Meet the White House’s next awesome economic pivot: “Promise zones”

posted at 1:21 pm on January 9, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama White House, everyone: Attacking the symptoms instead of the underlying disease, one ultra-lame rehashed progressive ploy at a time.

Joined by local leaders at the White House, Mr. Obama will officially announce the administration’s first five “promise zones” — pockets of the country that will receive comprehensive federal assistance after being especially hard-hit by the recession. The five zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The administration aims to ultimately assist 20 such regions. …

“There are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it is virtually impossible to get ahead,” Mr. Obama said in that speech. “Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where the chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that’s why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.” …

The administration is designating “promise zones” by looking for areas where local officials can make strategic, targeted investments. For instance, a “promise zone” may be interested in reducing violent crime with increased Justice Department funding for local law enforcement. Alternatively, a region may want to leverage Housing and Urban Development grants to attract private real estate investors to high-poverty neighborhoods. The president’s plan also includes tax credits for hiring workers and tax write-offs for capital investments within the “promise zones.”

This latest big-government stimulus initiative is undoubtedly going to formulate yet another front for Democrats’ big “income inequality” campaign they plan to wage year; Jim Geraghty has more on the politics of the move at NRO, and I imagine that the Obama administration supposes it will help them to blunt the types of conservative criticisms that Marco Rubio raised in his anti-poverty speech yesterday: That Democrats are full of expensive and ultimately unsustainable ideas for helping people temporarily cope with poverty (i.e., the welfare state), but are pretty much intellectually bankrupt when it comes to actually creating opportunities for people to lift themselves out of that poverty (i.e., economic growth and job creation). Income inequality is only one indication of much larger problem, not necessarily the problem in and of itself that Democrats so eagerly make it out to be — and the White House is evidently looking to cut those criticisms off at the pass by claiming that this “promise zone” initiative is an example of how to address that larger problem of economic mobility.

The only problem with that argument, of course, is that this “promise zone” initiative actually doesn’t address economic mobility in any real, lasting, or widespread way. The Obama administration is once again using the federal government as a tool to select winners and losers, using more bureaucracy — via the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Commerce, good grief — to create top-down faux-collaboration that bypasses the states and in which the feds will decide upon “targeted investments” that they should not be making in the first place with “free money” we do not have.

Instead of picking a few areas here and there that merit special tax credits and write-offs, why not lower taxes for the entire United States? What the whole country really needs to fight poverty are streamlined regulations, less red tape, fewer taxes, less prohibitive labor laws, less government spending, and less national debt at the macro level — not band-aids and spot treatment that will cost taxpayers even more money while leaving the infrastructure perpetuating our weaksauce economic recovery in place.


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obama hatched them…after 5 years.

He’s such a chicken.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Plus, obama stole the idea from the Rs.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Jedi Mind Trick works on the weak minded.

Ben Hur on January 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I see Rand’s enterprise zone idea has been taken by the left. And it will do exactly what a rightist version would do: Make a few people rich, fix nothing permanently and never change the thinking of the people living there.

Instead of picking a few areas here and there that merit special tax credits and write-offs, why not lower taxes for the entire United States?

Because “racist inequality”!

nobar on January 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I think we’ve had enough of Obama’s “Incorrect Promise”s.

ITguy on January 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Meet the White House’s next awesome economic pivot: “Promise zones”

“Promise zones”. From the father of “The Lie Of The Year”.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Paging LibFree…….

..here ya go, right in your Wheelhouse baby!!!!

ToddPA on January 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Hows about we have the gubmint build a bunch of big apartment buildings in these zones, that people living on gubmint handouts can move into for free, so they can focus better on finding a job or starting a new business? They’ll be beautiful well constructed buildings that the poor will have great pride in.
We’ll call them “The Projects”.

What could possibly go wrong?

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

More Succinct Alternate Headline:

“White House Welfare check from the ChiComs cleared today.”

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Feed the blue fungus. Watch it spread.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The five zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

And how many of those locations are Dem voting strongholds?

