Bluegrass Beacon: ‘We’re hard workers and we do have a right to work’

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who campaigned frequently in Kentucky for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes, initially urged voters on Oct. 24 to reject the notion “that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs” – a theory “that has been tried, that has failed” and that “has failed rather spectacularly”— only to walk it back…

Associated Press: Minimum Wage Report Puts Democrats on Defensive

The harsh laws of economics honor no man, especially politicians. The Associated Press is reporting that a new report out from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that a federal proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would result in the loss of roughly 500,000 jobs across the nation by 2016.…

Bluegrass Beacon: 2014 Session’s first week — the good, the bad and the ugly

The classic main theme from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” serves as appropriate background music while perusing this column about the first week of the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The Good: Pension reform is not dead. After exaggerated claims about the feeble pension-reform bill passed during…

Minimum wage the key to alleviating poverty? You must be dreaming

Whether it’s failing schools, public-pension liabilities or an infinite number of other challenges plaguing the commonwealth, our nation’s poverty problem elicits one single tired solution from bigger-government apologists: throw more money at it. Note President Obama’s renewed push in his State of the Union address for once again raising the minimum wage. Supporters believe poverty…