Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort

There are 3 comments on the www.newyorker.com story from Jan 14, 2013, titled Southern Discomfort. In it, www.newyorker.com reports that:

Is the Southernization of American life coming to an end?

The New Year's Day vote in Congress that brought a temporary truce to the fiscal wars showed the Republicans to be far more divided than the Democrats, and the division broke along regional lines.

House Republicans from the Far West and from the Northeast favored the Senate’s compromise bill by large margins, and Midwesterners were split; but in the South, Republican opposition was overwhelming, 81–12, accounting for more than half of the total Republican “no” votes. In other words, Republicans outside the South have begun to turn pink, following the political tendencies of the country as a whole, but Southern Republicans, who dominate the Party and its congressional leadership, remain deep scarlet.

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jack lewinske

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#1 Jan 14, 2013
Bill wanne hav a drink?;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Southern_Co...

make in SC by Lindsay graham!!;-000
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#2 Jan 14, 2013
Everyday is ACORN day for Mr. Bill.

Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#3 Feb 1, 2013
for all of you "superior" racists in the blue northeast who hate those of the southern "race", the numbers are on our side, and we will laugh last!

“even as the old Confederacy’s political banner fades, its long-term economic prospects shine bright. This derives from factors largely outside the control of Washington: demographic trends, economic growth patterns, state business climates, flows of foreign investment and, finally and most surprisingly, a shift of educated workers and immigrants to an archipelago of fast-growing urban centers.

Perhaps the most persuasive evidence is the strong and persistent inflow of Americans to the South. The South still attracts the most domestic migrants of any U.S. region. Last year, it boasted six of the top eight states in terms of net domestic migration — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Texas and Florida alone gained 250,000 net migrants. The top four losers were deep blue New York, Illinois, New Jersey and California.

…Over time, numbers like these will have consequences politically, as well as culturally and economically. In the next half century, more Americans will be brought up Southern; the drawls may be softer, and social values hopefully less constricted, but the cultural imprint and regional loyalties are likely to persist. Rather than fade way, expect Southern influence instead to grow over time. It is more likely that the culture of the increasingly child-free northern tier and the slow-growth coasts will, to evoke the past, be the ones gone with the wind.”

Joel Kotkin, Forbes

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