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Rather I should say EBT card…

…checks are so 1970′s. /sarc

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The five zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The Federal Government has been pouring money in SE Kentucky for over 50 years and I would say the area is arguably worse because of it. I live here now and I have family all over the area and it is a shame what has happened due to the War on Poverty to this area.

Entire extended generational families rely on Welfare, Food Stamps, Section 8 vouchers and their kids expect nothing else and don’t even hope for better. Most of them don’t even try to better themselves because they don’t have to because Uncle Sam will always be there with that next check. We are enabling generation after generation of takers by doing this and ruining peoples lives because of it.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Paging LibFree…….
 
..here ya go, right in your Wheelhouse baby!!!!
 
ToddPA on January 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

 
$5 says that’s the only reason he knew how to phrase it (while still being unable to actually discuss the topic) yesterday.

rogerb on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Im having trouble understanding why San Antonio is on the list. As far as I know the economy is doing just fine. I suppose being of a majority democratic hispanic helps… These choices feel very political though.

Critic2029 on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

And that’s why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.” …

You didn’t build that.

Sure as heck aren’t gonna start building it today (or tomorrow) either, sport.

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

pockets of the country that will receive comprehensive federal assistance…

Wow, what a great idea: Throw government money at the problem! We’ve never tried that before, it’s guaranteed to work!

Socratease on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Any chance these are solidly “Red” congressional districts? Pump tons of free money into solid conservative region, attract droves of tit suckers from places like Detroit, and lo and behold….a liberal stronghold is born.

BobMbx on January 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Jedi Mind Trick works on the weak minded.

Ben Hur on January 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Use the Schwartz.

chewmeister on January 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Their hypothesis is wrong-these cretins do NOT want the help–they have Obamaphones, a couch and a bag of Cheetos…all good in the hood.

hillsoftx on January 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Plus, obama stole the idea from the Rs.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Jack Kemp?

chewmeister on January 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

HooverObamavilles?

Kafir on January 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Instead of picking a few areas here and there that merit special tax credits and write-offs, why not lower taxes for the entire United States?

What fun is there in that? The fun is in picking the winners and losers.

Fallon on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Amen, Johnny. I’m from EKy as well and have seen it first-hand.

There is no industry in eastern Ky since the war on coal decimated what few jobs were left. If Obama wants to have an impact on the folks there, open the mines back up.

BacaDog on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Most of them don’t even try to better themselves because they don’t have to because Uncle Sam will always be there with that next check. We are enabling generation after generation of takers by doing this and ruining peoples lives because of it.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hmm…sounds like the inner cities. Why would that be?

HiJack on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Just more liberal/Democrat “walking around money”… just in time for the 2014 elections!!

Khun Joe on January 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The Obama administration is once again using the federal government as a tool to select winners and losers, using more bureaucracy — via the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Commerce, good grief — to create top-down faux-collaboration that bypasses the states and in which the feds will decide upon “targeted investments” that they should not be making in the first place with “free money” we do not have.

Bingo.

“Promise zones”. From the father of “The Lie Of The Year”.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

So we know what to expect from “Promise Zones”… lies, trickery, cronyism and fraud.

petefrt on January 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Obama + Promise

hahahahahahahahahaha

too funny

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Instead of picking a few areas here and there that merit special tax credits and write-offs, why not lower taxes for the entire United States?

Because lower taxes would improve the economy, and while the poor and middle class would get richer, the rich would also get richer. That’s anathema to what the progressive is about, so that idea is a non-starter.
Gotta find ways (like this) to take from the rich and give to the poor. And, the methods of giving to the poor ultimately have to be about keeping them dependent, not making them independent.

Marcola on January 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

What fun is there in that? The fun is in picking the winners and losers.

Fallon on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Except with 0bumble’s record, if I ran into him at a casino, I’d be betting directly opposite of him everywhere he put money down.

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 1:49 PM

After 2009′s $850 billion porkulus failed to stimulate the economy, and including porkulus as the ‘new normal spending level’ for all subsequent spending authorizations, which collectively has produced the weakest economic recovery since World War II, the President is going to launch a new region-specific stimulus to spend even more and deliver what?

