Politicians aren't businessmen even though they are running large economic engines. In most cases they are people who make their living as politicians. Politicians get re-elected by giving you things, spending, spending, spending. Not by taking them away. West Virginian's have always tracked their federal representatives' suitability for office by the number of grants they send back to the state. Granted that it is your money taken in the form of taxes, but, as history shows, they can easily convince all, that it is for our own good.
No matter what fund a politician places money in they will spend it. That's how a politician survives.
Senator Joe Manchin has common sense
In a relatively short time the junior senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has acquired national recognition. Along with the senator's intellect, he possesses an attribute that is totally lacking in the halls of congress, that being "common sense."
Senator Manchin's stand on guns in the state aroused some opposition from gun enthusiasts. His use of common sense called for background checks along with banning of assault weapons. The hillbillies can still purchase hundreds of models of weapons, including semi-automatic guns. In the U.S., 33 people die every day from gunshots. The majority of hillbillies, especially the sportsmen, agree with the senator on guns.
But, common sense comes forth in Sen. Manchin's stand on weapons of mass destruction used in Syria on defenseless civilians. After World War I, 189 countries signed a pact outlawing the use of poison gas. Senator Manchin believes if gas is used, the problem should be in the United Nations' hand. Senator Manchin believes as a superpower, the U.S. should not only use such power militarily, but endeavor to use this superpower in all aspects of life. The guiding light to common sense is "keep everything simple." We hillbillies have a most creditable representative in Sen. Joe Manchin.
Sen. Manchin again with common sense was one of the sponsors of the senate bill that reopened the government. This was a bipartisan bill that hopefully will set a precedent for future negotiations.