..

  247. Paul O

    Cherie, thank you for your ignorance – Mississippi was run by "blue" aka democrat governor forever until 2004… so I guess as has been said in this string already, the "red" inherited the mess. Hey Barbara, your success in the state doesn't change anything, it just puts you in 75% who aren't in the poverty zone… amazing what a sense of moral obligation and hard work can do for a person… too bad 1/4 of your state is fat, lazy, dumb, government free-loaders.

  248. Cassidy Street

    I'm from Mississippi, and I have to say that, although we may be the poorest state, this article has produced some misleading info, including the crazy house picture. A house like that is, in my county, probably 1 in 2000…I wonder why the guy who wrote this article didn't include the beautiful brick houses surrounded by flower beds which Mississippi women have spent their married lives perfecting. And my education–a public one–has allowed me to score high enough to have my college education completely paid for. No, we may not have AP courses, but that hasn't held me or any of my fellow classmates back. Also, although we have a high obesity rate, we still have very active people all around. In fact, there are so many FIT people at the college I attend that it is FROWNED upon to be overweight. Don't worry about us, other states of America; Mississippi is doing just fine ;).

  249. Cassidy Street

    Jackson Saint James , you have no idea what a true Mississippian is. Your comments are tacky and come from–where?–Denver! Unless you've lived in this wonderful state then I suggest you keep your "dumber, fatter, and poorer" comments to yourself.

  250. Cassidy Street

    Dear Barbralu: I am so happy that you know so much about us, dear. Actually, anyone in MY community who accepts disability or Medicaid without just cause is branded with a terrible reputation and shunned. Get your facts together, and while you're at it, get a new name.

  251. Paul O

    Lori Carson – the cost of living is generally lower in these "right to work" states. In Massachusetts (a very liberal state) the average home costs $532,000… whereas in Mississippi it is only $203,000 (less than half). The average household income in Mass is $62k versus $39k in MS (more than half)… so it appears the dollar goes more than double as far in MS even though the wages in MA aren't double that of MS.

    The economic bondage you refer to is the entitlement mentality that grips the poor… why work hard when you have food stamps, heating assistance, subsidized housing, welfare, medicaid, subsidized loan programs, grants and subsidized higher education, and all kinds of wonderful tax payer funded programs for the lazy to continue being lazy, the fat to get fatter, and the poor to show up at the soup kitchen sporting the latest iphone and air jordans???

  252. Jason Anderson

    Well said! Dems promote these programs with few or o strings attached-this will not work in the long run. What ever happened to "give a man a fish….teach a man to fish…"? Problem is that we have these issues across the country-both "red" and "blue" states. I am in NM which ranks right down with MS and see these problems first hand. I see far too often people taking advantage of these social programs and teaching their kids the same instead of teaching them to better themselves. What a shame-I am scared for the future unless people start taking responsibility and stop blaming everyone else.

  253. Paul O

    Vanessa, lay off the chicken wings and stay in school… as your picture suggests you are overweight, and your post is a grammatical nightmare… you perpetuate the MS stereotype.

  254. Anthony Tony Barkley

    What you're saying has a modicum of truth, but the fact remains that Mississippi as a whole is very, very dependent on handouts, and i'm not talking about direct assistance like Welfare. I'm not saying that it's the fault of the Republicans or Democrats, but poverty is in the DNA of Mississippi. And "Southern Hospitality?" Meh…not really. There is little about the history of Mississippi that would suggest anything resembling "hospitality." What went on there during the Civil Rights Era alone pretty much kills that theory.

  255. Jimmy W. Brantley

    He wouldn't know anything about peas and corn and fresh sliced tomatoes and good fried chicken Sunday after church…. Because he probably sets in his office job and gets it all from the grocery store instead of going out and burning off the extra calories picking his foods fresh from the vine…. and he argues about whole foods? Down here we eat "fresh food"

  256. Jimmy W. Brantley

    I think this whole article is a joke… whoever is moderator allows posts from the left, and only the "fell off the right side of the hill racists." When someone posts a valid argument from the right middle, it goes missing. Especially when two or three people suddenly "like it"… Whoever posted this wants all southerners to look just like racists who don't care about anything or anyone but themselves, but in reality, you forget something… we are the silent majority. You can try to deprive our voice, but we know what we believe and nothing will change that. Mississippians aren't all obese, undereducated, nor poor. If they are, it is their choice. What is it to anyone else to tell them what they can and can't be? I find it funny that the same leftists who argue gay marriage and abortion is OK argues against Mississippi for making their own choices? Newsflash…. most people don't really care what other people across the world think of them, and for sure, Southerners couldn't give two cents about what anyone else thinks. The fact is, all we have ever wanted is for Washington, and the North, to simply, STAY OUT OF OUR BUSINESS and STAY OUR OF OUR LIVES. Now, do we believe in government? Of course, we are not Anarchists. But we don't think that the government should regulate our lives on a day to day basis. And We also don't like it too well when we post something and a liberal moderator thinks it will catch too much attention and deletes it, simply because what we are saying is not the "right wing" they want portrayed.

