Fact Check: Not One Conservative-Led American City is a “Shit Hole”?
Visitor Frank, rejecting empirical evidence that Republican congressional districts aren’t better off than Democratic districts, has recently declared that he doesn’t need to waste his time on evaluating the available facts. Instead, he has decided to try posing a different question:
“on the matter ot this furthervstudy on Congressional districts, which i won’t waste my tine on, i have one simple question: point out to me just one conservative run city that turned into a shit hole.”
Fine. Here’s one: Biloxi, Mississippi. A.J. Holloway served six terms as mayor (22 years) until he left office this year. He is a conservative Republican.
Let’s compare the city of Biloxi to the United States as a whole. Only 4% of the residents of Biloxi have earned a Bachelor’s degree; 9.4% of Americans have. 22.4% of Biloxi residents live below the poverty level; 15.4% of Americans overall live below the poverty level. The median household income in the United States is $53,046, but the median household income in Biloxi is just $39,666. 16.7% of Biloxi residents are on food stamps; just 12.4% of Americans overall are on food stamps. 14.9% of Americans are without health insurance, but 20.3% of Biloxi residents go without health insurance. In the United States overall, 6.2% of people have low income and do not live close to a grocery store; in Biloxi, that figure rises to 16.3%. 21.7% of Americans smoke; 27.3% of Biloxi residents do. 12 percent of births in the United States are pre-term, but in Biloxi 16% of births are pre-term. On average, a Biloxi resident dies two years earlier than the average American. The rate of violent crime in Biloxi is 7.8% higher than in the United States overall. The rate of property crime in Biloxi is 76.0% higher than in the United States overall.
I would not use the term “shit hole” to describe Biloxi; that kind of language is mean and ugly. Regardless of language, however, Biloxi is clearly a troubled city — and it has been run by the same conservative Republican for a generation.