The South Rose Again While The North Napped

Northern elites love to look down their noses and sneer at southerners whom they consider loutish hayseeds who are just plain stupid. But as many in the north have dismissed the south, our states south of Mason and Dixon’s line has risen again right under the north’s very nose. Now, the best quality of life is in the south.

Recently Joel Kotkin noted that much of the economic power in the United States today is located in the old Confederacy where taxes are low, weather is pleasant, and jobs are plentiful. Meanwhile, the north is struggling under mounting debt, job loss, and rising taxes and a dwindling populace to tax.

In his article, “How The South Will Rise To Power Again,” Kotkin points out that current trends show that, “the South will expand its dominance as the nation’s most populous region. In the 1950s, the South, the Northeast and the Midwest each had about the same number of people. Today the region is almost as populous as the Northeast and the Midwest combined.”

“Perhaps more importantly,” Kotkin says, “these states are nurturing families, in contrast to the Great Lakes states, the Northeast and California. Texas, for example, has increased its under 10 population by over 17% over the past decade; all the former confederate states, outside of Katrina-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, gained between 5% and 10%. On the flip side, under 10 populations declined in Illinois, Michigan, New York and California. Houston, Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Raleigh also saw their child populations rise by at least twice the 10% rate of the rest country over the past decade while New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago areas experienced declines.”

Southern states are more business friendly, working harder to insure that government works with business as a partner not as an enemy, have lower taxes, and focus on keeping regulations to a minimum compared to the northern states which seemingly go out of their way to do just the opposite.

Kotkin also notes that northerners who sniff that education in the south is substandard and that this factor will eventually kill the southern expansion as businesses realize their work force is too stupid should take note that the education gap is quickly narrowing.

Not only that, but as the north loses their population the south is picking them up and many of these people bring their higher northern education with them.

Kotkin wraps up his piece pointing out that with all this growth will come more political power, too.

“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.”

Finally, it should be pointed out that the states with the best economies in the nation are prominently Red areas of the country run by Republicans.

Who need a shootin’ war? The north has allowed the south to rise again without firing a shot!

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  • That writing has been on the wall for some time now.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Old news, a decade ago. Sun rises in the east, too. Laws, policies and regulations matter. Elections determine laws, policies and regulations. State legislatures and governors have real power, too. Keep that in mind when you’re in the ballot booth. The problem, however, at the national level, is that each state no matter how pathetic and no matter how much in decline gets the same two senators, a guy can be elected Prez by the strength of dying states, there’s lock-step voting by racial classes and subclasses, along with non-voting erstwhile conservative malcontents. Obama for example just easily won reelection despite only getting 39% of the white vote and despite getting trounced in each of the states with the fastest-growing local economies, e.g., TX, ID, UT, ND. The prospects for the country overall at best are doubtful.

    • jim_m

      If it is old news to you Larry, and you don’t find it worthwhile for discussion why don’t you STFU?

    • 914

      Then why’d you waste the band width to chime in? Remind me of Chico for criping out loud.

    • 914

      The only old news around here is your repeated failed attempts at a cogent post. Lighten up..

  • jim_m

    There is no education gap between north and south. Society is far too mobile. If anything, northerners with useful education and skills are moving south to where they can find better opportunities and what is being left up north are those who lack the education and skills to drive the local economy.

    Also, much is made of the prestige of northern educational establishments, but the reality is that even vaunted institutions like Harvard are grossly overrated and their faculties are filled with moronic ideologues teaching diversity studies and other such nonsense.

    The gap between North and South is found in the ability to actually run a business without some progressive harpy coming and explaining how “you didn’t build that” business while trying to confiscate your profits.

  • Hank_M

    I wouldn’t say the North has napped. They’ve been far too busy banning everything they can and aborting their kids.

  • Texas_Accountant

    The North vs. South education level is a myth. I am originally from Texas and the beautiful Mrs. Accountant is from New York. Our children attended schools in New York, Colorado, and Texas and whenever we moved somewhere, we were told that this locality had “the best schools in the country.” They can’t all be right, can they? It is not the schools that make the difference, it’s the parents. Would you send your children to Detroit public schools? Chicago public schools? Washington D.C. public schools? Not if you could help it. Would you be comfortable sending your children to Highland Park, Texas public schools? Lexington, Massachusetts public schools? Lake Forest, Illinois public schools? Probably. There are a lot of silly people saying that their “state” has a great education system. “States” do not. Some local districts do.

  • LiberalNightmare

    The south will rise, until the democrats move back in and vote for the same failed policies that drove everyone away from the north.

  • Vagabond661

    Civil War Part 2? Except the North is ironically not trying to free the slaves but enslave the population to the government’s plantation.

    At least the gun manufacturers are moving south. I like our chances this time.

    • Brian_R_Allen

      …. the gun manufacturers are moving south ….

      And all the warriors are already there!

      • jim_m

        We don’t need guns. We’ll just buy them from the Chinese!

  • Walter_Cronanty

    The north hasn’t been napping, it’s just had a decades long run of “bad luck:”

    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    This is known as “bad luck.”
    Robert Heinlein

    • Alpha_Male

      Anyone who can use an appropriate quote of Heinlein to highlight an argument during a debate/discussion, wins automatically and makes the casual observer want to up-vote you a dozen times if possible.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Yes, he is very quotable. I not a big fan of his thoughts on religion, but nobody’s perfect. Here are three of my favorites:

        “An armed society is a polite society.

        There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

        Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors — and miss.”

    • Well Done.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Thank you.

    • Similar to the sad tale of Soviet agricultural policy, done in by 70 consecutive years of bad weather.

  • stan25

    Businesses find the jobs environment a lot easier to cope with too. As most of or all of these states are right to work. as where most of the northeastern and rust belt state are controlled by the powerful labor unions. It is also true that the states that have right to work laws are gaining in population too. That makes a big difference in the ease of finding a job.