This is the third in an occasional series on issues of race, identity and politics ahead of Election Day, including a look at the optics of politics, a civil rights icon registering voters and how parallels to the past haunt the age of Obama.
By Moni Basu, CNN
Baxley, Georgia (CNN) – Here in the home of timber yards, BB-gun champs and DEET-defying gnats, John Barrow is fighting for survival.
He's the last standing white Democrat from the Deep South in the U.S. House of Representatives, a remaining sliver of a party machine that once brokered power for the region's establishment.
John Barrow, the last white Democratic congressman from the Deep South, is fighting to win in a conservative district.
Barrow's political death, if it comes on Election Day, would serve as a stark signal of the electoral realignment dividing Southern Democrats and Republicans along racial lines.
The ramifications are huge - not just in the South, but nationally - in determining the future of both parties, say political observers and historians who are closely watching Barrow's uphill battle.
If Barrow loses, every Democratic congressman from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia will be black. Every Republican will be white, save Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was elected in 2010 with Tea Party backing.
Barrow finds himself working hard for votes in Georgia towns swept by a tide of Republican Red - towns like Baxley, where, among many folks, saying "Democrat" is like taking the devil's name.
Barrow has attended the "Redneck Games" in Dublin and recently hosted a barbecue dinner at the American Legion Altamaha Post 26, where he bought five raffle tickets for a Mossberg Model 500A 12-gauge shotgun.
He might belong to the party of his daddy and his granddaddy, but his public persona stands far removed from Washington's Democratic leadership.
"A Democratic label is a killer in that district," says Emory University political scientist Merle Black, an authority on Southern politics. "The Democratic Party across the Deep South is in real trouble with white voters."
To make matters tougher, the GOP-controlled Georgia legislature redrew the boundaries for Barrow's 12th District following the 2010 census, making his constituency even redder.
Barrow knows he can't win without a chunk of conservative Republicans crossing over.
But those who have followed his career say if anyone can defy political odds, it's Barrow.
"This is a district that went for (John) McCain and it will go for Mitt Romney this fall," Black says.
Theoretically, it should be virtually impossible for Barrow to win a fifth term. But he's done it before.
He's known as a survivor.
And he acts like one on the campaign trail.
'Made in Georgia'
On a muggy October morning, Barrow is on the second leg of his "Made in Georgia" tour.
He's determined to get to know manufacturing companies in Appling and Coffee counties. They are new additions to a district that sprawls north along the Savannah River to Augusta and westward into towns like Vidalia, as in sweet onion fame, and Dublin, home to a VA hospital and plenty of shamrocks.
The territory feels familiar - same land, people and values that dominate counties that were already in Barrow's district. But many here don't know his name, except maybe through the barrage of television commercials.
"I don't know if you know about my politics," Barrow tells Jimmy Cook, owner of a Baxley nursery that grows everything from peppers to poinsettias.
"Actually, I'm an independent," Barrow says. "If Obama is doing what's right for Georgia, then I'm on his side. If he's not, then I'm not."
Down the road, folks like Stephen Worthington, director of Southeast wood procurement at lumber giant Rayonier, are fans of Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican who represented these counties until redistricting.
Worthington talks timber with Barrow, giving him a hard-hat-and-safety-glasses tour past menacing machinery that makes 1,200-pound pine logs look as light as toothpicks.
"We need your help getting the housing economy back up," Worthington says.
Later, after Barrow leaves, Worthington ponders the chances of a Barrow victory.
"Is anyone a Democrat around here?" he says, looking around a room full of Republicans.
Barrow knows well that he's facing the challenge of a lifetime around these parts.
He's counting on making personal connections that will help him bridge the political gap.
Like with Philip Smith, the manager of aluminum maker Elixir Industries in nearby Douglas.
In a chat in his office, Smith tells Barrow two things right off the bat: that he pretty much votes Republican, and that Barrow's GOP challenger, Lee Anderson, is also getting a tour of Elixir today.
Not one to show a great deal of emotion, Barrow nods his head and lets Smith continue.
"Here's what people around here don't like about Washington," Smith says. "People are tired of bickering between Republicans and Democrats."
Barrow leans forward in his armchair.
"I'm a party unfavorite," he tells Smith. "I am one of the most independent people up there.
"You should never surrender your own good judgment to someone else."
A politician's true measure of independence, Barrow believes, is how often he disagrees with his own side and votes with the other. On that scale, Barrow's a clear voice down the middle, he tells Smith.
That's exactly how a television ad portrays Barrow to prospective voters.
"Hi, I'm John Barrow. Some people like me. Some people don't," starts the ad.
He says the Democrats don't like his "A" rating with the NRA, which endorsed him in the race. Republicans, he says, don't like that he voted against the plan to privatize Medicare. He says both parties were wrong on the Wall Street bailout.
"I approved this message because folks in Washington don't like me being independent, but you're the one who counts."
It's that kind of courting of conservatives that wins Barrow points. He makes headway with Smith.
The plant manager tells Barrow he is tired of young people who ought to be working taking advantage of entitlements. He's had enough of the country's massive deficit.
"You can't spend more than you earn," Smith says.
"That's right," Barrow says, telling him how he has been working with the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition in Congress to reduce the deficit.
It's apparent that it will take a lot for Smith to cast a ballot for a Democrat. But Barrow, it seems, has gotten his ear.
John Barrow greets aluminum plant employees in Douglas, Georgia, a town that was added to his district when the GOP-dominated legislature redrew the lines.
Kith and kin
Smith takes him on an exhaustive tour of Elixir's vast plant, which spits out shiny new aluminum products in seemingly every shape and size known to man. The workers here make shower doors, side rails for golf carts, even field-hockey posts.
Barrow says hello to many of the employees on their 11:30 a.m. lunch break, greeting them with a fist-bump and flashing a toothy smile.
In one of the small break rooms, he sits down to eat a Subway Italian foot-long he's brought along for his tour. Most of the employees have brought food from home: sandwiches, chicken and rice.
Barrow talks a language lawmaker and worker have in common: football.
The Coffee County high school team just beat Tifton 24-7. They play Lowndes County later in the month. Barrow asks if the Valdosta school is still a formidable foe.
"Nah," the employees respond in unison.
"They ain't no good no more," adds one.
With others, he talks land.
His grandma was born in Baxley. Lived here in the 1880s when white folks in Dixie were fiercely proud to be Democrats.
He grew up in Athens, the son of Judge James Barrow and Phyllis Jenkins Barrow, who both served in the military during World War II.
When he was "itty-bitty," Barrow says, he drove through Appling County on his way to Jekyll Island for family vacations on the Georgia coast. That was at the height of the struggle to end segregation.
He studied political science and history at the University of Georgia - his blood runs Bulldog Red and Black - before studying law at Harvard.
By then, the South had already turned the corner in going from blue to red.
After President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law, he reportedly told an aide: "We have lost the South for a generation."
Johnson was right. Conservative white Southerners turned Republican in droves as the national Democratic Party championed equal rights and was seen as increasingly liberal.
That perception remains an obstacle for Barrow to this day.
"The Democratic Party is now defined by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. These are very liberal Democrats," says Emory's Black.
"And that's a nonstarter for a majority of whites in the South."
As Barrow makes his way past machines that melt and mold aluminum, Mark Sibley comes running out of a glass office. He wants to shake Barrow's hand.
"I vote for anybody who's good. I don't care about party," Sibley says.
He tells Barrow he likes his commercials and his promises to end wasteful spending.
Mark Sibley ran out to shake Barrow's hand during a tour of Elixir Industries.
Sibley has worked at Elixir for 2 1/2 years. That was after he lost a job at a chicken plant that shuttered its Coffee County operations in 2009.
