Nation: Playing Poorer than Thou

Sunbelt v. Snowbelt in Washington

He is a leader of the gogo, proud, successful New South, but last week Georgia's Governor George Busbee sounded downright shy about it. Speaking before 500 delegates to a White House Conference on balanced growth and development, Busbee uncharacteristically stressed what he did not like about the South: "We still have the greatest percentage of people living in poverty, with less than five years of schooling, living in substandard housing, lacking plumbing, and with more people per room than any other section of this country."

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