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Fracking, Poverty and the New Liberal Gentry

November 8, 2013
By Fred Siegel

In this opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, (page A18), Fred Siegel asserts that, The transformation of American liberalism over the past half-century is nowhere more apparent than in the disputes now roiling a relatively obscure section of upstate

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In this opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, (page A18), Fred Siegel asserts that, 

The transformation of American liberalism over the past half-century is nowhere more apparent than in the disputes now roiling a relatively obscure section of upstate New York. In 1965, as part of his "war on poverty," President Lyndon Johnson created the Appalachian Regional Commission. Among the areas to be served by the commission were the Southern Tier counties of New York state, including Broome, Tioga and Chemung. The commission's central aim was to "Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation."

However, states like New York have not gotten into the new energy discoveries, and the state is suffering as a result.

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