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The White Ghetto
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:gazela, 1/9/2014 2:08:49 PM

Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any

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Devastating picture of Appalachia...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 1/9/2014 2:15:25 PM     (No. 9686059)

Please Sweet Lord Above, please, please, please, somebody educate the author about the concept of the punctuation mark called a period.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/9/2014 2:46:53 PM     (No. 9686085)

Welfare fraud isn´t the big picture issue in this piece but given that everyone knows fraud exists, why isn´t anyone trying to stop it? Why are the no limits of any kind on the purchases one can make with food stamps? I realize they´d switch from pop to something else so they can have cash to buy drugs but at least make it difficult for these people to commit fraud.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mabel normand, 1/9/2014 3:01:53 PM     (No. 9686095)

99 freaking words in the first sentence. Junior gets paid by the pound?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/9/2014 3:17:27 PM     (No. 9686110)

#1 and #3, this is beautiful writing, which I hope you´ll see if you read the whole thing.

As for the long first sentence: ever read the Epistles of St. Paul?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/9/2014 3:49:55 PM     (No. 9686143)

I found the author´s style and subtle wit very enjoyable.

...the post-industrial ruins of old mills and small factories with their hard 1970s lines that always make me think of the name of the German musical group Einstürzende Neubauten — “collapsing modern buildings.” (Some things just sound more appropriate in German.)

This is very much the picture that Diane Sawyer presented on a special few years back about her geographic roots. Oxy is the drug of choice and Mountain Dew the soda of choice for all ages, including adolescents, which helps explains the abysmal state of dental health also found throughout the region.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: djs, 1/9/2014 5:02:00 PM     (No. 9686210)

It is a terrific piece and spot on.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: redgrains, 1/9/2014 5:17:16 PM     (No. 9686227)

#4 Agree. Exquisite writing that provides an acute understanding of the government´s meddling inhumanity toward its citizens.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 1/9/2014 9:25:57 PM     (No. 9686419)

Good article. It tends to show how welfare traps people. I don´t know what can be done about it now. We have turned this country into a welfare state and it probably can´t be undone. The slightest attempts to reform the system bring shrieks from the left about ´heartless´ conservatives. The media immediately goes hunting for some poor soul that will be hurt by whatever minor cut that is proposed.

Frankly, I really don´t think EPB cards should be allowed to be used for anything except staple foods. That will never happen since we will be told that the ´poor´ have a right to buy junk and we have a duty to pay for it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/9/2014 11:25:57 PM     (No. 9686489)

White ghetto is really apropos. Once you are addicted to the handout there is nowhere to go but down. How many more ghettos will be created when coal is wiped out ?

We can send our tax dollars around the world to rebuild any country but this one.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StuartL, 1/10/2014 2:30:46 AM     (No. 9686540)

Methinks Mr. Williamson, consciously or not, is channeling Mr. Faulkner. Not altogether unsuccessfully, either.

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