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Why is Kentucky so Poor?

They have had 2 powerful senators, with one being the majority/minority leader for almost a decade now, and yet they are the 5th poorest state in the country.

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by Anonymousreply 74Last Friday at 6:58 PM

Not to mention the Dept. Of Transportation head as a resident.

They should be a rich state.

by Anonymousreply 105/14/2020

They don’t seem to be hurting.

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by Anonymousreply 205/14/2020

Full of stupid people.

by Anonymousreply 305/14/2020

Because #MoscowMitch and his bitch have plundered the treasury for decades, duh.

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by Anonymousreply 705/14/2020

[quote]Full of stupid people.

This is no joke. Almost every single person I’ve ever met from Kentucky was fucking stupid (and weird) as shit.

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by Anonymousreply 905/14/2020

Lucky for them they get to leech all of that tax money from New York, California, Illinois and the other blue states.

by Anonymousreply 1005/14/2020

Negative chemistry, anyone?

by Anonymousreply 1105/15/2020

Damn. They’re quite an ugly pair.

by Anonymousreply 1205/15/2020

Well, the typical reasons people are poor: no industry, geographic location that doesn't lend itself to being any kind of hub, poor infrastructure, etc. - and that was before KY became bogged down by drug addiction. I heard some stat that in KY, drug overdose is like the most common cause of death.

Below is a link to a book about Mitch McConnell & how he sold out KY - and they know he sold them out - but they keep him around because of their obsession with right wing causes like abortion, anti-LGBT, gun rights, etc and the things Mitch does to advance those causes. So their hatred for others is literally and figuratively killing them.

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by Anonymousreply 1305/15/2020

In other words, R13 is OBVIOUSLY telling that they remain poor because of RELIGION.

Here’s a list correlating this worldwide, rather than statewide.

It will be difficult to find for data in the United States, because religious groups and political parties keep this unavailable.

Texas is an exception, because of oil, agriculture, ranching, and it’s location.

Mitch McConnell and his wife our some of the most loathsome people alive. They are a pox on Kentucky, as is the entire GOP, and those folks deserved better.

Why can’t we stop subsidizing them? Because we’re a nation, and unlike our politicians and tax exempt churches,, we’re supposed to help each other out, rather than steal from them, and rob them blind of what little they have left.

I don’t believe in heaven or hell, but when I think of Moscow Mitch, I understand why the concept of hell was created.

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Link: 👇🏽

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by Anonymousreply 1505/15/2020

Moscow Mitch will give you more aid, if he gets to take your SS.

And this is the man Republicans admire.

Fox News are fucking brilliant. They have conned the hell out of the right wingers.

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by Anonymousreply 1605/15/2020

"Lucky for them they get to leech all of that tax money from New York, California, Illinois and the other blue states."

Not for much longer! Their refusal to provide aid to those states states is a bid to destroy them as the economic engines of our country. When that happens - bye bye revenue to leechy deplorable shit havens like Kentucky!!

by Anonymousreply 1705/15/2020

"Oh the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home.

'Tis summer, the darkies are gay............"

by Anonymousreply 1805/15/2020

Because their politicians work hard, but only for the wealthiest Kentuckians. They work hard to keep the poorest Kentuckians as poor as possible so that the richest can stay the richest.

by Anonymousreply 1905/15/2020

Don’t forget Kentuckians love for anyone who is anti-abortion. They are obsessed with thinking someone is killing their babies. Trust me, no one is killing a baby in Kentucky, there are too many welfare checks being cashed each month. Not to mention all the babies being born addicted to meth because of their drug whore mommies. With that kind of future to look forward to, why would anybody abort a check, I mean kid????

by Anonymousreply 2005/15/2020

Everyone I have met from Kentucky is a boozehound.

by Anonymousreply 2105/15/2020

Poor states are poor because of a historical lack of industry. As you recall from your American history classes, the industrial base in the U.S. has always been in the northern states. If Kentucky had had the same level of industrialization and the same industries as Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, it would be like them, instead of like Mississippi.

by Anonymousreply 2205/15/2020

[quote]Moscow Mitch will give you more aid, if he gets to take your SS.

