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  •  Economically (2+ / 0-)
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    Marie, Sam I Am

    Economically speaking, the South was more liberal  - or more correctly, populist - until Reagan and he was able to link conservative social policy with conservative economic policy via "welfare queens" "quota queens" "reverse discrimination"  etc. etc.

    It wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that the South began to emerge from the the economic doldrums that it had occupied since Reconstruction.  The re-emergence was due largely to government spending in the region starting with WPA and continuing through the  post-WWII era, in the form of hydroelectric power and later, nuclear power and military installations.  Today, there are almost no middle-sized or larger metropolitan areas in the South that aren't tied to a federal defense/energy installation.

    Once the South started to make an economic comeback to the point that Northerners began relocating south in droves, then somehow it became fashionable for white, upper-middle-class Southerners to decry "big gummint" spending, even though many of them were collecting govt. agency paychecks, or at least taking advantage of the multiplier effect of the government spending.

    It's the typical "I got mine; now you go get yours" Reaganite rags-to-nouveaux-riches story.

    •  That's Why I Said OK With Some Intervention (0+ / 0-)

      The South wasn't big on government intervention on consumer issues, or intervention in labor markets on behalf of workers.  You're right, it was pro-populist, and there was some "little guy" elements to it (see Huey Long), but it wasn't populist in a pro-worker way the way the New Deal generally was in the North.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 05:25:56 PM PST

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      •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree with you, and i was just adding.

        I'm mainly pointing out the complete hypocrisy of white Southerners' attitudes about government spending.

        It reminds me of an episode of Michael Moore's brief tv series (I don't remember the name) where he paid a visit to Cobb Co, GA, home of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.

        In the episode, he managed to capture one clueless woman stating "Why, we don't need federal dollars here in Cobb County."  The rest of the story consisted of Moore confronting perplexed boaters in Lake Allatoona with a bullhorn:  "Please remove yourself from the federally-funded lake."  Or standing at on on-ramp to I-75 or at Dobbins Air Force base.

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