More of the same – few jobs, increased dependency on the federal government, increased power and control by the federal government, and either more debt or pulling more private funds out of the economy in order to feed the government maw.

Einstein had a definition for doing the same thing again and again while expecting different results. But who knows, even though this hasn’t worked (ever) in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, or France, it’ll work here and now because it’s from BHO.

I wonder if the Administration will ever learn that the laws of economics and human nature are inviolable?

Athos on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

“promise zone”

I notice that King Barack the Magnificent doesn’t use the term “Stimulus”.

Wonder why?

GarandFan on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

We’ll call them “The Projects”.

What could possibly go wrong?

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I had an aunt that lived in the Projects. It was a crime ridden crap hole and that was back in the sixties. A few months ago I had a chance to drive by her old Projects housing and I noticed that they have really revamped the buildings with new windows and siding. I don’t know anyone that knows anyone that lives there but just the appearance of the people hanging around made me think it was still a crime ridden crap hole.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

That’s a clown pivot, bro.

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

If you like your promise zone, you can keep your promise zone.

chewmeister on January 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

But the outside has been dressed up to look nice – with our tax money of course.
It’s ALL about appearances – they just polished up the turd a bit.
Expect more of the same in 0bumble’s new zones.

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The five zones will be located in San Antonio, …

I thought San Antonio was a hotbed of high-tech industry. You mean the liberals running that city have managed to screw that up, too?

Socratease on January 9, 2014 at 1:57 PM

That’s funny, I thought there was a recovery going on. Hmmmm.

astronmr20 on January 9, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Promise zones
Enterprise zones
War zones
Demilitarized zones
Ozones

I’ve had about enough zones.

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Funny how Detroit didn’t make the list.

Oh, that’s right. Obama “saved” Detroit……saved them right into bankruptcy court.

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I hate him and everything he stands for.

gophergirl on January 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The five zones will be located in San Antonio, …

I thought San Antonio was a hotbed of high-tech industry. You mean the liberals running that city have managed to screw that up, too?

Socratease on January 9, 2014 at 1:57

Hmmmm, interesting…..I figured they were 5 garden plots
on the White House grounds….

ToddPA on January 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Im having trouble understanding why San Antonio is on the list. As far as I know the economy is doing just fine. I suppose being of a majority democratic hispanic helps… These choices feel very political though.

Critic2029 on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

East side.

VerbumSap on January 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

That’s a clown pivot, bro.

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

A “Cloward/Piven Clown Pivot” Say that five times fast.

nicefly on January 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Amen, Johnny. I’m from EKy as well and have seen it first-hand.

There is no industry in eastern Ky since the war on coal decimated what few jobs were left. If Obama wants to have an impact on the folks there, open the mines back up.

BacaDog on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Tobacco and Coal have been replaced by Meth Labs and Heroin addicts. All of them getting freebies from the Fed, EBT cards and checks every month. I see them come into Walmart when their EBT cards get refilled, sad and entire generations know absolutely nothing else and never will.

And this crap will just make it worse.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Don’t people have the option of moving to another location to find work and better prospects?

Mason on January 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Don’t people have the option of moving to another location to find work and better prospects?

Mason on January 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Are you going to give them the money to move and set them up someplace else for a few months that may have possibly better prospects where they don’t know a soul?

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Don’t people have the option of moving to another location to find work and better prospects?

Mason on January 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

What? Personal initiative and responsibility?
How dare you.
You’re such a hater…..

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Are you going to give them the money to move and set them up someplace else for a few months that may have possibly better prospects where they don’t know a soul?

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

If they’re actually poor, how much stuff could they have? My son just rented a 26 foot U-haul truck to move across town – $40 a day.
They’re already living on gubmint handouts – so give them a little extra for moving expenses on the EBT card and get them to move to where there are jobs.

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

If you like your lazy welfare sucking breadwinner, you can keep you lazy welfare sucking breadwinner.
Texas. How will Perry handle this? I know the Castro brothers are probably wiping their chins off.

AllahsNippleHair on January 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

And Kentucky?
Will Mitch get bought off again?

AllahsNippleHair on January 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Choctaw Nation?
I have one word: Casino jobs.

