Obesity is a big problem in Kentucky. In Alabama it is worse. That state has responded by working up a plan to charge overweight state employees $25 extra a month for their health coverage.
The move has brought the nuts down out of the trees:
“E-K. Daufin of Montgomery, a college professor and founder of Love Your Body, Love Yourself, which holds body acceptance workshops, said the new policy will be stressful for people like her.”
“”I’m big and beautiful and doing my best to keep my stress levels down so I can stay healthy,” Daufin said. “That’s big, not lazy, not a glutton and certainly not deserving of the pompous, poisonous disrespect served up daily to those of us with more bounce to the ounce.””
KyPolitics.org excerpts Paducah Sun coverage of First Lady Jane Beshear on a big government rant:
“If you want programs to continue and grow instead of being cut back, the only way to make that happen is to get more revenue,” she said Wednesday night during a Paducah forum. “You need to talk to your legislators.”
But Jane, most of us don’t want programs to continue and grow. We want them to solve the problem they were created to solve and go away.
With this mentality, we will never get off the endless “revenue shortfall” merry-go-round. But then I suspect Jane and her husband know that.
New Jersey’s politicians have been saying they are cutting government spending to the bone, just like we hear in Kentucky.
Even so, no one should be surprised to learn that those same politicians overshot the mark last year by $2.2 billion and have merely thrown it on the taxpayers’ credit card. What is interesting is that this fact made the newspaper up there.
Meanwhile in Kentucky, we are adding in more than $1.5 billion to our debt load over the next two years and you don’t hear a peep from our media watchdogs.
For a little context, New Jersey has more than double the population of Kentucky.