On February 23, Kentucky House member, Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook), filed legislation (HB492) to grant an unconditional pardon to government employees guilty of illegal activities. What? Adkins apparently believes laws broken by government employees working for a library are above Kentucky law.
Here’s a little history.
Did you know that there is a specific statute that clearly spells out how a library created by a petition drive, like Kenton County Library, must secure petitions to increase taxes? For over 30-years, Kenton County Library and other libraries continue to raise taxes and ignore the petition requirement?
Concerned taxpayers filed a lawsuit against the Kenton County Library and Campbell County Library for illegal taxation. Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe and Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward ruled the libraries illegal confiscated taxes by refusing to properly secure petitions prior to raising taxes.
Adkins now wants to repeal the sections of the law (173.610 and 173.790) that requires libraries to secure a certain number of petitions before raising taxes and granting amnesty dating back to 1979. These libraries ignored the law and let their boards raise taxes.
Here’s KRS Section 173.790 spelling the proper way for petition libraries to increase taxes:
173.790 Increase or decrease in tax levy; procedure
“The special ad valorem tax rate for the maintenance and operation of a public library district created pursuant to KRS 173.710 to 173.800 before July 13, 1984 shall not be increased or decreased unless a duly certified petition requesting an increase or decrease in the tax rate of a specifically stated amount is signed by fifty-one percent (51%) of the number of duly qualified voters voting at the last general election in each county in the district. Such petition shall be filed with the fiscal court in each county in the district not later than ninety (90) days after the date of the first signature. The fiscal court shall order the court to increase or decrease the ad valorem tax, as stated in the petition.”
This statute requires the petition libraries to submit 51 percent of validated signatures in the last general election (23,951 in Kenton County for 2014) before increasing tax rates.
Kenton and Campbell County Libraries raised taxes without any petitions. Adkins is trying to repeal this law in the 2015 General Assembly. Here’s the relevant section of Adkin’s bill:
“Any tax rate levied by the board of a public library district from February 13, 1979, through the effective date of this Act pursuant to the provisions of KRS 132.023 and 132.024, shall be deemed a valid levy of an ad valorem tax, regardless of whether the public library board also complied with the provisions of KRS 173.610 or 173.790 in effect at the time the ad valorem tax was levied.”
If the libraries did nothing wrong in collecting taxes, why file a bill to change the law all the way back to 1979?
How did this happen? Several years ago I stumbled onto a piece of correspondence dated July 11, 2011 issued by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives (KDLA) about increasing taxes. I was shocked by a couple of simple facts in this report. The document states:
“State government, city and county governments, as well as special taxing districts were covered by the provisions of HB 44. It should be noted here that public library districts have historically been considered to be special taxing districts and are, therefore, subject to HB44.” (House Bill 44 allows taxing entities to increase taxes by 4 percent per year without voter approval.)
Excuse me? Historically considered? What does that mean? The law (KRS 173.910) sounds pretty clear to me. How did this “switch” from the libraries 51 percent petition requirement magically change to HB44 automatic tax increase happen? Did “petition” libraries just assume that House Bill 44 applied to them so they adopted its taxing goodies instead of the painful petition process?
The law that KDLA quoted in their correspondence about taxing without voter approval (KRS 132.010 thru 132.025) is excruciatingly detailed. There are 7,333 words of pure detailed legal psychobabble in these sections, but something odd jumped out at me. Not one time in all the definitions or detailed text did it use the word “library.” Not once!
Is it possible this legislation purposely omitted any reference to libraries because the law already specifically created legislation (173.910) defining how libraries can secure tax increases? I say yes!
Is that how the law works? Are laws optional for government employees? If libraries don’t like a law, can they just find and adopt another law that is more advantageous? I guess if no one stops them they can.
Please contact your state senator and state representative and demand they vote against Adkins HB492. Even libraries must follow the law.
The federal government has all the money it needs to rebuild the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio. That’s not my opinion. It’s the facts recently released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service. The data is stunning and clearly establishes that public-private-partnership (P3) tolls agenda is not necessary.
Total receipts for December 2014 amounted to $335.3 billion. That’s an increase of $50.3 billion (17.65 percent) or 20 Brent Spence Bridge Projects over December 2013 receipts of $285 billion. It’s the highest December receipts in our history.
Total outlays for December 2014 amounted to $333.5 billion. That’s an increase of $101.7 billion (43.87 percent) or 41 Brent Spence Bridge Projects over December 2013 outlays of $231.8 billion. It’s also the highest December outlays in our history.
The Kentucky General Assembly is currently debating legislation to develop a public-private-partnership (P3) to permit tolls (tax increases) to build the Brent Spence Bridge Project. As illustrated above, the federal government has all the money they need to rebuild a federal bridge without punishing Kentuckians with more taxes (tolls). Enough!
The only question left is why so many politicians, business leaders and academic elites continue to peddle the false narrative that the federal government is broke. Their spending clearly states the opposite.
Please contact your state representative and state senator and urge them to vote no on P3 legislation.
On February 10, 2015, the Kentucky House passed HB2 (56-43) increasing the minimum wage rate from $7.25 to $10.10 by July 1, 2017. Republicans opposed the bill and Democrats championed it.
The LRC Newsletter quoted Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (D), “Governor Steve Beshear (D) reports that Kentucky opened 340 new businesses and brought in 15,000 new jobs last year alone. No one should believe that this bill is going to cost anybody any jobs.”
Is Stumbo telling the truth? Were 15,000 jobs created last year alone in Kentucky? The Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that this is inaccurate. In January 2014, Kentucky’s employed was 1,887,323. In December of 2014, employed declined to 1,874,356. That’s a drop of 12,967 jobs. Why would anyone believe any of his “stats” or minimum wage predictions?
At least NBC’s Brian Williams was suspended for not telling the truth. Republicans in the House should demand that Speaker Stumbo apologize for providing false data.
So is Stumbo telling the truth that government minimum wage controls are not costly? I did some painful research into the history of wage and price controls. Every civilization pursues these controls in the false progressive spirit of compassion, fairness and equality. In the end, each was pursuing power, control and money and each one failed.
Over 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians believed in rigid wage and price controls. They developed a “fairness doctrine” called the Code of Hammurabi. Here a few of its codes:
“257 – If a man hire a field-labourer, he shall give him 8 gur of corn per annum.”
“269 – If an ass has been hired for threshing, 10 qa of corn is its hire.”
“274 – If a man hire a son of the people: pay a potter – 5 grams of silver, pay a carpenter – 4 grams of silver.”
As hard as its government centralized-planners tried to control wages and pricing, their economic system failed.
Monarch Henku (Egypt)
In 2830 B.C., Henku had inscribed on his tomb, “I was lord and overseer of southern grain in this nome.” He controlled the price and distribution of grain. He knew that whoever controlled the food controlled the people. Whoever controlled the people controlled everything.
As hard as its government centralized-planners tried to control wages and pricing, their economic system failed.
Around 552 B.C., Confucius is quoted as saying, “Government interference is necessary for economic life and competition should be reduced to a minimum.” DEMO-RINOs must love this guy. I think Confucius was very confused.
As hard as its government centralized-planners tried to control wages and pricing, their economic system failed.
In 321 B.C., philosopher Kautilya preached for “just” wages for each occupation, “Wages for the works of other kinds of artisans shall be similarly determined.” Thousands of years ago, Kautilya defined the Hooker Wage Control Policy:
“The superintendent shall determine the earnings… expenditures, and future earnings of every prostitute.” He provided an important footnote to show he was an enlightened philosopher, “Beauty and accomplishments must be the sole consideration in the selection of a prostitute.” Finally, a bureaucrat who selected talent based on merit instead of political correctness.
In 306 B.C., government used torture to maintain their wage and price controls in order to control the supply of food.
Aristotle also championed price controls, “To see to it first that the grain was sold in the market at a just price, that the millers sold meal in proportion to the price of barley, that the bakers sold bread in proportion to the price of wheat that the bread had the weight they had fixed.”
The Athenians also implemented a policy of ridding society of surplus citizens so their regulated economy could be sustained. I’m not sure, but I believe they aborted the babies of the irresponsible members of society and established death panels for the elderly. Thank God something like that could never happen today.
In 1776, a bunch of farmers and merchants came together and decided to do the opposite. Instead of government controlling people, wages and pricing, they decided the people would control government. It was radical, new and the United States of America changed the world.
- They created a representative government.
- They trusted people over government.
- They believed in free markets instead of centralized-planners.
- They limited government intrusion.
- They defined individual freedoms the government could not limit.
- In less than 200 years as a nation, the U.S.A. was the most successful, most free and powerful nation in the history of the world.
Today, Democrats believe it’s time to throw all that freedom and free market success away and return power to government centralized-planners. They’re again screaming for minimum wage price-fixing.
For over 4,000 years, government wage and price controls dictated by centralized-planners have failed and resulted in chaos, torture, poverty and mass murder.
