Gov. Matt Bevin should learn that state employee pensions are like Thanksgiving dinner. If everyone brings something to the table, everyone will benefit.
Unfortunately, Bevin is that one friend who always shows up with nothing but an appetite, consuming everything and upsetting even the nicest people. However, he will be the first to tell you that he brought a can of cranberry sauce to dinner last year.
Bevin is also likely to be the friend who brings up politics at the table. This friend will say that Thanksgiving is some sort of socialist plot and that we need to learn to take care of ourselves and not rely on others. If he had his way, every newcomer to the table would be required to create his or her own personal Thanksgiving dinner for themselves.
There wouldn’t be any leftovers, and, starting next year, Thanksgiving dinner would cost an additional $1,200 per plate. It doesn’t matter if people like dinner or not. He says the meal is broken and that we don’t want to continue to kick the cranberry can down the road.
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Not to worry. We might starve, but Bevin will still have his own Thanksgiving dinner at the expense of all state residents.