End of the Line for the Welfare State?
The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs.
But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago:
The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and the more ruinous the impact upon a nation’s work ethic.
Beshear’s timid proposal versus Tar Heels’ tax-cutting tenacity
Raising the specter of hiking cigarette taxes is – for cash-starved politicians, big-government health nannies and their opinion-page enablers – the policy equivalent of ringing Pavlov’s bell.
Seeing “cash trays” rather than ashtrays, these big spenders experience racing heartbeats and sweaty palms while dreaming of raking in millions more into government coffers for pet projects.
Governor’s plan doesn’t go far enough
Gov. Steve Beshear deserves recognition for bringing forward this week a specific tax reform proposal for consideration. His plan contains some good ideas, especially in that it would raise new revenue and includes modest assistance to families struggling to get by on low wages through the creation of a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Cities, counties need local control through local-option initiative
Cities and counties small and large across Kentucky have big dreams for their communities – ideas that are transformative and can have lasting impact for generations.
Road to independence not paved with pity
“Honey, please wash the dishes and vacuum the floor today while I’m at work,” a parent leaves on a note to their child before they leave in the morning. “P.S. Try not to call or text me at work unless it’s an emergency,” is added at the bottom.
Just after lunch, the parent’s phone vibrates. A text message has been received.
The case of the frustrated property owner
Hogan owned a little hideaway cabin in the woods, and each spring he’d sneak away to the cabin to do a little hunting.
One spring, however, he had worse luck than Little Red Riding Hood. While he didn’t meet up with the wolf, he did meet up with dastardly Dugan, who had taken up housekeeping in his cabin. What’s more, when Hogan came a-knocking, Dugan refused to open the door and let him in.
Priced out of a college education
We got a look at Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget last week. As he’d warned, there are “harmful cuts” in several areas so state government can “reinvest” in education, or at least the portion funding K-12.
But at a time when President Barack Obama and national pundits talk about the growing income gap between the very rich and the rest of us, Beshear’s budget again cuts funding for higher education.
Hold the congratulations for Congress
Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year.
The media have been commending Congress for finally doing its job.
This praise works only in the context of recent history, however. The bill that congressional leaders produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it’s another example of Congress’s stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process. Let me explain.
Don’t leave backdoor open when you go out
The long-john tales just keep on pouring in. My grandniece, Shelbi Poole, wrote to say that her husband, Steven, still wears the one piece “union suit” jobs that my brothers and I grew up with, before going to the two piece type in adulthood.
Shelbi wanted to know if there is a name for that opening in the rear end. I told her that we always called it the “backdoor.”
The case of the plastered actor
In the theatrical world, the expression “go out and break a leg” means get ou there and wow the audience. Unfortunately, Norman took the expression a little too literally.
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