<quoted text>..I never said that the coal industry was the savior of Appalachia but up until this point its basically all they had..the coal companies can flatten as many mountains as they can but I don't see the government putting in accessible roads..
Oh, so now it's the government's fault because they're not stepping up to subsidize Appalachian development with new roads..
If I had said that, you'd call me a socialist.
like I said america benefited pretty damn good from Appalachian coal over the last century and now that their no longer needed we just walk away and forget them..
Yes, pretty much that's what happens in a capitalist society. Did you not realize that?
The country benefited from Appalachian coal, and coal companies benefited from expendable labor resources and America's need for coal, and all the while the people of Appalachia have moved further and further down the socioeconomic ladder. And now that the country doesn't need Appalachian coal anymore (again, thanks to low NG prices and low IRB/PRB coal prices), Appalachia will be summarily abandoned because there won't be anything left to pillage and plunder.
That's capitalism, my friend, when you lay it bare in the cold, unflinching light of day.
The thing is, it's nothing new for Eastern Kentucky to be abandoned once the coal has been pulled from the ground. Take a trip to Appalachia sometime and visit one of the towns where a prosperous coal camp used to be, and see what you can find there now. See how things have been allowed to decay and dilapidate once the coal companies left and took the money with them.
Did the coal companies care that they were leaving an entire town behind to rot? No. Of course they didn't -- they're CAPITALISTS. Big coal is capitalism, and capitalism is about money. If showing some modicum of appreciation for what the people of the area did actually made some money for the coal company, they'd appreciate them...but it doesn't. So, naturally, they don't.
If you expected any different, then perhaps you're not quite the capitalist you believe yourself to be.
Which is to say, you *might* be a decent person afterall!
im assuming your some spoiled rich brat who had everything handed to you and your clueless about Americas problems let alone how to fix them..
You couldn't be more wrong. You should know this because if I was rich, I would probably be a Republican arguing your side of the debate.
That's what Republicans and right-wingers are supposed to be, by the way -- rich. If you're not rich, but you vote right-wing, you're voting against your own economic best interest. Why do you think all LABOR organizations endorse Democrats??
its totally acceptable to help all these third world countries but america refuses to help Appalachia advance because of people like you.
Again, I find it hilarious that amidst all your right-wing banter, you don't see the irony that you end by calling for the 'gubmint' to step in and "subsidize failure".
Funny how the right-wing ideals of 100% personal responsibility and making one's own way with no hand-outs goes right out the window when the hardship starts hitting really close to home, huh?
Personally, I would think it's only fitting if Appalachia is left in the cold by the Gods of Industry and if folks from the pro-labor side of the aisle leave them to rot, considering most people from Appalachia voted BRIGHT RED in the last election...and likely will again! To me, it only seems FAIR that they'd get to experience the blunt end of right-wing capitalism first-hand, since that's what they keep voting for!
Like so many lemmings tumbling over the cliff....