My good friend and radio personality John Case received an e-mail from Senator Joe Manchin (D – WV) which, to all appearances, supports many of the subjects which we on the left do as well. John points out that this is a ruse… and, of course, with an election coming in November, Joe is trying to make himself look OK to Democrats.
Here’s the correspondence:
On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM, Joe Manchin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
West Virginia is still recovering from the storms that did so much damage these past few weeks. The power is back on, but families lost their groceries, saw their fuel expenditures rise, and many, many people lost pay because businesses weren’t operating. What more evidence do we need that American infrastructure needs improvement?
But in the middle of our suffering in West Virginia, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had awarded a $94 million contract to provide reliable electricity for Helmand Province, Afghanistan. That’s right – while thousands of West Virginians were without power just a short drive away, the federal government decided it would be a good idea to spend all that money halfway around the world to buy electricity for a country that doesn’t even want our help.
I went to the Senate floor and I let my colleagues know that I am very frustrated and angry about this, and that I’m not going to just sit by and watch Washington treat West Virginia like it’s less important than Afghanistan. Now that West Virginia is officially asking for federal disaster recovery help, I’d like the folks in Washington to hear what you have to say, too.
Add your name to my petition and leave your thoughts for the record on my website.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you build a bridge in West Virginia, we won’t blow it up. If you build a school, we won’t burn it down. In fact, we’ll be very appreciative. And if you help us invest in a more reliable electric system, we will use that power to make this country stronger, to power this nation’s economy, and to provide good-paying jobs.
I am sorry, Senator Manchin, but — while I am glad you are opposed to further unnecessary expenditures in Afghanistan — I will not support you for re-election. I believe that candidates who espouse, as you do, Republican talking points on energy, the president, climate change, and other matters should be defeated. I will not vote Republican — so I am not planing to vote for you.
I think voters who are tempted by racism or ignorance, or simple misinformation about the future of coal and the its costs/benefits to West Virginia, to vote for you — should really get to enjoy the full consequences of Republican policies you are pursuing — why get it half-baked and stale from you, or Gov. Tomblin for that matter. Get the full dose of political poison!
By the way — I have a radio program on weekday mornings in Shepherdstown. Maybe I have it all wrong! Feel free to call in to WSHC Listen Live line from 8-9 AM Tues thru Friday, 304-876-5369, if you would like to discuss this.
very truly yours,
Host, The Winners and Losers Radio Program
WSHC, 89.7 FM / 897wshc.org
Of course, the odds of Joe Manchin calling into the Winners and Losers radio show are greatly weighted to “no show.” John is correct that this so-called Democrat really seems to be a Republican (as does Earl Ray Tomblin) – from not supporting the President in the Senate to publicly affirming that he will NOT attend the Democratic Convention.
Thanks for making this correspondence public, John.
- I’m really tired of hearing how Obama is costing WV coal jobs. Not True! (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Jay, Manchin ask Obama to OK state disaster request (wvgazette.com)
- Why Joe Manchin Flees From Barack Obama (powerlineblog.com)
- Manchin to skip Democratic National Convention (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Top West Virginia Democrats RSVP ‘No’ to DNC Convention (nymag.com)
- W.Va. Dem brass skipping DNC (politico.com)
- Some Democrats to skip their convention (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Manchin Questions Afghan Aid After Mass Power Outage at Home (wsaz.com)
- Manchin links state storm outages to Afghan aid (wvgazette.com)
West Virginia Coal Mine Jobs Rise Under Obama
Despite the lies told by Sen. Joe Manchin (Joe Manchin) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (Joe Manchin) and the Friends of Coal Barons Who Kill Miners, President Barack Obama’s EPA has not spelled doom to coal jobs. In fact, the opposite is true:
While the Obama administration and the EPA may be taking a harder look at mountain top removal mining permits, a quick look at coal mining employment in West Virginia reveals that since Obama took office in the winter of 2009 coal mining employment has grown by over 1,500 jobs or by 7.4%. If we measure from the end of the national recession in June 2009 (or the 2nd Quarter of 2009) to the third-quarter of 2011 (the latest available data), employment in the coal mining industry has grown by 3,100. For comparison, total employment in West Virginia has only grown by 2.9% over this period.
