We’re No. 2!

The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch ranks the “10 Most Unhappy States in the U.S.” based on a Gallup Poll, and it puts this state at No. 2:

Well-being index score: 62.7

Life expectancy: 76.2 years (7th lowest)

Obesity: 29.7% (6th highest)

Median household income: $41,141 (4th lowest)

Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 83.1% (6th lowest)

The state has one of the lowest proportions of adults with a high-school diploma, as well as the fourth-lowest median income in the country. Kentucky also ranked dead-last in terms of healthy behaviors. A mere 60.7% of respondents said they ate healthily the day before, by far the lowest of any state. Not surprisingly, Kentucky also ranked second from the bottom in terms of physical health. As many as 29% of people indicated they had health problems that prevented them from doing age-appropriate activities, a higher percentage than any state other than West Virginia. Kentucky also ranked second from the bottom in the life evaluation and emotional health categories.

As a homeowner in Kentucky, the only thing I can say is “Thank God for West Virginia.”

1. West Virginia

Well-being index score: 61.3

Life expectancy: 75.2 years (2nd lowest)

Obesity: 33.5% (the highest)

Median household income: $38,482 (2nd lowest)

Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 84.2% (12th lowest)

West Virginia residents’ well-being was the worst of all states. It scored last in three of the six categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health. The answers of West Virginians to questions in the physical health category were particularly alarming. It was the only state where more than 30% of residents were told that they had high cholesterol. In addition, nearly 40% of respondents were told they have high blood pressure, also the highest of all states. Some 31.4% of respondents indicated that they smoked, the highest percentage of all states. The state had the second-lowest median income in the U.S., and a very high proportion reported not being able to afford food or medicine. West Virginians had the second-worst life expectancy at birth in the country.

The other “winners” are:

3: Mississippi (how can we be worse than Mississippi?)
4: Tennessee
5: Arkansas
6: Alabama
7: Ohio
8: Louisiana
9: Indiana
10: Oklahoma (it’s not OK)

Let’s see, what do nine of these 10 states have in common?


Ohio didn’t join the list of Red States in the 2012 presidential election, but it has a Republican governor and a GOP controlled legislature. The link between misery and the GOP remains consistent.

Here’s where compromise with the GOP gets you

John Boehner - Caricature

No need for tears

We have a debt crisis. Unemployment is awful. The economy is turning into a dead shark. And Obama is still trying to compromise with the party that spent outrageously and cut taxes for eight years and put us in this mess.

So how is the American public taking this?

President Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His prior low rating of 41% occurred several times, the last of which was in April. As recently as June 7, Obama had 50% job approval. …

Obama’s 40% overall approval rating nearly matches the recent 41% approval Americans gave him for handling the debt ceiling negotiations. Though Americans rate Obama poorly for his handling of the situation, they are less approving of how House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are handling it. Gallup does not include ratings of Congress or congressional leaders in its Daily tracking, and thus, there is no overall job approval rating of Boehner, Reid, or Congress directly comparable to Obama’s current 40% overall job approval rating.

Here’s the thing.

Come election day 2012, America might be pissed off at John Boehner, but he only has to answer to the 630,000 people who live in Ohio’s 8th congressional district, an essentially conservative suburban area made up of small towns (it only touches part of Dayton) that’s 90% white. A solidly Republican district. And only about 200,000 of its residents voted for Boehner over his Democratic opponent by a margin of more than 2 to 1.

America might be pissed off at Barack Obama, too, on election day 2012. But he has to answer to the entire country. So if his numbers keep going down, John Boehner will have a better chance of remaining in Washington after the 2012 election than Obama has.

So Obama better be aware the “middle ground” he so desperately wants to plant his flag on can quickly turn into quicksand.