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Broken 'Promise Zones'

The president's plan for poverty.

Jan. 10, 2014

The latest front in the Left’s redistributionist war on “inequality” is Barack Obama’s five “promise zones” – areas that will receive special federal aid due to their poverty. “We’ve got to make sure this recovery, which is real, leaves nobody behind,” he explained. Unlike the biblical promised land, Obama has determined that Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma are not exactly flowing with milk and honey and therefore need his help. (Interesting that Detroit’s not on the list.) He will choose 15 other needy areas in the future. Such targeted aid zones aren’t new, dating back to the New Deal. But – surprise – the results are usually both underwhelming and difficult to assess. Fortunately for leftists, it’s only intentions that matter.

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