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    Despite his past record, Robert Reich is right on this one.  It's easy to see why West Virginia went for McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012: COAL.  Not only in West Virginia but in western Pennsylvania you see signs saying "End the war on coal!  Fire Obama!"  We all know the contribution of burning coal and other fossil fuels to environmental degradation, but the unfortunate reality is that thousands of jobs are still rooted in the coal industry, and those people see anyone not firmly on that industry's side as a threat to their livelihood.

    There are no easy answers to rebuilding the economies of chronically depressed states, but a starting point should be determining the barriers to other industries locating in those states.  Then we need to look at the factors and conditions promoting the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries, and what we need to do to bring those jobs back to the United States.  As several people have observed, "the things we make make us."

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