It would be better for all parties if minimum wage laws were eliminated. Let’s give the free market an opportunity to reclaim its greatness by eliminating government’s price and minimum wage control policies.
Please urge your Kentucky senator to vote no on HB2!
P.S. – Watch this short video Capitalism and Greed (2:23) from the 1970s. Capitalist Milton Friedman gives a major smack down to liberal T.V. host Phil Donahue. Classic!
Kentucky’s General Assembly is again considering a statewide smoking ban (HB145) for businesses and public places, exempting private residences. I’m not a smoker but the sponsors of this bill are an embarrassment.
Why exempt private residences? Isn’t that where Kentuckians, especially children, spend the majority of their time? Children don’t have a choice but to live in a smoker’s death chamber. How much time do children spend in cars with smokers? Do legislators only care about children when they arrive at certain establishments or locations?
If they’re serious about their anti-smoking rhetoric, why aren’t these Dudley-Do-Rights (DDRs) fighting to protect the most vulnerable among us? Even Whitney Houston knew the children are our future.
The American Cancer Society’s website refers to second-hand smoke (SHS) in apocalyptic terms, “Tobacco smoke is a mixture of gases and particles. It contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. SHS has been linked to lung cancer. There is also some evidence suggesting it might be linked to lymphoma, leukemia, and brain tumors in children, and cancers of the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), nasal sinuses, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast in adults.”
If second-hand smoke is that deadly, why don’t legislators pass a law outlawing the use of tobacco in Kentucky? Why don’t they have the courage to sponsor laws to break down the doors of smokers’ homes and confiscate their cigarettes in the name of health purity? Do it for the children.
Aren’t legislators sounding like fools for pretending to care about the health of Kentuckians, especially children, on a part-time basis?
I find this whole smoking ban cult bizarre. The narrative is that smoking and second-hand smoking is a death sentence, but no one is recommending shutting down the tobacco industry. Why is that?
In 1998, 46 Attorney Generals, including Kentucky’s AG, signed a Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies. After reviewing all the “settled science” on the dangers of smoking, did the government ban smoking? NO! Why not? I thought the science was settled? Did the agreement demand public areas and businesses to be smoke free? NO! Why not?
In 1998, the states did decide to reduce tobacco marketing and to shakedown tobacco companies for over $200 billion for 25-years. Other payments will last forever.
Are legislators more concerned with keeping the tobacco cash cow alive than keeping Kentuckians alive?
Over the past 17 years, how many Kentuckians, especially children, have been exposed to second-hand smoke and will experience the ravages of cancer. Is the settled science crowd looking the other way to keep the tobacco companies viable to maintain the settlement shakedown?
It’s time for Anti-Smoking DDRs to leave freedom-loving Kentuckians alone and get off our property. The free market will settle the smoking issue. If DDRs don’t have the courage to immediately shutdown “dangerous” tobacco companies, they should at least have the courage to shut-up.
I finally understand the game of politics. Politicians pursue power, control and money by masking their true intentions behind a story of nobility. This smoking ban bill is the latest example of sounding noble while acting like sleazy money-grabbers.
I urge legislators to vote no on the smoking ban (HB145) until sponsors make all cigarettes illegal and refuse to accept any tobacco blood-money. They won’t do it because they’re addicted to tobacco taxes.
COVINGTON, Ky. — The pro-tolls Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition recently placed a billboard by the Brent Spence Bridge that read: CAUTION – DANGEROUS BRIDGE AHEAD.
What were drivers to do? Do they cross the bridge risking their life and that of their family? Did the Coalition’s fear-mongering cause the bridge to become “dangerous” as drivers slowed down to make sure the bridge didn’t kill them?
The Coalition stated they were just pointing out the obvious or simply stating a fact.
If that’s true, then the only proper course of action is to shutdown the bridge to secure public safety. Barriers should be placed in Northern Kentucky to force all northbound traffic on I75/I71 to exit in Covington. Barriers should also be placed on the Ohio southbound side of the bridge.
It’s the only logical and compassionate course of action.
If a company is offering a dangerous product or service, authorities will shutdown that business to protect the public.
If a dangerous criminal is on the loose, authorities will shutdown an entire community until the danger is removed.
If a dangerous chemical spill occurs, authorities will shutdown traffic and require residents to stay in their homes in name of public safety.
If a dangerous bridge exists, it must shutdown immediately before drivers are swimming with fish. It’s the only responsible thing to do.
Since the Build Our Bridge Now Coalition is comprised of hundreds of powerful aristocrats, their “danger” alarm cannot be ignored. Would a group of “leaders” scream “danger” on a crowded bridge just to induce fear for their personal gain? Is their goal to scare taxpayers into raising taxes (tolls) before this “dangerous” bridge murders them? I hope the integrity of the Coalition would not stoop to gutter politics.
However, we must take them seriously. If the bridge is dangerous, it must be shutdown. How can businesses and community “leaders” allow the public to cross a “dangerous” bridge just to patronize them and their greed over public safety? If death does occur, it must be laid at the feet of our “leaders” who saw danger, refused to shut it down and permitted it to continue for their personal financial gain.
If the bridge is not dangerous, the Coalition should immediately update their billboard to read:
SORRY: SAFE BRIDGE AHEAD (Politics got the best of us).
I understand the Coalition has a new billboard – THIS TRAFFIC IS WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY. Wouldn’t that billboard be more accurate if it read – FEDS WASTE TAXES FORCING YOU TO WASTE TIME & MONEY? The feds have plenty of money to complete the Brent Spence Bridge Project as their receipts increased by 9 percent over last year. In fiscal year ending September 2014, the feds collected over $3 trillion from taxpayers. It’s the first time the feds broke the $3 trillion level.
It appears the pro-tolls Coalition is getting desperate and is turning up the scare tactics. I wonder if their next marketing strategy will include NBC’s Brian Williams crossing the B.S. Bridge and then claiming his convoy was shot at by Tea Party anti-toll forces. At this point, I would not put it pass the Coalition.
On January 22, a scary group of Americans will “celebrate” the 1973 controversial Roe v. Wade abortion decision. After 42 years of this Holocaust-activity, approximately 57 million babies have been assassinated by their mothers. The idea that Americans “celebrate” the murder of a child confirms that evil lives among us.
Evil has been at war with Judeo-Christian values since the beginning of time. Evil has rewired the brains of gullible Americans to believe that it’s noble to murder their babies. America has lost future freedom-fighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, inventors, entrepreneurs, dreamers, problem-solvers, scientists, engineers, etc. Evil realized it did not need to invade America to inflict such casualties. It could convince America’s useful idiots to murder her own talent.
About 25 years ago, I listened to an emotional sermon on the evils of abortion. It still resonates with me today.
The story involves a man who died and meets God. The man was quite frustrated with his experience on Earth and thought it was a good idea to challenge God’s compassion. Maybe he was an atheist, Communist or a progressive, but he definitely was not a thinker.
The man lectured God about all the horrific problems that plagued mankind. He complained about war, disease, hunger, poverty, Michael Moore, corruption, crime, MSNBC and all kinds of abuses. He really blasted God because I think he knew that this was probably going be his last chance to speak to Him directly.
He called God every nasty name in the atheist playbook. He finished by shouting, “If You are a merciful God, how can You allow such suffering to occur?” God just listened to his rantings. When the southbound man finished, God stared at him with His eternal damnation eyes and said, “Damien, you are wrong! I sent mankind problem-solvers to eliminate all the pain and suffering in the world. Your ilk chose to murder them before they could take their first breath. The world’s pain and suffering is on your hands, not Mine!”
OUCH! That sermon struck an emotional chord with me and opened my mind that evil really does exist. Sometimes it’s even sitting in the same pew.
Currently, the U.S. House is proposing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, making abortions illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The CBO claims, “Depending on the number of additional births under H.R. 36, such Medicaid costs could range from about $100 million over the next 10 years to nearly $500 million over that period.”
Is being born now primarily a financial decision? Why would anyone be surprised that government death panels will use financial data to determine if the unborn should be born or if the elderly should live or die? How creepy does that sound?
In contrast, did you know that the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act states that anyone who disturbs an eagles nest or eggs could be fined $5,000 and sent to jail for one year? Unborn eagles are protected by law. The murder of unborn Americans is protected by law as well. What’s happened to us?
Proponents of abortion scream that abortion and capital punishment is the same. I disagree. I dislike abortion and like capital punishment. Is that hypocritical? Not at all!
Think of it this way. Name one food you like and one food you dislike. Let’s say you like pizza and hate oysters and I call you a hypocrite for not liking all foods. The principles of “like” and “dislike” apply to murder as it does to food.
I “like” murder when convicted murderers are held accountable for their actions and I “dislike” murder when an unborn child is slaughtered. I believe it’s evil to murder my unborn grandchild and it’s justice to execute a mass-murderer like Charles Manson. Do you think they’re different?
What if abortion was legal in the 1700s? Would America even exist if George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine and many of our patriots had been aborted?
