Actually, he calls them “promise zones,” but Purchase Zones is more accurate. Obama is purchasing support. This is reminiscent of the plan to throw money at Democrat mayors.
President Barack Obama is set to speak on Thursday about how he will target job creation, housing, law enforcement, and education in the poorest U.S. communities, part of his pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America.
Obama signaled last month that he plans a new focus this year on income inequality, which he called “the defining challenge of our time”, pushing to raise the minimum wage and find new ways to help poor children break out of the cycle of poverty.
As part of this effort, Obama will create “promise zones” in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the White House said on Wednesday.
The announcement came on the 50th anniversary of a pledge by former President Lyndon Johnson to wage a “war on poverty” which led to government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and Head Start preschool education programs.
What about East St Louis, Illinois? Or some of the neighborhoods in the poorer areas of St. Louis?
President Obama acts as if the fact that the Federal government has the power and the resources to flood a few areas with money proves the government can reduce “income inequality.”
But no one doubts that, if Obama has control of the resources of the Federal Government, he can shovel money at certain places and people.
What does that have to do with fixing the U.S. Economy?
The economic problems that create “income inequality” are not fixed by the government flooding a few places with money. Money transfers just relieve some of the economic pain for those people (assuming the money actually goes to those who are hurting and not local political bosses).
And why should people in East Saint Louis be denied special treatment by the government? What makes poor people living in Los Angeles more important than them?
This way of “addressing the problem” only accentuates it.
Perhaps many liberals don’t care about actually solving any of the problems as long as they get free money. Perhaps all the ones left out of the Purchase Zones will assume that sooner or later their time will come.
But the fact remains that nothing Obama is doing can be turned into a program for fixing the problems he claims to be concerned about. All he is doing is selecting a few areas in which to purchase the people’s loyalty and love.
These Purchase Zones hold no promise for lifting up most of lower- or middle-class America.