The 2012 GOP presidential candidates offer little support for working families. For example, in 2010 Rep. Michele Bachmann called for the complete elimination of Social Security and Medicare, saying that, "we have to wean people off" the most successful anti-poverty programs in American history. Newt Gingrich used the assault on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin in February 2011 as a platform to attack the labor movement, calling public employee unions "entrenched, selfish interests" that are using a "campaign of intimidation and cowardice" in their fight to preserve their rights. Gingrich never mentioned that Wisconsin's public employee unions repeatedly offered to accept the benefit reductions called for by Gov. Scott Walker (R).
With respect to the use of coal the candidates don't say much. Only a few of their websites even mention their position on energy policy. Those who do only mention increasing domestic oil and natural gas exploration and development as their solutions. None of the Republican presidential candidates mention coal on their websites as part of their vision for America's energy future. Perhaps a look at their past positions will tell us what they have in mind. As governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney held a press conference in 2003 outside of a coal-fired power plant saying, "I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people, and this plant kills people."
It doesn't seem that these candidates care too much about us working folks here in the Ohio Valley. You know, it's like my late grandfather always said: "Republicans are for the rich and Democrats are for the poor." I hope we all remember that next year at the polls.