Sibley says it means a lot to him that Barrow came to visit Elixir and took the time to meet with voters.
He and others here say they aren't much impressed with Barrow's opponent.
Lee Anderson, a state legislator and former head of the Georgia Farm Bureau, stamps his campaign placards with an image of a tractor. He has a Southern accent so pronounced, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jim Galloway, that it ought to be bottled up for posterity.
Anderson has played up his rural Georgia roots. But some people around here don't think much of his farming background. "He ain't never cut anything but hay," Anderson's critics like to say.
A weak opponent could save the day for Barrow, and so far Anderson has not shown to be otherwise, Emory's Black says. The Rothenberg Report, a nonpartisan political handicapper, is now characterizing the 12th District race as "toss-up/tilt Democrat."
"This district is one that should have never been a headache for the GOP, but after getting a weak nominee in state Rep. Lee Anderson, reality is setting in for many Republican operatives," Rothenberg said. "Anderson's weakness isn't the only factor in this race. Rep. John Barrow has run a good race with terrific TV ads meant to demonstrate his political independence and get voters to focus on him and not on his party."
The report cited Barrow for distancing himself from the "the stereotypical Democratic label."
Anderson has refused to debate Barrow, demanding that he pronounce his presidential choice in front of a camera so as to not deceive voters.
"I want him to tell the truth," Anderson says. "Sometimes he's an independent. Sometimes he's a Democrat. Sometimes, who knows?"
Barrow says he has already said he will vote for Obama and that Anderson just doesn't want to talk about the issues.
Bob Young, a well-known Georgia Republican who served as mayor of Augusta in the early 2000s, says Anderson is making a mistake by not confronting Barrow in a public face-off.
"From my perspective, I want to see my Republican candidate take on the opposition head to head, toe to toe, here in the district," Young says.
"This campaign is not being waged in front of the people," Young says. "At the end of the day, I'm a Republican. But (Anderson) makes it hard."
It's not as hard for Young's wife, Gwen Fulcher Young, who made up her mind not just to vote for Barrow but actively solicit votes for him.
"My wife has gone rogue," Young jokes. But he adds that he can see the attraction to Barrow.
"He has built a reputation for constituent service," Young says. "People relate to a congressman who relates to them. Barrow's a known quantity."
The presidential vote could also affect the outcome of Barrow's race, says Galloway.
"In Georgia, Mitt Romney was the second choice for many Republican voters," Galloway says. "There are some indications of a lack of enthusiasm. And that means a disenchanted (GOP) turnout."
Barrow looks at it differently: the more voters, the better.
"Presidential turnout is always the best no matter who's on the ballot," he says.
It's like every church that has members who show up only one time of the year, he says. On Easter Sunday.
Black and white
Barrow's campaign sent out more than 500 invitations for an early evening dinner at a rented event space in Douglas called The Atrium. It's a building that was recently rehabbed by developer Francis Lott, who hung up his Democratic credentials for the GOP about 15 years ago.
About 30 people show up for pulled pork barbecue and green beans just as dark clouds begin to scatter in the sky. Many are African-Americans who make up Barrow's core support in rural Georgia.
John Barrow shares a meal with supporters in Douglas, Georgia. Some black voters perceived Barrow as distancing himself from the Democratic party to win votes.
They don't care much for the fact that Barrow voted against the president's Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Or that he voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
They don't think Barrow ought to be distancing himself from the president the way they thought he did by not attending the Democratic National Convention.
If you're going to be a Democrat, then be a Democrat, says Johnny Roper, who served on the Douglas city commission for 27 years.
"We really want someone more devoted," he says as caterers begin to serve the meal.
But, he asks, what's the choice? There's a big difference between Barrow and his Republican opponent, who Roper says is "no good for poor folks."
But minority votes like Roper's have been diluted in Barrow's newly drawn district.
The Georgia General Assembly had redrawn Barrow's district once before.
Barrow was first elected to Congress in 2004, the same year Republicans took control of both houses in the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.
Two years later, Barrow's hometown of Athens was cut from his district in an unprecedented mid-decade redistricting, and the congressman moved to Savannah. He had to move again to Augusta when his district lost Chatham County, which includes a chunk of core Democratic voters in Savannah, and gained large swaths of rural areas populated by conservative whites.
Georgia Republicans say the lines were redrawn to reflect the state's population changes.
But civil rights groups say Republicans are trying to further empower themselves by isolating black voters in majority-minority districts represented mostly by black Democrats.
"They are using race," says Anita Earls, a civil rights lawyer and executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
"The Republican strategy is to try to make the Democratic Party a party of black people," she says.
That will make it more difficult for Democrats to win races in the near future, Earls says, but changing U.S. demographics - in which minority populations are growing at faster rates than whites - means that eventually that strategy will be doomed.
"They don't have a long-term formula for success," Earls says. "Maybe, they get a decade."
Emory's Black says the Republicans are doing what the Democrats did to them when they dominated the state assembly: drawing them out of power.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said as much when he spoke to the Georgia delegation at the Republican convention in Tampa.
There was only one Georgia Republican in the House when Boehner first entered Congress in 1991.
"We're going to have 10 after November - two more," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He was talking about Georgia's population gains that led to the creation of a new 14th District that's overwhelmingly GOP - and, of course, about Barrow.
"I can't speak to the motives of the people who drew the lines," says Young, the former Augusta mayor, "but we all know that the Supreme Court has set a pretty high bar in maintaining communities of interest. These districts have passed the muster of the Obama Justice Department."
But Barrow says he feels like a target, a poster child, he says, for gerrymandering.
"No question about it," he says - the Republicans are trying to force him out.
"But I made a promise to my voters."
It's a pledge he intends to honor - to represent the people who have looked to him in Congress since he was first elected.
Lowell M. Greenbaum, chairman of the Democratic Party in Richmond County, says the idea that the Democratic Party can no longer attract Southern white voters is incorrect.
"Look, voters are up for grabs and parties have always responded one way or the other," he says.
"The problem is that voters have had their votes taken away from them without them realizing it," he says, referring to the creation of minority-majority districts.
Greenbaum doesn't begrudge Barrow's strategy of playing up his independence, playing it down the middle and not always advertising loudly that he still belongs to the party of his daddy and granddaddy.
"He does cast a vote at times with which the Democratic Party is not happy," Greenbaum says. "But when we invite him to explain his votes, he always comes. He is in direct communication with us all the time, which we feel is very important for a congressman."
Barrow has a way with people, Greenbaum says. And that's why a white Democratic congressman from the Deep South could still have an office in Washington after November.
Obama is not a Muslim. Muslims are great people for the most part. They have extremists, just as Christianity does. I mean, read all these posts here. Extremists don't represent the majority. Thankfully. We should all be worried about working together instead of promoting more and more hate and ignorance and just stupidity. Grow up America.
You would probably get your head cut off for this comment in most Muslim countries.
I love the focus on the 'welfare' state. It's such a tiny part of our budget. But the same people have no problem spending billions more on bombs and guns. Clearly those things make us a better country.
Dear Representative Barrow,
I wish you the best in this election. However should you not be re-elected do not despair. There are far greener pastures than the deep south to live and work in. Pastures where persons of all colors and creeds are respected. I am a graduate of Georgia State University. Unfortunately I lived in Georgia long enough to see my friends of color treated in a horrid fashion and women even worse. I took my diploma and moved 2,000 miles away from the hatred and bigotry that is the deep south. I have been a working / contributing tax paying citizen outside of Georgia for over 10 years. My neighbors know both my husband and myself by our first names as we are often the first to offer help in times of need. Please know that you do not have to remain in a community that only raises itself up by standing on the necks of those other than white males. The world is your oyster and you are welcome to join the rest of us in a far more pleasant community.
