Yesterday's Oh No They Di'int post left many questions from readers including myself wondering what in the heck is going on in West Virginia? I myself have been wondering and questioning that for quite a few years.
I am not a prognosticator so I can only speculate here and some of those speculations have taken me back to the early days of LBJ's War on Poverty here
and in a lot of areas of Appalachia. I've heard my mom talk about the social welfare problems that started in the early 60's. At about the same time as The War on Poverty. Women who kept having children in order to keep their welfare.
This same cycle has continued for generations. I myself know of two girls here who were twelve when they had their first child. They are in their thirties now and have caught up to or exceeded the Duggar's with mouths to feed with only one exception. They are both on welfare. Those two ladies have both told me that they did it to keep their welfare. Over the years I've also known those who have lied about their husbands living in the home in order to keep welfare.
Along with the War on Poverty came the dumbing down of the folks not only in West Virginia but in all areas of Appalachia and then some. One of the biggest staggering facts about West Virginia is that only about 83% of the people graduate from high school or get their G.E.D. Of those graduates only 17% go on to higher education. Most of that is due to the high costs of college. Some drop out due to having to seek work to help their families. Many others drop out due to teenage pregnancy which only continues the poverty cycle here.
There are other reasons but one thing is for sure West Virginia sure loves those dumbed down citizens.
My intent is not to make this a political post but only to say I believe the citizens of West Virginia spoke loud and clear in last nights election. First we elected our first ever woman to a senate seat and she is the first republican senator we have had in that seat since the 50's.
What really amazes me each and every election time is the women in this state who are like, "they're gon take our birth control away!" To which I answer Honey, are you freaking kidding me? No one is taking away birth control here. In fact maybe they should force some to start using it in this state.
Just think though it wasn't any war on the women that shifted West Virginia citizens thinking. It came down to The War on Coal and the War on our Second Amendment Rights! I know most of you don't and will never understand just how important coal is to us folks here in the state. Without it would be catastrophic. It is our #1 resource of our economy, our energy, and jobs here in this state.
I honestly think that we will see some great and needed changes here in this state!!!!