Alabama is poor as fuck. How poor? So poor, the UN approved the visit of one of their officials to investigate the growing inequality. http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/united_nations_official_visiti.html#incart_river_home I'm from the northeast, but have lived in the south for several years. I've had the privilege to travel to many states in this great country, but can honestly say, Alabama and Mississippi contained the fattest, poorest, least educated I've encountered. Anecdotally, I know a 40 something year old man in Mississippi that can't even read, and none of the people around that area find that odd. I found this article on Reddit. One of the posters linked to an NPR interview about a county in Alabama where 25% of the residents are on disability. They receive these benefits, not because they can't work, but because they're so economically fucked, that it's easier to go on disability, and doctors go along with it. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/490/trends-with-benefits This kind of blows my mind that we live in the wealthiest country in the world, and there are areas where they're better off on disability than actually in the workforce. How do we fix this type of thing?