Another true statement – TANF, housing assistance (over 50% goes to those getting SS), and anything else you could consider welfare is a TINY part of the budget. The welfare provided to corporations, particularly ones who count on the government to buy more equipment from them) take up a HUGE portion. Defense takes up 25% but 25% is also used to pay interest on debt taken out to fund the government, so probably another 25% of that is also for defense. Mind boggling.
Obama is in real trouble up here too. He's a muslim, I am not. And I am not suicidal. I am not crazy about Romney but I'll vote for him.
May I ask why ? Sorry I just realized you are from south, nevermind.
That's absurd, and anyone who reads multiple sources of news knows it. In fact, by treating both parties as equally at fault for things, much of the media helps the Republicans. When a Democrat and a Republican disagree, much of the media simply calls it even, no matter what the facts are. But when you dig into those fact checks, you start to realize that much of the Republican base lives in an alternate-reality universe where facts simply don't apply. Things I hear Republicans say:
"Climate change is a hoax"
"Obama is a Muslim"
"Women who are raped won't get pregnant"
"Iraq attacked us on 9/11"
"The economic collapse happened under Obama"
"Gay people choose to be gay"
Like I said, alternate-reality universe
"We're not going to let our campaign be run by fact-checkers."
Why won't Mitt answer questions from the press? Plausible deniability!
The South is holding us down.
Dumb as a box of rocks.
Rick Perry dumb.
Sorry, while not obviously bright, Rick Perry, is not the standard bearer for dumb. That dubious honor belongs to:
Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN), who said that rape pregnancies are 'a gift from God,' and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), who said women couldn't get pregnant from 'legitimate rape' because during a rape, a woman's body has a way of 'shutting that whole thing down.'
That's weird. I thought obama was from Illinois? That's not southern is it?
He's from Hawaii but lives in Illinois and no, that's not south.
You don't know where Illinois is? Please. Don't vote.
nah, the Sarf is where it's at. if you don't like it move back to Leeds!
Try saying something intelligent and I might respond to it.
Ok let me say it slowly – SOUTH IS HOLDING US DOWN.
Totally unfair to rocks
Frankly there are dumb, racist people everywhere.
It's not a north/south thing. It's an intelligent vs dumb thing.
It sure was fun tonight coming over to the heart of the liberal media complex for a discussion, but I've got a bible study and gun cleaning meeting to attend. See you next week!
You need a meeting to clean your guns? Is that what you plutocrats call supervising your servants?
HoooWhee! I love them 25 cent words.
1964 Civil Rights Act is not the reason the Democrats have lost the south. It's because the democratic party has created the welfare state, slandered, lied and played the race card to a large black minority group ignorant of the facts that have contributed the destruction of the Black family unit. The GOP has been vilified, business owners and the affluent have been vilified and this has been accelerated under the poor leadership of President Obama who has pandered and slandered his way through out this campaign. Blacks have suffered because of the democrats. The record is clear and indisputable.
Sorry, this staement was too cogent for the demographic you are trying to reach.
True, but only for those who care to look.
You're delusional, Duke,
This article is about you and your ideology. It is Republican "leadership" that broke our nation, from Nixon to Reagan, to the worst of all, George W. Bush, the klown prince.
The TeaParty is over. I hope they destroy the Republican Party with it.
The wealthy have been vilified because we're living in a country that has income inequality levels that would (are) considered a joke in any similarly industrialized country and you don't even know you're getting hosed. You don't even know that household income has been stagnant for thirty years. You don't even know that the highest quintile of income earners have taken a larger and larger piece of the pie and as a result yours has been getting smaller. You don't even know that a person like me that admittedly has an income higher than 90% of Americans pays more in taxes than Mitt Romney who has an income higher than 99% of Americans.
So, knowing all that, would you vote for a party whose plan is to widen that gap?
They have stated their political "goal" over and over for the last 4 years....... The only plan they have is to get Obama out at all costs. They have no other real plans...well except making sure the wealthy don't lose any of those loop holes they've bribed so many......er ah, I mean worked so hard to create.... Don't get me wrong... I think one party is just as bad as the other but at least the dem's will smile at you and maybe give you a reach around while they're screwing you. The repub's just screw us and then blame all the country's problems on the taxpayers (the real one's, not the tax dodgers like Rob-me or Pelosi). The party game is just a game. Both are completely corrupt. The puppet masters never change, only the puppets do.... Our so called "government" is a joke. This is not the United States of America anymore. Welcome to the United Corporations of the Military Complex.....
Duke–the South takes in more Fed money than any other area. Rep policy means we sink deeper into poverty. I live in the Amarillo Tx. area, as Republican as one can get, they hate the Fed spending and would vote for Stalin if he ran as a Rep. Right now unemployment is around 4.5. The reason–FED Money. They just hate high gasoline prices as they go to work each morning in the oil fields because 100 bucks a barrel puts lots to work, or along I-40 producing lots of jobs associated with travel and trucking (midway across the country), or they go dismantle nuke weapons, or put together Bell V-22 or refit Blackhawks. They turn red when you mention green energy –yet we have aleast 1000 wind turbins producing electricty and jobs. They hate welfare as they to the bank to deposit the CRP checks and price support payments, or collect crop insurance. Cattle feeders cuss the government about the poor and collect about 200 million a year off school lunches. They hate the Mexican illegals each day they hire them and scream when they have an ICE raid. We rank 35 in Fed money spent in a Congressional Dist. and want it stopped. Stupid people .
Fair enough, I agree about big government on both sides of the isle, I'm a conservative that wants this spending to stop. Both parties are to blame. I supported Ron Paul who is guy advocating fiscal responsibility. Obama thinks interfering in the free market is ok, along with income redistribution. I'm voting for the lesser of two evils.
Duke, you nailed it right on the head. Well said. It's about principles not color.
The Republican white guys are racist. The Democratic black guys are not.
white democrat? really? a story about his politcal stance being tied to his race? I really don't get why his race is important.
Because liberals despise Dr. King's vision that we judge folks by their character, instead of by the color of their skin.
Liberals will never willingly abandon their demagoguery, which requirs that everything be viewed thru the prism of race
That's the type of well-reasoned comment we've learned to expect from today's conservatives.
That all depends on your perspective. It certainly seems very conservative to me - but then, I'm a democratic socialist.
Sorry to hear that. Hope you find a cure. How about reading up on what it means to be conservative. It may help you.
look, what you Dems don't understand is capitalism is Darwinism: sink or swim. we Republicans make most of the money and you Dems want to live off our taxes. well the party's about to come to an end. I don't honor any social contract – the USA is a land of opportunity and if you fail – TOUGH LUCK! don't ask me for a dime of my hard earned money, get it?
You're clearly a product of crappy Southern schools. The North send more to Washington in taxes than it gets back. The South, on the other hand, gets more back from Washington than they send. But don't worry. I'm all for cutting you freeloaders loose.
that's a bit harsh. I'm a Republican and I believe assistance should be up to the states not the Federal govt. better still, let counties and cities take care of their poor. but NO MORE TAXES, we have mortgages on our (expensive) homes too.
Obama has been lousy, the economy has been lousy – I had to give up 2 of my houses and a luxury yacht all because this president couldn't get it together.
that's nuttin', I had to move away from the golf course and give up the Country Club!
I'm having one of my houses moved to China where they respect capitalism and the other one I'm moving to the Caymans where they help you hide your money.
What the liberals don't want to admit or even try to understand is that their well intentions have contributed greatly to the plight of the black family unit. The welfare state is the single biggest factor for inequality and poor education. Why? Because the welfare state has created dependency which has created a disinterest in hard work and education. Why buy a fishing pole and learn to fish when the fish is brought to your door? See liberals may mean well, it's just that their policies for the last 60 years have failed the black community and failed the nation.
