With over a decade of being in politics as an activist, new candidates frequently use the word "change" with no idea who how to implement "change" as an incoming "junior" Representative and they fail miserably to adequately articulate how they plan to accomplish the co-called "change" they loosely use as a rallying cry to get people's attention simply because we as Kentuckians do not follow Kentucky politics close enough. Our incumbents are best qualified to move our Commonwealth forward. Before we can begin to worry about our entire Union, we must focus our attention here at home, as Kentuckians.
Governor Beshear's foreign trips opening new Kentucky Trade Offices in foreign countries have been successful in bringing new jobs to the Commonwealth. However, my primary concern is with our lawmakers in Frankfort. The Tea Party, an institution created for financial change is dipping into social issues, and these Tea Party people are Republicans. The Chief of State, Chief of Government, and Commander-in-Chief of your State (called "Governor" in most States) has as much control over the economy as any U.S. President.
As citizens of this Commonwealth we need to maintain perspective and realize that Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo, Representative Susan Westrom, Representative Thomas "Tom" J. Burch, and so many others have fought hard in Frankfort.
Their accomplishments include:
- Blocking legislation to give the IRS Kentucky Police Powers.
- Enhancing legislation to improve education for Kentucky's children.
- Lowering prescription drug costs for seniors.
- Increasing Kentucky Health Department Services for the uninsured and needy.
- Enhancing legislation for programs to benefit missing or exploited children, foster care, and adoption.
- Using the global positioning monitoring system including monitoring-related restrictions and sanctions in domestic violence cases.
- Enhancing the Commonwealth's Domestic Violence Laws, enhanced suicide prevention training at the Cabinet for Health and Human Services.
- Extended the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act.
- Kept Bluegrass Station open and appropriated funds for it.
- Created the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority.
- Outlawed text messages while driving.
- Attempted to lower taxes for citizens who make less than $75,000.00 per year.
- Attempted to increase the authority of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
- Attempted to give an additional tax credit for the people who mold the minds of Kentucky's future, our school teachers.
It is also interesting to note that Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo attempted to pass legislation in Kentucky for Mortgage reform as far back as 2008, prior to the collapse of Wall Street and Main Street. Perhaps in the next election, it should be Governor Palumbo! I find it sad the the Commonwealth has only had one (1) female Commander-in-Chief.
The platform the people are using to try to unseat three of the most successful people in Kentucky Government is without any merit or details of actionable plans.
As Kentuckians we cannot afford to lose Representative Burch, Representative Palumbo, or Representative Westrom and replace them with new, junior representatives who will have no political power because they will not be assigned to leadership or more important, leadership in House Committees.