“Playing possum”, is how Alison Grimes characterizes the tenure of Senator Mitch McConnell. If you examine Kentucky’s economic history during the Senator’s tenure you will see that there are opportunities for inventive leadership in the areas of technology development that would most benefit Kentucky, however, the Senator preferred to play possum and not to intervene. He appears as a laissez-faire Senator that some might equate with being one of several options:
- Political opportunist
“We’ve talked for 15 months about all the wrong things, the wrong direction this state has gone,” Grimes told her supporters. “Then we’ve got somebody on the other side playing possum; just trying to hide, trying to hide from the 30 years he’s had in Washington, like he had no role in where we are today, (which is) at the bottom of every national indicator that’s out there. I stand before you here today because I believe we deserve better. I believe 30 years is long enough. I will be handing Mitch McConnell his term limit and we will go to Washington and fight for Kentucky.”
McConnell’s personal ambition to go down in history as an accomplished statesmen is well known. If he can’t do that, he will likely take a lucrative job as a lobbyist on K-Street.
“In 1984, Mitch McConnell Objected To Building A Coal Processing Plant In Kentucky
BY JEFF SPROSS POSTED ON OCTOBER 2, 2014 AT 9:16 AM”
The need for clean coal technology was identified as the enabler to preserving the industry. Did Mitch McConnell advocate clean coal technology development?
“Coal script flipped on McConnell
By Laura Barron-Lopez – 05/21/14 11:59 AM EDT
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes flipped the script Wednesday on incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), blaming him for the Obama administration’s coal rules.”
The war should not have been against clean air, clean water and the environment. The battle should have been for renewable energy strategy and to extend the life cycle of natural resources such as coal be advanced technologies that make it safe to use. McConnell’s position was unproductive.
“As a result of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the Western Kentucky coal industry faces a difficult challenge in the years ahead. If electric utilities decide to switch to western sources for coal, Western Kentucky will be hard-pressed to make up the loss in coal sales since 90 percent of Western Kentucky coal is purchased by the utility industry.
Although the effect of the Clean Air Act on the coal industry is important, the coal industry also has other obstacles to overcome, such as mine reclamation, a shortage of people studying mining engineering, and aging workforce and other environmental issues. With all of these obstacles, what does the future hold for the Kentucky coal industry?
Coal is still an abundant and reliable fuel. With the use of new technologies or scrubbers, Kentucky coal can be burned and still be in compliance with the laws. Kentucky coal can be used in an environmentally sound manner. If the coal industry can work together with utilities, they can promote the continued use to Kentucky coal and clean coal technologies. As a result, Kentucky coal will have a bright future.”
“The rate of growth in the Kentucky economy slowed in 1995. This slack followed a nationwide trend as the national economy slowed in 1995 after two years of rapid job growth in 1993 and 1994.
It is worth noting that the rate of job growth in the Kentucky economy exceeded the national job growth rate in both 1994 and 1995. This faster growth was in large part due to the performance of manufacturing industries in Kentucky. Manufacturing employment grew by 10,000 jobs in Kentucky in 1994 for a growth rate of 3.3 percent. Nationally, manufacturing employment grew just 1.4 percent. Manufacturing employment is estimated to have grown by 6,000 jobs, or 1.9 percent, in Kentucky in 1995, but only by 0.4 percent nationally.
While stronger manufacturing growth is one reason for Kentucky’s more rapid job growth, manufacturing employment in Kentucky is subject to the same pressures (such as productivity growth and overseas competition) as manufacturing nationally. Both nationally and in Kentucky, manufacturing employment fell in the second and third quarters of 1995. Continued declines in manufacturing nationally could indicate that manufacturing growth in Kentucky will be limited in the future.”
The economy improved under President Obama’s policies to which McConnell objected vehemently.
“As the economy recovers, Kentucky faces a long-term challenge in placing workers with low skill levels, Troske said.
Home prices have been fairly stable in the Lexington area and Kentucky, Troske said, but that’s because construction of new homes fell significantly enough to preserve the value of current homes. That might be good news for area homeowners, but the construction industry will have to make a sharp recovery to spur the economy again, he said.
“Housing leads recoveries,” Troske said.
Aaron Yelowitz, an economics professor in the business college, told attendees that another concern for Kentucky is the effect of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. The federal law will require businesses with 50 or more employees to provide “affordable” insurance to full-time workers or pay a tax penalty of $2,000 for each employee.
Using a detailed econometric model, Yelowitz estimated that 283,549 of 2.4 million Kentucky workers could be affected. Analyzing by industry, Yelowitz estimated that workers in the administrative, waste management, manufacturing, mining and transportation sectors might be most affected.
The region most likely to be affected is in southeastern Kentucky, although all areas of the state would have a number of businesses that will need to respond to the health care mandate.”
“Alison Lundergan Grimes gives passionate speech at Centre on Main
K105 // Ken Howlett
Change was the name of the game as Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes gave an impassioned 18 minute speech to a gathering of nearly 100 people at the Centre on Main Wednesday morning.
“You know Washington is broken; it’s not working for the people of this state; from my grandmother down to the grandbabies, all across Kentucky,” Grimes said. “We see it first-hand — the 16 day government shutdown cost this nation 24 billion dollars, it cost Kentucky 127 million dollars. Anybody that wants to tell you there isn’t a cost to partisanship … has not looked at the numbers. They have not lived in the shoes of Kentuckians.
“I stand here before you today, and I’ve given every ounce of energy that I have for the past 15 months, every bit of fight I have, because I know the mother that’s getting up at six a.m. to work two jobs to put food on the table for a six-month-old, because we don’t have a Senator who believes, No.1, she should make equal pay for equal work; he doesn’t believe in that for women, and No. 2, that she should actually earn an increase in the minimum wage.”
The Mason County native talked about education, and how McConnell has turned his back on Kentucky’s students during his 30 years in office.”