Recently Trump has decided to remove aid for the Appalachia region of the US from the federal budget in 2018.
The 2018 budget proposal submitted to Congress by the White House on Thursday would cut funds to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The Washington-based organizations are charged with diversifying the economies of states like West Virginia and Kentucky to help them recover from coal’s decline.
During the campaign he said:
“It is the last shot for the miners. That I know,” Trump said. “And I’m not like a neutral for the miners. I’m not like, ‘Oh, well he’ll be all right.’ Hillary will be a horror show, and I’m going to be an unbelievable positive. But this is the last shot. The mines will be gone. The mines will be gone if she gets elected.”
Many people took this to mean Trump understood the plight of Appalachia. Once the news came out about the new budget, the people of this region felt betrayed:
But they are perceived by some in Appalachia as a betrayal of his promises to help coal miners.
“Folks that live in Appalachia believe that the ARC belongs to them,” said federal ARC Co-Chair Earl Gohl, bemoaning the proposed cut. “It’s really their organization.”
The most ridiculous part of this is the fact that the aid amounts to $340 million. To you and I that is a ton of money, but to an entity like the US government it is nothing. The US government spent a total of $3.8 trillion in 2015. This is pocket change to the federal government. So cutting this makes no sense or even lowers the deficit by a meaningful amount.
This region of the US is super impoverished. According to communitycommons.org.
Appalachia has some of the highest poverty rates in the US. The US poverty rate is 15.6 percent, while the Appalachian region is 19.7 percent. However, what is most revealing is when you compare an Appalachian state’s poverty level to the same state’s Appalachian region’s poverty level. For example, in Virginia the poverty rate is 11.5 percent, much lower than the US rate. However, when you look at Virginia’s Appalachian region’s poverty rate, it increases considerably to 18.8 percent (Fahe.org). As depicted in the map below, the same is true for states like Kentucky and West Virginia as well. That’s the difference that frequently goes unnoticed.
The fact is that the destruction of the coal industry has impoverished this region.
The annoying part of this is that this region of the US is predominately white. In fact this region is 83.5% white. Now I ask you dear reader: if this administration cut $340 million to a 83.5% Hispanic region of the US with poverty rates that high, would that be an issue?
The answer is “Fuck yeah, Evola Linkola!”
The hypocritical nature of this is glaring. Trump knows these people need help. He said so during the campaign. If we are cutting aid to regions to save money, why are we not looking at the $37 billion to Africa? How about the $3.8 billion year over year to Israel? The point here is that this is in no way a cost saving measure. Trump needs to stick by his people.
This has been buried by the media. No one is talking about this region of the US. Everyone knows about the South African situation and Europe, but no one talks about the destitute whites in our midst. These people are suffering. They need all of the assistance they can get. Bring this to light. Help these families. Do not let your fellow whites be tossed in the dust bin of history. The $340 million is not a big deal to the US government, but it is the life blood to this region.