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  • Is Kentucky Being Trumped by Governor Bevinn?
    Posted On: Dec 12, 2016

    Is Kentucky Being Trumped by Governor Bevin?

                                                                joe brennan

                There are multiple similarities between Governor Bevin and Donald Trump. Both are "successful" business men. We are not exactly certain of that assertion because neither of them will disclose their income tax files. Why? Both campaign(ed) that they should govern because of their business acumen. Neither has experience in elected office or working with elected officials, and their actions demonstrate this. Bottom line, business is not government. WSJ op. ed. writer Alan J. Pomerantz 6-15-16, a business attorney, asks six questions contrasting skills required in business that may not necessarily be applicable in elected governing. What applies for Mr. Trump also applies for Governor Bevin.

                Point 1: "Businessmen can always walk away from a deal". Those governing simply can't do this without potentially devastating consequences. Point 2: "Companies usually can fire personnel at will". Unfortunately, the Governor assumes that he is still a corporate CEO who can fire appointed officials at will. Point 3: "Executives are autocrats". The Governor also assumes that his executive powers permit him to ignore laws, and regulations. Point 4: "In business there are rarely fact checkers". Procedures may take months or years to resolve. Those contracted might have to face long delays before arriving at agreed upon arrangements. Point 5: "A common ploy in business is to create anxiety". Be it health coverage, unemployment coverage, wage levels, or pensions, Kentucky citizens face a constant environment of stress and anxiety. Point 6: "Business always has bankruptcy as an option". Kentucky, like the federal government is in a financial mess. Puerto Rico's financial crisis cannot be used as a model for resolution, although its past fiscal policies have definite similarities with the Commonwealth.

                Mr. Pomerantz words offer insight, but not direction. The Governor, who continues to rely on "executive" interventions based on his past business experience, demonstrates how his past CEO skills are inappropriate in his current executive position. From all the issues mentioned above, it is evident that the Governor's use of his "executive powers" are inadequate in resolving our current crisis. Moving finances from one source to another only bankrupts the original government service. Appointing Cabinet members who, like him lack government experience, might assure ideological fidelity, but does little to provide the citizens of Kentucky with effective governance.

                Governor Bevin, with all due respect, The Commonwealth of Kentucky is not a bell factory and should not be administered as such. For the sake of all Kentuckians the time has come to reevaluate your current procedures and make the necessary changes.     


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