Digging a hole to prosperity

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement Thursday night expressing his pleasure that Kentucky is about to pick up another $400 million in debt as part of the new road plan. Not to worry, though. Our “financial experts” are “comfortable.” Beshear said: “This plan also creates a state stimulus effort through the use of a $400…

Mandating an “educated workforce”

Forcing would-be high school dropouts to stay in school would make sense if any evidence suggested it would magically create positive educational outcomes. No such evidence exists. But that won’t stop The Louisville Courier-Journal. A Thursday editorial said: “Raising the dropout age might cost $15 million per year, but, as the Governor himself has argued,…

Making it up on volume

President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes spoke to reporters this morning via conference call about Obama’s health care reform proposal in which he seeks to expand insurance coverage and government coverage while also lowering costs. A reporter asked her how this plan would be different than the state attempts to do the…