Here’s a neat little YouTube, just in time for the holiday.
Had an odd sense of deja vu when I saw President-elect Barack Obama promising to save taxpayers “billions” of dollars by cutting wasteful spending.
What did that remind me of? Oh, that’s right! It reminded me of then-candidate Steve Beshear promising over a year ago that he would save Kentucky up to $180 million a year in efficiencies.
What are the odds the national media will let Obama slide the way Kentucky’s has given Gov. Beshear a pass?
Rep. Steve Riggs (D-Louisville) has gotten on board the “Stop Bobby Sherman’s Huge Raise” train with House Bill 57, a bill that would have the entire legislature vote on salary increases for the LRC director.
While we are talking about who decides who gets paid what, why don’t we open up the idea of voters deciding what kind of money we should properly pay public employees? Letting the legislature decide that hasn’t worked out so well for us.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is getting some great press for leading the way for government spending transparency in his state.
Jindal ordered a public web site with valuable spending data for taxpayers on his first day in office. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has had to be dragged kicking and screaming to get him to move in the same direction.
We certainly would have gotten a lot farther down the road toward efficient government in Kentucky if Beshear merely followed Jindal’s example.
We’ve written plenty about the scoring inflation in Kentucky’s public school assessment program, known as CATS, but some of you clearly have not had time to read it.
Now, a nice discussion of the evidence has been collected in one, easy to read source in the freedomkentucky.org Web site.
Everyone in Kentucky owes it to our kids to take a few moments to check this out and then let your legislators hear loud and clear that we are tired of getting inflated pictures of how our schools are really performing. As I commented yesterday, plenty of legislators seem anxious to fix this issue, but there still are holdouts. So, all our elected state officials need to hear it loud and clear – the inflated nonsense from CATS isn’t what we were promised back in 1990, and with tax dollars now severely constrained, we cannot afford a feel-good fabrication that doesn’t really level with us about our education problems.
Jim Rogers used to live in America. When he had the means to live anywhere he wanted, he moved to Singapore. Here is how he describes what is going on now:
“Why are 300 million Americans having to pay for Citibank’s mistakes? The way the system is supposed to work: people fail and then the competent people take over the assets from the failed people and you start again with a new, stronger base. What we are doing this time is they are taking the assets from the competent people, giving them to the incompetent people, and saying ‘okay, now you can compete with the competent people.’ So everyone is weakened. The whole nation is weakened. The whole economy is weakened. That’s not the way it is supposed to work.”
His entire interview is here. It’s long, but very good. There is a better way that doesn’t involve bloodshed, but we have to move fast.
In other words, a Russian foreign affairs expert suggests his country may want to consider taking over Alaska.
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