If Gov. Steve Beshear could set aside politics for a minute and look at healthcare reality, he would do everything in his power to exempt Kentucky from this:
Kentucky’s health insurance market has actually recovered fairly well from its failed government takeover in 1994. Other states like California and New York, meanwhile have gone in the opposite direction in the name of “fairness” or some such gobbledygook.
Make a note of what medical costs are now. Painful experience with decades of increasing government involvement in U.S. healthcare should convince all of us that ten years of ObamaCare will have disastrous results.
But if you are looking for help forcing state and local governments to post their checkbooks online for everyone to see, they are asleep at the wheel.
Here is why:
If goons like the bureaucrats at the Lexington airport knew that if they rented strippers and bought guns with taxpayer money their expenditures would be posted to the internet and everyone would know, they would spend more time working and less messing around.
No messing around, no scandal. No scandal, no opportunity for a political figure friend to “investigate” the big story. And no big story.
Big stories sell newspapers.
If Kentucky’s First Amendment-protected newspapers were as interested in preventing scandals as they are in reporting on them, they would advocate for government transparency.
I’m headed to Frankfort to hear testimony in the Senate State and Local Government Committee about how spending transparency improves government. Interesting to see if any reporters cover that.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is pretty hot on digging into his bowl full of stimulus. But before he does, he may want to notice that one of those wacky Republican Governors threatening to reject unemployment compensation expansion money because it creates an unaffordable unfunded mandate is Tennessee’s Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen:
Gov. Beshear has been toying with the idea of doing something positive with unemployment insurance in Kentucky for several weeks. Now is his chance.
The Louisville Courier Journal is right that SB 188 isn’t such a hot idea.
It would be nice if the editorial board would join us in support of posting all government contracts and individual expenditures to searchable databases on the internet.
That would be the antidote to all this sneaky stuff.
In case you had any doubt that the tax increase and pension raid earlier this month in Frankfort would hit you soon, you can’t doubt it now. In addition to the $50 million pension raid everyone gets to pay back, fewer people are smoking and, now, fewer people are drinking beer.
This matters, of course, because Frankfort has already spent projected revenue gains from their new tax increases. By the time everyone knows that isn’t going to work out, they will be back to hit us up again.