Byrd brought home over 3 billion dollars in pork over his career. And he kept getting re-elected. Do WV voters want to keep picking their fellow citizens’ pockets?
I spent a lot of time working all over WV and my wife hails from there. My experience is that there are indeed a high number of people in WV that would like nothing more than to keep picking the pockets of the fellow citizens. It's become a generational thing, thanks to Sheets. West Virginia is a welfare basket case second to none. The sad part is before Sheets, these people were very proud and self sufficient folks because they had to be in order to live there.
Do WV voters want to keep picking their fellow citizens pockets?
In a word, yes. We have the same problem next-door here in Western PA (witness John Murtha). The thinking goes something like this....
Okay, so, like, we need them unions to pay good workin’ man’s wages and benefits n’at, but all of them cheap greedy corporations go running off to Right to Work states n’at, so we have to rely on a good workin’ man’s Democrat to take that money and bring it back to the good ol’ union workin’ people in Pennsylvania n’at, so if yinz can get yer Congressman into the right committee to steer lotsa government money and contracts n’at to your town n’at, it will mean, like, good jobs for everybody n’at. And, like, we can only have a level playing field if we elect our sonofabitch to take that money back from where it ran away to and funnel it back to us n’at.
DIdnt you answer youre own question?