As this political campaign session gears up, I urge you to support candidates who defend the rights of America’s unborn future heroes. They’re counting on us to defend their American rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who knows, maybe the baby that’s saved will find a cure for cancer or be the next George Washington.
Welcome to the 2015 edition of Bill Murray’s movie Groundhog Day. It’s the movie where Murray repeats the same day over and over again. In Kentucky, we call that the General Assembly.
Legislators keep trying the same old solutions and hoping for a new result. We all know that’s the definition of insanity. That’s like voting for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for 30 years and believing he’s going to reduce the debt, reduce regulations, prevent amnesty or reduce taxes. That’s just insane.
On January 8, the Kentucky Senate rushed out of the gate and passed SB5 by a vote of 36-0. Its goal, in part, is to direct “a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to funding of KY-ASAP programs operating in or under the supervision of county jails, and a portion to community mental health centers offering substance abuse treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse disorders.”
Wait a second. That legislation sounds like Groundhog Day legislation.
In 2011, the General Assembly passed a similar law (HB463):
“This bill modernizes Kentucky drug laws by reducing prison time for low-risk, non-violent drug offenders who possess small amounts of illegal drugs. It then reinvests the savings from the reduced prison costs into drug treatment opportunities for offenders who need help.”
Wait a second. That legislation sounds like Groundhog Day legislation from Kentucky’s 1935 U.S. Narcotic Farm. The “farm,” located in Lexington, was the first illegal-drug treatment center in the United States.
In a documentary, we learned:
The place – many people who worked at the place really thought of it as a hospital, as a drug-treatment facility. And the main product that they thought they were delivering was rehabilitation … Ultimately, if you had to gauge success, the Narcotic Farm’s inmates or patients, 90 percent of them went back to drug abuse.
After 80-years of illegal drug treatment strategies and legislation, we’re now told we have a heroin/drug epidemic and need more treatment centers. Does this Groundhog Day movie ever run out of sequels?
Why don’t legislators attack problems like they did during WWII?
Remember when the Jimmy Doolittle Raiders bombed Tokyo after Pearl Harbor. It was a bold suicide mission, but it worked.
Remember when Britain’s Alan Turing broke the Nazis’ Enigma Code that ended WWII two years early and saved millions of lives. He made the impossible possible.
Remember when Frigidaire stopped producing air-conditioners, freezers, washing machines and dryers and started producing machine guns and aircraft parts.
Why can’t Kentucky’s General Assembly think big thoughts like that?
Here are three pressing “problems” facing Kentuckians:
- Heroin “epidemic”
- Rebuilding the Brent Spence Bridge and
- Collapsing enrollment at community colleges.
Here’s a bold idea to solve all three at the same time.
1. Eliminate all taxpayer funded treatment options for heroin including overdose drug Naloxone. Rewarding and enabling bad behavior never works, but severe punishment does. How many murderers who were executed commit more murders? The number is very small.
2. All illegal-drug criminals will be sentenced to 10-years of hard labor. Each prisoner will be given a choice of learning road and bridge construction skills or they will be deported to the Mexican/U.S. border. Those choosing deportation will be smuggled into Mexico by a gringo coyote and reunited with their illegal drug of choice. There, they will be able to purchase drugs at wholesale prices instead of retail and get more hallucination for their dollar.
Taxpayers will not need to pay ridiculous union prevailing wages because prisoners will not receive any wages. What’s wrong with forcing criminals living on the taxpayer dime to build our roads and bridges?
3. Turn Kentucky’s community colleges into prison colleges. According to a recent article, Gateway Community College is begging the business community to help them boost their plummeting enrollment. Prisoners will fill empty desks and learn construction skills to rebuild the Brent Spence Bridge and other road and bridge projects.
On a side note: President Obama just announced a proposal that would make community college free. The federal government will pay 75 percent of the cost and the states 25 percent. I find it ironic that Obama’s free tuition proposal will cost taxpayers $60 billion over 10 years or 23 Brent Spence Bridges. I thought the federal government was broke?
This proposal is a win-win for all parties. Criminals learn a useful construction trade that they can use once they’re released from prison.
Kentucky taxpayers will save a fortune in construction costs and reduced re-incarceration costs. If you’re a heroin addict, which state would you choose to shoot-up in? A state that doesn’t offer treatment, Naloxone, free needles and sentences all illegal drug criminals to 10-years of hard labor or would you shoot-up in a state that coddles druggies and treats them like victims?
Plus, hard core drug addicts will be shipped to Mexico reducing Kentucky’s prisoner population and crime.
Kentucky’s General Assembly needs bold ideas instead of the same old Groundhog Day strategies of ineffective heroin treatment, raising taxes (tolls and local option sales taxes) and free community college financed by broke taxpayers.
Legislators: Think big or go home!
Now that the Republicans have the majority in the U.S House and Senate, will they act like law-abiding Americans and deport 11 million illegal aliens?
Here’s how we arrived at today’s crisis. The first Mexican-American War was fought between 1846-1848 over the Texas border conflict. The United States crushed Mexico capturing Mexico City. In the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, The U.S. received the northern part of Mexico – California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.
The second Mexican-American War has been going on ever since the first one ended. Mexicans and other nationals have been illegally crossing the Mexican/U.S. border. The current estimate is that 11 million illegal aliens have invaded and currently reside in America. The U.S. government has been anemic in stopping the attacks.
On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama unilaterally surrendered, as previous presidents have as well, to Mexico and their invading allies. On November 20, which is also known as Mexican Revolution Day, Obama signed an executive order to turn 4.7 million illegal aliens into legal American citizens. As a result of America’s surrender, the United States will house, feed, educate and medically treat illegal aliens.
During the president’s surrender speech, he made a statement I found un-American. He said, “Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.”
Back in 2012, the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, echoed Obama’s myth when bashing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney concerning the deportation of 11 million illegals.
“This is a party with a platform that calls for the self-deportation of 11 million people. I ask you – I know some of you, all of you went to college, many of you are history majors, liberal arts majors. What country in the world has ever deported 11 million people?”
Why would deporting 11 million illegal aliens be impossible? Why would enforcing laws be contrary to our character? This is where history is important.
During World War II, the United States military consisted of 16.1 million service members. Approximately 73 percent (11,753,000) were deployed halfway around the world to fight Germany, Italy and Japan. Americans were deployed from all 50 states. The U.S. not only sent them around the world and delivered mail to their foxholes, America brought home over 95 percent.
Mass deportation has been done on numerous occasions during every foreign war. If America had the spine it had during World War II, this deportation (deployment) mission could be completed in four years. Hell, the majority of illegal aliens only need a one-way cab ride south.
The solution to illegal aliens is simple.
1. Secure the border
- Complete the border fence within four years.
- Mine the 1,900 mile U.S./Mexican border.
- Utilize drones to patrol the border and attack those who invade U.S. territory.
2. Reduce Incentive to Invade America
- Every nation’s illegal alien apprehended will be fined $1 million.
- Nations failing to pay will result in sanctions or confiscation of land or other assets.
- The e-Verify System (U.S. government citizen database) will be mandatory for all employers and individuals.
- Corporation who retain the services of illegal aliens will be penalized with a corporate tax rate of 75 percent for 5 years for each occurrence. Isn’t this like promoting harsher penalties on drug dealers as many Kentucky legislators are proposing?
- Individuals retaining illegals will be fined $250,000 per occurrence.
- All Americans will be required to carry a photo ID just like they would if they wanted to buy cough medicine for their children.
- All law enforcement agencies will validate IDs during normal police activities.
- Those without valid IDs will be turned over to the military for validation or deportation.
- Since the military has successfully handled mass deportation, they will manage this process.
- All illegal aliens will be deported back to Mexico.
- The U.S. military will seize part of Northern Mexico to be utilized as the deportation drop zone. If Mexico objects to this condition, America’s military will await the arrival of their troops. The deportation base will be called Remember Sgt. Tahmooressi, in honor of the U.S. soldier detained in Mexico for over 200 days for making a wrong turn and couldn’t wait to leave Mexico.
The deportation of 11 million illegal aliens is doable, but do the Republicans have the spine to protect and lead America? Will their actions match their campaign words?
The media will scream that the evil U.S. government is breaking up families. America will not be breaking up families. Those families who wish to stay while their illegal family members leave will be choosing to break up their family.
I remember a time when Americans believed we could do anything. Today, we believe we can’t do anything except watch America’s presidents and Congress surrender to a corrupt nation like Mexico without a single shot being fired. Maybe, Bill O’Reilly’s next book title should be Killing America or Matando America.
Why do some politicians love to mislead voters? Think of it this way: A politician names his dog 5 Miles. He brags to his constituents that he walks 5 Miles every day. They believe he’s an exercise machine. He knows he’s lying, but sleazy politicians like to imply a false message with two meanings to fool stupid people.
Here’s an example. Tax-takers latest effort to separate you from your hard earned money is called LOST (local option sales tax). Their goal is to amend Kentucky’s Constitution during the 2015 General Assembly with a LOST amendment that will permit any city or county to place on a ballot a 1 percent sales tax INCREASE to finance special projects.
