Sunday, February 25, 2024

Bill Crawford: Mississippi & Utah Least Resemble U.S.

WalletHub analysts have dubbed Utah and Mississippi as the states that least resemble the U.S. as a whole.

We have generally taken pride in being different than most folks, but why does WalletHub think that?

Twenty-two factors were compared to U.S. averages in five major categories. The higher the rank number the wider the variance to U.S. averages.

Sociodemographics – Mississippi ranked 37th between Texas and Iowa based on: 1) gender distribution; 2) age distribution; 3) race and ethnicity distribution; 4) household composition; 5) health insurance coverage; and 6) country of birth.

Economy – Mississippi ranked 48th between Maryland and West Virginia based on: 7) household income distribution; 8) family poverty rate; 9) wealth gap; 10) food stamps participation; 11) part-time employees compared to full-time employees; 12) unemployment rate; 13) length of average work week; and 14) employment by industry.

Education – Mississippi ranked 47th between Vermont and Massachusetts based on: 15) educational attainment and 16) school enrollment.

Religion – Mississippi ranked 49th between Alabama and Utah based on: 17) religious alignment and 18) importance of religion.

Public opinion – Mississippi ranked 41st between Oklahoma and Tennessee based on: 19) political party affiliation; 20) political ideology; 21) views on abortion; and 22) positions on more gun restrictions.

The report showed Illinois’ population 94% similar to the U.S. as a whole. Florida came next at 93.76%. Joining them in the top ten were Ohio (92.76%), Virginia (92.66%), Pennsylvania (92.28%), Michigan (91.94%), Delaware (91.38%), Minnesota (91.03%), Wisconsin (91.02%), and Arizona (90.99%).

At the other end of the spectrum were Utah at 72.85% and Mississippi at 77.32%. Joining them in the bottom ten were Alabama (80.33%), Wyoming (80.58%), Vermont (80.65%), Arkansas (80.71%), Alaska (80.74%), Idaho (81.1%), and Maine (81.2%).

WalletHub’s premise for pulling this data together was that states that more resemble the U.S. as a whole should be the ones to hold the initial presidential primaries. Notably, Iowa ranked 38th and New Hampshire ranked 43rd.

Once again we see logic and politics having little in common and our dear Mississippi still an outlier.

But hold on, movement in the Legislature, led by Speaker Jason White and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, to pass a form of Medicaid expansion to get more working people insured may make Mississippi less of an outlier.

“But you must remain strong and not become discouraged,” 2 Chronicles 15:7.

Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Jackson.


Anonymous said...

So if we just expand Medicaid we’ll be more American”? If that’s what it takes or means to be “American”, maybe it’s no longer a great thing to be an American. Especially since we’re importing new Medicaid people by the container load.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that both states are run by fundamentalist religious regimes that resemble an American Taliban.

Cynical Sam said...

I am confident that Bennie, Chowke, Rukia, Sharpton, and Jackson could put Mississippi at the top, but only if there were some significant palm greasing. Right?

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart bill. If you really think expanding Medicaid is for working people then you have some investigative journalism to perform. Also I don’t want Mississippi to be like California, New York, etc. if you like those other states so much go live there.

Anonymous said...

This was done to recommend different timing of primary elections? Like a marketing plan? Federal setting of the primaries.
Timing of general election for President, the electoral assigned persons from the state going to DC and holding the electoral vote, transfer of power is based on travel by horse. Methinks knowing the prompt result without election integrity issues is much more important.

Anonymous said...

Good news. The US ain’t the shining city on a hill it supposedly once was; if Mississippi is least like the US, I’m damn happy about it.

Anonymous said...

I had one health brain cell left. I read that mess of an article, and now it's on life support. I should have known better.

Anonymous said...

You lost me at Wallet Hub

Anonymous said...

Our beloved state is going the way of our country. Our leaders and the ones with money are constantly thinking of ideas of how to get voters to be more dependent on the government instead of being able to fend for ourselves. Even with all their money, greed continues. Look at Bryant, Favre and MSDH. Seriously, that is the highest form of greed. In my 63 years, I have never accessed a government agency for help except for 3 times. One when I was 22, they gave the baby back to the family to continue to be abused (mom agreed to counseling and the results 40 yrs later is what u would expect) and the last 2 were trying to protect elderly from scams (state atty office could do nothing because it was 2020-too busy with covid) and the nursing home system (I had less than 24 hrs to move my mother and MSDH assisted in this). The nursing home business costs $120,000/yr in MS which is way more than homes that accept private pay only. This is all government mandated. Look at Lynn Fitch fighting Shad White. They are on the same side????? Favre will be the only winner in this. Is the government protecting him? So when u see hospitals and nursing homes closing, they blame it on lack of workers but it is really the rate mandated government. . I have been told all my life - follow the money. I don’t want to become my environment so I am for the first time in my life, I am considering setting up residence in another state and traveling to visit friends and family. My only constant quiver left in this world is God. Let’s pray that His never ending love will infiltrate us so we can turn this boat around.

