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One way Wisconsin should be more like Mississippi
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A lot of Democrats have been making good use of the Great State of Mississippi in their denunciations of our new governor and his buddies in the legislature.

Peter Rickman, the 2nd Congressional District party chair and a proud union thug, laid out the strategy during a discussion on GOP plans to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

If Democratic leaders do their jobs well, they'll weave a narrative of the WisGOP attempting to turn Wisconsin into a backwater, the Mississippification or Alabamanization of Wisconsin.

DPW Chair Mike Tate has been pushing the message in recent press releases as well:

"Republicans are on a war path to make Wisconsin the Mississippi of the Midwest, taking us backward in education, health care and women's rights with a focus on divisive social issues," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday.

Brett Hulsey has joined the chorus against Mississippi.

Governor-elect Walker, lead us forward by keeping and creating high paying jobs.

Please don't take us backward with low paying jobs and turn us into "Wississippi."

Hulsey then compared Wisconsin's economic situation to that of Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the country.

I agree. There are many cultural and economic aspects of Mississippi that Sconnies would do well to avoid. However, here is one advantage the Sons of the Confederacy have over us:

The states with the lowest percentage of drivers under the influence were Utah (7.4 percent) and Mississippi (8.7 percent).

As you might guess, Wisconsin tops the list once again, at 23.7 percent.

Is there were any way Wisconsin could reduce drunken driving without simultaneously becoming much more religious and much less educated and much poorer?

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