Let's see, the Dems have ruined black families in the past 60 years through welfare and govt handouts. I was in the South (SC, VA) in the early 60's for a while and I didn't see the wealthy black families who were subsequently destroyed by welfare. I saw desperately poor blacks in 'separate but equal schools', relegated to menial jobs, subject to random (mis-)treatment and even physical attacks by whites (and the ever-present KKK), living in substandard housing and migrating to the North as the only hope of ever being treated fairly, getting decent work and getting ahead. What part of this do Southerners deny and what part of this do they not wish to go back to??
I do not want any of your crappy money or anything you have.
You have no idea what social Darwinism is.
Read a few books and get back to us.
On second thought, don't bother.
Anyone who does understand just what social Darwinism is understands it is a flawed ideology.
Start with Herbert Spencer. then read about the false ideas of Francis Galton.
Social Darwinism led to the Third Reich.
Social Darwinism is is the backbone of the Teapublican Party
Barrow made the same mistake as other moderate Democrats in moving left to support Pelosi and Obama's agenda. Many of us really like Barrow personally but his support for a liberal agenda has killed him. This is not a racial issue but one of policies that a majority cannot support.
I am amazed that the republicans are so delusional that they think only democrats receive food stamps, welfare and medicaid. As an older white male from Tennessee I can tell you that I know people in GA. whose sole income is social security, that religiously vote for the party that PROMISES to cut these programs and give more tax cuts to the rich to stash in their tax havens.
Republicans don't think that and they aren't trying to cut your social security. You give the democrats one more term and you won't have any of the things you mentioned. The democrats are running out of other people's money.
Want to know why the Government doesn't have enough money and the economy is where it is? It's because the Republicans have been running against America for 30 years.
You're right. They're not trying to cut HIS social security. They're going to cut MINE. I'm 40 years away from 67 and the Republican intent is to make MY generation pay for the current generation's fiscal screwups. They can talk all they like about a moral obligation to younger generations and doing it "for the kids" but when a staple of your plan also includes not making any changes for any current/near retirees then you're kicking the can down the road and pinning it on young people.
It's not that I really care as I've assumed that it wouldn't be there for me but it's a load of crap to invoke "the children" while outlining policy that sticks it to the children. It doesn't reflect well on the older generations when that sort of stuff resonates with them and yet they don't have the attention span to notice the part about reducing benefits for future retirees aka their children.
And Mitt's solution is to cut taxes on the rich.
Excuse me but SS is not welfare. Those people paid into SS all their working lives. You make no sense.
Who created the welfare state?
Why is Romney not required to give a speech on race, as Obama had to do in 2008. It seems like a double standard, I think he should have to before Tuesday, November 6, 2012. What is he scared of?
You might want to get used to saying President Romney.
Obama did not have to make a speceh. He was just pandering as usual.
The biggest pandering and slandering president in the history of the Republic.
A proud New Yorker here- all you have to know about the deep south is this: when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865 every presidential election after went solidly Democratic in the deep south and stayed that way until Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, signed the Civil Rights Act in 1965. Every presidential election thereafter has gone republican in the deep south. Draw your own conclusions.
Sorry Edward but that was 1862.
Wojcik is EXACTLY right. All of the noisy rednecks and Obama bashers should contemplate the REASON for the south turning "conservative" in the 60s...it was what was later to be known as Regan's "southern strategy", i.e., cater to uneducated, black-hating, nose picking old white boys...the south is thick with them.
Revelation: The great reveal...all that was hidden is coming to light.
Note: A group of senators is stronger than the president...so, if southern whites want to blame someone for "poor performance", they need to talk to congress and ask why it worked day and night to halt progress. Maybe we should measuring their racial girth.
Not sure I can follow your point. The Dems control the senate.
Hey Southern states, over the last 30 years, our nations "job creators" just like Romney have turned their backs on American workers, and created an entire middle class in China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brazil. Those jobs used to be yours. But you go ahead, vote for Romney.
Why is it that blue states have higher unemployment than red states and yet you still tout liberal economic policy?
Why is it that the blue states pay the bulk of taxes and the red states accept the bulk of federal payouts?
Do you have any idea how the global economy works? Any idea on free global trade?
If he loses, the racist Republicans control the South again. Beware Blacks, Republicans will trash you again.
Sam is an excellent example of what the democrats have become.
It's too easy for dems to blame someone else and ignore history.
This democrat is not the only loser fighting for re-election, obammy is on his way out too!!
Ya we'll c about tht...Mitt the Twit isnt even competing in his home state.....where he apparently was the best govenor that they ever had!!! He will be unemployed from tuesday SINCE 2006 ...
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA – CNN, an extension of Obama's re-election campaign, has now been pumping this BS story on the front of their page for how many days now? 2, 3, 4?????? You cannot be serious with this garbage. I remember when CNN was a real new organization. And I'm a democrat.
They have to compete with msnbc.
Some Democrats are traitors, Look at the LIES Romney runs on. ALL LIES. and the uneducated vote for him.
Democrats are the party of the people, all races, colors, religions and nationalities.
We cannot keep sweeping racism under the table. With that being said we are all American's first.
I have lived in the South for 12 years now. Racism is prevalent. And way too many of the politicians are only out for themselves. And when someone states there are more whites on welfare than blacks, that's racism. I stand in line behind all of them at the grocery store. I also know those that can't get a dime because they make "too much money" and so depend on the churches here to help feed their children -both white and black. So far, Barrow hasn't misled the people. He deserves the position he has – and I'm in the district he covers, even before the "redistricting." What's unfortunate is I'm a registered Republican and can't find a candidate that isn't so far over the line I can vote for one. And there are not second class citizens, only what they make of themselves – and that's where racism comes in here – on BOTH side.
I could hear the in-breading and the banjos strumming while reading this article. I have lived in the Deep South and found it the least stimulating and most suffocating culture in the world and I have lived in Russia and parts of the middle east with my husband who works in energy. If the Deep South broke off into a separate country, it would rival Afghanistan as one of the most oppressive countries on the planet. The difference is one is flagrant in the oppression and the other one is subtle and hides behind southern charm and hospitality which is really false, insincere and judging. yuck.
Where do you live now? Just curious.
We are in London now
Yes, I agree.
Maybe you should upgrade and move to Afghanistan!
Just the sort of vapid response expected. Let me guess – you are a Republican and you have never traveled outside the US or if you have it has been to the Carribean or a Mexican resort as part of Club Med or other all inclusive situation. You don't speak any language besides English and you never question the government unless a Democrat is president. You watch Fox news almost exclusively.
What bothers me is the absence of conservative black in the deep south. There are a few, but they play to white districts. Have the black districts driven out all sense of conservatism, or have they become so dependent on a nanny state Washington handouts, that they fear the election of a Conservative black to represent them?
I'd propose some real soul search by the Republican party to start running conservative blacks in minority dominated districts and break the taken for granted stranglehold "democrats" hold over their servants.
Good comment, but it will be a tough sell. A big problem for the black community is their "leaders" are all card-carrying democrats that depend on manufacturing racism to keep their base in-line. Where would Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson be without the crutch of racism.
I'm confused? Steve Cohen is Democrat adnd is a congressman from the 9th congressional district in Memphis, TN. The last I checked, Memphis is still the deep south and Cohen is not Latio or African American.
It appears to me the people on the east coast that were effected by Sandy are suffering from Lack of TV. Plain and simple. We need to get Sony & a few other companies to supply a big screen TV so that no one has to walk over 2 blocks to see one. Then we need to create Bar's on every block, Massage Parlors, Casino. Pass out Tablets after setting up HOT spots. Then have Lazy Boy ship in a Recliner for every address along with a couch. Get GM to pass out new cars along with all other mfg until everyone has a car. Baby Cribs get Free express delivery.
