Well, former President Bill Clinton is certainly irked by coal workers’ hesitation to back his wife. At a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the former president fondly remembers how these people used to vote for him and did well economically under his administration. Now, he says they would blame President Obama and the Democrats if the sun doesn’t come up in the morning.
“We all know how her opponent’s done real well down in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky because the coal people don’t like any of us anymore. They all voted for me. I won twice and they did well. And they blame the President when the sun doesn’t come up in the morning now.”
Uh, earth to Bill: political parties change. Agendas change. And you sir, are certainly uno longer a Democrat that easily fits into the rigid hyper progressive, politically correct, and race-obsessed ethos of the Democratic Party’s base. It’s not 1992. Second, both Obama and your wife have not hidden their blood lust to screw over coal workers.
In 2008, then-Sen. Obama said, “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
Now, the president’s war on coal has led to world’s largest private sector coal producer to declare bankruptcy. We have plant closures occurring across the country, as the EPA continues in their “constitutionally reckless mission” to gut Americans of reliable sources of energy and jobs. The EPA’s regulations could cost us at least $3 trillion. In all, if Obama is successful in his war on coal, the butcher’s bill could be at least 125,000 jobs (some estimates are as high as a 1 million+), with a loss of $650 billion in GDP over a ten-year period. Right now, he’s winning that war. Blessedly, the Supreme Court stayed an emission standard within Obama’s larger Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. Some have noted that the market, not Obama, has been responsible for the decline in coal.
Right, you’re going argue that more hours of paperwork and billions of dollars in new regulations played no role in coal’s Bataan-like death march? Please—the weight of Washington is devastating.
With Clinton, do you remember when she said, “We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” at a town hall event in Ohio? Yeah, no wonder why West Virginia Democrats said they were going to vote for Trump. When you tell people you’re going to screw them out of their livelihoods, they’re not going to vote for you. Granted, Clinton has a $30 billion aid package to help these people who she knows will probably be devastated by her policies; a tacit confirmation for these workers that voting for Clinton means bringing your family and larger community, whose local economy is dependent on thriving coal mines, closer to ruin.
Bill, these “coal people” voted for you when the Democratic Party wasn’t (more or less) as aggressive about going after people they didn’t like in our economy. The environmental Left’s is incorrigible, but they’re part of the Democrats’ base of support—and they want to save the planet from the global warming. If that means destroying communities, then so be it. The coal miners see this; they’ve experienced it under the regulatory boot of the Obama administration. That burden will be continued under Clinton. That’s why they’re running away from your wife, among other things. If you’re a coal miner, or support job creation, or think that local communities are just as part of America as the Acela Corridor (the only place that liberals think matters in this country), then be sure that you don’t even think about pulling that lever for Hillary Clinton. These people aren’t dumb, Slick Willy. They know what your wife is going to do to them. She awful—and everyone seems to know it.