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  •  Cabell County Here (8+ / 0-)

    You hit most of the points that I would make if I was writing your diary.

    First in the 60's and 70's you saw a large amount of gov't jobs and infrastructure jobs related to gov't spending.

    Second you had the unions.  There was a real cohesiveness with the unions at one time, and the democratic party at that time was the big union party.

    Clinton won and he made it a huge priority to say "the middle class" in nearly every speech.

    BUT- with Clinton as you mention came the unholy two.

    Gun Control
    Nafta

    Also Talk Radio and Fox News became more prevalent. So people like salesmen, truck drivers etc got a steady dose of conservatisim driving around and retired people got sort of a conservative friend to set with all day.

    Obamas silence on Wisconsin and after sort of winning some of the states by dissing free trade and now pretty much reversing and being more of a free trader than Clinton was won't help him here.

    His recent gun control article while I think it's OK sure as hell won't help him around here. Why not talk about unions and the middle class?? Why not an article about that.

    Then what you say about education. HUGE brain drain in this state in my 50 plus years here as the economy is tanking.  

    A person with a degree may have to leave the state but a person with a 10th grade education may be able to get a job in mining make 60,000 a year and live in their own home town.

    Our elected leaders in WV keep talking education but they aren't following thru with getting JOBS here that require it. Also their deference to the coal and gas industries often result in communities with "Quality of Life" issues that are not suitable to the type of people who would come in with an information type economy.

    •  The gas drilling is the latest giveaway (4+ / 0-)

      We let out of state companies come in here and take all of our resources on the cheap.  Hell, we even give them tax breaks to do it.  The legislature managed to pass tax breaks for Marcellus Shale drilling but could not come up with a decent regulatory bill.  Boggles my mind.

      The national leadership's silence about WI, MI, OH and so on is heartbreaking.  This is NATIONAL news.  Where the fuck is Obama on this?  I mean hell, even if you're just a party hack this should be upsetting.  Unions are our only large, organized source of funding on the left.  If they are crushed then...I don't need to tell you this.

      "What is essential is invisible to the eye." www.thefoxfoot.com

      by greywolfe359 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:43:35 AM PDT

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      •  I TOTALLY hear you. (5+ / 0-)

        OK so we have this potential source of revenue for a poor state. The Marcellius shale.

        Rather than funding outreach to landowners to educate them about leases and how to get the most for their  minerals it seems like the legislature is all about falling all over themselves to give it away with as little benefit as possible to the population.

        The Division of Forestry is like that too. It's all about hooking up landowners with loggers and not that much about driving a hard bargain to get the landowner the best deal for their timber with the least disruption of their property.

        If we didn't have such clueless legislators WV could be like Alaska, where residents get a check for the income from natural resources. Instead we get underfunded schools, crumbling roads from drilling trucks, dead fish and polluted water wells.

      •  We found ourselves (0+ / 0-)

        owning a tiny portion of this we didn't know we had. (Incompetent legal work in the past)

        We sold it, and gave a chunk of the sales to The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, a local organization which is fighting with bigger organizations such as Sierra Club, to hold the Marcellus Shale folks feet to some regulatory fire.

        They are also working on Mt Top Removal Issues and reforestation & conservation issues.

        If you are interested on supporting local folks working to keep WV honest, please support them and at least check their site as a news source.  

        Even $10 - $25. goes a long way.
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        And we are sadly in the same situation as many here - family torn apart by these issues mentioned in this diary.

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