I have 4 questions.
1. Why is LIFT Kentucky misleading voters if the LOST project is such a great idea?
LIFT stands for local investments for transformation. Their homepage’s tagline for the local option sales tax effort is “an additional one penny sales tax.” Why are they lying to the voters?
Let’s say my unelected neighbors vote to exercise our local option sales tax because our community wants to build a state-of-the-art animal shelter to teach cats how to read.
If I understand LIFT Kentucky’s website, the additional sales tax will be one penny. So if I head to my local car dealership and purchase a $35,000 car, my old sales tax would be $2,100 (6 percent). With the new LIFT Kentucky LOST increase of “one-penny,” my new sales tax would be $2,100.01. I guess pennies add up, but I don’t think it’s going to be much of an animal shelter.
Thank God it’s only “an additional penny sales tax”, because if it was a 1 percent sales tax increase, my new sales tax would be an additional $350. Is LIFT Kentucky involved in false and misleading advertising? Is Democrat Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber crafting their message? Are they calling us stupid? Do they believe everything in Kentucky costs $1?
Why can’t they just tell the truth? Here are a few local advocates whose names appear on LIFT Kentucky’s website:
Kenton County judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus,
Boone County judge-executive Gary Moore,
Campbell County judge-executive Steve Pendery,
Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier, and
Covington Mayor Sherry Carran and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Not only does Mayor Carran and the NKY Chamber of Commerce want to increase the local sales tax, they also want to install tolls (tax increases) on the Brent Spence Bridge. OUCH!
2. What should be the voting threshold for LOST passing the General Assembly?
In June of 2014, Michigan’s state senate rejected a local option sales tax proposal. I found it interesting that “the joint resolution would have required a constitutional amendment, meaning it needed support from a supermajority of Michigan lawmakers this week and a majority of voters in the November general election. It failed in a 14-24 vote but could still be reconsidered.”
Changing the Kentucky Constitution is a big deal. It should require a supermajority (67 percent in both chambers) to pass the General Assembly.
3. How will LOST tax-takers propose placing the local sales tax increase on the ballot?
I researched the LOST bills submitted in the 2014 General Assembly (SB135) and (HB399) to understand the requirements for placing a 1 percent sales tax increase on a ballot. I found no details. I did find that many states require a petition process. I wonder if Kentucky will do the same.
- A petition is presented to the county board of supervisors. The number of signatures must be equal to 5 percent of the persons in the county who voted in the preceding state general election. Eligible voters of the county must sign the petition.
- A motion or motions of governing bodies within the county that represent at least half of the population of the county.
Since no one trusts politicians today, the “We the People” petition process makes sense. The petition threshold should be placed, at a minimum, of 25 percent of voters in the last presidential election. That’s was the requirement for placing the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the ballot. It would only be fair for the petition threshold to be set at the same level to increase a sales tax as it is to eliminate an area planning tax.
Since general election turnout is substantially lower than presidential turnout, the presidential threshold should be implemented. For example, the 2012 presidential turnout in Kenton County was 68,181. The 25 percent threshold would require 17,045 validated signatures.
The 2011 general election voter turnout in Kenton County was 26,423. If the 5 percent in the last general election method is used, the petition threshold would only be 1,321. That number amounts to less than 1 percent of Kenton County’s population increasing our taxes. No thanks!
4. Haven’t Kentuckians paid obscene federal, state and local taxes, plus countless other taxes, to finance “special projects.” UNCLE!
It’s not Kentuckians fault politicians and bureaucrats have mismanaged Kentucky taxes. Here we go again. Government shows up and spews this narrative:
Yea, we’re broke. We wasted all your tax money. Money for those projects isn’t coming from the state or any other government coffers so it must come from taxpayers. We need more taxes for more special projects for special interest groups that finance our campaigns. This time we want to increase your local sales tax by 1 percent or one penny if you’re dumb enough to believe that. To show you how noble we are we’re going to let you pull the tax trigger on yourself.
Doesn’t that sound just like pro-tolls rhetoric? Why are governments with millions and billions of dollars permitted to claim they’re broke, but citizens are never permitted to invoke the broke defense?
According 24/7 Wall Street’s 2013 Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50, Kentucky is ranked as the 38th worst run state. Kentucky has the 5th lowest median household income ($41,724) and the 5th highest percent of citizens below the poverty line (19.4 percent). Kentucky is one of the poorest states in the nation. Kentuckians are broke and can’t afford any more taxes.
Isn’t having a small percent of your neighbors with the power to raise your taxes just another unelected taxing authority? I thought Kentuckians hated unelected taxing authorities? Please follow this upcoming legislation very closely. Contact your state representatives and urge them to vote against LIFT Kentucky’s LOST agenda.
I’m old enough to remember the 1994 O.J. Simpson murder trial and the riots that ensured. Former NFL football player, O.J. Simpson (black), was acquitted for the murder of his white ex-wife and her white acquaintance. The “White Riots” as they were called, exploded after the verdict. It reminds me of what’s happening today with the rioting over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner verdicts, only the races are reversed.
The Simpson jury was made up of 9 blacks, 1 Hispanic and 2 whites. Whites complained that Simpson’s jury was not a fair representation of the community. Simpson lived in Brentwood, California where the population is 75.38 percent white, 9.40 percent black and 15.22 percent other.
Whites were understandably upset since 75 percent of Simpson’s peers were white; however, 75 percent of the jury was black. Clearly, the jury was not a fair representation of Simpson’s community. Whites found themselves saying, “Here we go again. The black man is rigging the system.”
The evidence pointed to a guilty charge, but Simpson was found innocent. Simpson got away with double-murder. Blacks cheered the verdict as whites took to the streets to riot. It got ugly. Whites carried signs saying, “No Justice, No Golf.” SUVs were overturned, businesses were looted, shots were fired, tanning beds and Frank Sinatra CD’s were stolen, and many buildings were set on fire. The Simpson riots were some of the worst riots in U.S. history.
President Bill Clinton, in a televised speech, called for calm.
The good news is we know there are things we can do to help. I’ve instructed Attorney General Janet Reno to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between white communities and the justice system. That means working with Brentwood’s courts to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference. It means working to make sure trials are fair to everybody.
Clinton went on to acknowledge the frustration in the white community that has been building for decades. Whites have been discriminated against by Affirmative Action policies as many white workers experienced racism in hiring and promotion opportunities.
Universities and law enforcement agencies also institutionalized racism against whites. They implemented racial profiling by awarding preferential treatment to blacks in entrance exams and application selections. Even government offices were pressured to hire blacks and other minorities over whites.
The government also implemented mandatory diversity programs to convince whites that they are racists and the United States of America is a racist nation where blacks are victims deserving special treatment. Of course, blacks were hired to lead this anti-white propaganda initiative.
Clinton claimed he felt the white community’s pain, but he did nothing about it since he was America’s first black president. Whites were outraged that he made his speech wearing a t-shirt saying, “Once you go black, you don’t go back.” He pleaded for whites to be non-violent, but understood that whites have been abused for decades, just like the women he assaulted.
The White Congressional Caucus also chimed in on the Simpson verdict,
We are all deeply disappointed with the court’s decision. It’s just another example of whites being victimized while blacks receive preferential treatment. Living while white is a major concern in the white community that must be addressed.
The father of one of the murder victims jumped on the hood of a car during the riots and screamed, “Burn this Bi**h down.” The media and the National Organization of Gals (NAGS) accused the grieving father of being a general in the War on Women. The father was sent to a gender sensitivity program and required to listen to the song I Am Women by Helen Reddy. The father committed suicide three weeks later. Wouldn’t you?
Of course, the Simpson murder case was true, but “White Riots” never happened. Why? Whites respect the rule of law and went on with their lives after the horrific Simpson verdict. No riots. No drama.
The truth is all races in America overwhelmingly respect the rule of law. It’s a small percent of radical revolutionaries who like to stir the racial pot for their own gain. Mob rule and riots, not peaceful protests, are as un-American as an executive order legalizing 5 million illegal aliens.
Americans still respect the rule of law. Don’t we?
The Ferguson grand jury refused to indict police office Darren Wilson (white) in the death of Michael Brown (black). It was ruled that Wilson killed Brown in self-defense. The person responsible for Brown’s death was Brown himself.
President Obama, in a televised speech, called for calm.
The good news is, we know there are things we can do to help. And I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement. That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference. It means working to train officials so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody. It means enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime.
What? The line that really stuck out for me was, “That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference”
I assume Obama is referring to the make up of the Ferguson police force which is 94 percent white. Ferguson population is 67 percent black.
Isn’t President Obama implying white police officers are racists? Isn’t he implying that white officers arrest blacks because of their skin color, not for violating the law? Is he insinuating that black police officers would not make similar arrests?
