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Joe Manchin Might not vote for Obama because of his Big Coal interest

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    On Friday, Joe Manchin said that he may or may not vote for Obama in the 2012 Presidential election. He is concerned with the EPA limitations that have been placed on the coal industry which is huge in West Virginia. The coal industry has been dumping rubble near streams and the water quality has been plummeting as a result. Manchin seems to see Big Coal as his constituency over the general public.
  • Democrat
    West Virginia
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    Joe Manchin is a complicated figure. He's supported by the NRA yet was part of the 40 Senators who filibusted. At the same time, he is for the coal companies which helped ruin the states economy. So, while I am glad he joined the filibuster, overall, I dislike him. He is far to conservative for me.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    There are people that do the labor in coal mines and there are people that run the mines. The laborers in coal mines are just like every other worker in the world. They work to live. That is their lifeline. Owners of coal mines work to make a profit. Owners of coal mines traditionally and historically have opposed all laws and regulations that do and can cut into profits. There is no law or regulation that was ever passed that had an equitable resolution for workers that lost income because of the law. Government and politicians pay lip service to the problem for political gain with short term short funded programs that do nothing. So when coal mining laborers support the industry it is because they know when the industry is gone they are left without a living. The biggest most vocal support for clean air and scrubbers on smokestacks was The United Mine Workers of America. What did the UMWA get for their support? Abandoned! The country and groups cry and fight for clean air but they do nothing for the laborers that lose their livings. Don't blame labor for responding in ways to save their livlihood. And livlihood is the only thing they are trying to save. Labor could care less for the companies that pollute their streams and strip and destroy their land and farms, maim and kill their friends and family. But don't blame labor for trying to save their livlihood. They no when it is gone they are the only ones that sacrifice for clean air. In fact they become the transferred culprit.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    California
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    I would rather have Joe Manchin in the Senate than a Republican like Patrick Morrisey. Manchin has fought to protect coal miners pensions from Wall Street privatization while Morrisey would vote to privatize it leaving thousands of retired coal miners penniless.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Never learn as obvioused by:

    "“Our position,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, “is that Democrats in red states are shooting themselves in the foot for the November 2018 election if they are not fighting Trump.”

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