Today on State of the News

by Laura Ellis on April 8, 2011

With a government shut-down looming and questions about how such a step would affect the average citizen, Phillip M. Bailey joins us to talk about what lawmakers from Kentucky and Indiana have been saying about the budget impasse and what next week could bring. Rick Howlett reports on a snag in plans to re-open Kentucky Kingdom, and Indiana’s defeated smoking bill.

They’ll also fill us in on a controversial proposal that would allow food stamps to be used to purchase fast food from Yum! Brands restaurants. Then we’ll join our colleagues at The Easter Standard, live from Keeneland with a conversation about the future of Kentucky’s racing industry, with the presidents of Keeneland, Turfway, and Churchill Downs.

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Harold Trainer April 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

This is an excellent editorial and generally on the mark. However, these budget discussions and and negotiations never mention the two plus wars we have been doing for the last 8 and 10 years. They have literally cost 3 trillion dollars, all of it borrowed from our kids and grandkids and us. They are still going on with no end in site. Gates said yesterday that we may stay in Iraq beyond 2011 if we are asked by Iraqis. All of this war money is borrowed and is a key part of our 14 trillion dollar debt. It has contributed to a bad economy. It has now resulted in extreme pressure for the poor and most vulnerable Americans to pay for this excess. In fact Bush and Obama gave huge tax cuts to the middle class and wealthy Americans. despite huge expenditures for the wars. Tax increases to make up for these expenditures is not on the table. Obama is weak and indecisive, willing to compromise too much and even capitulate as he surrendered to the generals on Afghanistan and the Republicans on tax cut continuation. He is clearly moving to the right and this has encouraged the extreme right to push him and our country even more to the right. He is even allowing full drilling in the Gulf now. My concern is that he will finally cave in to the Tea Party Republicans in fear for his re-election in 2012. This budget fight is only the beginning of struggles to reform Americans at the expense of average and poor Americans. This is as dangerous as the debt. There needs to be revenue increase and budget expense decrease balances and compromises if we are to move forward as a viable democracy. This is not happening. Obama started his fearful move after first being elected when he had a majority in both houses. Mcconnell and Republicans had him on retreat from day one and he has failed us because he has neglected his base and progressive and needful community. H. Trainer, Prospect

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