Responsible government actions?

From time to time we come across great examples of responsible and respectful government actions. In these times we want to make sure that we highlight actions by the government that model what the constitutions of both the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky originally intended. We have created a section of FreedomKentucky.org designed…

Mayor Newberry: Media gatekeeper?

The saga of the UK housing debacle continues.  On Monday, Lexington mayor Jim Newberry held a forum about the housing situation around the campus.  He invited landlords, city council members, and the student body president to discuss the proposed zoning laws that would restrict the rights of private property owners in Lexington. The amazing thing:…

Race to the Top scoring may not determine final awards

Kentucky’s education leaders really knocked themselves out putting together our application for the Race to the Top federal education funding competition. Except for the glaring omission of charter school legislation, the state’s edu-team tried everything they could think of to garner every possible point in the published scoring scheme. Well, Education Week now reports(subscription?): “…the…

Feds have their Toyota bashing pedal to the metal

Ray LaHood, U.S. secretary of Transportation, suggested Toyota drivers ‘stop driving’ their vehicles, something he later called a ‘misstatement.’ How would his ‘misstatement’ have set with the Jimmy Hoffas of the world had it been pointed at a unionized, bankrupt, government-owned American operation? Imagine the UAW’s disdain had House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry…

Economics 101: Free Trade

From Cafe Hayek… Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi)Capitol HillWashington, DCDear Rep. Taylor: You propose to remove the U.S. from NAFTA. Your stated reason is that the freer trade made possible by NAFTA destroys jobs in your state. If you’re correct – that is, if it’s true that preventing people in one political jurisdiction from trading freely…