People have to really hate Obama to push the lies that come out of the coal industry, out of Manchin’s office and out of the Romney Campaign. It’s possible that the West Virginia politicos (even those claiming to be “Democrats”) have other goals in mind for this pathetically poor state.
- May 22 News: Coal Country Jobs At Two-Decade High, But Industry Campaigns Against ‘Job Killing’ Regulations (thinkprogress.org)
- The real war on coal (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- W.Va. coal-mining jobs on rise under Obama (blogs.wvgazette.com)
- Coal politics: What W.Va. doesn’t want to talk about (blogs.wvgazette.com)
- Second West Virginia Dem unsure about Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
From National Journal:
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has done more than any other Democrat up for reelection this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.
“I’ll look at the options,” Manchin said this week. The last three years “have made it pretty rough” for his state, he said.
That stance is at odds with almost every other Democrat who is up for reelection this year or is from a state that Romney is likely to win. And it’s an indication of the unique effort Manchin has made to establish his independence from Obama and other Democrats. The senator has regularly used floor speeches and closely watched votes to, as he puts it, “respectfully” highlight differences with Obama, especially on environmental issues. He said Obama has never called him or sought a one-on-one conversation.
Manchin said his own vote will depend on how his constituents view the contest.
Well, I tell ya. My vote is not likely to be for Joe Manchin. I may not vote Republican. I may write in someone else… but I will NOT vote for Joe Manchin if he can claim to be a Democrat and not support his party’s candidate.
In my house, Manchin is considered lower than dog poop.
Here’s an article and video from Russell Mokhiber at Morgan County USA. It points out with disturbing accuracy why I am unable to support Joe Manchin, the self-appointed Senator who is up for his first real election:
Joe Manchin Meet Glass Steagall – 2/18/2012
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) came to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia yesterday to meet with citizens.
One citizen asked Senator Manchin about Glass-Steagall.
Glass-Steagall was the depression era law that prevented banks from gambling with your savings account.
It was repealed by President Clinton in 1999.
And many economists believe that the repeal of Glass-Steagall had a lot to do with the most recent economic collapse.
There’s a move to bring it back.
In the Senate and the House.
But Senator Manchin said he never heard of Glass-Steagall.
Not that the law was passed post depression.
Not the fact that Clinton repealed it.
Not the fact that it may have had something to do with the recent Wall Street collapse.
One man in the crowd tried to explain to Manchin what it was.
Manchin thought the man was referring to Dodd-Frank.
No, not Dodd-Frank, the man said.
I suggested to Senator Manchin that the reason the American people hold Congress in such low regard is because the American people think that Senator Manchin and his colleagues are corrupt.
I started to read to him from a list of his major corporate contributors.
FirstEnergy Corp. $88,000.
Mylan Inc. $59,900.
American Electric Power $45,950.
Jackson Kelly $45,398.
I told Manchin about the story of Rose Baker, the Wetzel County woman whose life was destroyed by fracking.
As a result of fracking by Chesapeake Energy and others, her quality of life went from a 10 to a 3 in a couple of years.
She can’t drink her well water now because it’s polluted.
There’s night light pollution, noise pollution, water pollution.
Manchin supports fracking.
He’s opposed to a moratorium on fracking.
How do we know that it’s not because of the money he takes from Chesapeake Energy ($21,900)?
Manchin is opposed to single payer national health care.
How do we know it’s not because of the $139,100 he takes from the pharmaceutical and other related industries?
Could it be that Manchin cares more about Chesapeake Energy than he does about Rose Baker?
Could it be that Manchin cares more about health insurance and pharmaceutical companies that give him money than he does about the 120 people who die every day in America just because they don’t have health insurance?
Manchin says he cares about Rose Baker.
He says he cares about a 63-year friend of mine who has been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, but can’t get it fixed because he has no health insurance and the operation will cost $120,000.
Manchin says every member of Congress has to raise money from corporations just to get re-elected.
True enough, said one woman in the audience.
So, what are we going to do to get money out of politics, she asked.
Manchin said we need transparency.
But we already have transparency.
Here’s the list of money you take from corporations.
We need to get the money out.
But Manchin is marinated in corporate cash.
He’s in no position to support a moratorium on fracking.
Or single payer.
Or legislation to clean up the system.
He’s corporatized to the core.
