Sunday, February 28, 2021

Beshear botches Face the Nation

 Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's appearance on national television Sunday was embarrassing, as he turned his fifteen minutes of coronavirus fame into a ridiculously unfounded sales pitch for Johnson & Johnson's new vaccine. 

"Johnson & Johnson is going to be a game-changer," he said. "The fact that we can fully vaccinate everyone in just one shot; that it basically eliminates death and serious illness and that we're going to get tens of thousands of vaccines per week per state, it's just gonna get us to the finish line that much faster."

Stating that not enough study has been done, the FDA Briefing Document casts doubt on each of Beshear's claims, except for the greater supply of vaccines and the nonsense about a finish line.

Meanwhile, The New England Journal of Medicine suggests in an article titled "Beyond Politics -- Promoting Covid-19 Vaccination in the United States" policymakers might offer tax breaks to spur people to take a vaccine.

Yeah, go fish.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Beshear refuses again to provide evidence

 Gov. Andy Beshear's latest response to Impeachment Committee members posted today again failed to provide the requested information. If House members felt Beshear's arrogant disrespect directed at all Kentuckians but specifically addressed to them last time, they should feel it at least double now.

Kentucky's House Impeachment Committee already has the information they need to recommend the full House take up this matter. 

Tick tock, Frankfort. 

Really now -- at the very least -- call some witnesses to get this thing going.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Earth to LRC staff: Post evidence NOW

 At the last House Impeachment Committee meeting Thursday, February 11, Chairman Jason Nemes asked staff to post the latest evidence from Governor Andy Beshear as soon as possible. Four days later, it is still hidden from public view.

What is wrong with these people? The House Impeachment Committee's "investigation" is over. We know Beshear has broken the law and flaunted incompetence worthy of permanent removal from high office. Time for these employees of ours to sack up and do their jobs so the rest of us can proceed unimpeded to get Kentucky back on track.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Earth to Committee: call Mike Harmon

 Yesterday's House Impeachment Committee meeting was inexplicably delayed hours past its 4pm scheduled start, no action was taken on the impeachment -- including failing to post Gov. Beshear's latest answer to their demand for evidence -- and then all we got was two witnesses reading the same constitutional sections about why legislators can't be impeached. 

Meanwhile, Auditor Mike Harmon has reported on more than enough incompetence. Seriously, have the Auditor in for testimony if you must for purposes of the dog-and-pony-show nature of Frankfort. But this thing is over. Dragging it out so Beshear gets one more paycheck while pleasuring himself with television updates on the weather and more nanny state nincompoopery is a disservice to all hardworking Kentuckians.

Send the motion for removal to the House. Yesterday.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Andy Beshear's Unemployment fiasco deepens

 Gov. Andy Beshear's disturbing string of screw ups with federal and state unemployment insurance funds is starting to get more attention. The curious may want to recall his March 25, 2020 press release in which he told people who walked away from work for fear of covid to go ahead and grab their benefits.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Why Jacqueline Coleman will make a better Kentucky Governor than Andy Beshear

Governor Andy Beshear's mindless government shutdowns and the Kentucky Supreme Court's rubber stamping leave citizens with only one way out: impeachment.

Well-meaning critics have asked how removing Beshear and replacing him with LG Jacqueline Coleman (click here and listen to 12:24 - 12:37) will make life better for regular people when her policy positions are at least as destructive as his. That's a good question, but the answer is simple: the precedent set by leaving Beshear in office now would be far more problematic in the long run than cutting him cleanly out of office and letting the gaping, bloody, oozing wound scab over in a matter of months instead of sending the message that destroying small businesses and the people who depend on them to score political points is acceptable. 

Make no mistake: if we let his arbitrary rupturing of Kentuckians' livelihoods stand just to get to the next governor in 2023, the next four-year occupant of that office will be worse than Beshear, not better. The precedent we set here will either be that wrecking our economy is okay or it isn't. Let's take our lumps now by removing Beshear and start picking up the pieces while we still can, with a clear message to the world that we don't stand for politicians trying to micromanage an airborne virus.