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There is a recent article in Slate that brought home the difference between the theory and practice of Christianity in the American South. In a very quick summary, the poverty rate in Georgia is among the worst in the nation (14.6-19% depending on which one you use, tied by other southern states) and the state government - ostensibly populated by Christians has done its best to limit aid.  (Lest I sound hard on Christians per se, remember this is a state that had a prayer day to try and overcome a drought - so we are talking about true believers).  They have been quite effective. One of the more disgusting tricks has been to count private voluntary aid as state spending.

This has implications beyond the immediate human cost. I save a few bucks on taxes and get to work in a major city full of homeless people sleeping on the streets - and have the fulfilling experience of using wilderness first aid on a collapsed man while waiting for the ambulance. It is not a bargain that I want to have.

It also means that the petty crime rate is high - which adds to the uncertainty and culture of fear that leads to unneeded firearm purchase.  Supporting this illegitimate war on poverty - really a war on the poor - must, at least subconsciously, add to the sense of guilt-derived fear that drives Georgia politics today.

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