In the mean time have a nice assaulter house whip up steaks, baked potatoes, french bread, butter beans, and a few hundred pounds of Boneless Short Ribs. Truck loads of Paper towels. 5 truck loads of solar powered heaters. Most important would be the 2.7 million Baskin Robins Banana Royals.
Sorry, no solar heaters. Solyndra went bankrupt. Maybe we could use wind mill powered heaters instead. Not bankrupt yet.
Its about apathy not hate. Would you fire a pathetic employee based on performance or color?
The South's nostalgia for the days when children behaved, women swooned and people of color served silently are dead as Stonewall Jackson. I realize you think the Republicans represent you but they are merely pandering to you as their last best chance to cling to power. The Democrats are not much better but at the very least they represent the America we are and wish to be instead of the America that is dead and gone. I'm sorry the real world scares the South so much but women, people of color, gays and atheists are here and are as American as you are. Get over it.
If you dream of a country where everyone is living off the govt and some magical group of "rich people" you are democrat.
Such an ignorant remark Susie. I'm a Democrat and take nothing from the government other than tax credits like the mortgage interest credit, and if you are well off enough to have a mortgage (which proves that Darwinism is dead in America), then you take it too.
Do you really think the democrats can solve the problems of this country based on their past performance? Why do you think trying the same solution will get different results?
Don't even bother asking. These yoyos actually believe this president has saved the world from disaster. Unbelievable!!!!!!
"Days when children behaved..."
Didn't know this was a bad thing in liberal circles....
Close the lights, pack up the tent and move north, you're no longer welcome in the south. As it is, I tend to pitch my e-commerce to nothern "blue" states.. The battle lines are already drawn, might as well be on the correct side when hostilities break out..It's getting more difficult to do, but I try to give as little of my money to the REDS as possible..
Then you like me should be pushing to repeal the 16th Amendment and replace it in it's entirety with a corporate revenue tax based on the percentage of revenue derived from imported goods and services as opposed to their total revenue from ALL sources.
If a domestic company generates all of its revenue from US made goods and labor they should be tax exempt as well as their employees.
If a company makes half of its revenue from imports then their tax rate should be set at 50% of their revenue.
Corporations will find a level of comfort by reducing imported goods and outsourced labor, and replace it with US made goods and local labor.
Why is it that whenever they put a black congresswoman on TV she sounds really scary and undeducated?
Kind of like our president!
A gold star for you.
Especially when he is unable to use his teleprompter.
Especially when he is unable to use his teleprompter
YA we saw how he whipped ur golden underwear MITT the TWIT in the 2nd and 3rd debates...he didnt need a telepromptor then!!
The most racist people I know are black.
That's funny are you reading the comments from your own party?
This is from Texas–the south is as racist or more than this story can even hint at. The N word has never gone away, blackies still used, some call Obama the banana eater. But, people here have bumper sticker that say "God, guns, and the Bible" and a county judge getting ready to lead an insurection. People here as just plain stupid no other way to state it. And Texans know we are smarter than the rest of the South–so figure that.
The majority (whites) that elected Obama are racist until Obama wins again. Until then, everyone is a racist. That is all. CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, ETC...
Worse is if he loses. There will be riots, lawsuits and such. No one can believe the second coming of christ would ever lose!!!!!
Love your comment: very imaginative, well phrased and above all truthfull.
It's time to acknowledge that the Civil War was a huge mistake. We should split the country and let the South go its own way. The South is and always has been an albatross around the North's neck. Since they seem to be so enamored of Third World status, let them have it. Meanwhile we in the North can chart a more enlightened future.
LOL I think we know who the real albatross is and it isnt the South or fly over country. It is the Northeast and California.
Something tells me you know much more about snake handling than albatrosses.
Have you lived anywhere else? I have, and you are so unenlightened.
Kinda be a short future with all the debt all those big blue states are under. LOL. Please leave the union.
That's because we've been subsidizing Southern freeloaders all these years. If you don't believe me, just go check who gets more from Washington than they send in taxes. Here's a hint: it isn't the North.
Except Republican states receive the most welfare, fact!
I don't know whats worse, this article or the one from the other day where CNN pretty much said you're racist if you're white and don't vote for Obama.
"where CNN pretty much said you're racist"
You have a reading comprehension problem.
It's implied. But you wouldn't understand that. You cannot think for yourself. It might be in the envelope with your food stamp check. Check it out.
"The gospel acording to Obama" is worthy of another pulitzer I opine..
But that is the american way. Hippie liberals paying for all the less fortunates with everyone elses money.
Let me ask the esteemed Conservatives in the audience, something that they have not answered in all the years I have been posting this:
WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR A PARTY THAT HATES ME?
In addition to the obvious group, I am asking the question on behalf of Jews, Blacks, Asians, Gays and single women.
They don't hate you. They are offering you a chance. The liberals are offering you a handout. Which one you pick speaks volumes about you.
You think you are hated because you are told that by the puppet masters in the democratic party. They use you as pawns to get reelected. When are you going to think for yourself and not be beholden to the puppet masters? Instead of being one of the sheeple in the herd.
" The liberals are offering you a handout. "
You just insulted 52 million Hispanics and then you wonder why your party is on its way to extinction.
-Ramon F Herrera
Proud Member of the US Chamber of Commerce (regular and Hispanic)
So quit calling me commie, will ya'?
100% Supporter of the position on immigration being
lobbied and led by The US Chamber of Commerce
And how did I insult them by saying the liberals are offering a handout? Look at the last four years and tell me things have gotten better. Don't cry about the situation Obama inherited. He said he would straighten it out and he failed. But you want to give him another four years. Sounds like you aren't capable of taking care of yourself or your family. Go play your race card somewhere else.
"They use you as pawns to get reelected. When are you going to think for yourself"
Unlike you I speak for myself. I was talking directly to you not the whole hispanic community. I would hope most of them could think for themselves and don't need a mouth piece to defend them.
I'm Hispanic too so don't pull that racist cr p. that is how you have been manipulated your entire life.
I vote republican because I got off the democratic porch years ago and started thinking for myself.
First you have to prove that conservatives hate you. We do not. If you believe what the left wing media tells you, that's your fault.
I am Hispanic like you that I assume because of your name. I've been a Republican for years and I've never felt hated. Democrats just do the talks but that's all. Can you just mentioned any accomplishments that had benefitted the Hispanic community or Latino if you so prefer?
If you want to consider immigration, as an example, you will notice that President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and President George W. Bush in 2006, both Republicans, did something regarding this matter. The former passed a sweeping immiigration law and the latter proposed another one that did not make it to a vote in the Senate thanks to Senator Reid, a Democrat.
Democrats consider the vote of the Latino community as a given. Don't you think it iis time to find different alternatives?
I make $94,000 a year and am a Democrat. Just saying...
there is a lot of hatred surrounding the election and it's a real turn-off.
I hope people vote for the future and not the past.
Give up for OHIO!!!
Race and bigotry are the two main attributes of the South and nothing will change that. And America may well pay the price for it.
We are paying the price. We voted in a black man with the white guilt vote and are in the toilet now!
It's time to cut the South loose. There is simply no way you can bring these backward hicks into the 21st century. Let them have their crappy schools, STDs, guns, huge military, poverty, teen pregnancies, and snake handling religion. We in the North will have a brighter, more enlightened future without them.
Aurelius: You might spread your manure with someone that has never been to your home state. I have been in 49 of the 50 states many many times so unless you live in Hawaii I'v been in your home state. And I'v encountered racial hatred in every state so clean up the bigotry in your own yard before you start pointing your finger.
