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12/30/2008

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I love that in your mind every woe that besets us is caused by Republicans. However, a little fact checking would show that 11 of 13 Kentucky Governors elected since 1955 were Democrats. Democrats have dominated Kentucky politics since pre-Civil War days, both the executive and the legislative branches. If you really want to point fingers for Kentucky's lack of progress, maybe you ought to be looking no farther than all those politicians with (D) after their names.

Or maybe we should take a look at this progressive utopia, Minnesota, and just how they pay for all these great amenities. It seems that Minnesota is running
"...a $426 million deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, plus a projected $4.8 billion deficit for the 2010-2011 biennium add up to $5.273 billion dollar total."

So, the state is broke, but at least there are plenty of parks and recycle bins. I wonder how well those parks will be kept up if the state continues to go broke? I wonder whose funding will be cut next, or how high taxes will be raised, driving even more corporations to flee to states with lower tax rates, leaving Minnesota with an even larger deficit?

Frank:

As Boon would say:

"Forget it, He's rolling"

You will note that in the above post I make exactly one reference to Republicans, and it is in a current -- as opposed to historical -- context. I, in fact, lay what blame I lay on the doorstep of "crabbed southern conservatives" who, as Frank rightly notes, have not all been Republican. It is that particular type of conservatism that is the problem, not the party affiliation of that ideology.

While today's Republicans like to remind us all that it was Republicans -- not Democrats -- who advocated an end to slavery, funded the civil rights movement, and championed progressive causes in the south, those liberal Republicans have been driven out of the party.

It is as true that it was Democrats who unleashed the dogs on freedom marchers and supported the primitive status quo of the old south. Those people were driven out of the Democratic Party when Democrats became the liberal party after the 1960s.

That is the great switch, and it renders generalizations about the parties over decades irrelevant -- something I acknowledge by writing about "crabbed southern conservatives" and "friendly, upper-Midwestern liberals" rather Republicans and Democrats.

You may chose to continue to read "conservative" and "liberal" as synonymous with "Republican" and "Democrat," respectively, if you like. It is not, however, what I'm saying. Trust me: I'm objecting to today's Republican Party, not the Republican Party of 50 years ago. I was raised in a Republican household, and to paraphrase Ronald Reagan I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me.

What I'm saying is: crabbed southern conservatism results in a lower standard of living, lower education, and a lousier lifestyle than friendly, upper-Midwestern liberality. The advocates of friendly, upper-Midwestern liberality have long been members of both parties. Bob LaFollette, for example, was a Republican. Today, he'd be a Democrat, as the Republican Party is dominated by crabbed southern conservatives who believe that societal progress is none of the government's business.

I think this is a jamming of a sqaure peg in a round hole when it comes to the whole liberal/conservative thing.

The problem isn't so much that 11 of 13 Ky governors were Democrats. The problem is that 11 of 13 governors were of one party, period. If you check out Minnesota, there is much more partisan balance between which party held the governorship.

And if one wants to look at state rankings, Utah is high on many lists you want to be high on.

You know, liberal hot bed Utah.

You'll find many other such western states not exactly known for voting blue also doing pretty well.

Reducing it to conservative/liberal dichotomy is a bit too easy.

For example. You mentioned that Minnesota was third in the country in literacy. And that is something to be proud of.

The complete top five are:

1: Wyoming
2: Alaska (ahem)
3: Minnesota
4: Montana
5: Utah

BTW: Kentucky is, sadly, 47th.

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