Jackson’s problems are both real and serious — the water crisis was easily one of the biggest failures of government I’ve seen in my career. Crime is frightening and affects everyone in Jackson. It’s sad seeing a wonderful city struggle under the weight of all its issues. But I also know that the people who are cheering HB 1020 and other state takeover efforts would be mad as an over-caffeinated hornet if the Federal Government came down and took over the Department of Human Services because of the TANF scandal (also a massive failure of government.)

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.