AllahsNippleHair on January 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

Carnac on January 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

They’re already living on gubmint handouts – so give them a little extra for moving expenses on the EBT card and get them to move to where there are jobs.

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

That simply wont work. My they might even *shudder* vote Republican if they were afforded opportunities to get out of Poverty and become productive people. Chains and all.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Detroit, Michigan…erstwhile promise zone.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Translation: more money for real estate tycoon allies (like Valerie Jarrett in the old days) and more job training for union members where they sit around and play with the computer.

PattyJ on January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

That simply wont work. My they might even *shudder* vote Republican if they were afforded opportunities to get out of Poverty and become productive people. Chains and all.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Well – that’s true.
My solution only works if you actually want people to go get jobs.
It’s no good if your intent is to solidify a gubmint teat-sucker voting base in a certain location.

dentarthurdent on January 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Amen, Johnny. I’m from EKy as well and have seen it first-hand.

There is no industry in eastern Ky since the war on coal decimated what few jobs were left. If Obama wants to have an impact on the folks there, open the mines back up.

BacaDog on January 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Tobacco and Coal have been replaced by Meth Labs and Heroin addicts. All of them getting freebies from the Fed, EBT cards and checks every month. I see them come into Walmart when their EBT cards get refilled, sad and entire generations know absolutely nothing else and never will.

And this crap will just make it worse.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

If you haven’t already read this, check out Kevin Williamson’s excellent recent piece in National Review about Appalachia “on the draw.”

SacredFire on January 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

He promises…PERIOD.

Axeman on January 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Feed the blue fungus. Watch it spread.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

“Captain! Back on board the ship, I tried to get you to look at my legs. Captain, look at my legs…”

Lanceman on January 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The five zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

I could have sworn that one of the zones would have been the apocalyptic city of Detroit run into the ground by a 100% Democrat city council! But then it might shine a light on the cockroach infested plans in store for all cities run by Democrats! (And of course we don’t want that…)

dominigan on January 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

What the whole country really needs to fight poverty are streamlined regulations, less red tape, fewer taxes, less prohibitive labor laws, less government spending, and less national debt at the macro level….

Shorter Erika: What the whole country really needs to fight poverty is a national government restricted to its Constitutional responsibilities.

GWB on January 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Im having trouble understanding why San Antonio is on the list. As far as I know the economy is doing just fine. I suppose being of a majority democratic hispanic helps… These choices feel very political though.

Critic2029 on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Including San Antonio is nothing more than part of the Rat plan to reconquer Texas.

Steve Eggleston on January 9, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Instead of picking a few areas here and there that merit special tax credits and write-offs, why not lower taxes for the entire United States? What the whole country really needs to fight poverty are streamlined regulations, less red tape, fewer taxes, less prohibitive labor laws, less government spending, and less national debt at the macro level — not band-aids and spot treatment that will cost taxpayers even more money while leaving the infrastructure perpetuating our weaksauce economic recovery in place.

But then Team SCOAMT can’t reward their friends and punish their enemies.

Steve Eggleston on January 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You know, this is getting beyond irritating. Someone needs to tell these fools (and that “47%” we’ve heard tell about) that income inequality is a necessary byproduct of capitalism. The fruit pickers aren’t supposed to make as much as the farm owner. The shop sweeper isn’t supposed to make as much as the shop owner. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have either.

I don’t have college credentials like our boy genius at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but I have a fair amount of common sense. These people won’t be happy until they have created and entire country full of dependent morons that dutifully go to the polls every 2 years and vote for their 2 bits. They have pretty much sealed up the better part of the African American community. They have a hell of a start on the Hispanic community. I fear there are large numbers of “yutes” that are getting sucked in as well. I know – I have interviewed too many to count that believe consuming oxygen should draw 6 figures, 4 weeks paid vacation, 10 “sick days”, free health insurance, and a long list of things they just don’t do.

And just who do you reckon will be the beneficiary of these “federal funds” in the “promise zones”? Greenie Weenies, Obama donors and the next voting class needed to keep democrats in power, that’s who.