Allowing recipients to take some of their social security benefits now instead of waiting until retirement is not "cutting" benefits.

by Anonymousreply 2305/15/2020

They would be even poorer without them. Robert Byrd didn't turn WV into paradise, but he certainly got thousands of Federal jobs moved into the state. Same here.

by Anonymousreply 2405/15/2020

Kentucky was pretty much built around one industry - tobacco. When the domestic market fell, so too did the economy.

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Please review @ link below for clarification. Thanks.

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by Anonymousreply 2605/15/2020

“If Kentucky had had the same level of industrialization...”

That is what a good senator does for his people.

by Anonymousreply 2705/15/2020

You would think he would help his own state to prosper and not just himself.

by Anonymousreply 2805/15/2020

I think you need to separate Lexington (college town) and Louisville (pretty liberal) from the rest of Kentucky.

by Anonymousreply 2905/15/2020

Kentucky has an estimated 4.6 million population in 2020.

Only about 1 million live in the Lexington & Louisville areas.

The other 3.6 million are in the rural areas that don't have enough businesses to employ them.

If the dems & repubs (both federal & state level) were smart with the approx. 600,000+ homes built from the year 1960 in Ky. (that they could've by herded by law & tax incentives) & pulled them into 5,000 cities that could support the following infrastructure = about 3-4 grocery stores, a town town area with Hallmark/flower shops, 3-4 barber shops, 2-4 banks, 4-5 gas stations, 1-2 hotels/motels, 8-10 restaurants, 1-2 schools districts, a hospital, a decent sized library & post office, several dentists (badly needed), bigger & better police & fire departments, etc. but towns of 1,000 to 2,500 can't support a hospital, etc without the extra 2,500 to 4000 people the areas would need.

I think Lexington & Louisville received too much housing support (over the past 60 years) that should've went to building up the eastern side of the state. I have a friend there who in May 2020 still can't receive my cell phone calls because there are still dead zones in the state from a lack of cell phone towers. Unbelievable.

I can't believe Moscow Mitch doesn't take some federal money & build a couple more towers so the Biuegrass state can enter the 2020s as a modern state (and out of the early 1990s cell phone wise). The eastern side of Kentucky will be one of the last places to get high speed internet in the nation. It's a sad depressed area on ss many levels. My friend's relatives had twins this year & had to go to Huntington WV for the delivery (over an hour away). I don't know anyone in any midwestern state that has to drive over an hour for a basic hospital service.

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by Anonymousreply 3005/15/2020

1. The state was dependent on coal mining and tobacco, both of which are not particular popular, unless you're a trumper;

2. Long-standing history of corruption;

3. In-breeding

by Anonymousreply 3105/15/2020

A long history of poverty, opiods and a lack of education.

Honestly, it's kind of sad.

by Anonymousreply 3205/15/2020

They are poor compared to other states, but you must remember that even our poorest state is well above many countries of the world. Also, where are you getting your statistics? They are the eighth poorest by nominal GDP and 28th richest by raw GDP.

by Anonymousreply 3305/15/2020

[quote]If the dems & repubs (both federal & state level) were smart with the approx. 600,000+ homes built from the year 1960 in Ky. (that they could've by herded by law & tax incentives) & pulled them into 5,000 cities

You mean do a Pol Pot, but in the opposite direction?

by Anonymousreply 3405/16/2020

Kentucky poor? Mitch is worth 25 million. Poverty made him wealthy.

by Anonymousreply 3505/16/2020

I hear Mitch gives great head jobs. He's got a mouth and throat built for a 10 incher.

by Anonymousreply 3605/16/2020

I’m going to guess the rich in Kentucky are very rich and the poor, very poor. Many southern states refuse to tax their wealthy, leaving everyone else to fend for themselves

by Anonymousreply 3705/16/2020

Why are Kentucky so poor.

