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Bill Maloney: It's time for West Virginia to adopt a Plan B

Sep. 28, 2011 @ 10:30 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of columns written by candidates for West Virginia governor in the Oct. 4 special election.

I'm not a career politician. I've spent my life creating jobs and running businesses.

In 1984, my partner and I started a drilling business in a warehouse with a dirt floor. We grew that company into a world leader that employed hundreds. After selling the company a few years ago, I continued to invest in my community and in many other businesses. In all, I've helped to create more than 1,000 jobs.

But it wasn't always easy. I know how hard it is to earn a living in West Virginia. Our family's first house was a trailer. I remember sleeping in my truck at job sites. More than once in the early years, I didn't take a paycheck so I could pay my employees instead.

That type of real-world experience is sorely needed in Charleston. Our current political leaders have forgotten what's important. We have career politicians who make bad decisions and try to correct their mistakes with worse decisions. Their answer is to overtax, overspend and overregulate. Under them, prosperity has become unreachable for too many West Virginians.

I say enough is enough. It's time for a new approach and real-world experience. It's time for an actual job creator, an actual conservative and an actual leader in the governor's mansion.

As governor, I would fix what the politicians have broken and give government back to the people. I'd reform our tax structure, remove unnecessary regulations and fix our courts and legal system. I'd cut wasteful spending and rein in the size of government. I'd fight against Obama's job-killing EPA and oppose Obamacare.

In short, I'd do the right thing -- nothing less. It's just like my experience in Chile.

When I heard it was going to take four months to drill a hole to reach 33 trapped Chilean miners, I contacted the drill team leader and told him we could do better than that. Based on my years of experience, I suggested a new approach. The engineer's response was: "It will never work. It can't be done."

I knew he was wrong, so I got together with my friends and went to Chile anyway. We became Plan B. The engineer who doubted us was in charge of Plan A, and Plan A didn't work. But our plan did. Plan B saved those miners. They said it wouldn't work. They said it couldn't be done. But Plan B pulled those miners out of that deep, dark hole.

We need a Plan B for West Virginia. We've tried the career politicians and their Plan A for years and it hasn't worked.

It's time for leadership. It's time for results. It's time for Plan B. Let's pull West Virginia out of its deep, dark hole. Let's bring our state into the light and create new opportunities for our children and grandchildren.

It will work. It can be done. Give me the chance to lead, and I'll show you what we can do.

Bill Maloney, a Morgantown businessman, is the Republican nominee for governor in the Oct. 4 special election.

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