Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Well there's your problem, Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a blog post up about Kentucky legislators signing on to a brief in opposition to the constitutionality of the ACA.

I don't this lawmaker quite gets it.
Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, said the Republican lawmakers opposition to the reform could strike a blow at a health care law that benefits many in Kentucky, including families who can now keep their children on their workplace insurance plans until they reach 26 years old.
“It kind of makes me crazy when Kentucky legislators in particular rail against the federal government and what it does,” Stein said. “Don’t thy [sic] recognize that we’re not a donor state to the federal government? We receive. We get lots of money back, more than the taxes we send in. And until folks realize that, I don’t believe we can have an intelligent debate about it.”
(emphasis mine)

Yes, they do recognize that Kentucky is a recipient state. That means that we have effectively robbed other states to line our coffers. The Federal government is overspending revenues, which means we go more and more into debt every single day.

But because we are a recipient state, it's okay? Because we're doing better than the other guy, it's okay? Because other states have fewer funds to support their own residents, it's okay?

Well guess what, Senator Stein. I DON'T think it's okay that Kentucky is a recipient state. I DON'T think it's okay that because of programs like the ACA, the Federal government is spending money faster than it can rake it in. Something's got to give. We either get our fiscal house in order, or we'll soon see the local coal industry crater because it will be cheaper for everyone to burn their paper currency for heat.

The future of the Kentucky energy economy?

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