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Friday, November 10, 2006

 
A Southern Man Don't Need Him Around, Anyhow

In this case, Mississippi, not sweet home Alabama. I heard ol' Rangel put her down:

Rangel was quoted in a Thursday article in The New York Times, saying: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?":

Rangel sends a spokesman to backtrack:

Elbert Garcia, Rangel's press secretary in New York, said Rangel had received calls Thursday about the Mississippi quote.

Garcia e-mailed The Associated Press a response from Rangel: "I certainly don't mean to offend anyone, I just love New York so much that I can't understand why everyone wouldn't want to live here."

Maybe people don't want to live in New York because it's infested with high taxes and other depredations of the far left.

The article has some details on Mississippi's share of the federal pie:

Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation and gets back more from the federal government than it pays for many programs. For example, Mississippi has one of the highest federal matching rates for Medicaid, getting back nearly $3 in federal money for every $1 of state money in the program that helps pay for health care for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and for low-income families with children.

Mississippi also has received billions of dollars in federal relief since Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, destroying tens of thousands of homes and businesses and causing damage to more than 150 miles inland.

I have a question. I know that there is a positive correlation between economic freedom and economic prosperity. Aside from eliminating its state income tax, is there any legal reform that could be implemented to energize Mississippi's economy?

The Tax Foundation's table of state income taxes is worth looking at. Compare how the two states tax various income brackets. Note how New York soaks the middle class on up.

Mississippi

  • 3.00% > 0K
  • 4.00% > 5K
  • 5.00% > 10K

New York

  • 4.00% > 0K
  • 4.50% > 8K
  • 5.25% > 11K
  • 5.90% > 13K
  • 6.85% > 20K
  • 7.375% > 100K
  • 7.70% > 500K

Memo to New Yorkers: flee.

Update: Halp us!

Link via Hot Air and Right Wing Nation; hat tip to commenter Ken Summers for the second link. Hot Air commenters identify some of the people in the "Halp us" image, and list other Mississippi celebrities. Wikipedia has a list of famous Mississippians, which includes Jim Henson, James Earl Jones, Tennessee Williams, Elvis Presley, B. B. King, and 1960s civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Update: US Rep. Charles Pickering has words for Rangel. Make note of the second paragraph.

“From the Coast to the Delta to the Pinebelt to the Hills and across Mississippi, there is beauty in every city, charity in every heart, love in every church, and majesty in every countryside. When I travel this state I see it in the resolute handshakes, the hospitable smiles, and the sincere prayers of our neighbors: we love Mississippi and we are proud and happy to live here,” Pickering said.
Pickering concluded, “Last year, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Coast. We have been working hard not only to rebuild our own homes and communities, but also to repair and protect the network of refineries, pipelines, and transmission grids that supply energy, gas, and oil to the rest of the country, including New York. If Mr. Rangel believes those efforts required more than our fair share of federal money, he is welcome to send that energy back to our state and find an alternative supply...

Update: On that note, let me post the lyrics to an old song from the '70s, Bob Arnold's "Freeze a Yankee." (The Gov. Briscoe in the song is then-Texas governor Dolph Briscoe.)

Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze 'em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give 'em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any [darn] Yankee [raised] a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let 'em all freeze and boil

Now President Carter was a good ol’ boy, a Southerner through and through
But when he asked all Americans to sacrifice, he really meant you-know-who
He wants all our oil and our nuclear fuels
Now what does he take us for, silly fools?
The president wants us to pass our gas, now ain’t that a kick in the . . .

Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze 'em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give 'em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any [darn] Yankee [raised] a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let 'em all freeze and boil

They don’t want an oil rig around their seashore, Lord its a terrible sight
And don’t you try to drill in their dirty, old water, if you do you’re in for a fight
Senator Kennedy told me himself
That he wouldn’t let us drill on the Continental Shelf
So when they try to get Texans to drill another well, we can tell 'em all to go to . . .
Hyannis Port

Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze 'em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give 'em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any [darn] Yankee [raised] a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let 'em all freeze and boil

Cram them Yankees into little bitty cars while we drive around in limousines
There ain’t nothin’ in the world any more fun then pumpin’ gas in them big mo-chines
Us Texans love our Cadillacs, big Continentals and Pontiacs
We’re gonna keep all the oil that we can make, and let them Yankees shiver and shake

Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze 'em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give 'em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any [darn] Yankee [raised] a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let 'em all freeze and boil

Them Yankees say they need our oil and they gotta have gasoline
But don’t you put no refineries way up north, they wanna keep their air real clean
They only got enough lignite to last till midnight
Not enough fuel to keep their beer real cool
But we’ll send you lots of oil, now don’t you fear
If you promise not to move down here!

Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze 'em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give 'em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any [darn] Yankee [raised] a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let 'em all freeze and boil

Freeze a Yankee, Alleluia
Keep your Confederate credit cards, the South’s gonna rise again!

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