Since when does justice and the rule of law depend on one’s race? Is that how this race-baiting game is going to be played? According to the president’s rhetoric, 67 percent of Ferguson’s police force must be black to be fair and representative.
I find the president’s inflammatory accusations to be an insult and racist.
I’m a proud lifelong Kentuckian. I’m a big University of Kentucky basketball fan. I’d say most people would agree that Kentucky basketball fans are the most loyal and fanatical fans in the nation. They deeply love UK basketball.
According to Obama, UK’s team must be fundamentally changed “to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve” to be fair and representative of the Kentucky community. Think about how bizarre that statement is.
You see, Kentucky’s top ten players are all black. Kentucky is 89 percent white and 8 percent black. Do you see the problem? If Kentucky lived in Obama’s world, Kentucky’s top 10 players must consist of 9 white players and 1 black player just to be fair and representative.
Is anyone in Kentucky’s white community screaming for such a representation? Nope! Does that mean Kentuckians are not racist and don’t racially profile their team? Yep! Doesn’t that make Kentucky a color-blind society in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s teachings? Yep! Doesn’t that make President Obama a profiling racist? Yep!
It’s scary to observe the world through the eyes of a race-baiting community organizer and professional agitater stuck in the 1960s. I’m thankful I live in Kentucky where people are judged on merit, not skin pigmentation.
I’m also glad Obama lives in Washington D.C. and considers Kentucky fly-over country. That’s right Mr. President, please keep flying over Kentucky, we don’t like racists in Kentucky. Did you see our basketball team is ranked #1 again? How are your numbers doing?
I’m sure the Brent Spence Bridge Project will be a major topic during Kentucky’s 2015 General Assembly. I’m sure tolls (increase taxes) will be portrayed as the only solution because the federal government is “broke” and we must act now because the B.S. Bridge is a death trap.
The Enquirer and toll advocates are constantly running articles implying the Brent Spence Bridge is dangerous. Has anyone ever challenged their “dangerous” statements?
Let’s examine this claim with facts instead of emotions. I set out to determine if it’s safer to cross the B.S. Bridge than live in or visit the city of Cincinnati. The data is overwhelming and illustrates why the local media and business “leaders” have lost credibility.
According to Brent Spence Bridge Corridor, 172,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily or 600 million over 10 years. According to Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition, the bridge has experienced three deaths in a decade. Let me make it clear. Any loss of innocent life is a tragedy.
Contrast that fact with the number of murders, assaults, and rapes that have occurred in the city of Cincinnati over a 10-year period. City-data.com reports that between 2003 and 2012 there were 669 murders, 11,294 assaults and 2,638 rapes.
Neighborhood Scout evaluates communities all over America to assist those making real estate decisions. Buckle up! Cincinnati sounds like the Wild West. Check out these stats:
Within Ohio, 98 percent of communities are safer than the city of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati’s crime rate is 72.67 per 1,000 residents. That stat makes Cincinnati the 98th most dangerous city in America (East St. Louis is the most dangerous city in America – 117.49 crimes per 1,000 residents).
Overall violent crime per 1,000 residents:
Cincinnati – 9.79
Ohio – 3.0
National Median – 3.9
Specific violent crime per 1,000 residents:
Murder – Cincinnati (0.16), U.S.A. (0.05)
Rape – Cincinnati (0.64), U.S.A. (0.27)
Robbery – Cincinnati (5.84), U.S.A. (1.13)
Assault – Cincinnati (3.16), U.S.A. (2.42)
Overall property crime rate per 1,000 residents:
Cincinnati – 62.88
Ohio – 31.17
National Median – 28.6
Specific property crime rate per 1,000 residents:
Burglary – Cincinnati (18.58), U.S.A. (6.70)
Theft – Cincinnati (40.59), U.S.A. (19.59)
Motor Vehicle Theft – Cincinnati (3.71), U.S.A. (2.30)
On a side note, all the above crimes are felonies. The good news is, your vote may be canceled out by the felon who terrorized you. Felons can vote in Ohio after their term of incarceration is complete. How great is that!? Felons are gifts that keep on giving, or should I say taking?
If regional “leaders” are concerned about our safety, they would warn us to cross the bridge and not exit in Cincinnati.
So why does the media and the regional “leaders” lie about the safety of the B.S. Bridge and lie about Cincinnati being safe? That is what manipulative, self-centered people do.
Besides, it’s important that we don’t get distracted from the primary point. It’s the federal government’s job to repair federal highways. Kentuckians have already paid taxes and will continue to pay federal taxes to resolve this issue. It’s not our problem federal politicians and bureaucrats wasted our hard-earned money.
The federal government’s 2013/2014 fiscal year recently ended. For the first time in U.S. history, the federal government’s annual receipts topped $3 trillion. That’s $247 billion more than the previous record in 2013, or an 8.9 percent increase. Did you receive an 8.9 percent wage increase in 2014? This federal government is a broke scam, and it is getting old.
Are you tired of being lied to?
Bloomberg reported that only 12 percent of 12th graders are proficient in American history. It’s about to get worse. The federally-controlled, one-size-fits-all Common Core standards for social studies will no longer teach the Declaration of Independence, the most important document ever written. America’s history is disappearing.
Here’s a perfect example.
In 1810, he was born in Clermont, Kentucky to a slave-owning family.
He was a friend to Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln.
His cousin was Kentucky Senator Henry Clay.
He attended Madison Seminary, St. Joseph’s College in Bardstown, Transylvania University and Yale.
At Yale he attended an anti-slavery speech by William Lloyd Garrison and devoted his life to the anti-slavery movement. He had numerous enemies for his emancipation stance.
He married and had 10 children, only six survived.
He was elected state representative from Madison County in 1835.
In 1843, a pro-slavery assassin shot him in the chest after his anti-slavery speech. HE was charged with mayhem. His cousin, Henry Clay, successfully defended him.
In 1845, he lived in Lexington publishing a newspaper called The True American. Kentucky’s slave-owners didn’t appreciate his anti-slavery editorials. Here is one letter he received.
You are meaner than the autocrats of hell. You may think you can awe and curse the people of Kentucky to your infamous course. You will find, when it is too late for life, the people are no cowards. Eternal hatred is locked up in the bosoms of braver men, your betters, for you. The hemp is ready for your neck. Your life cannot be spared. Plenty thirst for your blood — are determined to have it. It is unknown to you and your friends, if you have any, and in a way you little dream of. – Revengers
He defended his newspaper with an iron door, a cannon and rifles. Sixty pro-slavery advocates planned to destroy his newspaper. While he was home recovering from typhoid flu, his family dismantled the printing equipment and moved it to Cincinnati for safe keeping. Once he recovered, he traveled to Cincinnati to keep his anti-slavery paper operating.
In 1846, he volunteered to fight in the Mexican-American War. His unit was captured and sentenced to die. He convinced the Mexican colonel to call off the executions. His unit was held captive for 18 months. He became a Kentucky hero.
In 1849, while in Foxtown, Kentucky, giving an anti-slavery speech, he was attacked by a pro-slavery mob. He was stabbed in the lung and his breastbone was severed. He finally wrestled a knife away from one assailant. He found the instigator and stabbed and killed him.
In 1850, he met an abolitionist preacher from Bracken County. He gave the preacher land and money to start a school for non-slaveholders. The school became Berea College.
In 1851, he ran for governor of Kentucky on an emancipation platform. He lost.
In 1860, he supported Lincoln for president. He was given a battalion to protect Washington D.C. from Confederates until Federal troops arrived. He was commissioned a major general.
Lincoln asked him to attend Kentucky’s General Assembly meetings to test the water for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He reported back to Lincoln favorably and within weeks his Emancipation Proclamation was issued. He considered these events “the culminating act of my life’s aspirations.”
In 1863, as minister to Russia, his goal was to keep Russia on the side of the Union during the Civil War. As a result of his contacts and influence in Russia, he played a critical role in the U.S.A.’s purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
He returned home in 1869 as a Republican but later became a Democrat. He believed the Republican’s Reconstruction Plan was too radical.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights’ Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
This famous/unknown Kentuckian was Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903). Read KET’s Complete Story Here.
When most of his hear the name, Cassius Clay, we think of Muhammad Ali, whose former name was Cassius Clay. Did you know that Muhammad Ali’s father was named Cassius Marcellus Clay in honor of this Kentucky abolitionist? In 1942, Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. In 1964, he joined the Nation of Islam. He initially chose the name Cassius X but later settled on Muhammad Ali.
I wonder if Kentucky students are taught this incredible story of a black couple naming their child and that child naming his child after a white man who was stabbed, shot and fought for their freedom.
How many Kentuckians, like me, know more about Cassius Marcellus Clay the boxer than Cassius Marcellus Clay the abolitionist?
P.S. – I’ve offered this suggestion before, but it’s worth repeating. I propose that U.S. History be taught by honorably discharged veterans who are NOT members of the teachers union. Veterans would be vetted and employed by local school boards. America’s veterans need jobs. Why not permit veterans to teach what they love and encourage students to love America again?