It doesn't matter if the Southern whites all vote GOP, the Latino vote will make republicans extinct in the next 10 years anyways. Reap what you sow.
And then we will become another 3rd world counrty. Just look south of the border and you will see the future.
Of course, the GOP as a white only party is not sustainable in the long run. They have to transform their party and get rid of the selfishness, greed, misogyny, racism, and hate if they are going to be successful in coming elections. This year Obama will be reelected and the senate stays in the democrats' hands.
And the country will continue it's path to destruction!!!
Republicans have GOT to recruit more rich minorities, or they will be a permanent POLITICAL minority in a few deacdes. Marco Rubio, Allen West, Nikki Haley, and Bobby Jindal are good starts, but there are many more rich minorities who should be recruited.
Oh i see , Its only racist if whites vote for whites. Must i remind you that 90% of blacks vote on a color alone. Compared to 80% of whites voting for whites. So who's racist? A white majority voted for a black president so don't start with this racism crap again. Whites folks will vote for black republicans in the south. Ive seen it time and time again. So this racist crap is nothing but a sham trying to make white folks feel bad for slavery and vote for obama. Is it racist if black people dont vote for romney? stupid cnn people....
Don't know why you are all complaining. You currrently have a white democrat as your president.
It is a no brainer:
A KKK or Nazi or hard core racist would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever get anywhere nearby the Democratic Party (party of Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Gays)
Even if they did, the Democratic Party (party of Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Gays) would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever accept them.
It is real simple.
You're absolutely right bro!!! Wait except for Al Gore's dad who was member of the Klan.....oh, and Robert Byrd another member of the Klan....and Lyndon Johnson.....never mind, let's just go listen to some Katy Perry and forget about that history stuff.
What your comment overlooks is that the Democrats as a party moved forward and rejected the racism of the past while it still lingers in the Republican Party and the Tea Party. Nobody can change the past, but everyone can influence the future. Are the Democrats perfect? No, but they have moved toward inclusion. Are the Republicans all bad? No, but they are currently being steered by a radically regressive faction. I started out my voting life as a Republican but have ended up a left-leaning independent. As far as I am concerned, both major parties have become self-absorbed and have lost their way. I used to vote mixed tickets, but I no longer find any Republican candidates that are not total mediocrities or not so far to the right that they seem incapable of representing anyone beyond a narrow band of radical conservatives once in office. They have lost a wider and more inclusive vision of this country. Unfortunately, this leaves me having to vote for the least offensive Democrats when I cannot find a free thinking independent of third party candidate.
Blowing Smoke up in the air only creates toxic fumes, CO2 gases and excuses or Blame. It also creates Hatred. Something your party likes obviously.
Is this just a racial thing? Or are people really tired of the Democratic party? The Democratic party's goal is to keep all Americans equally impoverished except for the Party's "elite". The Democratic party is nothing more than a front for the Socialist/Communist/Marxist elements in our society.. Any American who supports the current Democratic party is cutting his/her own throat.
Hey, Mr. Hater: You just corroborated the nationwide known "Herrera Maxim":
Hatred Fries Neurons
The democratic party wants the same thing for the U.S. that Lenin and Marx wanted for Russia. But Obama thinks he can achieve this while in the white house if he can get enough minorities and illegals on food stamps and avoid a revolution.
Oh grow up. The majority of Democrats are no more marxist or communist than the majority of Republicans are fascists. One would have hoped the right would have realized how lame and stupid they sound when they call everyone with whom they disagree a communist or a marxist after this nation rejected McCarthyism. The blowhard hyperbole slingers of both parties would do themselves a big favor if they gave up the silly name calling and replaced it with well-reasoned civil discussions focusing on the policies with which they disagree and advocating the policies they feel are better. As an independent, I find the playground tactics of name calling and mudslinging tiresome and alienating. At this point, the sooner both major parties fold the better for our country.
Cut off the water and power derived from non-California sources would "really teach" the west coast a lesson.
I wish society's obsession with what color a person is.
They could be blue or green, I don't care. If I agree with their policies, I will vote for them. Color and Party are not a concern.
First off, loved your post. Second, I'm not sure how women are a minority since they are a majority of the population. Ii know they're a minority in power in terms of number of governors, presidents, senators, etc. But, it's not like all men vote against women's interests all the time and only a female can represent a woman's issues. Third, I LOVE how you list all the different race margins voting for Obama and give their percents and then list; gays (unknown margin) LOL
CNN..Keep race baiting!!!
Last white dude from a region. Makes it sound like he's the Last Mohican or something. LOL Way to go CNN on the over dramatization! LOL
"Way to go CNN on the over dramatization!"
That is a objective FACT. You are the one dramatizing it.
That's a fact but it's still not a big deal
Also, why the hatred by capitalizing the word fact like you are yelling?
The hatred and racism is almost exclusively on the Conservative side.
"without throwing race relations into the mix."
Your description is either candid or racist. It is our COLLECTIVE DUTY to "throw race relations into the mix." That's is an issue that has never died, since 1776.
Ramon, the GOP doesn't hate you. Are there individuals that are racist in the GOP? Sure, but if you think racism is the sole purview of conservatives, you are mistaken – the dems have their fair share of haters too, people that judge you based on your race and/or party affiliation (I suspect YOU would judge me solely on my party affiliation and race, but we've never met, so I'll withhold judgment...). Most of what you consider the 'radical right' have long since moved on to Lyndon Larouch, John Birch Society, and other nutty fringe groups. FYI, yes, I did vote for Romney already, but if it makes you feel better, I also voted for Mia Love for Congress!!! heh heh heh! (yes, I live in Utah).
Vote a Black Democrat out of office, you're a racist. Vote a White Democrat out of office, you're a racist. Vote the last Black Republican (J.C. Watts) out of the ENTIRE House of Representatives, you're a patriot???
Funny how you CNN propagandists only see racism where you want to.
48 Freaking Million on Foodstamps......Thanks Barry
"Barry" is code word for "Black".
You would like to think so.
Sad times in America. Stop the Racism.
Everything you say is a code word for your own brand of racism.
48 Million less Americans that wont starve to death.
"Everything you say is a code word for your own brand of racism."
Every business and every church in America are on my side (on immigration). Therefore hatred is on YOUR (conservative) side.
I love how CNN always post these racially bias, apocalyptic, political stories. It’s good of them to show their PC stripes and that they’re not journalists. They’re sensationalists that will stop at nothing to create headlines.
It looks like that other warmongering pathological liar from Texas (LBJ)'s prophecy has come true!
The problem is that this guy votes with the radicals like Pelosi and supports other Socialist programs. He has nothing in common with main street America that is basically Conservative and nothing to do with rural America that is very Conservative.
Brianwashed relgious nuts in the south are preventing progress for the rest of the country. morons
Please expand on this comment. What progress is being blocked?
The US is the ONLY developed country that was not doing stem cell research. Thank Bible Thumpers for such dubious honor!
Not all of us Southerners vote for the brainwashed! I wasn't going to vote because I know my vote won't swing the state of Alabama towards the blue, but I've decided not to let Romney win the popular vote. If all the actual Obama supporters would actually get out and vote, we could change the color of the southern states. Unfortunatly some of these brain washed idiots will also drag us down a dirt road with their big trucks so blacks and whites alike won't speak up!! Maybe we should switch places and drag them for voting republican?!?!
Brain fried northern pagan doper liberals are ruining the country for everyone else. Only perverts are on the democratic ballots.
I believe the data you used is 5 years old. I don't think California is helping much anymore and probably will not in the future.
