Why do I say that? The stats are in. The latest bad news from the Census Bureau:
Poverty rate up slightly for Appalachia regionLast time he asked for our vote, Rick Boucher claimed that he had created 40,000 new jobs here. I asked then: Where?
By P.J. Dickerscheid, Associated Press Writer
Appalachia includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Virginia had the biggest increase in the number of people living in poverty, from 709,000 in 2006 to 743,000 a year later. Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee also had slight increases in the number of people living in poverty. (link)
I ask now: We have 34,000 residents of Southwest Virginia who have fallen into poverty in the last year. Why?
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To show that not all the misguided boobs are on this side of the state border, a director of a West Virginia think tank is quoted as having a solution to Appalachia's problems:
Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, said the numbers were generally good for his state.
To lift more West Virginians out of poverty, Boettner said state lawmakers need to follow the lead of 24 others states and enact a state earned income tax credit. Such a move would help 145,000 working poor adults "who are trying to make ends meet, but need a little incentive."
1) Poor people don't pay taxes. So what's a tax credit to them?
2) Oh wait, you don't have to have had an income or pay taxes in order to obtain that "credit." Thus the earned income tax credit becomes nothing more than government welfare by a different name.
3) Which means that notion about it providing "a little incentive" is idiocy. When it comes to welfare give-aways, been there done that.
4) Employers are the answer. Jobs. Meaningful jobs. The opportunity to succeed. That won't come from increased taxation that provides for more government handouts.