State on perpetual welfare - West Virginia
The State of West Virginia, a spinoff from Virginia at the time of the civil war, one that aligned with the North, has been on perpetual welfare ever since. The state is the poorest in the nation and remains so even though it is rich in natural resources. Why?
It has been poor in education, though now it has a fine university, West Virginia University in Morgantown. It has some of the best state park resorts in the nation. Its mountains are beautiful, though many of its rivers and streams are devastated by poor mining and environmental practices.
Thanks to the former Senator Byrd, there is an excellent highway system throughout the state. Thanks to Senator Byrd, the FBI located its Fingerprint Lab in Clarksburg.
Senator Rockefeller, a New Yorker transplant, has been Senator a long time and other House Representatives have achieved prominence in the US legislature. What is wrong?
Perpetual welfare happens when people go onto welfare, expect it, and develop an attitude that this is normal.
Well, it isn’t normal. I blame lifer Democrat politicians who keep the status quo by making the populous seemingly dependent upon them for relief. I know some very bright people in West Virginia who sit on their duffs instead of leading to business prosperity. I also know some very bright West Virginia business people who could achieve in the private sector who are simply serving government customers instead because it is easy money.
Joe Manchin, current governor, is a good man and a lawyer from Fairmont. He can be good for the state as a Senator, but voters must demand a move away from the dole.
“W.Va. Senate hopeful Joe Manchin has one problem: That pesky 'D' after his name
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 16, 2010; 12:06 AM
CLARKSBURG, W.VA. - In any other year, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin would be a lock to win his race for Senate. He's as popular as almost any politician in America, with an approval rating around 70 percent. Even his opponents concede he's done a good job.
If that weren't enough, his opponent, John Raese, is a millionaire heir who faces questions about just how committed he is to West Virginia. His wife is registered to vote in Palm Beach, Fla., where they own a home, and his daughters go to school there.
His policies might be problematic as well - in one of the poorest states in the nation, Raese advocates for doing away with the federal minimum wage. And he has a favorite joke that may not exactly resonate in these difficult times: "I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it."”