Release of the latest ACT college entrance test results delivered a bitter message concerning the academic performance of Kentucky’s 2016 high school graduates: The state’s racial achievement gaps are not getting better.
I know a way Kentucky can add about a billion dollars to its busted budget every year. And it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. In fact, it will honor the investment we make through the hard-earned taxes we already pay.
Health care comprises almost 18 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product — a figure touted by the industry as testament to its importance to society and contribution to our standard of living. But this statistic paints a rosy picture and hides a bitter truth. The health-care industry is a service industry. Less, not more, is better. Let’s do some calculations.
Her name was Ms. Hacker. She was small in stature, probably a mere 5’4”. She dressed as though she had stepped off of an Ivy League campus to teach third grade in a small, public elementary school, in a small Kentucky town. When she smiled, she did it genuinely. It was never coerced or strained.
The Tea Party was always tragically miscast. The angry oldsters who formed its white-hot core fancied themselves tax protesters. Their self-image was informed, inflamed and more than occasionally exploited by conservative operations ranging from Fox News to FreedomWorks and a phalanx of right-wing grifters who dealt themselves into the action.