by Anonymousreply 3805/16/2020

Terrible situation there for the last 40 years.

by Anonymousreply 3905/17/2020

Republicans don't share. It's against everything they hold dear: greed and self love. They need a couple of old fashioned Irish Democrat pols to get in there, steal from the rich and start moving the money around. But of course, they're all drenched in the blood of Jesus and they're all gun nuts so they'll stick with the Republicans and stay poor.

by Anonymousreply 4005/17/2020

OP, you answered your own question

by Anonymousreply 4105/17/2020

It’s mostly a rural state. The top industries there: coal, tobacco and horse breeding have all suffered. Opioid addiction has taken its toll. Many of the bright young people move out of state after college because there aren’t a lot of jobs for young professionals. It’s a beautiful state though and I love Lexington and Louisville.

by Anonymousreply 4205/17/2020

R16 The ultra rich always want more even though they cannot attain any higher standard of living. It’s just a game and way to keep score with each other. Sick. And ultimately stupid, because the more they have and less the bottom has, the more likely a true revolt will occur, which could end up with the seizure of their wealth or even death.

by Anonymousreply 4305/17/2020

[QUOTE]Poor states are poor because of a historical lack of industry


by Anonymousreply 4405/17/2020

Too bad the wealthy senators couldn’t spread that money around instead of hoarding it for themselves.

What a shame.

by Anonymousreply 4505/17/2020

they're scorpions, r45. It's just not in their nature to help anyone but themselves. they'd rather die. Vote Democratic or accept your forever poverty. Republicans will never give a shit.

by Anonymousreply 4605/17/2020

Why is South Carolina so poor?

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by Anonymousreply 4705/17/2020

My, these two sure cut an elegant figure.

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by Anonymousreply 4805/17/2020

Does the word "Republican" ring a bell?

by Anonymousreply 4905/17/2020

Well maybe that’s where all the money for healthcare went. Right in the lovely couple’s pockets.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Thursday at 11:07 AM

This is a shameful travesty. KY needs 2 new senators.


by Anonymousreply 51Last Thursday at 11:08 AM

Because they don't have the dumb luck to have oil, like Texas.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Thursday at 11:12 AM

I want Governor Beshear inside me quite deeply.

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by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 11:22 AM

Yeah, but in Texas, and really everywhere else with oil, it all goes to a few people and most everyone else remains poor.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Thursday at 11:24 AM

Poor states are poor because of religion. That's all there is to it. The churches militate to undermine the public education system. It keeps everyone down and out and subservient and "god fearing." If all the churches in Kentucky were converted to schools, it would be a step forward for them out of the holler and into the light.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Thursday at 11:35 AM

They keep voting for these elite senators. Pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Thursday at 11:39 AM

Because OP, governments don't make jobs, outside of defense contracts. Even if the best employer moves to KY, if they can't attract talent, given the location, then they can't operate. This happened before with a well meaning tech company that moved from SV to some flyover state. They were forced to up and move to a more attractive location because the talent didn't bust their asses in school to move back to Podunk areas.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Thursday at 11:42 AM

Gallup R15? What's Gallup?

by Anonymousreply 58Last Thursday at 11:44 AM

The Lee Atwater/Ed Rollins/Karl Rove campaign playbook of God/Guns/Gays (lumping pro-life into the first) is now fully engrained into American electoral politics. Tricking these folks into voting against their own economic interests is one of the great cons in US history. And here we are entering a second generation of American youth who will have a tough time achieving the American dream realized by their grandparents.

Now add anti-science and conspiracy theory ushered in by Trump, and we are at a truly scary precipice of American life. We are basically already an oligarchy, with wealth inequality at staggering levels. Will be interesting to see when the revolution comes and in what form. 10 years .. 20 .. 30? The current path/trajectory is unsustainable. (To say nothing of climate change wreaking havoc on the entire system within a similar timeframe.)

by Anonymousreply 59Last Thursday at 11:49 AM

But r57, how can that be when Mitch ran a campaign on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in 2010. That’s how he won the majority.

