January 21, 2012

Idiot of the Week: Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

Steve BeshearI live in a country where a state governor, a Democratic one at that, believes it is appropriate to cut his state's education budget while giving $43 million in tax breaks to a bible-themed amusement park. Keep in mind that this governor, Steve Beshear (D-KY) presides over a state where education is already reeling from previous cuts. Even so, he's proposed a budget that cuts $50 million more while offering a $43 million tax break to the so-called "Ark Park."

I tweeted this story several hours ago when I first saw it. It certainly caught my attention, but I wasn't planning to do an Idiot of the Week post today. I was in a positive, optimistic mood and wanted to keep it for a bit. Ever feel that way? I didn't want to have to think about stupidity because I knew it would bring me down. But I guess I couldn't stay away after being reminded by PZ at Pharyngula.

When people ask why the U.S. has fallen behind economically and why our once impressive system of public education has deteriorated, I'll think of Gov. Beshear and his priorities.

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