He doesn’t know Glass-Steagall.
He doesn’t know Rose Baker.
He doesn’t know about my friend with the aortic aneurysm.
Why should he know?
Thank you so much, Russell. This was very revealing and EVERYONE in West Virginia should look at this. Who, however do we vote for? Mountain Party?
I’m really afraid we’re stuck with this Republican in a Democrat mask.
- Manchin: Where’s W.H. leadership? (politico.com)
- Manchin speaks up – to defend Keystone XL! (junkscience.com)
- Sens. Marco Rubio And Joe Manchin Make Bipartisan Appearance, Blast Birth Control Mandate (mediaite.com)
- Two U.S. Senators Are In A Feud Over College Football [College Football] (deadspin.com)
- Manchin Will Run for Senate (politicalwire.com)
… all glad to see my concern and all saying they’ll keep me in mind as legislation comes up.
However, not one of them, whether Democrat or Republican, got elected without financial support from the coal companies that are destroying West Virginia with mountain top removal to get coal. If you think that means they are going to regulate the coal companies who are destroying our state… ruining homes, water supplies and the tourist industry… then you have got to be kidding yourself.
Here’s a piece by Michael Jonathon:
So… of you’re anywhere in the states that have Appalachian coal mining, keep this in mind next Fall when the politicians are campaigning in your neck of the woods.
- Jeff Biggers: Dear Soledad: Appalachian Leaders Respond to CNN’s Blair Mountain Special on Mountaintop Removal (huffingtonpost.com)
- Removing mountaintops yields coal, controversy (cnn.com)
- Lethal Fallout from Mining Spurs a Mountaintop Removal Moratorium Campaign to End to the Humanitarian Crisis in Appalachia (alternet.org)
- Extra 60,000 Cancer Cases from Mountaintop Removal (gcvconservation.wordpress.com)
- Sen. Manchin Maintains Lucrative Ties to Family-Owned Coal Company (nytimes.com)
- Poll: Majority oppose controversial coal mining practice (cnn.com)
- The new battle for Blair Mountain (cnn.com)
- WATCH: Soledad O’Brien Takes On Hugely Controversial Environmental Issue (huffingtonpost.com)
U. S. House Republicans Pass Budget Hurting Seniors
Capito Votes with Party, Abandoning WV Seniors
She has it upside down!
The cuts would radically change Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. These cuts would reopen the prescription drug “Donut Hole” forcing seniors to pay more for their medicines.
“It is outrageous for Capito to vote for these radical cuts,” said West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio. “These cuts to our seniors will cause great hardship in West Virginia. These cuts will mean thousands of dollars to our seniors – forcing many to choose between health care and food. Shelley Moore Capito needs to stand up for West Virginians instead of the House Republican leaders’ radical agenda. I commend Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall for speaking out against this bill.”
Here’s what Capito did to screw her Senior constituents like ME:
End Medicare As We Know It. “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
Republican Plan Brings Back “Donut Hole” Coverage Gap for Prescription Drugs. (this is extremely important to me as a Senior who takes 1 different pills a day and two different insulin shots) Ryan’s plan brings back the coverage “gap in Medicare prescription drug” benefit. [Associated Press, 4/06/11]
Congressional Budget Office: GOP Budget Raises Health Costs for Retirees. “Most future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal, according to an analysis by nonpartisan experts for Congress that could be an obstacle to GOP ambitions to tame federal deficits. […] The budget office gave two reasons future retirees can expect to pay more. First, private plans would cost more than traditional Medicare because of such factors as higher administrative costs. Second, the federal contribution would grow more slowly than health care cost inflation, leaving a bigger gap for beneficiaries to pay.” [AP, 4/6/11]
AARP: Budget Undermines Vital Programs for Older Americans. “Among its provisions, the proposal would drive up costs for people in Medicare, take away needed coverage for long-term care from millions of older and disabled Americans and reduce critical help for seniors facing the threat of hunger.” [AARP press release, 4/7/11]
GOP Budget Would Almost Double Healthcare Costs For Seniors. “The Republican congressman’s proposal to privatize Medicare would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. healthcare costs for the elderly, an independent analysis finds. Seniors would pay almost double — more than $12,510 a year.” [LA Times, 4/7/11]
And Capito keeps sending me e-mail about all the great things she is doing for West Virginians! Whenever I send her e-mails about the things I’d like her to support, she follows the Tea Party Line instead. All it means is I’ll work twice as hard to get her out of office… if it means using this blog and my radio show weekly on WSHC.
