The House GOP has proposed $61 billion in spending cuts to the federal government. Is that a lot? May sound like it but, in the scheme of things, is it?
So, once again, because our elected officials in the Kentucky General were not able to do their jobs in the time allotted to them by the Kentucky Constitution, governor Steve Beshear is ordering them into a special session to come to terms on a solution to the state’s Medicaid problem.
Once again, the taxpayers foot the bill at $60,000 each day of the special session.
That price tag sure isn’t helping Kentucky’s budget problems, is it?
Contact your legislator and tell them to be responsible with Kentucky’s money.
Gov. Beshear has called a special session to address the Medicaid budget gap, but won’t allow consideration of spending cuts.
Isn’t that special?
Remember, this is the rudderless administration that offered a budget last year that relied on $780 million in expanded gambling revenue, all the while knowing that the issue was dead. So by its irresponsibility, this governor forced the part-time legislature to completely start from scratch on budget preparations.
And now Beshear wants to accuse the Senate leadership — who offered a responsible mix of using one-time funds and cutting spending by a paltry 2.26 percent next year to make up the gap — of being reckless?
Isn’t that special?
Beshear also is adding his pet project — raising graduation rates — to the call. This allows the current spineless administration to skirt real education reform, ignore the need for charter schools while spending millions more to keep kids in school without addressing why they are leaving in the first place.
To do that would tick off a key constituency of this governor: the teachers unions and their playmates, the educrats who run the system and care absolutely nothing about the future of our students — and those out-of-touch legislators who allow it to continue to happen.
Besides, last year, Beshear said we couldn’t afford to raise the graduation rates. What’s happened since then that we don’t know about?
The NASCAR season is heating up again, but race cars aren’t the only things accelerating. So is spending in Washington.
In just two years, President Obama has accumulated $4.2 trillion in debt — almost nearly as much as his predecessor accrued in his total eight years in the White House — $4.46 trillion, which included the bulk of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And any fiscal conservative must admit: Bush was a big spender, incurring nearly as much debt during his administration as his three predecessors — Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan combined to spend — $4.73 trillion. In just two years, the current administration accumulated 30 percent of the total debt going back to the end of World War II.
We might need to create a new description of spender, considering how quickly the current occupant of public housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — with a little help from his predecessors — is placing future generations in fiscal danger.
The results of a long winter and overly long, under-supervised school bus rides are beginning to take their toll on the busing for diversity madness in Louisville.
I mentioned one incident, triggered by bullying, a few days ago.
Now, for the second time since the beginning of March, violence has broken out on one of Jefferson County’s longer bus routes.
This time, 11 children wound up in the hospital with pepper spray burns after two girls took their dispute, which was apparently known to some adults at least several days before, to a new level.
WLKY.com has the details.
By the way, it turns out the 0222 bus mentioned in the news report was a substitute for Bus 0437. I checked with the Jefferson County Public Schools Transportation Department.
The route for Bus 0437 is listed in the Jefferson County Schools on line “Bus Finder.”
Bus 0437 runs to the Westport Middle School after making pickups at several road intersections as far away as River Park Drive and Amy Avenue, way over on the West Side of Louisville. Westport Middle School is on the East Side, about half way between I-264 and I-265 on Westport Drive. Mapquest says the distance, using the Interstates, is over 15 miles, one way.
WLKY says the Jefferson County School District is investigating this latest violent bus incident and that several parents of student victims plan to press charges against the child who did the spraying and possibly against the adults who provided the spray, as well.
But, the article also hints that the dispute between the two girls was known to the parents. Writes WLKY:
“Haynes said the incident was the result of an ongoing dispute between her daughter and the girl with the pepper spray. She said more could have been done to prevent Tuesday’s incident.”
While these are sketchy details, it sounds like the school system itself may be more involved.
Certainly, cooping kids up, every day, on bus rides (without an adult bus monitor) that run all over Louisville couldn’t have helped this festering situation. If problems between the two girls who started the fight were reported to school officials and still were not dealt with, that could open up a whole new area for inquiry. And, it is doubtful a school bus driver trying to negotiate I-71 in the Louisville area has much additional time to play referee for 13-year old altercations.
So far as Louisville’s excessive busing for diversity plan goes, could it be that the inevitable is now happening? Is it possible the novelty of going to school all away across the county is wearing off, so now thoroughly bored kids are starting to do what kids everywhere do when they are bored?
And, was another warning about bullying or at least a strong personality conflict ignored by personnel in the school district?