This one from this morning's Roanoke Times is typical of the general effort:
The senator grew up in West Virginia's impoverished coalfields, and he never forgot where he came from. As his position grew more powerful, he never stopped trying to improve conditions for his constituents.So Byrd gets an "A" for effort. (Which is all that ever matters to liberals.)
When he became chairman of the powerful Appropriations committee, he went about trying to improve those conditions by sending as much federal largesse as humanly possible back to the Mountain State.
But how about results? Did he "improve conditions"?
West Virginia was one of the poorest states in the nation when Byrd set about dumping billions of tax dollars on his state. West Virginia, fifty years later, is, next to Mississippi, the poorest state in the nation today.
With a couple of nice highways that make out-migration so much easier.
Robert Byrd's lasting legacy.