The thing about Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) is that even though she doesn’t come out and say it, she doesn’t believe in the separation of corporation and state.
Clearly, she is beholden to the corporate state from which she comes.
That’s probably why she has refused to answer a two-month old petition from 400 of her constituents asking for a public meeting in Capito’s Second Congressional district to discuss raising the minimum wage.
Capito doesn’t want to tick off the 70 percent or so of her constituents who want to raise the current minimum wage of $7.25 to $10.50 an hour — which would just barely keep up with 1968 wages, adjusted for inflation.
And she doesn’t want to tick off the giant corporations to which she is beholden.
So, she fudges it.
At a Lincoln Day dinner at the American Legion in Keyser, West Virginia Friday night, Capito acknowledged that she was aware of the petition, but said that she hadn’t decided yet on whether to agree to a meeting.
Capito said that she wasn’t saying no to a meeting.
So, when might the 400 citizens who signed the petition hear from Capito on whether a meeting was possible?
At this point, her assistant interjects and says that it usually takes three months for these kinds of things to get out of the pipeline.
Three months — is that what it’s going to take — we asked Capito?
Yes, maybe, three months.
This is vintage Capito.
She doesn’t want to say yes.
She doesn’t want to say no.
She wants to paper over her connections with the corporate state, so that citizens don’t catch on.
In fact, by all of her actions and policies, Capito doesn’t believe in separation of corporation and state.
Similarly, Keyser Pastor Roger Leatherman, who gave the benediction after Capito spoke, apparently doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state.
During his benediction, Pastor Leatherman put it this way:
“I don’t know where many of you stand, but I believe we are in a day where it is almost impossible to separate church and state because some of our leaders has brought us into this,” Pastor Leatherman said.