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Power to the (country) people

April 8, 2013

“People in Washington don’t quite understand our values,” U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said last week in Wellsburg....

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Apr-08-13 5:45 AM

Remember this, and Myers wrote it himself. If a Democrat from, say, Iowa farm country needs help with a bill, "McKinley, the {Republican} from West Virginia, may want to help him - and remind him of the aid when the {coal industry needs a friend.}

What about the Coal Miners and the rest of people that live in McKinley, district.

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Apr-08-13 6:11 AM

Questions for Congressman McKinley. Who are you working for? How much money do you take from them? Seems like all you ever do is campaign. How about just doing your job!

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Apr-08-13 7:31 AM

You know the people in Pittsburgh are just like us, Americans!

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Apr-09-13 1:42 PM

The problem shouldn't be getting worse, & you're looking at one reason right now. In 1795, rural people didn't have the internet. The internet is a tool, or rather a whole toolbox. But do we know what to do w/ it? Having a saw & a hammer doesn't make you a carpenter, until you learn how to use them. Having the internet doesn't make you either a statesman or a responsible citizen -- but it could.

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Apr-09-13 10:25 PM

Rep. McKinley needs to understand the U.S. Constitution. While the House of Representatives represent the number citizens by geographic area, the U.S. Senate gives all states (populated and less populated) an equal vote (2 Senators each). Senator Robert Byrd knew that and as a skillful Senator working the system he enriched West Virginia with millions of Federal dollars. McKinley needs to stop carping and start doing his job for our fellow citizens. If he can't do his job, then maybe the electorate in his district needs to find someone who can.

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Apr-10-13 10:54 AM

Suttle has a point: the cities, suburbs, & exurbs have the power b/c they have the people.

But I would hope we don't elect our representatives simply to bring home as many Federal dollars as possible. Sen. Byrd's best moments weren't when he got us all those highways, the FBI fingerprint center, the new Green Bank radiotelescope, etc. -- nice as they are. His higher calling showed when he stood up for Constitutional government (against the "Unitary Executive". Such as the power of Congress, not the President, to declare war).

I hope we expect our elected officials to bring us good government, not just (& even at the expense of) pork-barrel spending.

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Apr-12-13 10:09 AM

What have I missed? I mean it was not long ago that many on the N&S blogs were saying that the Feds were a bad thing and that federal dollars were just hand outs. I'm confused there or is there not a place for government?

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Apr-12-13 10:11 AM

...and why keep bringing up the "clinging to their guns and religion" comment? It is a true statement as evidenced by the current gun law debate.

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