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‘Cliff’ resolution was ‘politics at its worst’

January 12, 2013
The Inter-Mountain


I applaud your editorial, "Capito and McKinley stood tall," on Monday. But you should have dropped the other shoe.

You should have mentioned that West Virginia's two Democrat senators, Manchin and Rockefeller, caved in to their party's leaders and voted for the so-called "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012," a deal that, in your words, is "politics at its absolute worst."

Last week, your paper published Manchin's explanation for his vote. As I read the story, I felt the senator's pain and almost wept. But then I got to his statement, "If anything, we've given a little bit of temporary relief to the markets. I think they rebounded quite well."

Sympathy suddenly turned to anger. "The markets can take care of themselves," I thought.

It was deja vu all over again, ala the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Yes, senator, the markets rebounded, but at the expense of us taxpayers, our children and our grandchildren. Again.

(It's worth noting that AIG shareholders, who should have sent all of us thank-you notes for bailing them out four years ago, are now suing us. A former banker and current professor at the University of San Diego School of Law calls the suit "a slap in the face to the taxpayer and the government." Indeed!)

So no tears for Sen. Manchin, or Sen. Rockefeller either, for that matter. And the only pain I feel is for we, the people, as we continue picking up the tab for politicians using our tax dollars to garner donations and votes.

Capito and McKinley demonstrated integrity in voting against the fiscal cliff measure. Our two senators did what they do best they followed the orders of their party's leaders.

Shame on Sens. Manchin and Rockefeller, and woe to the people of West Virginia and the nation. It was "politics at its absolute worst." Again.

George Moore




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