They all ran on that single issue.

So if they can’t create jobs, why did they promise their constituents that they could provide jobs?

Can you reconcile those competing facts?

by Anonymousreply 60Last Thursday at 12:10 PM

R54 like Venezuela?

by Anonymousreply 61Last Thursday at 12:12 PM

yeah, like pretty much everywhere r61.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Thursday at 12:13 PM

Fuck'em. The only thing worse than a bunch of Christians and their sky fairy is Muslims and their sky fairy. Fuck God, Allah, and all the rest.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Thursday at 12:29 PM

Well r57? they ran on providing jobs. Are you saying they can’t provide jobs?

Then that would mean they lied to the faces of their constituents.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Thursday at 12:37 PM

[quote]Full of stupid people.

aka. vote Republican.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Thursday at 12:43 PM

r60 and since 2010 the unemployment number trended down until COVID-19. Between Republican austerity and Obama/Democrat's 2009-2011 stimulus packages, we reached record unemployment into the Trump era. I wont cary water for McConnell but Americans had more employment opportunities in January 2020 than they had in January 2010.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Thursday at 3:56 PM

Yes R66 but were they Mcjobs? Low paying and no future?

by Anonymousreply 67Last Thursday at 6:08 PM

Kentucky unemployment was down during Plumps administration. The coal and factory jobs that were promised never materialized.

This is still Plumps administration and everybody is unemployed now

by Anonymousreply 68Last Thursday at 6:16 PM

It’s a shame.

They should give the deomcrat lady a chance in the senate. They need to see if she can do a better job for the state.

She could do some actual work for the people instead of attending fancy galas on the public dime.

by Anonymousreply 69Last Friday at 12:28 PM

Why is Kentucky so poor? Well, would YOU hire a Kentuckian to anything but a menial job?

by Anonymousreply 70Last Friday at 12:52 PM

Do you thing Mitch ever just looks at his wife and says: ching chong ching chong!

by Anonymousreply 71Last Friday at 12:55 PM

I doubt that, R71. Chao comes from a very wealthy family, so I think that instead of your racist 'ching chong' claptrap, Mitch thinks, "Ka-ching!"

What that old homo does not think when he looks at his wife is, "I want to hit that."

by Anonymousreply 72Last Friday at 5:29 PM

Kentucky has a strong history, up until 2012 of voting in Democrats at the local level and Republicans at the national level. It was actually one of the last southern states to hold out of the New Deal coalition. For freakin 99 years Democrats held the state legislature and a Republican Governor has NEVER been re-elected in KY, this ended in 2016. They've had more Democrats leading the state then Republicans. So, in many Kentuckian's minds, they feel that they strike a conservative balance of nationally supporting Republicans (Senators and now more House members) thanks to religion, guns, abortion, and agriculture. Locally, Kentuckians were willing to give Democrats a chance to lead. Remember, KY-Connect was the leading model for Obamacre in the nation. People can make fun of KY, but they have been more nuanced in their political stances than most southern states. But it's shifting redder every day.

As someone that's lived in the state you will find that McConnell is fine with create sweet deals for business in KY around election time. He got the Fed to cover health insurance for fledgeling KY coal mine. Talk about socialism. He is the king of pork barrel spending in specific areas of KY needed to win a re-election. He is the type of political animal that will send aids out to a key constituents home to hand deliver flowers when a relative dies or have someone call up a prominent farmer when they have a complaint. Those people talk to each other and say things like Mitch isn't so bad. When the 2nd (or 1st) most powerful man in America is willing to give a direct life line for any and all concerns, you tend to want to keep them around.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Friday at 6:57 PM

Sorry, the Dems hold on the State Legislature ended in 2016, but KY still hasn't re-elected a Republican governor.

by Anonymousreply 74Last Friday at 6:58 PM
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