In 2010, StudentsFirst was founded to monitor state education reform. It publishes an annual report card focusing on state education policies, teacher quality, empowering parents and financial efficiency. Each state is assigned a GPA rating as well as a letter grade.
This might shock you, but StudentsFirst’s 2014 State Policy Report Card was not kind to Kentucky. I did not see that coming. Check out these stats:
Kentucky GPA: 0.88
Kentucky Grade: D-
National Rank: 40th
Evaluating the Teaching Profession: D+ (GPA: 1.55 – 29th)
Empowering Parents: F (GPA: 0.00 – 45th)
Spend Wisely & Govern Well: D (GPA: 0.89 – 46th)
Here’s how our two northern neighbors scored:
Ohio GPA: 1.92
Ohio Grade: C-
National Rank: 10th
Evaluating the Teaching Profession: D- (GPA: 1.59 – 28th)
Empowering Parents: C (GPA: 2.18 – 2nd)
Spend Wisely & Govern Well: C (GPA: 2.22 – 9th)
Indiana GPA: 2.67
Indiana Grade: C+
National Rank: 3rd
Evaluating the Teaching Profession: B- (GPA: 2.95 – 6th)
Empowering Parents: C+ (GPA: 2.41 – 3rd)
Spend Wisely & Govern Well: C (GPA: 2.44 – 3rd)
I also decided to check on the 2014 ACT Scores. Kentucky’s average composite score was 19.9. Kentucky is nationally ranked 44th. The national average is 21.0. There are 12 states that require 100 percent of students to take the ACT test. Of those 12 states, Kentucky was ranked 8th. Over the past 5-years, Kentucky has scored between 19.4 and 19.9.
Ohio’s ACT Score was 22.0 (72 percent of students tested) and Indiana scored at 21.9 (40 percent of students tested).
ACT also calculates the Percent of Students Ready for College-Level Coursework. Kentucky’s graduates who passed all four sections (English, Math, Reading & Science) scored 19 percent while Ohio scored 32 percent. Indiana also scored 32 percent. The national average score was 26 percent. Think about that for a moment. 81 out of 100 Kentucky high school graduates are not prepared for college courses. Did you know that? Do you think ACT is lying?
According to the National Education Association and the 2012 U.S. Census of Governments, Kentucky will spend $7.6 billion on education for approximately 660,000 students or $11,515 per student. Indiana will spend $11.0 billion for approximately 1 million students or $11,000 per student. Ohio will spend $22.5 billion for approximately 1.9 million students or $11,842. Think of these numbers the next time you hear Kentucky education bureaucrats whine for more money. It’s time for results to matter.
Is it any surprise that Kentucky’s unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.7 percent (ranked 40th in the nation) compared to Ohio’s (5.6 percent) and Indiana’s (5.7 percent)? The national unemployment rate is 5.8 percent. Would you locate or keep your business in Kentucky with this quality of workforce and government waste?
This past week, just for fun, I reviewed Kentucky’s 69 pre-filed bills for the 2015 General Assembly. I was hoping to find numerous legislators who are attacking Kentucky’s education Race to the Bottom nightmare. There are 8 pre-filed bills concerning education. Seven address interscholastic extracurricular activity, unfunded mandates, dual credit courses, persons authorized to remove students from school, extension of special education terms, waivers or modifications of assessments for schools in innovation plans and redefining career-ready students who perform well on Arm Services test and enroll in the military.
There is only one bill that sort of addresses the quality of education issue.
BR 97 submitted by Representative Thomas Kerr (R).
Prohibit the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education from implementing the English language arts and mathematics academic content standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative and the science academic content standards developed by the Next Generation Science Standards Initiative; require the state board to recommend new content standards to school districts and schools after consultation with the Council on Postsecondary Education; require public involvement in standards development; You can read the full bill here.
This bill eliminates the federal Common Core program and returns control of education back to state and local control. While I’m all for this bill, it simply returns us to redeveloping another new education system controlled by politicians, bureaucrats and unions.
The only solution to Kentucky’s education problem is to return competition to education. Competition improves quality and reduces cost whenever it’s tried. Good schools will thrive and bad ones will die.
This may shock politicians, bureaucrats and Melissa Harris-Perry, but I believe parents love their children more than government does. I know parents who will research which select volleyball team is best for their child, but government believes parents are too stupid to select the best school for their children. We have parental-choice in volleyball and no parental choice in public education? Are politicians, bureaucrats and unions Gruberizing us? What the hell’s wrong with us?
Since unions control education and the Democratic Party and Democrats control the House, the above educational data is not going to change. Democrats control Kentucky’s House by a 54 to 46 margin. Kentucky’s children will just have to settle for winning the national Race to the Bottom.
Sweetheart, I fought to make sure you have the opportunity to be free.
Grandpa, are you sure you even won the war? My teacher doesn’t believe America is the greatest nation on earth anymore. He said America needs a wake-up call. He made us watch a clip from an HBO show called Newsroom. It made me sad. I want you to watch it on my iPad. It’s only 4-minutes long. CLICK HERE
The teacher then gave us a homework assignment to determine if we believe America is the greatest nation on earth. Grandpa, you may have fought for freedom but today’s generation has surrendered freedom without a shot being fired.
Grandpa, let me ask you a few questions:
Did you fight to stop the Nazis from murdering millions of Jews and innocent people so Americans could murder 50 million babies?
Did you fight so veterans’ medical needs would be ignored so government could care for illegal aliens who sometimes murder, rape and terrorize Americans?
Did you fight so the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom would rank the U.S.A. at number 12? Grandpa, Canada’s economy is freer than ours.
Did you fight so the 2013/2014 Global Competitive Index would rank the U.S.A at number 5? One of America’s World War II enemies, Germany, is ranked as number 4. What is that all about?
Did you fight so American students would continue to slide to 30th in the world in math, 23rd in science and 20th in reading?
Did you fight so schools would only teach the atheist religion of evolution and eliminate Judeo-Christian teaching of creationism?
Did you fight so we couldn’t say Merry Christmas or have a Nativity scene at school?
Did you fight so we couldn’t pray in school?
Did you fight so we could celebrate “earth day” instead of Christmas Day?
Did you fight so our Christmas tree would be replaced with a holiday tree?
Did you fight so the federal government could rack up debt of $186,296 per citizen? Grandpa, I’m gonna need one of those big piggy banks? I think it’s called the Michael Moore Piggy Bank.
Did you fight so government could control healthcare? ObamaCare’s regulations add approximately 10,516,000 words to the Federal Register. If I read 200 words per day, it would take me 144 years just to read them. Could you get me Evelyn Wood’s Speed Reading Program for my birthday?
Did you fight so the government would remove the Ten Commandments from public property?
Did you fight so kids would be forced to turn their U.S.A. shirts inside out to avoid conflicts at school?
Did you fight so government could worry more about what students eat than what they learn?
Did you fight so our libraries could provide free movies and meals to freeloaders at the expense of their neighbors?
Did you fight so TSA agents could fondle your grandkids at the airport?
Did you fight so our government could control and regulate our water, air, food, education, healthcare and businesses?
Did you fight so our government could control where you’re permitted to smoke outside of the battlefield?
Did you fight so the government could own 30% of all U.S. land?
Did you fight so the government could make us dependent on foreign oil?
Did you fight so we could have taxation without representation by unelected centralized-planning socialist in Washington D.C. and in own communities?
Did you fight so government workers could retire in their fifties and live off their neighbors for the rest of their lives?
Did you fight so Americans would have the highest corporate taxes in the world?
Is that what you fought for Grandpa? See Grandpa, you didn’t need to go to war. Didn’t you hear? “We the People” surrendered America to the marxist, socialist and communist a long time ago. America’s freedoms are just an illusion. The government controls everything. It must be okay with Americans because no one fought back.
Grandpa was shocked by his granddaughter’s heartbreaking speech. With tears in his eyes he softly said, “Sweetheart, I didn’t fight for any of that. I thought the war ended in 1945. I fought our enemies on foreign soil. I failed to realize I needed to fight our enemies on U.S. soil. The fight for freedom never ends. I’m sorry!”
“We the People” have let our veterans down. They did their job. We didn’t do our job defending freedom. This Veterans Day I will not be thanking a veteran. I plan on apologizing for my passive behavior and I will vow to start doing my job of fighting for freedom.
President John F. Kennedy once said, “Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.”
Kentucky Representative Addia Wuchner (R-Burlington) wants to shift heroin abuse from the users’ shoulders to taxpayers, “We won’t come home at the close of the 2015 session without a strong and meaningful bill that’s tough on crime and inclusive of treatment.”
I guess personal responsibility was also assassinated a long time ago.
Here’s how big government advocates play the heroin treatment game.
