US Poverty Rates by County: 2012 - Eastern Kentucky High Poverty Rates

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    US Poverty Rates by County: 2012 - Eastern Kentucky High Poverty Rates

    I thought this was a informative map of poverty rates by county in the US. I knew poverty rates in EKY were high, but not the extent of it.

    My questions:

    1) Should the state of Ky being doing more to improve the poverty rates?
    2) If yes, what types of programs would be effective?


    http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/...F6_MP_2012.pdf
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    Kentucky needs to focus on education and job development. Education needs to be the #1 focus for the state and job creation the #2 focus if the cycle of poverty in many counties is going to change...IMHO
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    I can recall LBJ creating a program to cure the ills of the Appalachian region, do not recall the title, I do remember a nickname of "Happy Pappy"
    We have been working on it for decades with money, programs, new roads and education. Why have these efforts not produced the wanted results?
    It can't be for a lack of effort and money, there has been plenty of both tossed at the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballfamily View Post
    I can recall LBJ creating a program to cure the ills of the Appalachian region, do not recall the title, I do remember a nickname of "Happy Pappy"
    We have been working on it for decades with money, programs, new roads and education. Why have these efforts not produced the wanted results?
    It can't be for a lack of effort and money, there has been plenty of both tossed at the situation.
    Because, frankly, it's too damned hard from a logistical standpoint to make it work long-term. It's even harder now that there's no more easily-gotten coal. Harry Caudill was right. The anti-Obama-types love to blame the EPA and regulations for what ails EKy, but the fact is the region has been doomed for decades.

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    Even if you added back the coal jobs by the clueless, non-job creating Obama administration the poverty rate in the area would still be high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Because, frankly, it's too damned hard from a logistical standpoint to make it work long-term. It's even harder now that there's no more easily-gotten coal. Harry Caudill was right. The anti-Obama-types love to blame the EPA and regulations for what ails EKy, but the fact is the region has been doomed for decades.
    Agree with the bolded to an extent (without trying to attribute an overgeneralization to you, because I know your posts are more thought out than that).

    There's a reason more of the US population is becoming urban at an increasing rate, and why soon, it is probably going to be more urban than rural for practically the first time in a long time.

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