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Bill Moore: Joe Manchin: Representing West Virginia? Think again

17 Oct

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey leads his Democratic rival Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in a new poll just released.

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Bill Moore is an author who spent most of his life in Appalachia and is a regular contributor to Free State Patriot.

October 17, 2018

In three weeks, we, as a nation head, to the polls in what is shaping up to be the most important election in history. The choice, as in 2016, is whether to choose the rule of law or rule by mob. Hillary Clinton embodied the Democrats morality (actually lack of morality). I won’t go over her lies, contradictions and total disconnection with real hard working Americans in this article. What I want to focus on is someone West Virginians, according to the polls, are preparing to reward with another term.

Joe Manchin III, according to https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-midterm-election-forecast/senate/?ex_cid=irpromo (an aggregate poll) is expected to win 52% to 44% over Patrick Morrisey. The most recent notable action Manchin did was to vote for Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. As we all know President Trump wanted Kavanaugh on SCOTUS and Manchin’s vote helped secure that position. Manchin’s vote made no difference in the outcome as it still would have been a 49-48 victory had he voted “NO”. This was a play to secure your vote that would in no way damage his party.

Most West Virginians are wholesome, hardworking families that just want to earn a decent living. Being fair minded folks it would be disrespectful not to reward Manchin’s vote on SCOTUS with another term as he made the right choice. It would be like encouraging your child to improve their grades and when they finally get a good test score you ground them anyway. The child is confused holding a test paper with an “A” while being told they cannot attend the school dance. Your child will storm off to their room, complaining how unfair the world is. As a parent, you are concerned with the big picture of your child’s education and the whole grading period not just a single test score.

Let’s look at the whole grading period of Joe Manchin III and point out why he needs to be a private citizen again. (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/joe-manchin-iii/) This year he has voted 17 times on the same side as Trump or 78% of the time. Not bad, a “C” on most grade scales. Except that the voters were telling Manchin in 2016 they were on completely Trump’s side. Remember he beat Hillary by 42%. That overwhelming victory should encourage better than a “C”. This is an election year and I wonder if that is influencing an apparent shift towards Trump? Let’s look at the previous grading period from 2017.

There were 57 opportunities to vote in 2017. (Yes, Congress has no real productivity) Good ole’ Joe voted against Trump 45% of the time. Even with West Virginians practically yelling at him “we are in Trump’s camp” he chooses party lines 55% of the time. Understand there are Senators that vote strictly party line 80%-90% of the time so as that goes Joe is somewhat better. Now let’s look at the votes that impacted West Virginian families.

His very first disagreement with Trump and by extension West Virginia, January 12, 2017, was voting NOT to repeal the disastrous Obamacare or Affordable Care Act as it is officially known. This is important because the proposal from the Republicans was to repeal and then replace with a more affordable insurance coverage that would use the open market to keep premiums low. Manchin said “no”. Effectively keeping money out of your pockets and maintaining the status quo of rising premiums and increased profits for the insurance companies. Joe defends his vote using the “pre-existing” condition argument. Meaning if you have an illness prior to obtaining insurance Obamacare requires the insurance to cover that illness. Imagine if your auto insurance worked the same way. You don’t buy till you have a wreck. This is a feel-good defense designed demonstrate how evil Republicans are and how caring Democrats are. Make no mistake when you are forced to purchase something by the government it is a tax no matter the name. Joe had no issues forcing people to buy insurance with Obamacare. As a side note look up the first quarter profits for insurance companies’ profits. That reveals the winner of the ACA. Certainly, it was not the voters.

If you really want health care to be affordable remove government regulations and encourage competition in a free market. Costs only spiral upward when some else is footing the bill. Do you really think aspirin would cost $16.00 a pill if insurance was not covering it? Or perhaps ask Joe about the $69,700 campaign donation from Mylan Inc. a pharmaceutical company that benefits from insurance companies paying for its drugs.

Manchin continued to fight Trump on traditionally non-partisan votes such as Cabinet positions. Thanks to Manchin and the Mob (Democrats) Trump has had more “NO” votes applied to Cabinet posts than any other President since FDR (and he had 12 years). Manchin has 4 “NO” votes on Cabinet officials.

