I will be a guest on Jack Pattie’s radio show at 9:00 Monday morning talking about the coming Bluegrass Tax Revolt. It’s WVLK AM 590 or www.wvlkam.com.
In what probably come as a surprise to some, the new US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said several days ago that he was not in favor of shutting down the Washington, DC voucher program.
Duncan is quoted as saying, “I don’t think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning,” Duncan told said. “I think those kids need to stay in their school.”
This puts Duncan at odds with Democrats in the Congress who want to kill the DC voucher program.
Meanwhile, Kentucky not only has no voucher program, but it doesn’t even have the much more popular charter school program (which is now found in 40 states). So, more than a few of our kids are trapped in public schools where they may not be happy, or safe, or satisfied or learning.
Senate President David Williams, speaking at the 5th Congressional District GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, took credit for lowering a long list of various taxes since Republicans took control of the state Senate.
He also pointed out that the alcohol tax would cost someone who spent $100 on alcohol only $6.
In 2008, a similar bill failed to gain approval by even a single Democratic Senator before dying in the House without a hearing.
As the Obama Administration gears up its healthcare reform efforts, free market advocates have very good reason to be concerned.
Meanwhile, a comment from Kentucky’s Sen. Mitch McConnell is being used as “evidence” by big-government fans that their approach is actually the way to go. McConnell said:
“Forcing free market plans to compete with these government-run programs would create an unlevel playing field and inevitably doom true competition. Ultimately, we would be left with a single government-run program controlling all of the market. This would take health care decisions out of doctors and patients hands and place them in the hands of another Washington bureaucracy.”
Those who think that private plans losing out to public plans is simply a matter of efficiency forget who subsidizes money-losing government health programs like Medicare and Medicaid.