Governor Steve Beshear gave his State of the Commonwealth address last night, outlining his bold vision to create jobs in Kentucky. Unfortunately, he did not mention his Giant Dineysore Boat, but he did go out on a limb to say that jobs are good and we should have more of them.
But it wasn’t all about jobs. No, Steve Beshear was sure to wag his finger at the federal government for printing and spending all of that money, while the governor has been pinching his pennies and keeping Kentucky’s financial house in order.
Kentuckians are rightly disgusted by a federal government that defines fiscal management as the speed at which you can print money. In Kentucky, our families respond to economic pressures differently. They work harder and spend less. And for three years I’ve run Frankfort just like our families run their budgets. Talking about shrinking government is easy. Actually doing it requires courage and commitment. Faced with crushing shortfalls, we have balanced Kentucky’s budget eight times in three years, slashing over a billion dollars in spending.
Bravo on that, Steve. But I suppose we shouldn’t mention that the only reason he was able to do that was because of the many many billions of dollars that Kentucky received from the federal stimulus bill. Details, details.
But Beshear wasn’t done calling out Obama and his crew of reckless meddling federal bureaucrats. Here was the cherry on top of his speech, that easily received the biggest applause of the night from his fellow Frankfort public servants:
Coal provides 90 percent of our electricity and – because our rates are low – has helped us build a robust manufacturing industry. But all that is in jeopardy because Washington bureaucrats continue to try to impose arbitrary and unreasonable regulations on the mining of coal.
To them I say “Get off our backs! Get of our backs!”
I will fight you for the right to cleanly and safely mine coal.
It was only slightly more tasteful that pulling a Joe Manchin, picking up a rifle and shooting an EPA agent dummy in the gallery.
So this is what Kentucky Democrats have to look forward to over the next year (or five). Our governor rubbing himself with coal and grabbing his shotgun to fend off EPA agents and Big Brother, all while we flatten our mountains and pollute our water, teaching children that humans herded saddled dinosaurs onto boats a few thousand years ago. But it’s all about job creation. Sounds like a plan.
I wish you the best of luck, Steve.