Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Increase in Military Budget Unneeded


A recent column in our local paper decried cuts in military spending. However, once you take away the fact the author is a right wingnut who's been moaning about Obama since his first day in office, there's really not much of substance there.

The fact is our military, while great at protecting us from harm, is lousy at managing money. They're awash in cash. As of 2013, the base defense budget had soared from $287 billion to $530 billion since 2001 - not even accounting for the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

WV Republicans Dumbfounded by Budget Woes


When it comes to West Virginia Republicans' budget woes, the occupants of the Charleston Conservative Clown Car seem to be dumbfounded by the state's financial crisis.

They’re like bumbling surgeons with dull scalpels. Rather than work together with their Democrat colleagues and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, they apparently want to hack away willy-nilly, damaging healthy tissue instead of zeroing in on the dead stuff.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WV Taxes Aren't Keeping Business Away


The Tax Foundation, a conservative organization, testified last year to West Virginia’s Select Joint Committee on Tax Reform that getting rid of the business personal property tax would attract business to the state. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says otherwise.

State and local taxes make up only 3.2 percent of the cost of doing business in the state, says the Center. Companies rank other costs much higher when deciding whether to open for business in West Virginia: utilities, transportation occupancy, and labor.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

"Paid Their Debt" Means Just That


The legality of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to restore some rights to convicted felons en masse remains to be decided.

It is amusing, however, to hear and read the outcry from conservatives in the political area and the news publishing business.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Gov. Tomblin Treated Unfairly


It's rather shameful that many of our state's political and business leaders (the majority of them Republicans, naturally) crucify Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for supposedly turning his backs on West Virginia's working people.

Tomblin knows the state can no longer depend on a mono-economy, and that those who promise another coal comeback is just around the corner are misguided or just plain lying.