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Governor Steve Beshear

Governor Steve Beshear

 

Obamacare Is Winning in Kentucky, Thanks to Steve Beshear – The Daily Beast.

If you look at what the New Deal and Great Society is for. It designed to help states like Kentucky and West Virginia, states that. Tend to lag behind the country as whole when it comes to economics, infrastructure, education, healthcare. And simply have populations that can’t fend for themselves and need public assistance. In order to survive and the Affordable Care Act designed to help populations like this who simply have a large population. Without health insurance and healthcare in some cases and need the Medicaid expansion and the money that comes from that. So they do not have such a large population of people without healthcare and health insurance which ends up making others. Healthcare more expensive because they have to pick up the costs of people who do not have health insurance. That is why Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has pushed so hard to get the Medicaid expansion in Kentucky and to open up a. Health insurance exchange so more Kentuckians can get health insurance and the tax credit for people who aren’t poor enough. For Medicaid but can’t afford private health insurance on their own and simply need assistance for their healthcare.

So when U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senator Rand Paul who both have serious. Conservative credentials and I do not doubt that but when they bash what they call big government. And part of that is public assistance, they are speaking against their state in a way which is Kentucky. Because that state along with Minority Leader McConnell’s ability to bring back money and projects to his state. Benefits a lot from so-called big government and federal money and investments back in their state. And in a big way are being hypocritical because they are speaking out against things that benefit their people so much. And Kentucky has a Governor in Steve Beshear wants to go even further in helping is state. A true New-Democrat a real economic Liberal who wants more infrastructure investment in a state that is under-developed. As well as more and better schools in his state and more hospitals and job training for his low-skilled workforce. So they have the skills that they need to get good jobs and get off of public assistance all together.

Kentucky is an interesting state at least politically because even though it is a clear red-state. At the presidential level it is a purple-state when it comes to the state-level as well as Congress. That both of their senators are Republicans but their U.S. Representatives are both Republican and Democrat. And they have a Democratic Governor in Steve Beshear and a Democratic state house as well. So even though it may look very red and rural. When it comes to their economy with a large population of poor people. They have leadership in that state that wants to move the state forward. So they are more competitive economically and Governor Steve Beshear is a perfect example of that.

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It is still hard to believe that thirty years later this is still the last. World Series championship for the Orioles but 1983 was still a. Great year to be an Orioles fan.

1983 MLB World Series Champions

1983 MLB World Series Champions

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Senator Jefferson Smith

Senator Jefferson Smith


How Jeff Smith became a real U.S. Senator and not just a puppet for the Illinois or Washington political machine. With the inspiration of Senator Joe Harrison telling since you are interested in legislation in the Senate. And want to be a legislature, you are talking about a national boys camps. Why don’t you write the bill and present it to Congress. And that is exactly what he did and why Senator Harrison’s and his allies tried to destroy Jeff Smith. Because both parties wanted the same land but used for different reasons.

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U.S. Senator Jefferson Smith

U.S. Senator Jefferson Smith


I’m not sure a lot of members of Congress today know how bills are supposed to be written in Congress. But Jean Arthur or Jean Arthur’s character (to be more accurate) gave a pretty good explanation of it. But today that is not how it is generally done and unless legislation has bi-partisan support, what generally happens for legislation to be written in either the Senate or House, the chairman of the committee of jurisdiction that covers the bill, tends to write the bill on their own, or have input from the majority party members of their committee. Or a bill is written in the Senate or House majority party leaderships office among the members of the majority leadership. And perhaps with the input of the committee chairman who has jurisdiction over the proposed legislation.

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Montreal Olympic Stadium

Montreal Olympic Stadium


The first and last MLB all-star game at Montreal Olympic Stadium. Which is a good thing because this place was basically a football stadium and was simply huge for baseball with an awful. Concrete field where baseball probably should’ve never been played.

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David BrooksSource: PBS: NewsHour- Shields and Brooks on Shutdown’s Tectonic Effect on Republicans

The effect of the government shutdown on the House Republican Conference where most of the blame should be targeted, the House Republican Leadership not being able to take on the Tea Party Caucus and the Tea Party Caucus setting out to destroy the Affordable Care Act at all costs and then a few Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz obviously, but go to Mike Lee and Rand Paul, so most of the blame for the government shutdown goes to Congressional Republicans.

And the consequences are Speaker Boehner looks like a bigger weakling than he already is. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who was already in danger of being reelected next year, facing both a strong Republican primary challenge from of course a Tea Party Republican in Mark Bevin, but whoever wins that race will face a well-funded with the backing of the entire Democratic Party, Democrat in Allison Grimes. And remember, Kentucky is not Mississippi. Democrats win at all levels in Kentucky. The governor of Kentucky is a Democrat and the state House is controlled by Democrats. Facing a very unpopular Republican in Mitch McConnell.

And the U.S. House of Representatives because the Tea Party Republicans who won Democratic seats in 2010, now have to go home and explain why they supported the government shutdown. And Northeastern Republicans, whether they are in the Tea Party or not. Who represent swing districts, will either have to take on the Tea Party. And risk a primary challenge from the Tea Party, or be in favor of the government shutdown. And risk losing their seat to a Democrat. And the Democratic Party will not let House Republicans forget about the government shutdown or be able to dodge it.

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Bad Government

Bad Government

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3 Ways to End the Government Shutdown | The Fiscal Times.

Maybe three ways to end the government shutdown is not the best title for this blog. But hey I got it from The Fiscal Times so what do you want but these are the things I believe President Obama and Speaker Boehner in agreement with Leader Reid. Should do to end the government shutdown.

Short-term pass the Senate passed government clean funding bill in the House of Representatives that uses House Republican numbers not Senate Democratic. Big concession on Democrats part including President Obama who wanted roughly another two-hundred-billion-dollars more in spending. Make this extension go through lets say January 2nd 2014 which would give Democratic and House negotiators roughly nine weeks to figure out the budget for 2014. That would fund the government until October 2014. After this is passed the House and Senate agree to a Congressional budget conference chaired by. Senator Patty Murray and Representative Paul Ryan the chairman of the Senate and House budget committees with their ranking members and. The other negotiators from both sides from both committees there as well. And have this conference meet everyday from when Congress passes the short-term government funding bill up until the January 2nd deadline.

Also pass a ten week debt ceiling increase and with that comes another Congressional conference made up of members of the relevant committees in the House and Senate. With their chairman and ranking members from both the House and Senate there where they would workout the final debt ceiling agreement that would be a one year extension. The final agreement wouldn’t be clean but it would be paid for with deficit and debt reduction that would come with entitlement and tax reform. Both spending cuts and revenue would be on the table. Debt ceiling extensions that are paid for have plenty of precedent going back to the mid. 1980s so this is nothing new and Democrats should be open to this since the Affordable Care Act would not be on the table.

These are big ifs but assuming Congress and President Obama workout long-term budget and debt ceiling agreements. Congress both the House and Senate with the Obama Administration would be represented here as well. Would have a summit with both political parties in both the House and Senate represented in a Congressional healthcare summit where everything would be. On the table including the Affordable Care Act in how to approve healthcare in America and how to make it more affordable. And give this group lets say six months or up until October before Congress goes home to run for reelection. And their job would be to come up with ways to reform and improve the Affordable Care Act but repeal, defund or delay would be off the table.

If I was a Democrat or Republican in leadership in either party this would be my proposal. Because both sides win big deals and give up big deal the ultimate compromise where both sides are not completely satisfied. But a good deal that would be workable where both sides could claim victory with credibility.

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