CNBC recently released a list of the ten worst states to live in. According to the quality of life category in their annual America’s Top States for Business study, they ranked all 50 states on overall livability based on crime rate, attractions, air quality, health and health care, and legal protections against discrimination.
Nine out of those ten states have Republican governors. But, we are supposed to be impressed that Republicans control more than 30 states. OK, guys, this may be a victory not worth celebrating.
Shall we review the list?
In the heart of tobacco country, more than a quarter of adults are regular smokers – giving them the highest rate in the nation. The state has the nation’s highest rate of cancer deaths and one of the highest rates of cardiovascular deaths.
If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage–because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it–so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then, in fact, pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise. Where do we draw the line?
I don’t know about anyone else, Mr. Bevin, but I would say I draw the line at being a complete, fucking idiot.
9. New Mexico
New Mexico made the list for a high crime rate. Per capita, it has one of the highest violent-crime rates in the country.
Tennesee, as crazy as it sounds, also made the list for a high-crime rate. It is also one of the least healthy states in America.
Mississippi is one of only five states with no law protecting non-disabled people against discrimination. Mississippi also has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, and its population is among the most sedentary.
Mike Pence was Indiana’s governor. Need we say more? The state lacks basic protections against discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity – you know, thanks to Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Violent crime has been rising, in some cases by double digits in Missouri. It also lacks statewide protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, marital status, and gender identity. It is near the bottom for public health funding. It’s just a shit show right now.
Arkansas made the list for high crime and poor healthcare.
Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of premature death in the nation. It also has one of the worst infant mortality rates. Despite that, Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five states for health insurance coverage.
Oklahoma Governor: Mary Fallin. We don’t even know where to begin. She is extremely anti-choice – “pro-life” in her words. For being pro-life, she is very pro-death penalty even after botched lethal injections. She voted “NO” to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual preference.
Louisiana is on the list for being the fattest state in the nation and having a crazy-high crime rate. It has the nation’s highest murder rate.
Lousiana Governor: John Bel Edwards. Edwards is the only Democrat who made the list. He may be Democrat in name, but his record indicates otherwise. He’s very “pro-life” – he does not support abortion in any way. He only supports same-sex marriage because of the Supreme Court ruling. Nothing about him really screams Democrat to us.
Alabama is one of only five states that has no legal protections for the elderly, LGBTQ community or minorities. It also ranks third-highest for premature deaths.
Alabama Governor: Kay Ivey. She’s against the Affordable Care Act, she has an A rating from the NRA, and she endorsed Mitt Romney. Ugh. She is only the governor as of right now because the former governor had to step down amidst extra-marital relations and using his power to cover it up.
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Instead of the Republicans bragging about how many states they are in control of, they need to worry about the quality of lives they are providing for the residents of their states. Maybe with improved protections and healthcare, they would find a lot more to brag about than who voted Trump.