Gov. Tomblin, Obama have gotten results
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I have known Gov. Tomblin since the time he was senate president. Gov. Tomblin has helped me get some good bills into the Senate and get them passed, like the crossbow bill for veterans and handicapped citizens. These bills were signed by former Gov. Joe Manchin.
Gov. Tomblin tries to introduce bills that will benefit the citizens of West Virginia. For example, he is trying to make safety standard requirements better for our miners who risk their lives every day. There are people who make statements that Gov. Tomblin is trying to stop miners from working; however, this is not true. The EPA is setting standards that are forcing our miners to terminate their work both underground and on the surface. I thought we had them wiped out 10 years ago. If it was left up to EPA there would be no jobs in West Virginia.
Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, I don't think the people give President Obama credit for what he has done. I retired from General Motors, and if it had not been for President Obama bailing out General Motors there would be thousands who lost jobs and pensions. One thing for sure, he has done what he promised. He is bringing our soldiers back from Afghanistan and extended unemployment benefits. He has worked to make America a better place to live. We have got to get jobs back to America and stop outsourcing to other countries.
President has improved coal miners' lives
I have read about expressions by coal companies and some of their employees against our sitting president.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Century Mine in Beallsville, Ohio was closed on the day of the Romney rally. WWVA reported that Century employees were told that attending was mandatory. At least some of those expressions of opposition were apparently forced.
The coal companies indicate that President Obama has damaged the coal industry. The Wall Street Journal came to a different conclusion. It indicated that the coal industry was damaged not by President Obama, but by the market, which priced "natural gas" so low, based apparently upon recent discoveries in shale gas, as to undermine the value of coal as a creator of electricity.
Mining coal still causes black lung disease. The Republican budget plan takes aim at recent changes in federal black lung regulation. Prior to the new regulations coming out of the Obama regime, the success rate for some federal black lung claims was ridiculously low, well under 10 percent with others, like death cases brought by widows, much lower. Thanks to liberalized regulations, the success rate has increased. Republican plans seek to reverse this trend and return to a ridiculously low level of miners who get benefits.
In addition, Mr. Obama has appointed knowledgeable individuals in favor of coal mine safety, such as Joe Main, to positions of leadership of the federal coal mine safety program.
The president is no enemy of the coal miner. Instead, he improved the life of coal miners.
Politicians stay in office too long
I would like discuss the amendment on the ballot this year that hasn't gotten very much publicity. It is the constitutional amendment to repeal the two-consecutive term limitation for sheriffs in West Virginia.