A political web site paints an odd image that Gov. Steve Beshear might want to reconsider putting out there as things move along in Kentucky:
Thanks to Jake at PageOne for passing this along.
Bluegrass Institute Director of Policy and Communications Jim Waters has hit the airwaves with a new series of ninety second radio broadcasts geared toward spreading the hunger for freedom from Pikeville to Paducah.
You can catch the broadcasts on one of the 99 Kentucky News Network radio stations near you. The first one is right here.
State legislators made a lot of noise last summer about “fixing” the disastrous public employee benefits system while accomplishing very little. Now it is Lexington’s turn.
Mayor Jim Newberry even has his own do-nothing pension reform task force that is, well, doing nothing.
Sen. Tom Buford pre-filed a bill yesterday to get the conversation started toward protecting the public without breaking the bank. His bill would allow the city to lay off fire and police employees, as Newberry has threatened, while keeping employee benefits and 40% of pay in place.
The bill doesn’t really improve the city’s situation. But firing fire and police employees to make up for city mismanagement doesn’t help either. Maybe Lexington should look at eliminating some non-essential services instead.
Redding, California’s city council voted Tuesday night to scale back its own taxpayer-provided health insurance benefits.
Now there’s a money-saving idea for Kentucky!
Surely we have reached the point at which we can stop talking about belt-tightening while throwing it on the public’s credit card. If we are really going to respond to fiscal difficulties, let’s do it without mortgaging our future.
American consumers already voted “no” on a marketplace “bail out” of domestic automakers when they stopped buying their cars at the current price level. Can’t imagine how the Big Three think they will endear themselves to consumers by taking their case to politicians to force taxpayers to pay full freight and then some, rather than lowering their prices.
Wouldn’t exactly make a very good Super Bowl ad, would it?
The most important thing to remember is the doom and gloom spin isn’t even true. There is a place in the economy for domestic-label cars. There is a loyal following for their high-quality products. (Disclosure: my driveway holds GM, Ford, and Honda vehicles.)
The problem is that currently, the price is too high. That’s all. So cut the doomsday rhetoric and politicians’ song and dance, guys. Lower your prices.
Standard broadcast analog television signals from the major networks will cease on February 17, 2009. After that time, if you receive your TV signals from a standard antenna right off the airwaves, you will either need to upgrade to a digital television or buy a converter box for your standard analog TV (supposedly, cable and satellite TV customers will not have to do anything, as those services will do the signal conversions for you). At least, that’s the official word.
But, how well is this really going to work? To see some of the really cautionary tales of how big government can’t overrule, or ignore, the laws of physics, check out the links on this Web page from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics engineers.
Don’t be scared. Many of these articles are not written for engineers, but rather for “the rest of us.” And, there may be an awful lot of trouble on the horizon.
And, it looks like all converter boxes are not created equal. This article also indicates you may need more than just the converter box – perhaps a totally new antenna and wiring system is in your expensive future.
So, stand by. We are going to find out in February exactly how well our nation’s technical leaders really did their homework. If the IEEE stories are any indication, it looks like the dog got a hold of it.