Bluegrass Beacon: When takers outnumber makers, you’d best take notice

By Jim Waters You’re either a maker or a taker. A free marketplace – which used to operate with much less government interference – allows makers to turn rocks into roads, crops into meals and ideas into patents. Without makers, takers don’t have a paycheck, pension or food stamp. With fewer takers, makers could keep…

News Release: Report: New K-PREP testing shows Louisville’s black students still falling through gaps

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free market think tank, reveals that the commonwealth’s largest school district continues to fail its black students. An update to the institute’s “Blacks Falling Through Gaps” report from the Summer of 2012 shows dramatic proficiency rate gaps between black and white students continue to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Fiscal cliff is not steep enough to sway true conservatives

By Jim Waters Former Lexington radio talk-show host Leland Conway once asked his listeners to send pork rinds to Washington after some liberals in Congress claimed the American people didn’t care about wasteful spending amendments. Listeners frustrated with contemptible Beltway politicians’ lack of respect for taxpayers responded by sending 1,500 bags to the office of New York…

News release: BIPPS-supported ALEC model bill seeks to protect Kentucky coal from EPA overreach

(BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) – Model legislation sponsored by the Bluegrass Institute,Kentucky’s free-market think tank, which gives states an effective constitutional weapon in their arsenal to push back against federal environmental overreach, received unanimous approval by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force. The Intrastate Coal and Use Act declares in no uncertain terms that…

BIPPS on WHAS and KET today

This morning at 10 a.m. Jim Waters will join Mandy Connell on WHAS for another Bluegrass Monday. Listen live here. Also, this evening at 8 p.m. ET, Jim will join a panel discussion about the fiscal cliff on KET‘s Kentucky Tonight. The featured panelists include Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Tres Watson…

New test, old doubts

By Jim Waters Grand Canyon-esque gaps in math scores. Praise for poorly performing schools. Failed top-down policies. So far, the developing story being told by the initial batch of results from Kentucky’s new testing system suggests that our public education system’s performance is – when compared to previous testing results – more of a déjà-vu-all-over-again…

Policy challenges require patience, perseverance

By Jim Waters Patience isn’t only a virtue. It’s also a necessary weapon in successfully opposing policies resurrected from history’s ash heap to threaten our economic and social freedom. However, patience gets harder to maintain – by the second, actually – when you realize that our nation is borrowing $50,000 each second, $4 billion a…