Subsidized & Not Too Bright – What’s The Matter With Alabama?

We're looking at YOU, Red States!

Some new statistics have come out recently, one detailing regional IQ scores and another detailing which states receive more federal money than they give. When paired, the results seem to be compelling: Alabama needs a lot of help.

What Mike the Mad Biologist concludes with in tongue firmly in cheek, provides us some very interesting testing results in regards to regional IQ scores:

NAEP math scores have been used as proxies for IQ (pdfpdf)*. If we look at the NAEP 8th grade math data for 2011, when we compare students with college educated parents who aren’t  poor, there is a about a twenty point gap in scores for any given state between black and white students (where a ten point difference roughly corresponds to one grade level). We know conclusively, based on studies in marginal journals edited by racists, that this racial difference is largely genetic (and we have controlled for a deleterious environment by excluding poor students and poorly educated parents). For instance, in Massachusetts, white students (with college educated parents who aren’t poor) have an average score of 312, while black students have a score of 291 (p less than 10-6).Meanwhile, Alabama whites score 293, with no significance difference compared to black students in Massachusetts (p = 0.49). The gap between Massachusetts whites and Massachusetts blacks is the same as the gap between Massachusetts and Alabama whites.”

Obviously, we can conclude that Alabama whites are genetically inferior to Massachusetts whites!! It’s science! At least according to groups that tend to wear white hoods…

Separately, the Tax Foundation has listed each state in regards to federal spending per state per dollar of Federal Taxes.  See charts here and here.

While the results are interesting in and of themselves, it is even more compelling when we combine the results of these two statistics with state policies:

 As businesses pull out of Alabama due to Anti-Immigrant law, Governor Robert Bentley pleads with car companies to stay.

Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown.

Alabama Tea Party Caucus fights to eliminate taxes.

Alabama ranks 7th among states who take in more federal money than they pay in Federal Taxes. Their educational system leaves their students lacking when compared to other states, such as Massachusetts, who paid more in Federal Taxes than they took in. Alabama clearly needs to be subsidized! It appears that they are not able to adequately govern themselves. Perhaps we should install an Emergency Financial Manager like they’ve done for several cities in Michigan. Republicans thought that was a great idea since it took away the ability for those cities to have elected officials. They should LOVE that idea for a whole state!

Still, their IQ scores may be an indication as to why they denounce Socialized Democracy as evil. Or their IQ scores may indicate the reason for their denial of sciences and reliance upon religious beliefs, such as creationism. Perhaps it is the indoctrination of religious beliefs into the school setting which has left Alabama behind.

But in any event, it is both interesting and ironic that Alabama, who decries about the evils of socialism, is reliant upon a Socialistic Democracy to maintain itself and whose educational system is failing their students while touting the word of God as scientific evidence over evolution. Do the inequities in their IQ promote their policies, or do their policies promote the inequities in their IQ?


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