McConnell one of the nation's true big spenders
Supporters of Sen. Mitch McConnell say it is important to re-elect him because he is keeping President Barack Obama from bankrupting the country. McConnell has been making that claim since Obama was first elected, but is it really true?
During the Bush presidency, then Senate Majority Whip McConnell supported every deficit-increasing measure proposed by the president.
The tax cuts, the wars, the additions to Medicare — all were unfunded mandates charged to the deficit. As a result, during the eight years of the Bush administration the deficit increased from zero to $1.4 trillion.
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Since Obama took office, McConnell has claimed to be for balanced budgets and for reducing the debt but he has filibustered every attempt to roll back the unfunded mandates of the Bush administration.
Why? Because McConnell's chief interest is fundraising and the unfunded mandates are great for fundraising.
The wealthy Americans who disproportionally benefited from the tax cuts, the defense contractors, the insurance and drug companies getting huge subsidies all have a lot more cash on hand to make donations to the next McConnell re-election campaign.
McConnell is not in Washington preventing Obama from bankrupting the country. He is in Washington making sure that all the unfunded mandates of the Bush administration continue to bankrupt the country.
The Williams Co. will give Kentucky nothing except ripped-up land, monster machines and polluted water, air and soil, because leaks will happen in the Bluegrass Pipeline.
One of Williams' natural gas liquids pipelines broke in Colorado and it took 13 days before it was discovered. Now the people in the area have toxic soil and water and a growing environmental disaster. Williams has a miserable history they will not own up to. They buy off private landowners with gift cards and promises and they put Governor Steve Beshear's son in their back pocket so our state will allow Williams to take over and wreck our peace. Bribery? Say it ain't so.
I can't wait to explain to my grandchildren that the Bluegrass Pipeline gives Kentucky toxic waste as Williams skips town with their loot. Pollution for us and millions in profit for them. Sounds fair, if you're not listening.
Do we live in a democracy? We the people should have the right to say no to Williams' threat. Williams will not make us more energy independent.
The pipeline will carry toxic byproducts of fracking that will be sent to China for plastics production. We get the mess and danger; China gets plastics; Williams gets big bucks. This makes no sense.
Williams' slick, smooth talk is really a spiny thicket of deceptions we must claw through. Let's see their greed for what it is and protect Kentucky from bad projects.
Time Warner warning
My greatest fears about Time Warner taking over Insight are coming true. Our TV signal is freezing every few seconds, our internet is at a crawl and our digital phone drops dial tone repeatedly. The local office can no longer do anything except take your money and swap out equipment. All customer "no service" calls now go through TWC's phone tree hell to who knows where.
I have spent seven hours today on the phone, on online chat and at the local office (twice) and now have no TV signal, snail-pace internet and intermittent phone service and I am told it will be four days before a service technician can come to my house.
My last visit to the local office found me behind at least two dozen other people, with two customer service windows open and by the time I gave up and left at least a dozen more had come in behind me.
I do not blame the local employees and several have told me they are not happy with the takeover.
But unfortunately this seems to be the history with Time Warner.
I would appreciate the Herald-Leader polling central KY residents about their satisfaction with this changeover.
Bigger is not always better.
Has anyone else noticed President Obama's definition of success? Since his most recent State of the Union address, his economic message has been, "You, too, could be middle class" Since when did Americans aspire to be average? Why not call it the "Dare to be mediocre" campaign? This is like telling Little Leaguers, "When you grow up, you could play Class A minor league ball." No one dreams of playing in the Arena Football League or in developmental-league basketball.
In his speech on Dr. King Day, he went so far as to say economic equality should not be based on how many black millionaires there are in America, but on how well black Americans have been "accepted into the ranks of the middle class." Like mediocrity is some sort of elite country club.
I'm not downplaying the difficulty of rising out of poverty. I watched my mom -- a single parent with two young kids -- work full-time and go to school full-time to do it. Her message was and still is, "Make something of yourself. Work hard. Get an education. Be a success." Isn't that still the American dream?
Why is this President undermining that dream by telling people the best they can ever be is average?