Burning Our Bridges (3/26/09)
Stop me if you've heard this story before.
Kentucky needs a comprehensive master plan to establish exactly how major transportation projects - like the Ohio River Bridges Project - are dealt with. The Kentucky House comes up with its version. The Senate develops a slightly different one. Instead of compromising, the House and Senate refuse to negotiate and the whole idea just dies - along with the hope that any new bridges might be completed during our lifetimes.
Kentucky's state motto may be "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." But really, sometimes I think a more accurate one would be "If it needs doin' -- we ain't doin' it."
Seriously - what is the deal with this state? Why do we keep sending lawmakers to Frankfort who can be counted on to choose political posturing and obstructionism over meaningful progress every time? Are we, as voters, just stupid or masochistic? How many times does Lucy have to yank the football away before Charlie Brown catches on?
At this point, I'm convinced the only person who could possibly get those bridges built is Jim Host. There's a guy who simply doesn't accept "no" for an answer, and has the results to show for it.
The only problem is, I'm pretty sure Mr. Host wouldn't take the job. He doesn't suffer fools gladly. And these days I'm afraid there's little else our state capitol has to offer.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.