The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 1, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, March 1, 2013

Capito not a friend to many West Virginians

After reading one of Tom Rapp’s articles, I did as he suggested and started looking at candidates’ records.

Looking at the footprints made by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in the U.S. House, I must say, over the past 10 years I cannot see where she has been a friend to West Virginia’s middle-class workers, the poor, seniors or the unemployed, and people struggling to pay for medical service.

In many of my reasons for feeling as I do, she herself spoke about them in The Register-Herald published Feb. 16.

On health care, she was honest about pre-existing conditions and children being able to stay on parents’ health insurance until age 26, and wellness benefits. In fact the only thing she listed as not liking about the affordable care law was the requirement of small business to provide health care for employees.

She herself said she voted 45 times to take the good from the people because she did not like one part.

Now if people would think back to when all of the arguments over the health care law were going on, Democrats, with President Obama’s blessing, asked Republicans to work on making changes in the law; Republicans refused.

According to Rep. Capito, her convictions for casting votes and speaking are because of issues directly affecting people of West Virginia.

Surely she realizes many in West Virginia have no choice but to depend on food stamps for a decent meal, and food is an issue affecting the nation. Her reaction to this was to vote for cutting food stamps equivalent to one meal per day.

Next are the two bills Republicans put in the trash instead of allowing a vote on them: one to raise the minimum wage, the other to extend unemployment insurance by three months. I’m sure she’s aware these issues affect thousands of people in West Virginia, and she refused to say one word to encourage Republicans to allow a vote on either bill.

People may be working in good-paying jobs now, but they do not guarantee you will keep it until you retire.

And no working person or their children are immune from the issues Rep. Capito turned her back on. How could she see the rich deserving of a 10-year extension of their $3 trillion tax cut to go with tax loopholes and not see unemployed West Virginians are worthy of a three-month extension of their benefits?

How could she support a $39 billion subsidy for big oil companies and not support one meal a day for the poor of West Virginia?

And pay raises for herself, which have boosted her weekly pay over $3,300, and then turn her back on the underpaid minimum wage workers of West Virginia, only she can say.

My opinion, her eyes and heart have been with those on Wall Street instead of on the people’s needs in West Virginia.

James McGraw