This ain’t a “ladder to the middle class”. It’s an anvil used to keep a large group of people just well fed enough, just educated enough, just happy enough to leave the pitchforks in the shed.

Spark Chaser on January 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

If you think the problems government creates are bad, wait until you see government’s solutions.

jukin3 on January 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Sounds like the progressive answer to Enterprise Zones, which were a concept of encouraging economic growth in urban areas by allowing certain tax breaks and regulatory easements.

Of course, the progressive version involves more government money given unearned, and will almost certainly have the opposite effect of depressing the local economies rather than spurring local businesses.

IOW, for Obama, this is the definition of insanity.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Income inequality is only one indication of much larger problem

Income inequality is not a problem at all, nor is it a symptom of a bigger problem. Income equality is impossible to achieve, so how can the unsolvable “problem” of income inequality be an actual problem that needs solving?

And the answer is: the left WANTS to spend money on unsolvable problems, because that guarantees they can keep spending money forever.

Seriously, the left focus-tests phrases like this to find the one that sounds best, so why exactly do conservative pundits and bloggers adopt their bogus terms?

Poverty is an actual problem that needs solving. “Income inequality” is a pseudo problem. Once you start talking seriously about the ‘problem’ of ‘income inequality,’ you’ve already conceded the whole problem and solution to the left.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Pffffft. I’ll consider this ohblahblah dope an amateur until he starts issuing “Whip Inflation Now” buttons and does a national address wearing a cardigan.

Although pajama boy, “so I know whose ass to kick”, shovel ready jobs, and now promise zones are already pretty much in the same ballpark of stoopit…

GrassMudHorsey on January 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Well, Promise Zones sound so much better than FEMA Camps or Ghettos.

LoganSix on January 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I thought he was going to be ‘The Great Uniter’…and now he is dividing the nation up further into ‘Promise Zones’?!

I guess ‘HOPE and Change’ wasn’t cutting it, so now he is adding ‘Promise’?!

QUESTION: If you put ‘Promise, Hope, & Change in one hand and a pile of poop in the other then close your hands what do you have?
A hand-fulls of Obama policies!

easyt65 on January 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Feed the blue fungus. Watch it spread.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

“Captain! Back on board the ship, I tried to get you to look at my legs. Captain, look at my legs…”

Lanceman on January 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

“How many days!?”

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Shovel-ready Promise Zones?

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

“Promise Zones” sounds exactly like something a Stoner thinks up when he’s, you know, hanging out on the couch, mulling over how he’d make the world into his Special New Place, filled with jelly beans, free cheetos and a big picnic table full of fried chicken. Extra-crispy fried chicken. In a big bucket. Oh, and cheetos. You know, like that.

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Oh, gosh, Pajama Boy in a Promise Zone.

Aaand they’re Shovel-Ready.

Hope and Change!

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Oh, gosh, Pajama Boy in a Promise Zone.

Aaand they’re Shovel-Ready.

Hope and Change!

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

And he’s thinking with his lady parts.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

…I have interviewed too many to count that believe consuming oxygen should draw 6 figures, 4 weeks paid vacation, 10 “sick days”, free health insurance, and a long list of things they just don’t do…

Spark Chaser on January 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

It appears that, though our nation ended slavery (“life on a plantation where The Man gives you a house, some clothes, food every day and a job”), the Left is doing all it can to reinstate slavery by another name: Democrat.

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Oh, gosh, Pajama Boy in a Promise Zone.

Aaand they’re Shovel-Ready.

Hope and Change!

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

And he’s thinking with his lady parts.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Obama continues to espouse what I’d call Disco-Drinkin-Smokin dialogue. What’s next, Groovy Rags (“free clothes”)?

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Meet the White House’s next awesome economic pivot: “Promise zones”

“Promise zones”. From the father of “The Lie Of The Year”.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

…if you want your “Promise Zones”….you can keep your Promise Zones.
Period!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Im having trouble understanding why San Antonio is on the list. As far as I know the economy is doing just fine. I suppose being of a majority democratic hispanic helps… These choices feel very political though.