Wishful thinking on your part, Tom. The most recent date was from 2010, and the top 8 states with the biggest discrepancy between federal tax dollars sent out vs. federal money received are all blue states. The biggest pigs (most federal money received vs. least federal tax dollars sent) are predominantly red states.
Bill – I can't reply directly to your comment, so I'm replying to mine, hoping you will see it. I looked again and thought I'd found newer data, but it turned out it was a newer article using the same 2007 data. What are you using?
And the tragicomedy of it all is that conservatives have already started criticizing democrats as catering to blacks. Now they're about to cast out the last white one, and you can bet that they'll start crowing, "See? They're all black! Whu'd we tell ya?"
The Republican Party...come for the misogyny, stay for the racism.
Democratic Party: Come for the slavery, stay for the government handouts!
Racism and hatred are on YOUR (conservative) side, Jeremy. At least have some balls and OWN to it.
I cannot understand how folks in the Bible Belt can square their support of the GOP with the teachings of Jesus. I was born and raised in S.C. and after serving 24 years in the military settled in the Philadelphis area, What I learned about Jesus from my childhood Christan valves are much easier to square with the Democratic platform.
I was also raised in the south, and I can't understand their repub views. They have low paying jobs, no job protection( see right to work states) and little personal power unless they are wealthy. The only reason I can see when I go home is they are still very racist.
GOP problem: "Their voters are white, aging and dying off." " The country is growing browner and repubs relying on the white vote to win elections is not a sustainable strategy."
who really cares?
people are going to like who they want to and dislike who they want to.
most just hide their real feelings to be politically correct
me i call an ace an ace and a spade a spade!
deal with it!
You sound as if you actually believe you just said something with all that.
Why is it about color? Give me someone with strong leadership who wants to do the right thing for America, not the political party. Give me that and I'll vote for them every time. Leadership and character. Two vitals that are missing from politics at all levels, but especially the federal leve.
Stand your ground Mr BORROW GO DOWN FIGHTING.
Nice going CNN. You just have to keep the race card in play don't you?? Next time there is a racial crime, I hope you don't write an article abour racisem in America and what a bad thing it is. It's articles like this that keep race front and center.
Anything for hype and sensationalism, right??
Race should continue to be brought up so long as it's an issue. The US didn't all of a sudden become paradise after the 1960's. Racism is still prevalent in this country. Anyone who denies that there is racism here is ignorant of the world around them.
I'm sure the inevitable rioting that will occur Wednesday will do wonders for race relations.
Omar, you are correct. The problem is that many 'minorities' don't/won't/can't see their own racism. Many of them feel as if something is owed to them; which it isn't. That is the main problem. People (of all colors) are tired of making excuses for those who won't take care of themselves.
I agree, every time someone mentions race, someone wants to talk about the race card. History is history and we are all are going to have to live with decisions made. We should not forget it. If we do, its bound to happen again.
Who is in-sighting riots, not black folks.
This story reminds me why we should do away with labels entirely. A politician is a politician. They should be voted in by virtue of their thoughts on issues, not if they have a D or an R next to their name. If we continue to fall into this trap, we open ourselves to major espionage problems.
Other than having the highest level of obesity, teen pregnancy, the highest level of poverty and containing 4 of the top ten dumbest states in America what else do these states have in common? They are all controlled by republicans or vote republicans.
1. Mississippi , Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas , South Carolina ,Kentucky and Texas
Wake up Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, you will never get out of the bottom unless you remove that Republican choke hold on your state governments.
It is really too bad that because of racism that people abandoned the beliefs in Christian Charity.
When the last white congressman from the South is gone then the hope for the future will go with him.
I live in Texas where most of us do okay but the lions share of the jobs created in the last four years have been minimum wages jobs and there is no social services for the poor here.
You are blaming the wrong demon
And you think you are smart because...............
Bill, I believe you misunderstood whitman30's comment. Do not believe he was arguing against a cap on welfare, rather people who vote based on color. please reread
what did obama mean when he told his voters to , VOTE FOR REVENGE at his rally yesterday? Revenge for what? slavery? that would be my guess ,what else could he mean? does anyone know what he meant? revenge against the rich ? revenge against what?
Are you for real? Revenge against slavery? Really. Why don't you go mow the grass.
you seem to know, pleas tell me , revenge for what ? What was he talking about? his preacher says god damn america, what was he talking about ? so what was obama talking about?
How is jerrymandering even allowed? How is THAT democracy?
It is allowed, because States have the right to align districts. If you get the chance, look at a map of the Democratic hot spots in the state of Utah. Then look at the new congressional district lines. They split Jim Matheson's district into four separate ones. What is the reason for this? The Republicans in this state hate the fact that they do not have 100 percent control.
I'm sadden that we still bring race into anything, seriously, we are all human beings.
Mitt Romney Is a very poor choice for president. Obama four more years.
The deep South will prevail. Thanks to their attachment to the soil, their racism, their bigotry and their deep intellect.
One time while vacationing in the Middle East I saw a muslim by the side of the road with his arm all the way up a camel's butt. "Car trouble?" I asked.
People like you are the reason why I no longer align with the Republican Party.
It is sad that in 2012 you are still a second class citizen if you are not a white male.
This is not a true statement. This is propaganda that white males want the world to believe. Haven't you noiticed that little by little the world is turning brown. :-)
Deep South. Sounds scary. Ohhhhhhhh
I never read stories concerning race.
Tell me again how the GOP is the party of Lincoln.
The GOP is a complete reverse of what it once was. Lincoln is probably spinning in his grave every time someone associates him with it.
GOP the party of Lincoln? This GOP isn't even close to the party of Eisenhower or even Reagan!
Lincoln was a good liberal in his days. Now the thought of liberals make the GOP feel like puking.
It was the Southern Democratic Party that fought to stop the Civil Rights Act...not the Republicans. Not all Democrats were segregists but all segregists were democrats. Liberals tend to forget that important piece of history.
The racists just switched parties, what's you point...
You forget the bit of history where the GOP was essentially a democratic party back in Lincoln's day. The parties have completely reversed what they once stood for. Now back to 2012.
My response was for "seriously?" – sorry flashdog
And after signing the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts LBJ said he'd just handed the South to the GOP for the next twenty years. He was wrong; it was more like at least fifty.
I was born and lived in the south for 23 years, graduated from college there, so don't think for a minute that I don't know the place firsthand. The people there aren't inheritly racists, they tend to learn it from earlier generations and peer pressure. The other problem is their blind faith in religion. These people are the first in the church door on Sunday and lynch you in a second if they thought they could get away with it...
Not all white Southern Republican men are racist. But most are.
Not all blacks are criminals but most are. See what I did there? Get back to your loony bin.
I voted last week and was astounded that there were virtually no democrats on the ballot in south georgia, with the exception of Obama/Biden. This was both in state and federal races. in 2010 we at least had a democratic congressman, however with redistricting we couldn't even vote for him. Very sad.
This article is wrong. SC has a white democrat – Joyce Knott. NC has 6 white democrats, TN has 2, FL has 3, and TX has 5... all southern states.
Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina are not considered deep south states. Knott is running but not expected to win.
Last time I looked Florida and Texas are the two southern most reaching states.
Is this so-called Journalist a nut job? I count 18 white democrats in the house of representatives from the southern states. As a southern, I'm proud to point out that many of our democrats are black women. That would be a more interesting story. I can't believe how profoundly WRONG this article is!
She's talking about white Democratic Congressmen, not state legislators. Also, try to be polite.
I was just talking to my husband about this before I read the article- all the democratic candidates where I am (40 miles south of Atlanta) are black. I'm white & I'm voting for them, but it's too bad more white democrats don't run because it's just a fact that a lot of the white people around here simply will not vote for a black candidate. The people across the street from me have a Romney sign as well as the repub senate sign.. they also have a big rebel flag flying from a regulation flagpole and a couch in the front yard. They're on foodstamps, get medicaid and have a half black grandkid and they're voting for Romney.
