Skip to main content

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.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site