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Some Inconvenient Truths for Coal Country

I know places where there is high poverty, poor education, a high percentage of single parent households, large numbers of out-of-wedlock births, lots of violence, and enormous drug problems.  Generations have been living on the public dime, and despite various liberal programs the people there never seem to want to show any gumption to change that.  Conservative politicians would have you think that if only you took away all those programs, it would force people to stop demanding government services and special treatment, get jobs, and lift themselves out of poverty.     After all, “those people” are getting all sorts of things that “Real Americans” aren’t!

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