That hypocrisy isn't just in Georgia...
How do you know they are on Medicaid and foodstamps... Mrs. Kravitz? Aren't you the nosy neighbor. I think you probably lie.
Doesn't matter how she knows; if she does know, then it just reinforces the perception in the rest of the country that we'd be better off if all the states of the so called "Old South" seceded and tried to make it on their own.
There are many white Dems around Atlanta, I know one candidate personally. People around here of all races are just to busy voting against them
That's the thing most people refuse to believe that there are a lot more whites on food stamps and Welfare than blacks, and those checks come from the stat not the federal gov't, plus those states give out more money than the democratic states up north. In the North, there are several states that have capped Welfare from not recving funds to five years. BTW- I was born and raised in Georgia, and there is still racism- a lot of it. People will vote for a lying white man, who openly tells you he isn't a Christian instead of the black guy who has been telling you he is. SMH- don't tell me you are a Christian when you make decisions like this. God and I know differently. Also don't tell me you are a Christian when you refuse to work and live on assistance for years. The only money anyone should get, except for a short period of time, is unemployment, Social Security, and Veteran's compensation. Those are three things someone had to EARN.
Why shouldn't there be a cap on welfare and a 5 year max??? An unlimited welfare system doesn't give anyone a want or need to better themselves. Where do you get off saying that YOU and God know differently? If that is what you truly believe I suggest you stock up on sunscreen before you die. You know nothing, God is the only one that knows.
I worked at Family and Children Services doing public assistance in the state of Georgia until 2007. You could only receive up to 48 months of welfare (now called TANF). There are a lot of misconceptions about how the program works. This is not just free money given away to so-called "welfare queens" with no strings attached. The maximum amount you could receive each money depended on your income and the number of children you had. I believe the max you could receive for a 3 person household was $248/month. The money was usually given to single mothers and the women were required to be working at least part-time or you had to be in some sort of educational training. The office I worked in actually had very few families that qualified for TANF compared to the number of families that qualified for food stamps and/or Medicaid. There were just as many requirements to receive food stamps, but the income limits are higher than for TANF.
So many people look down on government assistance, but it is not the assistance that is the problem. We just need to streamline the process to get people qualified (rather than waiting for sometimes months to get an appointment), network between different organizations offering different services, and figure out a better way to monitor the system for fraud. Let's not forget that government assistance serves as a very important safety net against hunger and poverty for American children. In other words, hate the inefficiency of the system, not the system or the people who must receive benefits. We all know someone who is unfairly living off the government, but I promise you that is not the vast majority of recipients.
Not by percentage.
In gross numbers there are a lot more whites than black so the expectation would be a larger number of whites would get similar benefits.
We really need to understand why a lager percentage of blacks out of the black population are on welfare as compared to the percentage of whites out of the white population are on welfare.
Your statement about flags reminds me of Brigham City, Utah. One crazy Tea Party guy has his "Don't Tread on Me" flag above the United States flag. He claims to be "patriotic", but I don't see how he is.
"Many were dems but switched over to the GOP after the civl-rights era"
Thats right because tehy are all bunch of racists. Even now in 2012. Sickening.
Just to elaborate on my comment at 9:21 p.m.... just looking at democrats. Currently the northern states have TWO blacks serving while the Southern states have 7. During the modern era (1990 – present) the South had 33 black representatives to the North's 18... and you presume to call the south racists?
wrong moron. Southern democrats switched to GOP when democrats went crazy far left. Go look at history if you actually pickup books.
Very simple...Democratic party long ago lost white Southerners & white consrvatives period when they became the party of welfare benefits, un-American values, anti-Christian, anti-white male, illegal immigation supporters, over the top PC monitors of speech, etc. My family are neither black nor Southerners. Americans of Italian descent from Brooklyn who long ago switched their allegaince from the Democratic party that used to represent middle class working values. All Republicans today. This switch has less to do with race – more to do with values. The Democratic Party needs to do some serious re-evaluation of their priorities.
Do tell what's the story with Gay republicans? Or better yet Conservative gay republicans.....I have to hear this answer.
He's giving you the reasons why Southerners don't like Democrats.
And those are the democratic party's good points......
There are plenty of Black Democrat congresspeople here in the Deep South. Does that make us racist? Also, they forgot Allen West.
The black democratic congressmen (which were mentioned) were all elected in heavily majority-black districts, dimwit.
Also, Allen West represents Palm Beach, FL which is hardly "Deep South."
Palm Beach Florida *is* deep south, dingbat, any deeper south than that puts you in Latin America/Caribbean.
Let CNN print as much as they like about this election as choosing a black and a white. It will tell all the whites it is foolish and against their own interest to vote for Obama. Way to go CNN!!! All the whites vote for Romney and 95% of blacks vote for Obama and we will see who gets elected.
Did we read the same article?
These southern business owners go to Europe on vacation,drive fancy cars and drain the life out of the workers who go down to the river for vacation...and make $5 dollars an hour...
Really sad that people with marginal education can be talked into voting against their own best interest and being happy to work three $5 dollar an hour jobs.Thats why the big business owners want less education not more ....If they had decent schools they would realize what "right to work" states really are....It means $5.00 per hour...
Rich, you rally show your lack own lack of education with your comments. If it were not for big business the education system would have collapsed twenty years ago. It is big business that was the first to complain that Americans were not doing the hard serious studies we need to fill the jobs of the future. When local and federal governments failed they stepped in. Today there is hardly a single large university that does not work closely with big business in attempts to fill those job positions.
Also, you need to look up minimum wages and stop labeling entire sections of the population as having a lesser education because they do not think like you do. The fact is there are many who believe that spending more than you make can only end in catastrophe. Yes, there are so many things our citizens need, but you must make the money first before you start spending it, or you will create more problems than you solve over the long run. Neither party has shown the ability to fix that deficit issue, but Obama has a record of increasing our debt far more than any president before him and his future budge plans only increases it more.
As a business owner I have made a concerted effort to vet our employees as to political affiliations. We have increased our production over 25%. Reduced waste and have started to enjoy revenues more in line with labor costs! Conservatives do the job! Liberals are only in the game for a paycheck!
Just don't make too much profits as the Communists and the Socialists say it is a sin to make profits. Obama and the Democrats will take away most of your hard labour and redistribute to the have-not, the welfare recipients, the lazy bumbs, the ones filled with envy. Vote for Obama means vote for Chavez, Castro and the last vestiges of communists. Obama will lead U.S to the same league as Cuba and Venezuela; that is why they support him.
I hate living south of the Mason-Dixon line, even though it's only by 5 miles. I feel dumber for being here. The further you go south, the more you get those religious morons who put faith and magic beans above science and rationale, and the lower the educational level is overall. We should have let the south stay separate and let them basque in their stupidity.
Then by all means, move 5 miles on the other side of the Mason Dixon line.
I've lived in the south all my life, but I have traveled all over the US and Europe and wouldn't live anywhere else.
It is tiring to see the type casting by media groups that are clueless about our culture.
See how libs like to make things into a racial issue...
Well if the South wants to be a one type party then I say so be it , but then since we now live in a world economy , what company coming from a country of color would even bring jobs to that state , we'll just watch those states die on the vine . Then when those states and counties turn into a ghost town then maybe we can get some work done .
I'm confused...is North Carolina no longer part of the South? The home of NASCAR isn't part of the deep South? Plenty of White Democratic Congressmen there. Just seems like they are making a fake headline to get attention.
He must have Jewish blood!!
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