Which Nominee Will Support WV?
It has been widely publicized that during the recent West Virginia Democratic Party Convention, a resolution was passed that all Democrats should endorse the entire ticket, including President Obama. Many speakers and attendees urged support for Obama, as it helps other candidates on the ballot, but is this how or why we should choose our Presidential nominee?
Hoppy Kercheval of WV Metro News asked an important question during his June 13 commentary: Why didn’t those at the convention explain why voters should support President Obama in November?
Hoppy is right. What we should be asking in the upcoming election is this: Which Presidential nominee will be supportive of West Virginia’s continued energy production, the backbone of our economy? Which nominee, as President, will enact policies that encourage private sector growth and job creation in West Virginia? We need a recipe that affords our children the opportunity for a good education; improves standard of living through increased employment opportunities; and offers greater opportunity for our future generations. The nominee, Republican or Democrat, that can whip that up, should receive the endorsement of all West Virginians.
The Chamber Seeks Feedback
On June 8, 2012, while speaking at a press conference, President Obama made the statement, “the private sector is doing fine.” President Obama attributed the struggling economy to job losses in local and state government, which he said are the result of cuts by elected officials faced with budget shortfalls.
John R. Lott Jr., a Fox News contributor, discussed the comment from a different point of view, stating that since the recession “private sector employment is down by 4 percent and state- and local-government is down by half that – 2 percent” (Fox News.com) Lott also says, “between 2007 and 2010, annual wages also grew 40 percent faster for state- and local-government workers than for those in the private sector” (Fox News.com)
Lott’s analysis differs from that of President Obama, though the President later explained that he meant, relative to state and local government, the private sector is doing better.
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce would like to gather input from its members. Do you agree with the President’s comments about the private sector? What do you feel is the best method for the Chamber to inform President Obama about how his policies and actions affect business in West Virginia?
Lott, John. “The Private Sector Is Not Doing Fine, Mr. Obama.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 11 June 2012. Web. 12 June 2012.