  257. Cassidy Street

    Andrea, you are so right. I am from Mississippi, too. These people on here are trashing our state with no true facts. It's really making me mad.

  258. Cassidy Street

    Tom Ferris, you are the real trashy person. Just because our state has less money than yours we're considered white trash? Spit the trash out of your mouth before you call anyone else names.

  259. Vanessa Thomas

    Lord Briton, there have not been an lynching here in almost 100 years. Yes, there are still racist people and always will be like in the other 49 states. No black people do not get lynched for voting here. As usual another MISinformed person that don't know what they are talking about—come for a visit and sit awhile and she for yourself.

  260. Vanessa Thomas

    Lawrence Robinson, tell it to them! I too am college-educated. When people find out that I majored in Nursing and Microbiology (at the same time) they're dumb-struck—simply because I'm Black. When they find out that I'm a single, Black female with no children—they get that "deer in headlights" look as if they expect me to have 6 kids by 5 different men. Not ALL Black people fit that "dumb-nigger/welfare moma" stereotype!

  261. Vanessa Thomas

    Paul O, glad you like my pic! One of my favorites! As for my weight, blame genetics–not my diet, I don't eat that much. You are not missing any meals either from the look of your pic! But, as for the thriving part–I AM thriving–as for the state, it could do better. My education? while I don't always type with correct grammar, proper sentence-structure and at times my punctuation is off I'm quite educated. I just type to get my point across and by the look of your "educated" self, you got the message! Have a wonderful New Hampshire day!!

  262. Vanessa Thomas

    To Bill Macomber: As a have responded to Paul O I will say to you, I AM THRIVING, as for my state it can do better. My grammar? usually when I post I don't bother with being grammically correct as long as I get my point across. I do have an college degree and enhance my learning by reading and trying to learn something new everyday. If you and Mr. O choose to insult someone, no offense, but please cite your sources, I prefer the APA format, and stick to the original topic. One thing I can't tolerate is people that digress….. Educated enough for you? or do you prefer I send you a written thesis on why Mississippians have such Southern Graciousness…..?

  263. Frank Bliss

    Really, well that's a step forward. When I was in the rural southern Mississippi area it was very poor especially among black farmers. Have they done anything to help those farmers to succeed?

  264. Sarah Aragon

    I never said I didn’t like Mississippi state. I was bashing the government there, not the people. The citizens are the victims of their government, and yes, we did get car companies there. However, it doesn’t seem to help, does it?

  265. Julie Mars

    You should just ignore articles like this, what they don't say is how the statistics are rigged in the first place ;)

    For example, in 1998 the “ideal BMI” was changed. Three members of the committee responsible for making the recommendation had direct ties to pharmaceuticals that manufactured diet pills for profit. A fourth member was the lead scientist for the program advisory committee of Weight Watchers International. This committee advocated dieting for everyone who had a BMI more than 24. They shaved 15-20 lbs off the definition of “ideal weight” which made 25 million Americans “overweight, ” and thus “unhealthy,” overnight. It also gave those making the recommendations 25 million new potential clients.

  266. Vanessa Thomas

    Paul O, By the way, I'm not too fond of chicken wings—my husband loves them, I prefer chicken thighs (fried)mmm mighty good eatin (eating)……..Oh, I graduated from college 22 years ago………

  267. Matt Harris

    You obviously have never been here. Walk around ole miss for a few minutes and see if you still agree…consistently ranked as having the hottest girls on the planet!

  268. Mark Aria

    i think the author has to be educated first…. but thanks for the link…

  269. Melissa Gipson Jones

    Poorest yet at the top of the lists in terms of charitable donations and works….sad to see so much hatred being flung out at the state, and most of it from people who've probably never dared to set foot here…I could find bad about all the other states and make nasty comments too but I have a bit more class than that. I was raised better in this supposed "backwoods" place than the majority of the rest of you apparently!

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  272. Cassidy Street

    Amen! The people on here are bashing our state for no reason. Hello? SOMEBODY has got to be the poorest state! Personally, I'm proud to be a resident of the poorest state in the richest country! And you're right, man. There's nothing better than looking up at the stars for relaxing!

  273. Vanessa Thomas

    We noticed you several comments back Jackson Saint James and yes, we know you LOVE Black people. Don't keep repeating yourself, your sheet is showing…..

  274. Vanessa Thomas

    We noticed you several comments back Jackson Saint James and yes, we know you LOVE Black people. Don't keep repeating yourself, your sheet is showing…..

