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Friday, March 17, 2017

President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating funding for economic development programs supporting laid-off coal miners and others in Appalachia, stirring fears in a region that supported him of another letdown on the heels of the coal industry's collapse. 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. The proposed cuts would save the federal government $340 million and come as the Republican president seeks to slash a wide array of federal programs and regulations to make way for increased military spending.

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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 52-year old agency has run more than 650 projects in Appalachia's 13 states between 2011 and 2015 costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Its programs, some launched under Democratic former President Barack Obama, are expected to create or retain more than 23,670 jobs and train and educate over 49,000 students and workers, the organization said.

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"Four hundred of the 420 counties ARC operates in voted for Trump in November's election."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-03-17 12:43 AM | Reply

Donnie abandons another campaign promise?

Shocking!

Hopefully he can distract America with some tweets or more "leaked" tax returns.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-03-17 12:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Rednecks are addicted to free stuff, time to cut them off. Go get em Trump.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-17 02:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

They were easily duped by a duplicitous con artist without giving a moments thought to the deceitful nature of the man who was promising to save them.

I suppose it's only natural to grab onto a straw when you're drowning in a sea of poverty but it's still hard to find sympathy for such short sighted ignorance.

However, there's a wall to build and somebody has to pay for it. And it's not going to be Mexico.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-03-17 03:14 AM | Reply

You --------- voted for him. Enjoy.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-17 07:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Donnie abandons another campaign promise?

You make it sound like he wasn't sociopathically telling his morons the things they wanted to hear that he had no intention of ever doing.

""Drain the swamp" is being drained itself now that alligators will be swimming in the White House.

Donald Trump, who said the slogan frequently on the campaign trail as a way of describing his promise to rid Washington D.C of special interests, will move away from using the phrase, Newt Gingrich, who advises the President-elect, said Wednesday.

"I'm told he now just disclaims that," Gingrich said on NPR's "Morning Edition." "He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore.""

www.nydailynews.com

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-17 08:58 AM | Reply

West Virginia should be the Dubai of North America.
For well over a century coal fired the industrial revolution.
West Virginia demonstrates perfectly what happens when out of state/country companies are allowed to exploit another states resources. These people have nothing to show but a bunch of dirty holes in the ground for the billions in dollars their coal produced.

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-03-17 01:46 PM | Reply

Same thing he has done to everyone from sub-contractors to women to Trump U students... grab 'em, grope 'em, then run like hell.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-03-17 01:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Wow he sure is helping the coal miners.

#9 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-03-17 02:12 PM | Reply

ZERO sympathy.

He promised to slash government assistant everywhere. You voted for it. Deal with it. Stupid Conservatives.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-03-17 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

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There goes his second term.
The GOP reminds me of the TV talking head that blew his brains out on live TV.

#11 | Posted by morris at 2017-03-17 02:29 PM | Reply

"West Virginia should be the Dubai of North America.
For well over a century coal fired the industrial revolution.
West Virginia demonstrates perfectly what happens when out of state/country companies are allowed to exploit another states resources. These people have nothing to show but a bunch of dirty holes in the ground for the billions in dollars their coal produced.

#7 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES "

Ever notice WVA and Maryland share a border?

I can guess where those profiting from the mines lived and where the workers lived.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2017-03-17 03:09 PM | Reply

I recall Predicting that Trump would practically kill entire counties in the Appalachia's.

We'll likely first see counties where 90% of the population ends up living in the county seat.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2017-03-17 03:17 PM | Reply

---- Appalachia! It's full of Trump supporters anyway.

#14 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-03-17 03:23 PM | Reply

From the article:

"It's true that the president won his election in rural country. I would really like to see him climb aboard the ARC vehicle as a way to help us help ourselves," (Republican Congressman Hal) Rogers said.
Republican hypocrisy is a mile deep and a mile wide.
Rigel Preston, a 38-year old former surface miner, said ARC programs helped him land a job as a paid intern at technology company Interapt after he lost his benefits.
Dollars-to-donuts he voted for Trump, despite being personally helped by Democratic Party initiatives.

Ingratitude is a cardinal sin.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2017-03-17 03:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


I've read that Pres Trump won the Oval Office largely due to the support of a significant number of white, uneducated Democrats, such as those served by the ARC program. The group had been quite disenfranchised by prior administrations in Washington.

One can only wonder what they will be thinking of Pres Trump as they slowly realize that he is not only taking away programs that are very significant to their (and their children's) collective future, but is also reducing their health care benefits so that he can grant a large tax cut to the wealthy.

How long will it be before they begin to realize just how much the person they help to vote into the Oval Office has turned his back on them?

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-03-17 04:06 PM | Reply

"How long will it be before they begin to realize just how much the person they help to vote into the Oval Office has turned his back on them?" - #16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-03-17 04:06 PM

Sadly, LampLighter, I believe the answer is "never."

Republicans have been quite adept at placing the blame on "the others" for so long, that those people will just continue to vote for the very people they're being screwed by in order to believe they're screwing "the others."

