Bluegrass Beacon: When takers outnumber makers, you’d best take notice

By Jim Waters You’re either a maker or a taker. A free marketplace – which used to operate with much less government interference – allows makers to turn rocks into roads, crops into meals and ideas into patents. Without makers, takers don’t have a paycheck, pension or food stamp. With fewer takers, makers could keep…

Bluegrass Beacon: Fiscal cliff is not steep enough to sway true conservatives

By Jim Waters Former Lexington radio talk-show host Leland Conway once asked his listeners to send pork rinds to Washington after some liberals in Congress claimed the American people didn’t care about wasteful spending amendments. Listeners frustrated with contemptible Beltway politicians’ lack of respect for taxpayers responded by sending 1,500 bags to the office of New York…

BIPPS on WHAS and KET today

This morning at 10 a.m. Jim Waters will join Mandy Connell on WHAS for another Bluegrass Monday. Listen live here. Also, this evening at 8 p.m. ET, Jim will join a panel discussion about the fiscal cliff on KET‘s Kentucky Tonight. The featured panelists include Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Tres Watson…

New test, old doubts

By Jim Waters Grand Canyon-esque gaps in math scores. Praise for poorly performing schools. Failed top-down policies. So far, the developing story being told by the initial batch of results from Kentucky’s new testing system suggests that our public education system’s performance is – when compared to previous testing results – more of a déjà-vu-all-over-again…