Anonymous said...

"The 'working' poor"

These people sign up for the freebies and "certify" on a form that they are employed. There is no confirmation of employment status, i.e. just like getting unemployment, they lie.

Shocking, I know.

Anonymous said...

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15

Anonymous said...

The following is not directed at only one comment, the general idea and questions apply to more than a few who comment here.

There are more than a few people who constantly are saying something like ”I don't get any help from the government like THOSE people do.”

Which if they think about it (and I’m not accusing them of doing that!) it’s just like saying “It isn't government assistance if I get it”, (which they might not actually say for various reasons).

In my 63 years, I have never accessed a government agency for help except for 3 times.

I suppose that depends on what counts as accessing (or using) government help.

Do you ever:

$ Drink water from a public water system? Instead of dipping the water out of a creek out from a private well?

$ Flush a toilet and send it to a water treatment plant instead of to the river or a straight pipe in the back yard?

$$ Fly on a commercial or private airplane?

$$$ Drive any sort of motor vehicle on any public road, in particular the state highways or Interstate Highway System?

$$$ Send or receive anything through the US Postal Service?

$$$ Buy anything online or in a store that has been moved on a public highway or road, or flown on a plane that landed at a US Airport?

$$$ Buy or consume or help produce anything that is either imported or exported across the borders of the USA?

$$$ Eat at a restaurant that is licensed and inspected?

$$$ Consume any food or medication that has been either produced, approved or inspected by a state or federal regulatory agency like the FDA or USDA or the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce?

$$$ Use electricity from a plug supplied with electricity which was produced, transported, and priced to be sold under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulation and supervision? Or do you generate all your own electricity instead?

The reason I ask is that some people might consider most or all of the above to be forms of government agencies 'helping' people.

Which government help would you chose to do without?

Anonymous said...

"The reason I ask is that some people might consider most or all of the above to be forms of government agencies 'helping' people."

Wrong again. Those are all paid for by the taxpayers, and I have been paying all taxes assessed on me for over 50 years.

There are no "freebies", except for certain types.

There are those of us pulling the wagon, and others riding in the wagon.

Anonymous said...

2:00 PM, have you ever given any thought where the government gets the money to do any of the things you mentioned? The only money the government has is the money they have taken away from the citizens. We, the citizens, have paid for everything you listed. The government did not do anything themselves. They do not have any money. I pay my water bill. The government did not have anything to do with it. All of the things you listed are the things tax payers pay for. There are some people who do not pay a water bill, they do not pay any bills themselves. We taxpayers have to pay for everything they do. We do not have a choice. The government takes the money away from us and gives it to some other people who do not even pay in taxes.

Anonymous said...

2pm....hahahahaha....proved the exact opposite point you were trying to make. And probably still doesnt even realize it. I'm sure they have numerous degrees saying how smart they are. They sure put a lot of effort in making themselves look foolish. Too funny.

Anonymous said...

I'm with 9:49 and proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Wallet Hub, another online AI generated click bait type website. They are as credible as The Onion and Huff Post. I also agree that if you don't like Mississippi, move to somewhere that has what you want. Quit trying to change the United States into California, New York, & now Colorado. I know that's the goal, but there are people who don't agree with those people's way of life, and that's perfectly fine.

Anonymous said...

The comments are so typical of the internet. Attack, attack instead of a conversation. As long as we attack, we will get the same crappy results. The main point of the post was MS is imploding, rotting from the inside out just like the federal government. Greedy leaders need more power and money. The vulnerable are hit the worse. And nobody cares because all we want to do is attack and attack again. No good solutions come out of anger. Yes I use government funded systems but I limit the amount I pay in. Yes I am college educated but I still have a heart and actually care and help those vulnerables. This broken government system almost broke me but I redirected my focus to God, changed my environment and redirected my charitable giving. I am tired and working on recharging so I can give back more.

Anonymous said...

I know this might sound cold but it’s not my responsibility to pay for others health care! It’s not fair to expect me to pay for others free stuff. People may choose to help but no one should be forced to pay. I’m not responsible for other people.

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