Ask any Kentuckian about the number of NCAA championships UK basketball has won and they can tell you without hesitation. Ask the same residents the seriousness of a $35 billion dollar pension liability to the state and their eyes glaze over.
This week on Kentucky Tonight on KET, guest host Renee Shaw and her guests State Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, chair of the House State Government Committee; State Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, chair of the Senate Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, and Public Protection; State Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and State Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, vice chair of the House Licensing and Continue reading A Lesson From a Run-Away Vet→
Social experiments can be tricky things. As with any experiment they may work or they may not. Most experiments occur in a lab, but right now we are living one that could, no will, change the very core of what the United States was founded upon.
Sounds pretty doom and gloom doesn’t it? Think back almost two years ago when congress and the president were locked in budget negotiations. What came out of their inability to reach an agreement? Sequestration. As the time for sequester to take effect neared we heard the president and democrats crying that the sky would fall. The consequences would be devastating. The sequestration date arrived and the sun came up, Continue reading Another Failed Social Experiment→
Since the day after ObamaCare was signed into law Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has been like a little chick hit on the head with an acorn, telling everyone who would listen that the ObamaCare sky is falling and it is the worst piece of legislation to ever come out of a Washington back room deal. He has preached to us the need to get rid of this law “root and branch”. We’ve heard it on Senate floor speeches, in press conferences, in town halls and in fundraising mailers.
In an attempt to fend off a challenge from conservatives, Senator McConnell hired professional campaign manager Jesse Benton from Ron and Rand Paul’s campaigns. He has been trying to convince us that he is more conservative than everyone thinks. In reality his scorecard from FreedomWorks is a respectable 92%, only one vote separates him from Rand Continue reading “Root and Branch” or Gently Pruning?→
We’ve been doing a series on running for office. This week I’d like to deviate from that series and take a look again at why we need good, honest, conservative people in office by looking at two recent events.
Berea has an economic development director on the payroll, full time. On August 2, 2011 Berea hired a consultant, Michael Shuman of Cutting Edge Capital to “facilitate a community discussion on Economic Development Strategies”. In a letter to the Berea Citizen Mayor Steve Connelly said,
“Our last discussion occurred following World War II when city leaders devised and implemented a strategy of recruiting industries to Berea. This strategy was successfully implemented, allowing Berea to build a strong economic Continue reading Becoming Part of the Solution→
Like the Keystone Kops of the silent movies, the House leadership has pulled up to the Obamacare light and are running in circles and bumping into each other in a comedic display of governing. The sad part is the only people laughing are the Democrats.
What good is 40 plus votes to repeal Obamacare? One would suffice. Harry Reid needs to know that if he wants to talk debt ceilings or cowboy poetry to give your repeal bill a straight up or down vote. Forty votes on the same thing with zero chance of being taken up by the other side is a trap to make the leadership look like the “do nothing” congress that the Democrats claim.
There is a saying that elections have consequences. So do votes in congress. The truth is Obamacare is the law. Period. Passed by a Nancy Pelosi led Democrat controlled house, passed by a Harry Reid Democrat Continue reading Keystone Leadersip→
This whole Paula Deen media feeding frenzy really irks me. I don’t condone what she said, or how she has handled it, and I especially don’t condone the stupidity of the people who are so outraged by it. If we go back through history we can’t help but find things that happened or language that was used at the time that is not accepted now.
Should we go back and scrub history to get rid of any record of slavery in the U.S., or the Nazi holocaust, or any war we every fought? Our best teacher is our past mistakes. If we go back and clean up our history books of events or language that we have since moved on from, how will generations to come after us know of the consequences? Won’t that make them more likely to repeat many of those mistakes?
Over the last year or so, Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday, has been writing about the “devastating federal funding impact” spending reductions and sequestration will have on our schools. His educated expertise told us:
“These spending reductions will have a devastating effect on Kentucky’s public school budgets,” said Holliday. “Without any federal legislative action to address the cuts, they will begin as early as January 2013 and continue through 2021. They will have a direct impact on jobs, students and the abilities of districts to provide services through federal programs. “
He urged school administrators to “monitor the situation closely, plan and conservatively budget.”
On January 11 this year Dr. Holliday blogged about Key Education issues facing schools in 2013. Funding was one he claims had to “remain on the Continue reading Caged Leadership→
Several weeks ago I changed my work desk to a standing desk. I spend 10 hours a day working at a computer. After a year and a half of discussing it, one of my coworkers changed over. A couple of weeks later I pulled the trigger. Our two desks was quite the novelty for sometime, people kept coming by and looking at them, standing behind them, commenting on them, and asking us questions.
We went cold turkey, no easing in to it, no sitting part of the time and standing part of the time. From sitting 40+ hours per week to standing. The first week or so was pretty rough. By the end of the day I would be pretty sore. Now, I can’t imagine going back.
David Williams, former Kentucky Senate President, earned the nickname The Bully from Burkesville during his tenure as Senate President. On occasion the name was rightfully earned, on others he was unduly beat up by Governor Beshear and the Democrats. This year when Williams stepped down to assume an appointment as judge by Governor Beshear and Robert Stivers took over as Senate President, there was talk of a “new tone” in Frankfort.
Last week I spent some time in the Capitol attending some committee meetings and a session of the House. I learned that the tone remains the same. It makes me wonder if Williams was as much the obstructionist as he Continue reading Passing the Mantle in Frankfort→
In the State of the Union address this year, President Obama made the following statements:
“Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.
Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like Continue reading Sequester: The Cut That Isn’t→
A couple of weeks ago Kentucky’s General Assembly started their 2013 session. They started this year with a short session, only meeting 4 days. Being the political junkie I am, I was thrilled to learn that KET had a website that streamed both the House and Senate Sessions. I couldn’t wait to tune in.
On the first day I logged in and watched the House. It went something like this: gavel in, make some announcements, give the representatives a few minutes to make comment and introduce their guests there watching them, file some bill numbers with the clerk, and adjourn. The entire process took about an hour. The next three days followed about the same format.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” So said Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, and it seems every politician in America is piling on.
While the parasites of the network news outlets were still shoving microphones in the faces of grieving residents of Newtown, the politicians in Washington were already politicizing a tragedy.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY, has jumped on the bandwagon with his share of statements. Yarmuth said he has been quiet for too long on gun control. Yes, he has. Where was his outrage when the Obama justice department failed to classify the Ft. Hood shooting as what it was, a terrorist attack by a Muslim extremist, instead of “workplace violence”. Where was his outrage when the Obama justice department purposefully allowed “assault weapons” to be sold Continue reading Rep. John Yarmuth, On the Wrong Side Again→
In 2011 Berea “invested” a fairly significant amount of money in bringing in business consultant Michael Shuman to help us with economic development. Mr. Shuman did some analysis, held a couple of meetings, and facilitated the start up of several committees to focus on different areas identified as potential growth areas.
A web page was started, updates were also on the City of Berea web page, and Mr. Shuman cashed his check and went home. Today there is no evidence of Mr. Shuman’s work here other than a few outdated posts on the city’s web page. Do we have anything to show for our investment? Are any of the committees still meeting? Has even one idea Continue reading What’s the ROI on Economic Development?→
Last week I attended one of our city council meetings and I heard one of the council members make a statement that I hear all too often in local politics. In a discussion of a project by the city administrator and the cost of the project, the council member said, “And this didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime, it was all paid for by federal money.”
Perhaps this guy watches too much TV and thinks the federal government is like that Geico television ad. The one with the guy made of money, riding around on his motorcycle leaving a trail of twenty dollar bills behind him. Or perhaps he thinks Geithner and Bernanke just print money magically to send to cities who want to build some quarter of a million dollar bicycle bridge to nowhere. Actually the printing part may be all Continue reading Free Money Isn’t Free→
A task force looking in to revamping some of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage regulations is getting ready to report back to Gov. Beshear. But according to reports they are “intentionally avoiding some of the larger issues surrounding alcohol sales.”
Here in lies one of the biggest problems facing Kentucky. Governor Beshear appoints all these commissions to study and look at problems, but they are afraid to do anything. The same thing is happening now with the tax commission. They had a deadline but now the governor gave them an extension because they can’t do their job.
In “A move to the political center?” by Ronnie Ellis (Nov. 10th Richmond Register) he piled on the old attacks of Mitch McConnell’s statement misquoted by President Obama during his first term. The quote by Obama actually got two “Pinocchio’s” by Washington Post fact checkers.
The actual quote about making Obama a one term president was in regards to the 2010 Republican victories in Congress and in context is, “We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
A lot has been written since the election, analysis from every side, commentary, blame and finger pointing. The media is salivating over what they are calling the infighting in the Republican Party. And to some extent there is some of that going on; it can be expected after such an important loss.
But one thing the media is not writing about, whether by choice or by ignorance. And that is the fact that the conservative movement is not dead, but very much alive. I hate to burst a lot of people’s bubble, but the heart of conservatism does not lie in bloviating TV pundits and has-been political consultants raking in six figures, sitting in multi-million dollar studios, writing on white boards, promoting their books and telling us who is most electable. Neither is it in the Continue reading The Soul of Conservatism is Alive and Well Thank You→
Ben Chandler has been in Washington too long. When you sacrifice your ability to represent the voters who supported and elected you in exchange for ideologies that threaten their jobs and livelihood for your own personal gain it is time to come home. Ben Chandler has crossed that line.
He is so far over the line in fact he is ashamed to meet with his constituents in open town halls and is hesitant to appear in open debates. If you have governed and voted on your core beliefs, you will have no problem explaining your actions. But Ben has had to rely on a page from the Daley’s Chicago dirty politics playbook. One of lying, attacking, and distorting the truth.
On August fifteenth Gov. Beshear reported that a company in India has entered in to a $7 billion 25 year agreement to buy coal from Kentucky and West Virginia. Barrack Obama, supported by Ben Chandler and other democrats, has waged a war on coal through Cap and Trade and the EPA.
They claim everything from carbon emissions to water pollution from run off, to saving the mountains. President Obama even said he would bankrupt coal fired power plants, which is the one promise he made that he has kept. It isn’t ok for us to mine coal and provide thousands of jobs so we can have cheap energy, but it is ok for us to mine coal to sell to countries we already have a hard time Continue reading Chandler and Beshear: No Friend of Coal→
In an August 16th Berea Online editorial, Madison County School Superintendent Tommy Floyd started out by saying, “Madison County Schools has placed an emphasis on early childhood education and kindergarten readiness.” He then went on to include an article written by Kentucky Board of Education member Brigitte Blom Ramsey, discussing the importance of screening children as they enter kindergarten and the difference those screenings can make on a child’s academic success.
Floyd went on to say, “This is an opinion I share as an advocate for early childhood education.”
I find Mr. Floyd’s comments to be a bit disingenuous. Recently tax payers have been calling on the board to be more frugal in their spending and budgetary process and to seek ways to redirect money from very costly Continue reading Education or Administration→