Washington should use Kentucky as a guide
by Carl McCammon, Contributor
Jun 20, 2012 | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I believe everyone affected by the recent Eggner Ferry Bridge episode should give Governor Steve Beshear and all his staff a standing ovation for their performance in the last 100-plus days. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how government should work. They came to inspect the damage, understood the economic impact it could have on western Kentucky, devised a solution and implemented a successful plan of action that was completed on schedule.

Fantastic job!

Our friends in Washington should establish this accomplishment as a model for government performance. There are 100-plus days remaining before the November elections. Let’s see if we can’t give all these elected representatives in Washington ONE task to complete within this time frame so we can assess their behavior based on this model of success. There are several serious situations they have identified themselves :

1. revising the various tax codes – probably too complicated a task to tackle in only 100 days;

2. entitlements – too serious and could be hazardous to their re-election efforts;

3. education – need more time to ponder the implications to our society as a whole;

4. energy – too many special interests to appease in this time frame;

5. economy – can’t print money fast enough.

Perhaps we should choose something simple, like passing an operating budget so we can actually guage their performance based on fiscal responsibility. Or how about term limits, which would mean they would have to accomplish something in a given period of time? Or election reform, wherein there are actual limits on how much money they can raise without all these special interest groups (super pacs, for example)?

Anyway, these are my thoughts, and I am sure you can come up with a goal or two that these elected officials could actually complete on or before Nov. 6, 2012.

What do you think?

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