Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Vote for W.Va. GOP Is a Vote against Better Life

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Vote for W.Va. GOP Is a Vote against Better Life

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Iam a native West Virginian and now live in Virginia. i often wonder why West Virginia, one of the most economically depressed states (sorry to say), is such a strong political ally of the conservative republican party when the GOp is known for obstructing liberal and progressive initiatives that could improve life for disadvantage citizens, both economically and socially. Many will agree that the GOP believes individuals should take control of their lives and not rely on government to provide for them. The GOP advocates slashing food stamps, denying unemployment assistance, opposing affordable healthcare, and cutting taxes for the wealthy. Republicans constantly demonize poor people and think the economically disadvantaged deserve only scorn and insults. if youre poor, youre just uneducated and lazy. Because of West Virginias depressed economy and the GOps governing programs, you will find West Virginians live with stagnated social mobility, increasing inequality and a rise of low-wage jobs without benefits. in this environment, no amount of individual effort, self-improvement or thrift can guarantee a secure middle-class lifestyle. If these conditions continue, even those who are able to move from poverty to the middle class on paper (in terms of education, job title or income level) may still never achieve longterm financial and economic stability. under republican control of the legislature, West Virginia has the nations highest unemployment rate, the lowest rate of working-age people in the workforce, consistently ranks among the bottom of states in job-creation, and ranks at or near bottom in countless other economic and health measures. Its citizens have few controls over their lives, or hopes of a stable and secure future. It should come as no surprise that West Virginians are leaving the state to seek employment opportunities elsewhere. You should vote republican if you favor wasting taxpayer dollars trying to sue or impeach the president, even when there is no legitimate cause for either action. …

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