Leaders of the West Virginia Democratic Party have traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to express concerns over new Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
I applaud their efforts, but I do not feel it would be appropriate for me to attend this trip, as I have been highly critical of President Obama's policies and how they affect West Virginia.
Democratic leaders are much more likely to have success in persuading the president to rethink how he directs the EPA on energy matters.
President Obama's appointees to the U.S. EPA have been actively passing regulations and rules that make it harder to keep people working in West Virginia.
When the president was not able to influence Congress to pass laws that would endanger America's energy independence, he circumvented our nation's elected lawmakers and began using federal agencies' rule-making authority.
It is gratifying that he is finally being called to task by Democratic leaders.
This week's visit to the White House by members of the West Virginia Democratic Party will offer them the opportunity to voice their concerns and demonstrate how the president's policies hurt West Virginia families.
I wish party officials the best and hope they are able to persuade this administration to take a different stand. Perhaps those who have aligned with him in the past can change his mind.
The president has a history of working with those who endorsed him. Democratic Party leaders are much more likely to get his attention than those who opposed his policies.
Many people who supported the president are now upset with the impact of his policies.
Gasoline prices have doubled since he took office. His signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is now supported by only a third of our nation's voters.
The unemployment rate in the United States four and a half years into his presidency, is unacceptably high. Ask any young person looking for a job what it is like in the job market today.