Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Senior Senator from my state, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), recently said, “We need to make America work more like Texas." Well Mitch, that is a really low bar to hit. Why not shoot a little higher and look to have it perform as well our home state.
Since the recovery began, Kentucky's unemployment rate fell by 1.6%, not great but at least it is falling.
During the same time Texas's unemployment rate went up by 0.3%.
Mitch are you embarrassed that Kentucky is recovering at roughly the same pace as the rest of the country, instead of getting worse like Texas.
Also every major city in Kentucky is recovering with revenues growing, in Texas several major cities have shrinking revenues and are financially at risk. Do you really wish that more cities in the US were insolvent?
Comparing poverty rates: Kentucky is at 14.8% (slightly above the national average), Texas is at 16.2% (only four states are worse).
So to Mitch McConnell, I say, “Shut-up Stupid, if you are looking for an economic model for the US you could at least look at the State of Kentucky, you know that state you visit once every six years. It is not the best model, it scores right around average in most economic measures. At least it isn't getting worse and scoring at the bottom. Or is that your idea for America a place where unemployment and poverty are on the rise?”
By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE