The greatest welfare state in the union has to be West Virginia. For all of its statehood life, West Virginia has been blessed with natural resources including coal, clean water, mountains, and beauty. Yet, the state also appears to be one of the most ignorant, undereducated, poor, and backward. Why is that?
Some political scientists theorize that Democrats enjoy serving dumb and impoverished citizens because it keeps people dependent upon them and government for their meager existence. Some theorize that corporations support politicians who can keep citizens in check while they exploit natural resources at the expense of both environment and social responsibility. Corporations don't necessarily care which party is in power as much as they care about who will let them do what they want with the least cost and resistance.
Here is a partial list of why West Virginia comes off as being ignorant:
1. The state has had more than its share of corrupt politicians.
2. Corporations bully citizens with political influence that permit them to foul the environment.
3. Ignorance breeds ignorance.
4. Politicians exploit ignorance to create the great welfare state.
See the list.