Bad bug already hit Kentucky

The Reason Foundation took a light-hearted shot at big-spending state governments by comparing the spread of irresponsibility through ten states — including Kentucky — plus another 23 “at risk” states, to people catching the flu virus. The best part: “Not too long ago, current Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin quipped that “[o]ne of the best ways…

Shock: businesses prefer regulation to death

Faced with being driven to government-imposed extinction or government-enforced market protection, health insurers are acting rationally. And the Lexington Herald Leader is surprised. This is really simple. “A market that offers real choices and price competition” is best for consumers and taxpayers, but not necessarily for insurers or a power-hungry government. A ban on “overcharging”…

Arizona’s better health insurance idea

Gov. Steve Beshear has said a lot about his desire to expand dependency on government by signing more Kentucky children up on government-provided health insurance. Legislators in Arizona have a better idea, which involves allowing insurance policies to be sold without unneeded state mandates, like alcohol abuse treatment. Kentucky could also attract more insurance competition…

Fifth best at what?

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Chief of Staff is all atwitter with the news that Site Selection Magazine has named Kentucky’s corporate welfare scheming as the fifth most prolific in the nation for 2008. “Kentucky has been very aggressive in its economic development strategy under the leadership of Gov. Beshear, and this ranking demonstrates our work is…