- Capito Will Not Run for Senate (politicalwire.com)
- Republicans continue assault on consumer protection (americablog.com)
- Ryan budget plan passes House; only 4 GOP reps vote no (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Miller whines about Murkowski’s lame duck voting record (dailykos.com)
- ‘Don’t ask’ repeal moves toward law (politico.com)
- Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone (news.firedoglake.com)
- A senator scorned (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Lisa Murkowski’s ‘Newfound Independence’ Could Have Impact On Obama-Backed Issues (huffingtonpost.com)
I have to admit I’m not crazy about living in West Virginia (although, fortunately, the Eastern Panhandle is so little like most of West Virginia that it makes being here almost tolerable.) We have, yes, two Democratic Senators… one a Rockefeller (which means more like a Progressive Republican like brother Nelson was) and the other, just elected, was a “conservative” Democrat Governor and got elected by advertising his conservativeness, his NRA alliance, his opposition to Cap and Trade and his remarkable connection with the coal industry (fortunately his opponent was a loony who really lives in Florida.) When people ash what kind of state WV is, to comment is usually a “Republican State.”
I mentioned that the Eastern Panhandle was somewhat different. It is fairly Progressive and has a population with a higher academic background than most of the state. It often carries for Democrats when the rest of the state goes Republicans… and it has a fairly large number of long-distance commuters who work in Washington DC.
We are a distinctly polluted state… between coal pollution from blowing the tops off our mountains, to Chemical Pollution from big DuPont plants which are, essentially, unregulated… and avoid stopping the large corporations (whose officers do not live in the state for the most part) from polluting us further.
When you look for a job in this state you find that there is not the kind of availabilty you find in the DC area, or the NYC area, or even in the Hartford, CT, area. Oh, there are some construction jobs that won’t last given the economy. There are some retail slots, if you can afford to work for Wal-Mart. There are a few Federal Jobs (National Parks, NCSC and others) which have hard-to-get-into rules. And there are some teaching jobs… but these don’t turn over quickly and are fairly low paying. I suppose, given the outrageous number of churches, there are some religious jobs too… just found your own church and hold your hand out for dough. Not sure how, as an atheist, I could do that in good conscience.
I’m here, however, and it doesn’t look like I have a way out, given the economy, my age and my general health. It’s a good thing I can escape to the Internet.
- Will Joe Manchin Join the Republicans? [Deals] (gawker.com)
- West Virginia Sues Federal Government Over Mining Restrictions (politicsdaily.com)
- King Coal wins the mid-terms (grist.org)
- A look at how unemployment has grown in the past 4 years… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Alliance to Present at the RBC Capital Markets’ 2010 MLP Conference (eon.businesswire.com)
- West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin Will Fill Sen. Byrd’s Seat (politicsdaily.com)
- Democrat Joe Manchin’s Republican TV Commercial (newsweek.com)
- Dueling Ads in the West Virginia Senate Race (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
I’d like to take a moment to talk with all my friends around the country who haven’t decided if they will vote this year…
Quite frankly, there is not much of a choice here: if you don’t vote, you will condemn us to changes in our country that will be hard to live with and harder to overcome in the future.
For instance, Republican Senate candidates Linda McMahon in Connecticut, Rand Paul in Kentucky, John Raese in West Virginia, and Dino Rossi in Washington have all pledged to roll back or eliminate the minimum wage.
Sharron Angle in Nevada, Ken Buck in Colorado, and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania have all talked about privatizing Social Security — or eliminating it altogether.
Twenty of this year’s Republican candidates for the Senate have been asked about climate change, and 19 of them have said that the science is wrong.
Taking stances this extreme has serious consequences. However, Pat Toomey is slipping in Pennsylvania; In Wisconsin, Ron Johnson is losing ground; Raese, Paul, and Buck are running out of steam. If you get out and vote, either in early voting this week or on November 2nd, you will have the effect of helping the progressive force in Congress solve the real problems made in the eight years of the Bush Administration.
You won’t regret it.
