Trust in God not pols like this

April 2, 2014 

Sen. Albert Robinson

It's fitting that Sen. Albert Robinson is responsible for legislation that requires more areas of Kentucky's Capitol to have signs declaring "In God We Trust."

Fitting, because experience has taught us that Robinson can be trusted mainly to feather his own nest at taxpayers' expense.

The Republican from London is most famous for sneaking through a pension increase for lawmakers during the final hours of the 2000 session. Many of his colleagues later said they didn't realize they were enriching their own benefits because, as the Supreme Court ultimately ruled, Robinson's amendment was "intentionally incomprehensible."

Robinson himself had said "it was our intent to not make the provision of the amendment so visible."

The legislature, nonetheless, waged a legal battle to preserve the underhanded perk, only to lose and give itself a black eye.

Robinson, a fierce advocate for posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings and discriminating against gays, also used his influence as a legislator to get a road built that increased the value of property he was marketing through his real estate business.

Robinson's reputation for being less than trustworthy helped Republican Tom Jensen defeat him in 2004. Jensen served in the Senate until 2012 when he left to successfully run for circuit judge.

The voters of the 21st District again inflicted Robinson on the rest of the state, even though Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Dan Seum, after observing Robinson's legislative service up close, described him to a cn/2 interviewer as not "all that helpful" and "self-serving, quite frankly."

In this session, Robinson amended a House bill that creates an employee-suggestion incentive program for legislative staff to also require the placement of "In God We Trust" signs in committee rooms. The legislature in 2006 authorized posting the phrase, adopted as the national motto in 1956, in the Senate and House chambers.

Robinson's amendment received overwhelming Senate approval and was accepted by the House.

Senate President Robert Stivers vowed that not a penny of taxpayer money would go into making and posting the motto.

The signs should serve as a useful reminder to Kentuckians treading the hallowed halls that we might as well trust God because our elected lawmakers have proved time and again that trusting them can be a big mistake.

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