In the past I’ve taken Harry Moberly, chairman of the House Budget Committee, to task on a number of occasions. But night Moberly summed up the major problem with the Kentucky General Assembly.
From the Courier-Journal:
"We want to do these good things but we don't want to pay for them..." Moberly said
When the session recessed for the night leaders of both sides noted that the long day of work had produced little. "We're working hard, but we haven't made any difficult decisions yet," Moberly said.
In a nutshell, most of the politicians sitting in Frankfort unwilling to make any decision that would possibly give a future opponent any ammunition. Their self-interest is not enlightened, it is just a need to pretend to represent the voters and keep getting elected.
And in case anyone had any doubts President of the Senate David Williams is a smart ass.
The House has approved increasing tobacco taxes and applying the sales tax to some services. But the Senate has not approved any higher taxes this session.
"One of us is just being irresponsible about this," Moberly said.
Williams replied, "We're praying for you that you won't continue to be irresponsible."
Moberly answered, "Thank you Mr. President. I appreciate that. I appreciate your smart ass remarks."