HOT BLAST: The South's normal way of doing business
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Map of federal subsidies by state from Mother Jones magazine.
Map of federal subsidies by state from Mother Jones magazine.
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How's this for a powerful phrase: "a Southern economic model increasingly adopted beyond the South that preserves the wealth and power of an entrenched oligarchy at the expense of workers and ultimately the nation as a whole."

If you care for our region -- and if you understand its past -- then those words surely resonate.

They come from Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies, that details the South's normal way of operation -- in other words, low taxes, an over-reliance on regressive taxes, hostility toward labor, weak workers' rights and dependency on government money to keep the books balanced.

Honk if you've heard that before.

Nevertheless, the Facing South report and other articles the author uses as sources are necessary reads for today's Southerners. It shows exactly why regressive taxes and the South's other business models often are self-fulfilling prophesies. Politically, the GOP-dominated South hates federal involvement in state or local matters and hates federal government spending, yet it does little to break that trend. Southern states and municipalities gladly take D.C. money even as they decry it.

-- Phillip Tutor
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