From the Bristol Herald Courier:
THUMBS UP TO:
Seeing the pain firsthand
On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine visited an unemployment office opened in response to the prolonged recession. He traveled to Danville to talk to residents at the Virginia Unemployment Commission’s Unemployment Express Office, one of six sites formed by the so-called economic crisis strike force. The new offices were opened to expand services and reduce wait times for unemployed Virginians.
Of course, hard times are nothing new for residents of Danville, who long have struggled with unemployment and underemployment. Virginia’s unemployment rate is 7.5 percent, but in Danville, it has topped that since September 2008. Danville’s unemployment rate as of February is 12.3 percent, down from 13.9 percent the month before. We support Kaine’s in-person visit to Danville, along with the additional unemployment resources for that region. [link]
Kaine is there with a government handout. Paid for by the people recently unemployed and who are now in need of it.
[Words of toadying gratitude go here].