These are simply not priorities for the majority.
Democrats are focused on creating programs to relieve the poverty in which West Virginia has specialized for so long.
Republicans think wealth creation would help West Virginians more.
They contend that the most powerful antidote to poverty is policies that speed job creation. Joblessness is the root cause of West Virginia's poverty, outmigration, hopelessness, drug addiction and crime.
Republicans would no more let hungry children go without food than Democrats would. They just think people deserve a great more than public assistance - a chance to thrive.
There is some evidence that increasing numbers of West Virginians agree.
There are 11 more Republicans in the House now than there were in 2012, and the next election is next year.
West Virginians sent 11 more Republicans to the House last fall, perhaps for a reason.