- FiveThirtyEight: Senate Forecast Update: G.O.P. Still Seeking No. 51 (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com)
- FACTBOX-Twelve U.S. Senate races to watch (reuters.com)
- Tightening Senate races give pause to GOP (msnbc.msn.com)
- November Elections 2010 – Some Big Upsets in Store (socyberty.com)
… or, as some would say, he’s from Florida (at least that’s where his wife and family vote.)
This from TPMDC:
- Campaign goes red-neck to red-neck in West Virginia (nowpublic.com)
- Is John Raese Married? (politicsdaily.com)
- WV-Sen: Manchin opens up wide lead over Raese (dailykos.com)
- Sarah Palin Endorses John Raese For Senate In West Virginia (blogs.abcnews.com)
I don’t understand why Joe Manchin isn’t being supported by both Democrats and Republicans in West Virginia…
If it were not for the fact that Raese the Republican is so creepy (and pretty much a Florida Resident), I could be convinced to vote against a Democrat in my own state.
- Video: Manchin’s got a gun … (hotair.com)
- Democrat Takes Aim at Cap and Trade in Ad (cbsnews.com)
- Manchin fires at his party’s platform (politico.com)
- Joe Manchin ‘Hicky’ Ad Hammers GOP Opponent (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Manchin: If health reform can’t be fixed, ‘repeal the whole thing’ (thehill.com)
Speculating on the intelligence of the American public, I am beginning to think that we have a majority of extremely shallow thinkers, otherwise why would the polls be moving so far to the right? Starting with Reagan who began the process of deregulating all the structures that preserved our society economically and helped it grow, passing through eight years of W that finished decimating the economy and left us in a trap that only more expenses could help get us out of, we should have recognized that people fell for the same stuff time after time.
Well, it looks like a huge chunk of our population is ready to bite into what is a particularly rotten apple again. If, in the couple of weeks we have remaining, the polls stay the way they are today we are likely to lose the House of Representatives if not the Senate (and in West Virginia a technical Florida resident named Raese who is ready to ditch Social Security and undermine education is now picked to beat Governor Manchin for our Senate seat.) There’s still a chance that things can change, but I don’t believe there are enough intelligent people to do it.
- Raese Leads Manchin in West Virginia (politicalwire.com)
- WV Gov. Manchin’s “Blood Boiling” Over “Hickey” Casting Call (blogs.abcnews.com)
- GOP West Virginia Ad Called for “Hicky” Actors (cbsnews.com)
- ‘Hicky Blue Collar Look’: Casting Call for Political Ad Embarrasses GOP (abcnews.go.com)
Vote for Manchin…here’s why:
- Hugh Hewitt: Raece Agead In West Virginia (hughhewitt.com)
- In WV, Popular Governor Manchin Hindered by the D Next To His Name (blogs.abcnews.com)
1. Joe Manchin will be the next West Virginia Senator. He ran the field in the Saturday Democratic Primary and I see no reason why he won’t take the Senate in the same measure that he took the Governorship.
2. Karzai and U.S. are heading to a major fallout. This week Karzai fired the major corruption attorney which we placed in the Afghanistan government because he was getting too close. How long can this last?
3. Christmas Sales will fall flat this year… jobs won’t pick up enough. If only America would realize how many unemployed sixty-plus-year-olds are willing to apply their experience at much lower pay than they had been getting, we could really get out of a lot of this.
There’s more… read it HERE.
This article from Salon starts:
West Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Joe Manchin, is sitting in the catbird’s seat these days. Even before the death of West Virginia’s longtime Senator Robert Byrd, Manchin was considered something of Byrd’s heir apparent, and that became even clearer with his announcement last Friday that he is “highly likely” to run to succeed Byrd. When and how will that election to replace Byrd be held? Well, the answer is that, as governor, it’s all up to Manchin himself.
State statute seemed to require that a special election be held this year, but West Virginia’s Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, citing case-law, decided two weeks ago that because the 2010 primary election had already happened, the election to fill the seat shouldn’t be until 2012 (when the seat would be up for its regularly scheduled election anyway). National Democrats heaved a sigh of relief, thinking that it would be better not to have one more seat to defend in what’s shaping up to be a difficult year.
But then Manchin started making noises that he’d prefer having a 2010 special election.
Read the rest HERE.