What else has Bevin lied about?
Only days after the election Gov.-elect Matt Bevin is already breaking his promises, like saying that he would release his tax returns after the election.
Now he says that he won't and that he never said that he would even though he is on camera clearly stating that he would.
So what else has he lied about?
We know he wants to do away with Kynect and roll back the federal-government paid Medicaid expansion. We know he is a big fan of private charter schools and he opposes a progressive income-tax system whereby the rich pay more. Instead he wants to institute a regressive flat tax.
He opposes sustainable green-energy programs and thinks that cockfighting should be legal. He believes in "American exceptionalism" whereby America rules the world unfettered by rules of behavior pertaining to all other countries.
He opposed the auto bailout but took one for his own company when it suffered a fire. He thinks everyone has an absolute right to own guns.
I did not vote for him and I intend to fight him every way I can for the next four years or as long as he lasts.
Charter schools a sham
Gov.-elect Matt Bevin's effort to destroy our public schools has already begun. He is calling for charter schools in Fayette and Jefferson counties, claiming those systems are failing their students. Do not be misled; this is merely petty revenge against two of the counties that voted against him.
He failed to win two of the counties with the highest education and income levels in the state. It is that very economic success that draws his attention on behalf of the charter-school industry.
Charter schools are designed to siphon public tax money away from public schools and into corporate profits. This is a Republican form of income redistribution. He did not recommend charter schools as a solution for schools such as Breathitt County, recently taken over by the state education department. He targeted urban areas with strong economies.
Never mind that charter schools are a sham solution to public-school problems. Private schools advertise their teacher-student ratios in the competition for students. Perhaps that is an obvious solution to some public-school problems.
Conservatives always claim to know what our forefathers intended. Our Kentucky forefathers constitutionally mandated public schools and that intent should be obvious even to Bevin and his ilk.
UK neighbors ignored
Well the Lexington-Fayette County Planning Commission failed again. It is determined to give the University of Kentucky what it wants and turn deaf ears to the single-family neighborhoods that don't want multi-family zoning.
Why doesn't the commission just zone out all single-family neighborhoods in the downtown area and save everybody's time? It failed to do so on Waller Avenue and the Elizabeth Street area, which are all UK students now. UK needs more housing for students so let's take over single-family neighborhoods.
The families that have homes there will just have to deal with it. They can put up with all the traffic and all the strange people, as they have been doing for many years.
So here's a big goodbye to all single-family neighborhoods and a big thank you to the planning commission for bending over for UK and for destroying my way of life as I have known it. And maybe they can really do their jobs by making sure all the single-family residences still there have just one family and not four or five students.
Miracle cure for exhaust
The Volkswagen exhaust-emissions debacle coincides with the 100th anniversary of a patent application for a simple invention that could have prevented the whole expensive and embarrassing mess. The relatively inexpensive device, designed to be installed under the hood of a vehicle, was being perfected by inventor Charles Frazer in Columbus, Ohio.
Testifying to the effectiveness of this technology for cleaning up exhaust emissions by adding the gases that issue from the decomposition of water to intake air, Toyota Motor Co., applied for and was issued a patent for a similar onboard, on-demand oxyhydrogen generator.
The positive effect on emissions from adding only a little oxyhydrogen is nothing short of miraculous. A local firm, Square 1 Energy in Nicholasville, produces an after-market device for cleaning up the exhaust from large diesel engines.
The question that remains is why Volkswagen, as well as the rest of the automakers, have subjected mankind to unnecessary harmful exhaust pollution from their vehicles when a no-brainer solution has been available for so long.
IRS audits appropriate
As you recently reported, the U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to prosecute the former IRS officials responsible for the agency's controversial audits of right-wing organizations suspected of abusing the regulations for non-profit organizations.
That makes sense to me. The case against the IRS and its former officials appeared to be mostly a war of words. Some politicians will continue to complain that the agency was "targeting."
But professional auditors both inside and outside the government might call it "auditing for attributes" instead. It seems no one seriously disputes the IRS' claim that its preliminary research indicated a statistical correlation between organizations citing widely recognized right-wing political objectives and abuses of the regulations for non-profit organizations.
So, their attribute became organizations citing such objectives. They might have added other kinds of organizations for the sake of political correctness but it's hard to see how diluting their audit population that way would increase the accuracy of their audits. Maybe it was just another Catch-22 situation.
Syria escalation likely
The escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria corresponds with our long-standing foreign-affairs policy. That doesn't make it right. Our fear of ISIS is astounding. Where will this war on terror lead us? When will it end?
Our involvement in Syria will only intensify with the next president.
Many Republicans have already stated that Special Forces being deployed is not enough. Hillary Clinton has wanted military action in Syria for some time. America needs a leader who has a more tenable vision for the future. We do not have that leader on the current ballot.