Civics

Mississippi Rep. Tells Constituent to Leave the State if She Doesn’t Like Fiscal Ruin

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A woman from Gulfport, Mississippi emailed a letter to state Representative Karl Oliver (R) asking him for vote against a bill that could very well make Mississippi look like the economic wastelands of Louisiana and Kansas.

Rep. Oliver responded directly to this constituent by telling her to go back to liberal Illinois.

Mrs. Guidry,

I normally don’t return emails that do not request a response, but I found yours so intriguing I simply felt led to respond.

I see you are not a native to the Great State of Mississippi nor do you and I have similar political views. The people of our Great State overwhelmingly share my same or similar views on Government responsibility. I appreciate you going to the trouble to share yours with me, but quite frankly, and with all due respect, I could care less. I would, however, recommend that there are a rather large number of like minded citizens in Illinois that would love to see you return.

With warmest personal regards,

Karl Oliver

If attitudes like this dominate the state legislature and governor’s mansion in the state, we’re just a few years away from asking ‘what’s the matter with Mississippi?’

The bill passed by the state Senate and currently being considered by the state House will eliminate corporate franchise taxes and cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars. Other states that have moved to eliminate corporate taxes and cut income taxes haven’t fared so well recently, as I’m sure you know, and that is why a constituent contacted Rep. Oliver.

Becky Guidry of Gulfport told Rep. Oliver that she’s concerned about funding for public education and infrastructure, among other things, but Oliver ‘couldn’t care less.’

I’m not sure telling people to leave the state is a good message to send if you’re at all concerned about the long-term viability of your state’s economy.

  • Draxiar

    “Could care less”

    So he cares just a little?

  • muselet

    Stay classy, Karl Oliver.

    –alopecia

  • GrafZeppelin127

    All over the country we’re electing talk show hosts and blog trolls to public office. Freaking brilliant.

  • Victor the Crab

    Karl Oliver,

    May an eel be inserted up your asshole and it does its thing to you, you worthless fuck!

    With extreme vengeance,

    Anyone with an ounce of concern.

  • i_a_c

    When I lived in Oklahoma, public services are so bad that the tongue-in-cheek refrain was that “at least we’re not Mississippi”.

    This is Mississippi. Last in everything.

    Are Republicans going to destroy every last state they run before people get the picture that insane tax cuts don’t work?