Join us from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today for another Bluegrass Monday segment on The Mandy Connell Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS. Mandy says it’s “the fastest hour in radio.” Tune in and you will understand why!
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In the wake of Gov. Beshear’s medicaid expansion, multiple myths have been put forth by Obamaphiles – including Beshear himself – touting the benefits of such expansion.
One myth which the states are particularly fond of is the idea that somehow, since it’s paid for by the feds, expanding Medicaid to over 300,000 extra Kentuckians is completely free to denizens of the commonwealth. It’s as if the resources to provide healthcare to families at up to 138% of the federal poverty level (granted, low-quality healthcare) miraculously came down from the heavens and came to rest right here in the commonwealth, just waiting for a sickly child or two to consume them.
Of course, as inquiring Kentucky minds know, the feds can’t provide anything whatsoever to Kentuckians that hasn’t been taken from someone else, and the resources taken to fund expanded Medicaid will in large part be taken from Kentuckians right here at home.
The fact that the resources are funneled through the federal government does nothing to change this fact.
In fact, according to a recent Heritage report, Medicaid expansion will add $638 billion dollars to government spending over the next 10 years, and that’s spending from a government already $16 trillion in the hole and counting.
What’s worse, by 2017, Medicaid expansion won’t even be free to Kentuckians in federal fantasy land, because the state governments are legally required to pick up a chunk of the bill.
And all this assumes the feds actually keep their promises to fund the state’s endeavors with your federal tax dollars. Who knows when the changing tide of politics will turn this whole funding charade on its back, leaving the states completely responsible for the even more bloated Medicaid catastrophe, and the hundreds of thousand of citizens made to depend on it.
More than 324 years after architect Sir Christopher Wren constructed fake pillars at Windsor Town Hall near London to satisfy building inspectors, tourists remain fascinated with the good-for-nothing posts.
The story goes that in 1689, local inspectors warned that the town hall would crumble without additional support. Rather than fight City Hall, Wren, England’s greatest architect – who disagreed with the inspectors – fooled them by building four pillars that offered the illusion of more support but which did not even reach the ceiling.
Stunts deceiving observers by illusion are not, of course, relegated to 17th century building inspections. They can occur in outright wallet-crushing fashion today.
Take, for example, Kentucky’s Medicaid shanty.
Inspectors have carefully examined the leaning structure and determined that adding 300,000 new enrollees into the Obamacare program – which Gov. Steve Beshear announced he will do – would add an unbearable financial weight to a structure that’s already crumbling.
Recently the Bluegrass Institute partnered with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University to host its Citizen Education Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lexington. The event included both Bluegrass Institute and Mercatus scholars discussing the most pertinent barriers standing in the way of Kentucky’s economic competitiveness.
Today, we present the final segment of our weekly series delivering exclusive video footage from the event. Featured is a panel discussion and Q&A session with all three of the event’s keynote speakers, including the Mercatus Center’s distinguished visiting scholar Maurice P. McTigue and senior research fellow Matthew Mitchell, Ph.D., along with John Garen, Ph.D., the Gatton Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky and chairman of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars.
The conversation was wide and varied, but whether the questions concerned the importance of new media in the liberty movement or revisiting the dependency trap, the audience in attendance had all of their queries answered by these three learned economists.
Other topics included the prospects of growing our economy from “the bottom, up,” the success of the Brazilian economy, Maurice McTigue’s fantasy agenda for his first day as governor of the commonwealth, and even the possibility of turning arid wastelands into fertile oases by planting trees in the desert.
Learn all about it inside this video.
Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell aren’t the only ones providing Kentuckians with the type of tools necessary to protect our energy sector from the EPA’s unilateral mandates – so is the Bluegrass Institute.
This coming Tuesday in Louisville, Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute will argue for the Intrastate Coal and Use Act, a bill which would guarantee to Kentuckians sovereignty over the one-third of all Kentucky coal that is mined, sold, and used exclusively within the borders of the commonwealth. Such commonsense and constitutional defenses are what we need in the commonwealth if we are to succeed in fending off the federal behemoth that is the EPA.
And we need these weapons now more than ever.
Last year alone, Kentuckians lost more than 4,000 coal mining jobs or 22 percent of mining employment. Eastern Kentucky and Appalachian miners were explicitly targeted by the EPA, and experienced a 30 percent decline in employment. Overall, mining production in the commonwealth was down by 91.4 million pounds.
No doubt, Jim Waters will reference a new report from the Bluegrass Institute that shows how – in no small part due to EPA regulation – energy prices are set to increase by 20 percent over the next ten years. These increases in energy costs will not only be a direct burden on Kentucky families, they’ll also chase business from the commonwealth, which relies so heavily on low energy and operating costs to lure industry to set up shop.
So come on out to 2825 Lexington Road in Louisville, KY at 6 PM to voice your support for the Intrastate Coal and Use Act.
First, view the marketing video for this Common Core State Standards aligned English Language Arts (ELA) instructional program for young elementary school students.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Next, play this You Tube:
Now, write a comment for us about what you think about this CCSS aligned English Language Arts material for first graders. Be sure to mention whether you believe CCSS protects students from such stuff. Use of emotional terms recommended in the CCSS aligned first grade material is optional.
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