West Virginia's two Republicans in the U.S. House responded to the president's State of the Union. As expected, they didn't give glowing praise, but did offer constructive criticism.
"Tonight, the President declared this to be a 'year of action.' Unfortunately, his idea of action appears to be going it alone and not working together with Congress. That's not how governing works," Rep. David McKinley said.
"In a divided government we need to find consensus to get anything done. For the sake of the American people, we need to work together in a bipartisan manner, find common ground, and find common sense ways to make life better for all Americans."
That is how the system was set up to work.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito called for cooperation too.
"I have supported previous efforts in Congress to raise the minimum wage, and I believe Congress should debate whether the minimum wage should be raised again. This is a discussion and a debate that should be taken up in the halls of Congress, not pushed into effect via an executive order. I welcome this debate in Congress and look forward to studying any legislation that is brought to the House floor for consideration," Capito said.
We send our elected officials to Washington to work out the issues. President Obama should put his pen and ego away, and begin to acknowledge that Republicans, too, were elected by the people.
The Sunday Gazette-Mail reported last week that West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill used his state credit card to pay for expensive meals, NFL tickets and margaritas.
That's terrific news. It shows Hemphill is doing his primary job of raising money for the historically black university.
Hemphill raised $4 million from individuals in his first year-and-a-half on the job - compared to the $2.4 million the college raised in the previous four years.