Despite his funneling over 4 billion in pork to his state over the past two decades, the ranking for Robert Byrd’s West Virginia has slipped during that period from No. 39 to No. 48 in median family income. The simple fact is that pork actually pushes private investment out of a state according to West Virginia researchers. When the federal government intrudes, it raises demand for the state’s workers, and real estate, jacking up prices, making the area less desirable for companies to locate there! Business can’t compete so they go elsewhere.
If only we could get our elected representatives to realize these simple facts. – DSMW