Remember when our wise and compassionate Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley said this, back when he was just a legislator?
I understand and I'm fully sympathetic with people who are poor, they don't have enough money to buy food. But, you know, there—there are avenues through which if they really are poor that they can get some help. They may not be poor in spirit, they may just be poor in not being able to buy all the conveniences that you think they should have. That doesn't mean they're not happy. You can be happy and be poor.
Well, if poverty makes people happy, there's a capacity crowd rocking out in Alabama's poorhouse. We made the top 10 (again!) in income inequality:
Alabama has the sixth-worst income inequality in the nation. Median income in 2010 has increased from $39,980 in 2009, when it was the third lowest in the country. However, the poverty rate also has increased from 2009’s level of 17.5% to become the second highest in the country, at 18.1%. Some 14.3% of the state’s residents rely on food stamps, the eleventh-highest percentage in the country.