Industry has harmed residents of Institute
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As residents of Institute, our lives have constantly been disrupted by outside influences. So much so, our children have had to live our nightmare.
I didn't vote for Earl Ray Tomblin for governor even though I am a Democrat. His eagerness to hitch himself on the Marcellus Shale bandwagon gave me reason to pause.
Building an ethylene plant in Institute, after years of outside intrusion upon the lives of its residents, will be nothing more than governmental incompetence.
It is clear, the federal, state and county governmental agencies are intimidated by certain industries. So intimidated, they refuse to require clear and concise scientific data on human health dangers, or require them to implement least invasive procedures during production.
The outrageous tax breaks given to billion-dollar industries, are nothing more than a free ride on the backs of West Virginia's citizens.
Mathematically, the future taxes West Virginia will gain from ethylene sales and employee payroll taxes will be no where near what we will spend on health issues caused by such production.
An environment consisting of clear and fresh air, non-contaminated soil and edible garden vegetables is needed more so than jobs.
Without a healthy workforce, West Virginia will continue to be a plantation stripped of its pristine resources.
Obama making U.S. a socialist state
President Obama's second term will bring more economic misery and record levels of unemployment. Our faltering economy will continue as a direct result of the president's vision/agenda/goal to "fundamentally transform" America into a socialist state. As witnessed by his first term, his policies do not appear to be geared toward improving our capitalist free-market economy, but more as if he wishes to tear it down and start over with something completely the opposite.
This may all be in the grand scheme of an incredibly regressive and unnecessary agenda that includes regulations and taxes on carbon and health care, to be supplemented by new stimulus packages, social programs, increased estate, dividend and new value-added taxes. This agenda alone, being implemented in the name of saving the planet, health care and the middle class, goes hand in hand with the transforming of America into a socialist state and will take trillions out of an already fragile economy. The affluent class and the folks living on the government dime will be mostly shielded from this financial Armageddon while the working middle class gets hammered.