  275. Cassidy Street

    James Caruso, you aren't very good at grammar; and, you are speaking without any facts. I'm from MS; and, in my community, anyone who is even suspected of living off welfare or disability without really needing it is shunned. By the way, our state is also #1 in charity, but the article doesn't seem to care for positive facts.

  276. Vanessa Thomas

    Not everyone here are for the GOP. As much as everyone puts down our education, we can read, write, count and anything else we set our minds to. Yes, we say ya'll, yeah, uh-uh, because we say what we have to say without wasting words or time.

  277. Cassidy Street

    Paul O, for someone who is smarter than Mississippians your grammar is atrocious. All I've heard out of you on this site is a bunch of self-flattering psycho babble. So what if Mississippi is the poorest state? There has to be a poorest state in U.S. statistics! Mississippi is dumb? Why don't we ask William Faulkner or Eudora Welty to second that? At least our state does not have a negative budget, unlike some of our northern friends.

  278. Matt Harris

    Many farmers have transitioned to crops such as catfish, timber, corn, and surprisingly peanuts. There are many federal subsidies in place, especially for corn (ethanol) which I don't happen to believe in, but that's a whole different topic. I'm sure there are many small farms hurting these days, but I do know many who are doing well. You have to roll with thr changes the best you can

  279. Matt Harris

    Take a look at the finances of Illinois and Michigan, two of the strongest union states in the USA….not doing too good my friend.

  280. Matt Harris

    We've only recently voted republican. This state has been firmly in democratic control since the civil war. The welfare state is destructive no matter what state it's in. You must care about yourself, no government should or will take care of you with other peoples money.

  281. Lee Smith

    That's a lot going on Steve. If you make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, that puts you in the middle class…WE ARE THE ONES who are going to be squeezed hard by Obamacare. Yet Obama said he wants to help the middle class..he speaks out both side of his mouth. I n o longer believe a word he says. This is one of several reasons I will not support Obama. He's going to slap us with IRS penalties…Mitt Romney has promised to repeal Obamacare. In the 2000 plus pages of Obamacare there are maybe 3 or 4 items that are good but they would have been more honestly described as INSURANCE REFORM. Even those that can afford insurance, ALL the plans must be approved by the Federal gov…just any plan won't do. Our nation is at a crossroads and I pray for our leaders to start putting US citizens first. We didn't need health care reform, just insurance reform and torte reform which would lower medical costs when frivolous lawsuits are not allowed.

  282. Steve Taylor

    Lee I have felt for a long time that medical billing practices are all wrong, 20 dollars per aspirin because a nurse brings it to you, charging people for stuff not used in their care but was used on someone without insurance has driven insurance through the roof. If you want to lower health care you have to reform way back down the line. I too am praying that someday soon someone who cares about America and its' citizens above and before anything else will be in charge.

  283. Jeff Smithpeters

    Tony, you're mighty smug, but you know nothing about Mississippi politics and are pretty ignorant about Southern politics in general. Mississippi Democrats until about the mid-90s implemented the very same policies as Republicans do today. Low taxes on the rich. Next to no social safety net. And by the mid-90s, Democrats had effectively been barred from the governors' office. Only the conservative Democrat Ronnie Mosgrove saw terms. And his economic and educational policies were little different from his Republican predecessors and successors.

  284. Jeff Smithpeters

    It's amazing how often the GOP commentators reveal absolute ignorance of the real fiscal conservatism of the Democratic party in this state. They really do think that a Mississippi Democrat of the 1960s or 70s was a taxer and spender. No. Most were every bit as reluctant to raise taxes to fund the social safety net and education as today's Republican governor is.

  285. Linda Rasey

    You are very welcome, Vanessa and you may also contact me at raseyli52@yahoo.com This is the perfect time to join Celebrating Home and you will enjoy so many rewards when you become a part of our family! If there are any questions that I can answer for you or additional assistance that I can give you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  286. Michael Reed

    I have been reading and hearing about the stories of Mississippi, and I know that these issues will be better soon. Have fun and faith in God.

  287. Barney J Radford Jr

    Clayton county GA must be a relative of Mississippi because its probably the worst place in Georgiaor the south that I have even seen. The only place that I have ever heard that sentence you for crimes before your convicted. Meaning that if you can not afford the extremely intentional high bond they place on people arrested, you will do a lot of time in jail awaiting for trial even when they know they. don't have a case against you. Don't be from the north because its only worst. Clayton county GA is the Mississippi of Ga

  288. Rosia Bland-Pinkston

    You are right about that! Plus it is the dirtiest detention center in the State of Ga. Nez has been there since Oct. He is suppose to be released on Jan. 26. I am sick about it!

  289. Ravone Bolden

    You all are confused Mississippi is the most awful state ever. I lived there for 10 years from 11-20. I dreaded every minute of it. I will give the people that live there this. Mississippi has good people, and it sure is beautiful to drive through. To live there however, as a young black man, is equal to condemning yourself to death, slowly, and painfully.