Kentucky: now this one state that knows its priorities:
I’m going to be a contrarian here. I think the Kentucky legislature has made a perfectly sensible budget decision.
Here’s the deal: in the current budget, a couple of interesting decisions have been made.
Funding for K-12 education: -$50 million
Tax breaks for the Ark Park: +$43 million
Highway improvements for the Ark Park: +$11 million
See? Almost perfectly balanced: all the money handed over to creationists is taken away from education.
That’s right! Sure, you and I might want to send our off spring to Harvard Business School, but the local riff-raff has no need for “that there book-learning”. The Bible is all they need and the “Ark Park” will set them in the right direction!
Education for those who can afford it; that’s what I say.
Last Night’s Debate
I agree; our man, Willard “Mittens” Romney was terrible:
• I was astonished to wake up this morning and read, in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, this assessment of Romney’s performance: “Mitt Romney turned in one of his strongest debate performances, defending his business record and laying into President Barack Obama as aggressively as he has in any previous debate.”
I don’t know Journal writers Patrick O’Connor or Neil King, so I can’t say for sure if they were there last night, but if they were, were they watching the same event as the rest of us? I thought Romney was a disaster and last night very nearly achieved the impossible: sharing a stage with Newt Gingrich and looking like the bigger asshole.
To me, the exchange where he fell overboard mid-answer and had to ask moderator John King what the question was (“But you asked me an entirely different question?”) came close to being an Ed Muskie moment.
The most interesting part of seeing these guys up close is seeing the way people like Rick Santorum and Gingrich respond to Romney in person: They appear to find him physically repulsive, their noses even scrunching up at him when they address him, like cops opening up a trunk with a body in it. And I think it’s real, I don’t think it’s an act. Romney is so totally insincere and calculating and soulless, it physically offends other politicians. It’s incredible to watch.
Of course, it was Newt “the serial adulterer” Gingrich that dropped the biggest bombs and spewed the most (righteous) venom.
And don’t worry, for all of his populist rhetoric (aka “yak-yak”), he is really one of us:
The first implication here is that elites are liberals, not men like Gingrich — whose net worth The Los Angeles Times has estimated to be $6.7 million, who was a history professor, who was paid $1.6 million dollars by Freddie Mac for “advice,” and who had a half million dollar line of credit at Tiffany’s.
If Gingrich isn’t among America’s elite, the word no longer has meaning.
Even the socialistic New York Times knows this! Who cares what
our riff-raff the social conservatives think.