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One Year Later, Obama's Promises are Still a Work in Progress

- January 9, 2014

Obama's Recycled Idea: One Year Lat

In Obama's 2013 State Of The Union, He Promised To Partner With The 20 Hardest Hit Areas In America During 2013. "And this year, my administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We'll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, and education, and housing. We'll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we'll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and do more to encourage fatherhood -- because what makes you a man isn't the ability to conceive a child; it's having the courage to raise one." (President Barack Obama, "Remarks By The President In The State Of The Union Address," The White House Office Of The Press Secretary, 2/12/13)

One Year Later, Obama Is Once Again Pitching His "Promise Zone" Plan, Announcing The First Five Of 20 Zones. "Announced in last year's State of the Union Address, the Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President's plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety. Today, the President announced the next step in those efforts by naming the first five 'Promise Zones'. The first five Zones, located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, have each put forward a plan on how they will partner with local business and community leaders to make investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive the resources and flexibility they need to achieve their goals." ("Fact Sheet: President Obama's Promise Zones Initiative," The White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/8/14)

As Obama's Promised Languished, Communities Continued to Struggled in the P

Los Angeles

Under Obama, Los Angeles' Median Household Income Has Declined $2,091 From The 2008 Income Of $51,836 To $49,745 In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Los Angeles' Per Capita Income - $28,111 In 2012 - Has Declined $1,238 From The 2008 Income Of $29,349. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Under Obama, Poverty In Los Angeles Has Increased From 18.9 Percent In 2008 To 21.2 Percent In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Philadelphia

Under Obama, Philadelphia's Median Household Income Has Declined $1,610 From The 2008 Income Of $38,626 To Of $37,016 In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Under Obama, Poverty In Philadelphia Has Increased From 24.3 Percent In 2008 To 26.2 Percent In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

San Antonio

Under Obama, San Antonio's Median Household Income Has Declined $630 From The 2008 Income Of $45,567 To $44,937 In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Under Obama, Poverty In San Antonio Has Increased From 18.5 Percent In 2008 To 20.1 Percent In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Bryan County, Home To The Choctaw Nation's Capitol

Under Obama, The Median Household Income In Bryan County, The Seat Of The Choctaw Nation's Government, Declined $964 From The 2008 Income Of $38,847 To $37,883 In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

Southeastern Kentucky

Under Obama, The Average Per Capita Income For The Eight Counties In South Eastern Kentucky Has Declined By $910 From The 2008 Income Of $16,792 To $15,882 In 2012. (U.S. Census (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/8/14)

While Obama Touts His "Promise Zones", His Policies Are Negatively Affecting the Targeted Areas

Obama's Policies Will Put Further Strain On Southeastern Kentucky's Coal Industry

Coal Accounts For 89,350 Direct And Indirect Jobs In Kentucky, With A Combined Payroll Of $5.5 Billion. (Coal In Kentucky, National Mining Association)

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Long-Awaited Guidelines Are Expected To Make It More Difficult For New Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Built." (Valerie Volcovici, "U.S. EPA Sets First-Ever Curbs On Power Plant Pollution," Reuters, 9/20/13)

"EPA's Proposal Would Put The Squeeze On Coal." "While it won't affect existing plants, EPA's proposal would put the squeeze on coal: Any coal-burning power plant built in the future would be limited to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour of CO2 emissions, according to McCarthy's planned speech." (Erica Martinson, "Coal In President Obama's Climate Crosshairs," Politico, 9/19/13)

The New Regulations Will Put "More Pressure On Kentucky's Reeling Coal Industry." "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled a reworked set of regulations aimed at slashing pollution levels from new power plants - simultaneously putting more pressure on Kentucky's reeling coal industry." (James Bruggers, "EPA Unveils Tougher Pollution Limits For New Power Plants," The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal , 9/20/13)

  • In 2013, James River Coal Announced Layoffs Of 500 Miners In Southeastern Kentucky. "This week alone James River Coal announced layoffs of 500 miners in southeastern Kentucky." (Ronnie Ellis, "Grimes, McConnell Spar On Coal Issues," The Daily Independent, 9/19/13)
  • In 2012, Nearly 1,000 Miners And Legislators Rallied To Tell The EPA That Its Regulations Were Threatening Their Livelihood In Southeastern Kentucky. "They came from across the state, although most came from southeastern Kentucky where mountaintop removal mining occurs. They came by bus and on their own, around 1,000 strong, to tell representatives of the federal Environmental Protection Agency that its regulations are threatening their livelihood." (Ronnie Ellis, Miners, "Legislators Rally Against EPA," The Daily Independent, 6/5/12)

ObamaCare Could Threaten Hollywood Jobs In Southern California

ObamaCare May Force Movie Productions To Be Shot In Foreign Countries, Costing American Jobs. "One of the unintended consequences, say some industry insiders, is that it could lead to productions running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn't apply to U.S. citizens working abroad." (Paul Bond, "ObamaCare Hits Hollywood: Studios Brace For The Affordable Care Act," Hollywood Reporter, 6/26/13)

  • Companies Will Be Forced To Wrap Productions Within 90 Days To Comply With ObamaCare, Resulting In Lost Wages For Employees. "Some also say the number of production days in the U.S. are likely to be cut due to ACA because there's a 90-day waiting period before productions must either pay a penalty or offer health insurance to full-time workers. That rule provides big incentives for a production to wrap in less than three months." (Paul Bond, "ObamaCare Hits Hollywood: Studios Brace For The Affordable Care Act," Hollywood Reporter, 6/26/13)

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