P.J. O’Rourke on Occupy Wall Street and fairness

P.J. O’Rourke on Marketplace, discussing the Occupy Wall Streeters and the concept of “fairness”: The good things in life are remarkably expandable, but it’s ordinary people who expand them. Look at China, look at India. Yes, it’s upsetting that some people have so much while other people have so little. It isn’t fair. But I…

REINS Act eliminates ‘regulation without representation’

The best policy ideas often come from outside the halls of government. Sometimes, those ideas even get the attention — and approval — of Congress. In a Bluegrass Beacon column earlier this year, I endorsed a policy idea by Alexandria resident Lloyd Rogers, a former judge-executive in Northern Kentucky, that would require an up-or-down vote in Congress for all…

How should we measure ‘productivity’ in the legislature?

A productive legislature is one that does … what, exactly? The Washington Post today argues that Congress is about to wrap up one of its least “productive” sessions in recent memory. The headline on Bob Pershing’s column reads, “In 2011, fewer bills, fewer laws and plenty of blame.” Pershing writes Regardless of whether you want…

Taxpayers on the hook for part-time pensions?

In the Lexington Herald-Leader’s watchdog series, Bill Estep printed a story Sunday about Kentucky taxpayers funding hundreds of part time pensions for city council members all over the state. Funding part-time pensions with taxpayer dollars is something that will only receive more attention in the months and years to come. Governments at all levels across the…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS’ inaugural appearance Tuesday on Nelson County’s ‘Brooks & Co.’ radio show

Join Jim Waters, vice president for communications, on his inaugural appearance Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the “Brooks & Company” radio show on Bardstown’s 1320 WBRT-AM. Listen live here. The show, which airs each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to Noon, is hosted by Jim Brooks, editor of the Nelson County Gazette, which recently began carrying…