West Virginia is showing the country what happens when you try to find solutions in the past, instead of investing and building for the future.
Although the country generally is doing better, West Virginia is not. The poverty rate is nearly 20% – one of the highest in the Nation – and it was one of only two states whose poverty rate rose last year. The President claims he turned the economy around with his focus on coal, but a meager 2,000 coal jobs were created in the last year. As this article describes, the jobs being created in the state are often low-wage, part-time jobs that don’t come close to meeting a family’s needs. The opioid crisis is having a huge impact, as hopelessness descends on people who have no options and can see no future. And instead of taking steps to improve their economy – perhaps by enacting minimum wage laws, or investing in the kind of infrastructure or education that would encourage companies to move to the state to take advantage of the low cost of living and an eager workforce – the state is enacting work requirements for food stamps. It is ignoring the structural problems and the lack of jobs that pay a living wage, and punishing those who are just struggling to get by. Its “solutions” will only make the problem worse.
Tom McClintock’s political philosophy mirrors West Virginia’s. As he’s shown us for the past ten years, he doesn’t think it’s his job to work to increase job or educational opportunities for his constituents. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.