State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Homeland Security


Jim Justice: More programs for National Guard and veterans

The National Guard has brought in 300 jobs in the last year--and it's created an economic impact on the State of West Virginia of $361,000,000.

Think about the Mountaineer Challenge Academy [a National Guard residential program for earning high school diplomas]. Think about young men and women that are just absolutely lost. Last year, they're going to have above a 90% graduation rate. And those people are on their way.

Now, let me jump to the veterans. Our veterans, we owe all to. We all know that. We are able to exempt their retirement. Good stuff. There's a few other things that we're able to do right now that you'll see in the budget, good stuff.

But I can tell you just this: For any of us here that think that we don't owe every single thing that we have to our vets, we're just plain wrong.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to West Virginia legislature Jan 9, 2019

Paula Jean Swearengin: Rein in our bloated military budget

Q: What measures would you support to address the budget deficit and the national debt?

A: Rein in our bloated military budget and eliminate wasteful spending. Reduce Agribusiness subsidies. Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies entirely. Allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers. Replace the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction with a refundable credit to reduce the artificial incentive for developers and investors to finance high-end home construction.

Source: The Herald-Dispatch on 2018 West Virginia Senatorial race Mar 27, 2018

Bill Cole: Honor and support military as guardians of our freedoms

We as a nation may be war weary, but the threats to our freedom and the quality of life we value have never been higher. Our freedoms are paid for in time, sacrifice, injury and sadly death by the men and women we must always honor--our veterans.
Source: 2016 West Virginia governor campaign website BillColeWV.com May 2, 2016

Shelley Moore Capito: Weak Iraq policy let ISIS foment into power

[At a West Virginia Public Broadcasting debate, the two candidates] discussed the Middle East, with Tennant saying Congress should debate whether to send ground troops to fight the growing ISIS movement. Capito called it a failure of the Obama administration: "Because of the president's really weak policies in Iraq, we find ourselves in the position where this terrorist group has been fomenting," Capito argued, "without raising money and raising membership."
Source: The Associated Press on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 14, 2014

John Buckley: National Defense Authorization Act is Big Brother spying

A government big enough to give you all the things you want is also big enough to take away from you all that you have. Whether the government is acting as Big Brother or as Big Nanny, it is a threat to our liberty, to our right to live our lives as we each see fit. There is a unifying thread to many issues of privacy and property rights: the National Security Agency's warrantless spying on phone calls, the authority affirmed by the National Defense Authorization Act to confine American citizens without Constitutional protection whatsoever--indefinitely!--on mere suspicion of "association" (whatever that means) with terrorism, law enforcement agencies tracing the movements of our automobiles, the increased militarization of domestic law enforcement: These actions reveal a government out of control, treating Americans as conquered subjects. It reminds one of the Hunger Games, where the "districts" had to be kept down lest they undermine the authority of the central government.
Source: 2014 West Virginia Senate campaign website JohnBuckley.org Aug 31, 2014

John Buckley: Opposes NSA spying & foreign policy meddling

While politics is usually portrayed as a contest of Republican v. Democrat, conservative v. liberal, red v. blue, that's narrow, old-fashioned thinking. It's "analog" politics in a digital age. I'm more "conservative" than the Republican candidate; and I'm also tackling issues like NSA spying, reduced foreign policy meddling around the world, and the failed "War on Drugs" that my Democrat opponent is apparently afraid to touch.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Aug 12, 2014

Jay Wolfe: Military tribunals ok; monitoring domestic communications ok

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?

A: Yes.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?

A: No.

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Jay Wolfe: Expand missile defense; support pre-emptive military strikes

Q: Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?

A: No.

Q: Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to US national security?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the US expand its missile defense shield?

A: Yes.

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

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