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I live in the North of the US, but I believe I have a pretty unbiased view on life here. Geography-wise, it is much more pleasant, to live down South. I've visited a few times and many of the people seem much more relaxed than I will ever be living up North. It is much warmer in the South than it is here in the North, so maybe that contributes to their relaxed style of life. |
As others have said before, we, here in the North are much more industrious than our Southern counterparts. I think we, here in the North tend to gravitate to white collar jobs such as doctor or lawyer, whereas Southerns will work in blue collar jobs such as manufacturing. Also, the South is far more idealistic for agriculture. Our Northern winters tend to be too harsh for plants...
I also agree that Southerners tend to be more religious than we are. But in the North you can find, I believe a stronger variety of religions. If you search in and around the cities, you may find a Buddhist temple or an Islamic Mosque. Whereas, in the South, I find that Christianity tends to dominate the region.
Anyway, here's where I'm going to end my unbiased portion for now. Feel free to ask me more later, but I think I need to clear up some heavily biased opinions about my country here. To be totally honest, I believe Northerns are just as racist as Southerners. If you look within the small towns and cities that dot the North, there is not as much variety as you would see in the South. But that is simply my opinion on demographics between the two regions.
Moving on, I think here in the North we do pay slightly more taxes than in the South. Should that tax money go into something useful, you tell me. For example, Massachusetts or as some of us, in New Hampshire like to call it "Taxachusetts" has some of the highest tax rates in the country. But if you travel on their roads... you might go through the roof of your car...haha. If you don't get it, then I'll just say their roads are pretty bad. Case and point, the Big Dig in Boston. It's probably one of the biggest wastes of money in my lifetime. The public works project has gone over budget by what I believe is several million USD. To top it all off, the project is not of high quality. I won't go and explain each and every problem, but I'm sure you an idea how Massachusetts tax dollars are spent.
Anyway, I don't know enough about tax dollars in the South to give a real accurate description of what they do with it though so I'll keep my mouth shut on the subject. But on the subject of taxes, Democrats often put high taxes on their citizens in return, if their government functioned the way they wanted would have greater funding for public schools and universal healthcare. Republicans, on the other hand, dislike "big" government and prefer to keep the gov't out of their business. Politics goes much deeper than that, however but I will explain more if you'd like later.
But I would like to target Frothow's post declaring that Southerners are foolish rednecks. Any intelligent person would know that they are not all "rednecks" so his own stupidity has blinded him to the fact that while there are "rednecks" in the South there are probably just as many here in the North. Also he ignores the fact that not all people in the South are "rednecks". So who's stupider? The fool who knows what he is, or the fool who doesn't?
Another cultural note, the South has some notions of honor within their culture, which probably results in a more war-like culture. The North has no such beliefs possibly as a result has always tried to find a peaceful resolution to protect trade and other such industries which a war would disrupt.