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." - President Lyndon Johnson

#17 | Posted by Hans at 2017-03-17 04:17 PM | Reply

"....The proposed cuts would save the federal government $340 million..."

Well, This is what I'd tell these Great Patriots in Appalachia; this is how I'd sell it:

"Hey, you all need to just stop, quit thinking about yourselves for just a minute, and look at the possible, positive upswing on all this. The government can take this incredible, and tremendous savings and buy 2 or maybe even 3 more Jet fighters for the Air Force!"

#18 | Posted by shane at 2017-03-17 05:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"....The proposed cuts would save the federal government $340 million..."

We could shoot down over 100 paper airplanes with patriot missiles. Wouldn't that be a better way to spend the money than making peoples lives better?

#19 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-03-17 05:31 PM | Reply

They should just go back to where they came from and stop taking our jobs.

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-03-17 05:45 PM | Reply

This budget won't pass. Too many Republicans with too many constituents with too much to lose.

#21 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-03-17 06:40 PM | Reply

OOPS! Lie #153 exposed.
Better leak a tax return, accuse Clinton of peeping in his bathroom, and the CIA of forcing Melania into prostitution.

#22 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-03-17 07:14 PM | Reply

Donny seems intent upon creating a whole new slave class in America.

#23 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-03-17 09:43 PM | Reply

Republicans have been quite adept at placing the blame on "the others" for so long, that those people will just continue to vote for the very people they're being screwed by in order to believe they're screwing "the others."
#17 | Posted by Hans

You're half right, Hans.

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." - President Lyndon Johnson

That explains Johnson's War on Poverty.

#24 | Posted by Ray at 2017-03-17 10:23 PM | Reply

Conservatives aren't complaining.

And relax. We're going after a lot of liberal golden cows too.

#25 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-03-17 10:37 PM | Reply

#22 |

Damn. That was funny. Good job.

#26 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-03-17 10:58 PM | Reply

After 50 years of not producing jobs, a cut is due. If there was reall development, we would not need a program still.

#27 | Posted by TIGER at 2017-03-18 04:59 AM | Reply

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." - President Lyndon Johnson

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#28 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-18 10:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

""Hey, you all need to just stop, quit thinking about yourselves for just a minute, and look at the possible, positive upswing on all this. The government can take this incredible, and tremendous savings and buy 2 or maybe even 3 more Jet fighters for the Air Force!""

So well stated it could be a lyric for a song.

#29 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-18 11:24 AM | Reply

--- Appalachia! It's full of Trump supporters anyway.

#14 | POSTED BY MODER8 AT 2017-03-17 03:23 PM

Its what Reagoonietunes called starving the beast

What the US needs is more starving oxyheaded red necks... thy will make good cannon fodder for going to war with Korea.

#30 | Posted by Rightistrite at 2017-03-18 12:11 PM | Reply

Elections have consequences, maybe these morons should expand their news sources beyond Faux Spews and InfoWars. If they had actually watched or read some mainstream media, they would have known that Comb-over Caligula was the biggest liar to ever run for any office anywhere, to the extent that he couldn't remember one lie from the next, and denied being caught lying over and over and over in spite of video evidence to the opposite. So instead of understanding that coal is dead and those jobs are gone forever, and voting for a woman who had viable plans for more job retraining and green energy jobs, they believed an orange bloviator who lied to them and said what they wanted to hear. These stupid people get what they deserve. On top of the loss of ARC, they'll also lose their ACA, which specifically covers their black lung disease. Good luck getting insurance with Trumpcare in the future with that preexisting condition. The Republican healthcare plan, "Hurry up and die!"

#31 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-03-18 02:28 PM | Reply

They've always preferred to have jobs, instead of "help" from Washington.

And jobs are what will come, despite effete liberals telling them to find work in a social media startup or some other silly thing.

#32 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-03-18 10:30 PM | Reply

"They've always preferred to have jobs"

Uhuh and where was the effort to bring back the CCC?

#33 | Posted by Tor at 2017-03-19 02:11 PM | Reply

Uhuh and where was the effort to bring back the CCC?

Posted by Tor at 2017-03-19 02:11 PM | Reply

And the WPA.

#34 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-03-19 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Conservatives aren't complaining.

And relax. We're going after a lot of liberal golden cows too.

#25 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 201

you're assuming, as well, that this report is more honest than the one on 'meals on wheels' where there was massive fear and scare tactical BS and out and out lies being shoveled with misinformation.
when IN FACT, that program received bulk of funding from EVIL CORPORATIONS.,..those recipients of leftists zealot HATRED....until they need them,.

#americansagainstthedemocratparty

#aacons

#35 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-03-19 02:39 PM | Reply

Rednecks will be screwed by the orange comrade!

#36 | Posted by BingyBunny at 2017-03-19 08:14 PM | Reply

No more free stuff for Appalachian losers. Go get em Trump.

#37 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-19 08:30 PM | Reply

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