Frankfort’s Republicans, in particular, become very agitated and frustrated with such allegations.
“There is a difference — but we just don’t get enough credit for doing the right thing,” they say.
But if they want credit for doing the right thing, maybe they could actually try doing the right thing … every time — especially when so much is at stake.
For example, why should anyone of either party who voted for increasing Kentucky’s already-heavy regulatory burden on beer producers who simply want to (GASP!) distribute their own products get any kind of kudos? Not only should they not be praised for such nonsense; they should be called out for shamefully allowing financial contributors to many politicians’ political campaigns to use the force of government to put a competitor out of business and then turn around and say they are for “fairness” and “competition.”
Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, did her best to stop it by calling it “the ultimate assault on private property tax rights.” Adams even proposed a compromise that would allow Anheuser-Busch ImBev to keep the property it’s owned in Louisville since 1978 as well as the distributorship it recently purchased in Owensboro.
I would think it would be embarrassing that a freshman state senator could recognize what too many of the chest-thumping conservative Republican leaders of both chambers failed to acknowledge, or worse, chose to ignore as they got sucked into the greed and corruption that formed a cesspool around this issue.
It’s even more shameful for the leadership to be taken to school on the meaning of the free market and private-property rights by a freshman senator who herself supports a statewide ban on smoking, which, as now-retired Justice Will Graves of Paducah indicated was, uh, let’s see — how was that — an assault on private-property rights as well.
The fact that even she — with her sophomoric and amateur understanding of the meaning of private-property rights — could see how egregious increasing beer-distributor regulations in a manner that forces an existing company to give up its property is truly nothing short of abominable.
As promised, here are those who, when given a crucial opportunity, utterly failed during the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to defend private-property right and instead used the force of government to attempt to drive a company out of their Kentucky businesses during a time when companies and the jobs they offer are at a premium across the commonwealth:
Representatives. Adkins, Belcher, Bell, Benvenuti, Bratcher, Brown, Bunch, Carney, Collins, Combs, DeCesare, Denham, DeWeese, Dossett, Fischer, Flood, Gooch, Graham, Greer, Harris, Heath, Hoover, Imes, Kay, Kerr, Kim King, Martha Jane King, Linder, Marzian, Mayfield, McKee, Meade, Meeks, Meredith, Meyer, Mills, Montell, Osborne, Overly, Palumbo, Pullin, Quarles, Rader, Rand, Riner, Rowland, Rudy, Santoro, Schamore, Shell, Short, Simpson, Sinnette, Smart, St. Onge, Steele, Stewart, Stone, Stumbo, Thompson, Tilley, Turner, Upchurch, Webber, Westrom, Wuchner and Yonts.
Senators: Alvarado, Buford, Carpenter, Danny Carroll, Julian Carroll, Girdler, Harris, Jones, Kerr, McDaniel, Neal, Ridley, Schickel, Seum, Smith, Stivers, Thayer, Thomas, Turner, Westerfield, Wilson and Wise.
KUDOS to the following who saw through the greed and corruption and voted to defend private-property rights and protect a company’s business — understanding that we need all of the job creators we can get right now in the commonwealth:
Representatives: Bechler, Burch, Butler, Clark, Couch, Donohue, Duplessis, Floyd, Glenn, Hale, Harmon, Horlander, Howard, Jenkins, Keene, Koenig, Lee, Miles, Charles Miller, Jerry Miller, Moffett, Moore, Nelson, Owens, Richards, Riggs, Tipton, David Watkins, Gerald Watkins, Wayne and York.
Senators: Bowen, Clark, Embry, Gibson, Givens, Harper Angel, Higdon Hornback, Humphries, McGarvey, Parrett, Raque Adams and Robinson.