Big government pursues a marketing campaign to turn heroin into an “epidemic” and pleas for tax dollars. Laws are passed making heroin users victims, not criminals. Heroin users flood Kentucky to “shoot up” because they are treated as patients and receive taxpayer-funded treatment. Kentucky hospitals are inundated with heroin overdoses. Dudley-Do-Rights scream for more treatment centers and tax dollars. More users board the Underground Heroin Railroad to Kentucky. More heroin users overwhelm hospitals. Dudley-Do-Rights scream Kentucky has an epidemic … the cycle continues.
Big government, medical providers and heroin users are the big winners. Taxpayers’ wallets continue to hemorrhage money. Enough!
I ask you to consider three questions.
1. Do you believe Kentucky has a heroin epidemic?
Campbell County – 16
Kenton County – 34
Boone County – 22
Total of all fatal overdoses:
Campbell County – 55 (2013) decreased to 33 (2013)
Kenton County – 59 (2012) increased to 65 (2013)
Boone County – 34 (2012) increased to 36 (2013)
That’s an epidemic? When I think of epidemics, I think of Smallpox that killed 300 million people or the Spanish Flu that killed over 50 million people in two years. The Spanish Flu killed 480,769 people PER WEEK.
2. Do you believe heroin addiction is self-inflicted or is it a disease, like cancer, that attacks innocent people?
I say it’s self-inflicted. I always thought a disease is when a doctor knows about a condition before a patient. Heroin addiction is the complete opposite. The patient knows about their condition long before a doctor or anyone else. I’ve never heard a doctor say, “We have all the test results back. I’m sorry to tell you, you have heroin.”
I’ve never heard a user say, “What? I wash my hands every time I use a public restroom. I eat what Michelle Obama tells me to eat. I exercise daily. I have regular physicals and watch Dr. Oz. This isn’t fair.” Are we really this stupid?
3. Does drug treatment work?
Anthony Daniels is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, doctor, psychiatrist to prisoners, columnist and author of 20 books. On May 20, 2014, Daniels gave a speech at Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar. Here are a few excerpts from his speech concerning heroin addiction.
Be that as it may, the impression has been assiduously created and peddled among the addicts that they are helpless victims of something that is beyond their own control, which means that they need the technical assistance of what amounts to a substantial bureaucratic apparatus in order to overcome it.
In fact, the whole basis of the supposed treatment for their supposed disease is tooted in lies and misconceptions. For example, research has shown that most addicts spend at least 18 months taking heroin intermittently before they become addicted. Nor are they ignorant while they take it intermittently of heroin’s addictive properties. In other words, they show considerable determination in becoming addicts. It is something, for whatever reason, that they WANT to become. It is something they do, rather than something that happens to them.
Withdrawal from opiates, the fearfulness in which, reiterated in film and book, is often given as one of the main reasons for not abandoning the habit, is in fact a pretty trivial condition, certainly by comparison with illnesses which most of us have experienced, or by comparison with withdrawal from other drugs.
Research has shown that medical treatment is not necessary for heroin addicts to abandon their habit and that many thousands do so without any medical intervention, whatsoever. Criminality is a better predictor of addiction than is addiction of criminality.
In other words, all the bases upon which heroin addiction is treated as if it is something that happens to people rather than something that people DO are false and easily shown to be false. In the case of heroin addicts, they might say, ‘We pretend to be ill, and you pretend to cure us.’
Daniels knows that heroin treatment is a scam to create a never-ending stream of taxpayer money to medical providers and government. Many of us have self-inflicted problems; we eat too much, do drugs, drink too much, gamble too much or watch MSNBC too much. We don’t have a disease. We have a behavioral problem. It’s OUR problem, not TAXPAYERS.
Kennedy was right. It’s time we keep our problems on our shoulders instead of transferring them to our neighbors’ wallets by government force. If you’re pro-choice on heroin, your treatment should be on your dime, not taxpayers.
The media and Democrats, like Alison Lundergan Grimes, continually claim Republicans want Jim Crow discrimination laws to return. Jim Crow is just code language for being a racist. Even Republicans, like U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi, have no problem calling fellow Republicans racists.
Last night I thought an unthinkable thought. What if Democrats, like Grimes, are really racists who manipulate blacks for votes. If I had to prove that charge, how would I do it? Here are three points I would make:
1. Grimes screams that voter ID laws are racist, but she refuses to address all the other ID laws that “disenfranchise” minorities. Why the hypocrisy? Grimes refers to voter ID laws as, “… a resurrection of Jim Crows laws, in essence what I equate to a poll tax.” If Grimes believes her own rhetoric, why hasn’t she been screaming about photo ID laws disenfranchising minorities from participating in these activities:
- buying decongestants,
- alcohol purchases,
- buying nail polish at CVS
- banking, mortgages
- hotel rooms,
- rental cars,
- food stamps,
- adoption, even pet adoptions
- Social Security,
Why doesn’t someone ask Grimes why she wants to disenfranchise minorities, without photo IDs, from buying cough medicine for their sick children? Why does she want minority children to suffer just because their parents are too poor to obtain an ID? Where’s her outrage and compassion for “her” constituents? If Grimes was a Republican, she would be labeled a racist for not caring about the plight of minorities.
2. Why does Grimes refuse to say she voted for the first black president of the United States in 2008 and 2012 and why does she refuse to be seen with him at the same lunch counter? Does Grimes consider President Obama the invisible man because he’s black and almost 90% of Kentucky is white? Is she invoking white privilege? Is she promoting her own Jim Crow laws for her campaign and disenfranchising the first black president of the United States? If Grimes was a Republican, she would be labeled a racist for refusing to be seen with a black man.
As a white man, I was embarrassed when I watched Grimes deny President Obama during her Louisville-Courier Editorial Board interview. She sounded like Peter denying Jesus three times. Was race the reason?
While she refuses to associate with Obama, Grimes welcomes the white traveling Clintons to Kentucky to aid in her campaign. Bill Clinton was the only elected president to be impeached, disbarred, lied to a grand jury and lied to the American people.
Bill (War on Women) Clinton understandably cheated on his wife with Gennifer Flowers, Sally Perdue and Monica Lewinsky. Juanita Broaddrick claims she was raped by Clinton. Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey claimed they were sexually harassed. Clinton has attacked more women than Baltimore Raven Ray Rice. The War on Women soldiers want Rice charged with war crimes, however, Grimes wants to campaign with Clinton. I don’t get it either!
Hillary is just as morally corrupt as Bill. Shortly after the Clinton’s took office, she fired the entire White House travel office (Travelgate). She replaced the travel office with her Hollywood friends, Harry and Susan Thomason. In true Clinton corruption style, she ordered a fake FBI investigation on the head of the travel office, Billy Dale, to cover the real reason why she fired the entire office. Dale was acquitted but damn near went bankrupt.
Hillary has lied to the parents of four patriots assassinated in Benghazi about why they were killed. She claimed it was an anti-Muslim video. It was Islamic Extremists. Hillary also mocked blacks during her campaign by performing a demeaning black impersonation.
Grimes rejects the first black president of the United States because she disagrees with maybe 5% of his policies, but she embraces the unethical and immoral Clintons. Why? Racism is the only conclusion.
3. Why doesn’t Grimes want minorities to “enjoy” the right to participate in Democrats number one sacrament – abortions? Yes, teens seeking an abortion must produce a photo ID. Why doesn’t Grimes scream about disenfranchising minorities from abortion? Her own words validate the fact that it’s an undue burden for minorities to acquire an ID. Why must minority teens go into alleys and use coat hangers instead of visiting a “compassionate” abortionist like Dr. Kermit (storing aborted babies’ feet in a jar) Gosnell.
Planned Parenthood’s website states, “Teens must prove their age by bringing one of the following: a state issued photo ID; driver’s license; passport, green card or certificate of naturalization; or school ID with birth.” Is Planned Parenthood a racist group as well? They endorse Grimes and are sending her donations. Why did she accept money from a Jim Crow organization? Why does she only care about minorities during elections? Racism is the only answer.
Ms. Grimes, how does it feel to be treated like a Republican? Racism is an evil charge, but by your definition of racism, you and the Democratic Party are guilty as charged.
How’s your Fantasy Football Team doing? I hope it’s doing better than my Kentucky Fantasy Politics Team.
For those of you who play Fantasy Football, what criteria do you use to draft your team and select your weekly competitors? Do you rely on feel-good rhetoric or hardcore facts? The Fantasy Football coaches I know are all about performance stats, weather conditions, injury reports and even if it’s a day or night game. They take a Joe Friday from Dragnet approach – “Just the facts Ma’am.”
Americans take their sports teams seriously. Sadly, the same passion cannot be found in politics. I wonder which one is more important to our family’s future.
I’m one of those freaks who take my Fantasy Politics Team seriously. I track each player’s performance and I draft (vote) the players every May and November who vote for the U.S. Constitution, limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, pro-life and traditional values. All these principles are proven winners.
Here’s how Conservative Review rates my Kentucky team:
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R) – 95 percent (A)
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R) – 89 percent (B)
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R) – 62 percent (D)
U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R) – 53 percent (F)
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R) – 50 percent (F)
U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield (R) – 49 percent (F)
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R) – 46 percent (F)
My team’s average is 63 percent (D). Good grief!
