Alabama has been a reliably conservative, even ultraconservative, state for decades. Pro-business, pro-privatization, anti-regulatory, anti-tax. In Northport, the McDonalds where Ronnie Rayguns stopped for a Big Mac is a major tourist attraction. Maybe the only one. Its two wingnut Senators, Dick Shelby and Jeff Sessions, are powerhouses in the far-right GOP. It has professed to have no truck with any stoopid liberal notions like watchdog agencies to prevent predatory practices. It has insisted that Business Is Always Right and it has turned numerous govt programs that used to be considered "public" over to private corporations because, after all, govt doesn't know what it's doing and they do.
So it's kinda difficult to work up any sympathy when you read something like this from Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone. I mean, it's a shame and a crime but on the other hand, these are people who practically got down on their knees and begged to be ripped off.