Manchin also votes against putting more money in your wallet. Three different times he has voted against tax reform. The IRS Tax Codes are out of control and simplification is needed as well as a reduction in tax rates. Then again, a guy that lives on a $700,000 yacht while doing public service really cannot fathom the impact of an extra $20 on a weekly pay check.

One last bit of discussion on good ole’ Joe. He currently has, in individual contributions (not including PAC money), $3,186,506.00 that are from OUT OF STATE! (https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/geography?cid=N00032838&cycle=2018) 88% of his individual donations are not from West Virginia voters!!! Compare this to the total donations (PAC and individual) of Patrick Morrisey. Mr. Morrisey stands at $2,949,126.00. (https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=WVS1) Again TOTAL DONATIONS. So, who exactly do you think Joe is representing?



Doug Smith: Letter to Senator Joe Manchin

17 Jun

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Doug Smith: Author, Historian, and lead contributor to Free State Patriot



“The problem we have — and really, the firewall we have right now is due process. It’s all due process. But due process is what’s killing us right now.”

Senator Joe Manchin (D) WV 2016

“A principal source of errors and injustice are false ideas of utility. For example: that legislator has false ideas of utility who considers particular more than general conveniences,…. who would deprive men of the use of fire for fear of their being burnt, and of water for fear of their being drowned; and who knows of no means of preventing evil but by destroying it. The laws of this nature are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not disposed to commit the crime which the laws mean to prevent. Can it be supposed, that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, and the most important of the code, will respect the less considerable and arbitrary injunctions, the violation of which is so easy, and of so little comparative importance? Does not the execution of this law deprive the subject of that personal liberty, so dear to mankind and to the wise legislator? and does it not subject the innocent to all the disagreeable circumstances that should only fall on the guilty? It certainly makes the situation of the assaulted worse, and of the assailants better, and rather encourages than prevents murder, as it requires less courage to attack unarmed than armed persons.”

Cesare Bonesana-Beccaria, Marquis of Gualdrasco, 1764

This 18th Century Italian jurist Beccaria had a good feel for wielding both law, and guns. His writings influenced our Founding Fathers, in particular Thomas Jefferson. We have, today, a President who finds the Constitution a bulky impediment to doing the things he wants to for “the People”, and a sitting US Senator who feels it is the Due Process clause of the 5th Amendment which is killing us.

We have had that pesky 5th Amendment since well before we had Joe Manchin and Barack Obama to look out for us. It has served us pretty well, and not killed us in all that time. The same cannot be said of Barack, Joe, and the Democrats. It is worth noting that the last time due process was suspended, another Liberal/Progressive Democrat, FDR, did so to illegally detain Japanese American citizens for the duration of WW2.

It is also interesting to note that the Senator does Not propose altering due process to let the FBI investigate potential terrorists, just keeping people from buying guns. Maybe, he notes, just for 5 years. The Left, like Joe, and Hillary, has fired at the 2nd Amendment for years. His fellow Democrat Senator Harry Reid tried to dismantle the 1st Amendment to limit a citizen’s right to criticize government. Now, Joe wants to go after the 5th.

We could repeal the 17th, Joe, which changed from State Legislatures appointing Senators to direct election. If we did, do you suppose the GOP led WV Legislature would re appoint you to the Senate?

The Bill of Rights is to protect citizens from what government can do To us, not to ensure what it must do for us. POTUS, and you, Senator, are sworn to protect it from all enemies, foreign and domestic, not attack it because it is “killing you.”

You are ready to attack the right to own guns, but you are not ready to admit that is Muslim terrorists who are killing us. With guns, with knives, with pressure cookers, with box cutters, with shoes and underwear stuffed with explosives. The common theme is not guns: it is terrorists.

You ought to respect the Constitution you swore to uphold, or resign your office if you can’t.  And recognize that Americans have been armed, heavily, for over 200 years. Taking away guns, or box cutters, does not make us safe. Recognizing who our enemy is, and going after them, does.





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