It’s important to note that Democrats are no longer eligible to compete in Fantasy Politics. Since the voting records for Democrats are so horrific, no freedom-loving American ever drafts them. All Democrats are F players. According to Conservative Review the highest rated Democrat is Senator Edward Markey from Massachusetts at 18 percent.
Kentucky is part of the Midwest Section 3 Division with Indiana, Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma. Kentucky is currently fighting to stay out of last place.
Oklahoma – 74% (C)
Kansas – 72% (C)
Indiana – 69% (D)
Kentucky – 63% (D)
Ohio – 62% (D)
I’m also very concerned that my team is imploding. My A player (Paul) is endorsing my D player (McConnell) instead of an A/B primary challenger (Bevin). My B player (Massie) became a mime during the McConnell/Bevin primary, but he did find his voice to vote for the nearly $1 trillion Farm/Food Stamp Bill. In fact, all Kentucky Republicans in the U.S. House voted for the bill. In contrast, all Republicans from Kansas voted against this bill in spite of their farming interest, Kansas ranks 7th in farm production. What’s happening to my team?
So the big draft pick on November 4th is McConnell (R) or Grimes (D). Since Grimes is an anti-freedom Democrat, she is not an option. In theory, McConnell is my only option, but here are two stats that pushed me over the edge.
- Of Obama’s 122 judicial nominees since 2009, McConnell voted to support 97 nominees (80%) who received roll call votes. If you count all judicial votes (roll call, voice and unanimous consent) McConnell’s support for Obama nominees jumps to 88%. What’s the difference between a Democrat and a 63 percent Republican again?
For 13 years, Northern Kentuckians have been told that the Brent Spence Bridge is functionally obsolete. Since 2001, the federal government has spent $40 trillion; however they were unable to find $2.5 billion to repair the nationally important Brent Spence Bridge. Let’s remove a few zeros to make it easier to comprehend. That’s like saying that someone who spent $400,000 could not find $25 to build a critical bridge. What good is the most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate who can’t find $25?
My Republican “friends” tell me, “Tom, you must vote for Republicans because they suck less than Democrats.” While that may be true, they still suck and America cannot win the battle for freedom with a bunch of anti-freedom soldiers.
I’m also tired of hearing political hacks scream that I must vote for McConnell so the Republicans can take back the Senate. I say so what! Doesn’t it all depend on which kind of Republican we elect? Do we elect A/B Republicans or C/D/F Republicans?
I made a commitment to America that I would only draft (vote) for A/B players. I will not dishonor her greatness and the sacrifices of our brave soldiers by selecting players who wish to participate in the fundamental transformation of America into big government, fiscal irresponsibility and government centralized-planning.
I will vote on November 4th, but I will not vote in the McConnell or Grimes race. As much as we all dislike doing it, occasionally, we must take out the garbage.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
I’m tired of wars, especially phony ones. Democrats, like Alison Lundergan Grimes, constantly whine about the Republican Party’s so-called War on Women. How many women have been killed by Republican soldiers? None!
In the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Democrats declared War on Babies & Minorities. How many babies have been murdered by Democrat assassins? The official count is over 50 million and counting. To put that number in perspective, Hitler murdered 6 million Jews.
Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), has declared she will dedicate her political career to advancing the War on Babies & Minorities. Grimes is pro-abortion. She is supported by Planned Parenthood’s Death Camps who are donating more money to her campaign than any other Democrat. She is also endorsed by the radical Emily’s List who supports taxpayer abortions, even late-term abortions.
I’m surprised Grimes’ campaign slogan isn’t “Copulate, Terminate, Celebrate.”
Grimes is quoted as saying, “I am a practicing Catholic but I’m also for separation of church and state. I am supportive of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. And I think that this is the kind of choice that has to be up to the woman, her God and her doctor.” She further stated she was “pro-choice down the line on abortion.”
In 2014, a Marist poll found, “67 percent of Kentucky residents think abortion should be illegal.” Doesn’t that mean that 67 percent of Kentuckians believe a vote for Grimes should be illegal?
I was shocked to learned the story behind Planned Parenthood? It’s more violent and disturbing than the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan.
Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 to solve the “Negro Problem.” She was a racist. She was evil. She was Adolph Hitler in a dress. She believed in a concept called eugenics. Eugenics is the cleansing of society of the undesirable people who serve no value in Sanger’s insane world. She believed sterilization was needed to stop the undesirables from multiplying and she also believed that society must “weed the garden” of valueless humans. Unfortunately, she wasn’t talking about Michael Moore types. She wanted to eliminate minorities.
Sanger decided to mask her true intentions of “societal cleansing” by selling the public that she was a “compassionate crusader” for poor women by providing access to reproductive services. She lied!
Here are a few quotes from Sanger:
“Stop the multiplication of the unfit.”
“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.”
“Breeding like weeds,” (Referring to impoverished, non-white women).
Sanger attacked programs that provided “medical and nursing facilities to slum mothers” because they “facilitate the function of maternity” when “the absolute necessity is to discourage it.”
“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
“Article 1: The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit. Article 4: No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit… Article 6: No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.”
In 1926, Sanger addressed the women’s auxiliary of the Democrats KKK concerning her eugenics vision. I think she wore a white hoodie.
In 1939, Sanger said, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social service backgrounds and with engaging personalities … We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.
In 2012, Planned Parenthood received a record $542 million from taxpayers or 45 percent of their budget. That’s a budget increase of 49 percent since 2010.
The Susan B. Anthony List published the following statement, “In 2012, abortions made up 93.8 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 5.6 percent (19,506) and 0.6 percent (2,197), respectfully. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 149 abortions.”
If there is one industry that poor and minorities disproportionately patronize, it’s Planned Parenthood. Did you know that 80 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in minority and poor neighborhoods? While blacks comprise of only 13 percent of the population, they account for 37 percent of abortions and 69 percent of abortions are performed on economically disadvantaged mothers.
Liberal Democrats like Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi have received the Margaret Sanger Award for their tireless effort in the War on Babies & Minorities. Democrats, like Grimes, are cowards. They’ve declared war on the most vulnerable among us, babies who can’t defend themselves.
I just don’t understand how a Catholic like Grimes can support such an evil institution like Planned Parenthood that assassinates over 300,000 babies per year.
We need to get this election right. I urge all patriots who are uninformed voters to please be patriotic this election and NOT vote. It’s okay to be politically uninformed. It’s not okay to be politically uninformed and vote. It’s heart-breaking when an educated voter is canceled out by an uninformed one.
Here’s how to tell if you shouldn’t vote:
- If you believe Benghazi is a Sesame Street character, don’t vote.
- If you can’t guess America’s debt within $2 trillion, don’t vote.
- If you can’t guess Kentucky’s debt within $2 billion, don’t vote.
- If you think the Keystone Pipeline is a software program invented by John Keystone to track sales leads, don’t vote.
- If you think fracking is a clever way to say a curse word, don’t vote.
- If you think Mahogany’s color in reddish-brown instead of black seeking green, don’t vote.
- If you think the “Stimulus Bill” was an ad campaign for Viagra, don’t vote.
- If you think sequestration was about an underwater living community, don’t vote.
- If you think majority-minority districts aren’t pure racism, don’t vote.
- If you think QE1, QE2 and QE3 are the names of Donald Duck’s 3 nephews, don’t vote.
- If you think “Race to the Top” is a segment on the television show Wipeout, don’t vote.
- If you think the United Nations’ Agenda 21 is a new casino card game, don’t vote.
- If you think Dodd-Frank is a new hotdog at the ballpark, don’t vote.
- If you think ISIS is the color part of your eye, don’t vote.
- If you think the Khorasan group is an accounting firm in Rabbit Hash, don’t vote.
- If you think Lois Lerner is the CEO of Lerner Department Stores for women, don’t vote.
- If you think Tax Freedom Day is when you successfully sign up for welfare, don’t vote.
- If you think the NFL has a domestic violence problem, but don’t believe abortion is the ultimate in domestic violence, don’t vote.
- If you think the White House recently experienced a fence-jumping undocumented visitor, don’t vote.
- If you think tolls will stop the Brent Spence Bridge from crying concrete tears, don’t vote.
- If you think hamburger is a result of a Caliphate, don’t vote.
- If you think a TIF is a disagreement with someone, don’t vote.
- If you think global-cooling, global-warming, climate change is a crisis, don’t vote. You’ll going to die soon anyway.
- If you think the recent string of American beheadings will stop with machete-control laws, don’t vote.
- If you think it’s okay to require an ID to buy cold medicine but not to vote, don’t vote.
- If you think Common Core is the story of Adam and Eve, don’t vote.
- If you think P3 refers to the time most men urinate during the night, don’t vote.
- If you’re an uninformed voter, please be patriotic and sit this election out. We can’t afford another election of emotional votes marinated in ignorance.