Critic2029 on January 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Obama is dangling his flirty best to Hispanics. THAT’S why San Antonio is named, it’s Democrats offering hypnotics to those they hope will become (further) entranced.

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Five “promise zones” = Democrats need more votes from that state.

albill on January 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Don’t people have the option of moving to another location to find work and better prospects?

Mason on January 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Are you going to give them the money to move and set them up someplace else for a few months that may have possibly better prospects where they don’t know a soul?

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

It’s called “survival,” Johnnyreb. Have done so many a time for that very reason. You go where you CAN live and be as productive/happy as possible, despite the hardships, if you want to survive.

When you “don’t know a soul,” well, that’s life. It’s hardly a reason NOT to survive, to avoid going where the prospects are more livable.

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

D.e.s.p.e.r.a.t.e. uncious.twits.

avagreen on January 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

San Antonio is booming right now. I can’t find enough labor to do the work I have here. What a joke.

Ellis on January 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM

San Antonio is home to the heir apparent of Dem identity politics, Julian Castro.

Maybe this money will help him build a Hispanic base in Texas, to help turn the state blue.

PattyJ on January 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

OK fine, now lets get the failed Obamacare mess back on the front page.

Amazingoly on January 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Promise zones??? What? Is Obysmal touting margarine to grease the skids for Democrats’ party growth?

Johnnyreb and BacaDog: Here is the Kevin Williamson piece referenced above:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367903/white-ghetto-kevin-d-williamson

Some commenters afterward felt the Williamson was mocking the Appalachian eastern Kentucky area condescendingly. I thought that he was on target in describing the environs and their spiral of poverty well. What do you think?

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Oh, gosh, Pajama Boy in a Promise Zone.
Aaand they’re Shovel-Ready.

Hope and Change!

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

And he’s thinking with his lady parts.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Obama continues to espouse what I’d call Disco-Drinkin-Smokin dialogue. What’s next, Groovy Rags (“free clothes”)?

Lourdes on January 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I know. He slings the crap and seemingly never gets anything on him. The self perpetuating shiny penny. Promise zones. Talk about shovel-ready.

onomo on January 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Meet the hypocrites

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

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Officials also say Promise Zone communities will get “bonus point” advantage in applying for existing Govt subsidy programs.
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Officials says they hope Congress will approve tax incentives for private sector participants in Promise Zone programs.
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“We got many more applications than we could fund,” says HUD Secy Shaun Donovan of the Promise Zone selection process.
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Officials say communities had to apply & compete to be selected as a Promise Zone. One criteria: average poverty rate of 20% or more.
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The first five Promise Zones are in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
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With Harlem Children’s Zone, Pres Obama announces first 5 Promise Zone sites. (Pool photo by Greg Clugston, SRN News) pic.twitter.com/aVD4FRUmYD

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

If you live in one of Obama’s Promise Zones, does that mean you get to keep your insurance, doctor, & your premiums decrease $2500 per year?

-John Nolte
https://twitter.com/NolteNC/status/421375006640070656

ITguy on January 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Plus, obama stole the idea from the Rs.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Not exactly. Jack Kemp and the Heritage Foundation first proposed “enterprise zones” in the 1970s. The only similarity is they targeted economically depressed areas as well. Enterprise zones used entirely market-based incentives and tax relief to stimulate growth.

Sounds like the progressive answer to Enterprise Zones, which were a concept of encouraging economic growth in urban areas by allowing certain tax breaks and regulatory easements.

Of course, the progressive version involves more government money given unearned, and will almost certainly have the opposite effect of depressing the local economies rather than spurring local businesses.

IOW, for Obama, this is the definition of insanity.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Well, they are designed to have the same appeal as Enterprise Zones and use much of the same language, but the Obama variation is essentially targeted welfare with some tax credits – not just cuts – thrown in.

Enterprise Zones were like creating a free market zone in a blighted area. Other than the tax relief for enterprises that moved into the zone or expanded existing operations in the zone, government stood back and stayed out of the way.

Naturally, Obama’s proposal will entail much more federal involvement, they are only likely to stay out of the way in demanding accountability for federal funds.

Adjoran on January 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM