Watch Gov. Steve Beshear throw Kentucky under the bus

posted at 5:01 pm on February 2, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

There are some interesting goings on to watch in Kentucky this year, mostly centering on the “centrist” Democrat Governor, Steve Beshear. Nearing the end of his second time in the Governor’s mansion, he’s term limited from seeking another four years. Some little birds in local politics have whispered in our ears, indicating that Beshear is looking for a place to land after that and is hoping for an appointment in Washington from Barack Obama. Of course, that’s a bit different face than the Governor showed after winning his last election, when he promised a lean government, an ability to work with Republicans and distanced himself from Obama as much as possible.

Beshear, who made few campaign promises in 2011, promised a “lean and efficient” government in the next four years…

[Republican candidate David] Williams tried to link Beshear with President Barack Obama, who is highly unpopular in Kentucky, and claimed that Beshear had no agenda, but the message did not stick.

Political observers said the candidates’ running mates had little effect on the race.

But that was then and this is now. With an eye to the future, one would think that Beshear and Barack Obama are BFFs after the State of the Union address where he was singled out for his excellent work on Obamacare.

“To see the impact this law is having, just talk to Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky…He’s like a man possessed when it comes to covering his Commonwealth’s families…Steve’s right. That’s why tonight I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance, tell them to get covered by March 31st.”

Not only that, with the threat of election defeat behind him, Beshear has also been reaching out to the EPA, with policies on the table which are very dangerous to the coal economy of Kentucky.

But it’s disappointing that the state Chamber of Commerce, which represents 92,000 Kentucky businesses, is opposing Beshear administration overtures to the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at protecting Kentuckians from huge increases in electric power costs…

At issue are white papers issued last year by state Environment and Energy Secretary Len Peters that lay out options for federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA has already issued rules for new power plants and is due to issue regulations for existing power plants by June.

This all certainly seems very convenient for Governor Beshear in terms of cozying up to the White House and getting a high profile shout out at the SOTU. And it may just land him a job further down the line. But what happens to the people of his state who are left behind? They get stuck with the wreckage of Obamacare and more jobs leaving the state as the EPA decimates the energy industry there.

The leopard seems to be changing his spots rather quickly here. Keep this name in your Google search drawer and remember this if he shows up with a plush new job in the Obama administration.


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There’s also the fact that poverty in Kentucky means that *lots* of his citizens have signed up for Obamacare, and mostly on the medicaid side of things.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Steve Beshear Obama…although he tried to avoid it

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

But what happens to the people of his state who are left behind? They get stuck with the wreckage of Obamacare and more jobs leaving the state as the EPA decimates the energy industry there.

This is an American story….

Short sighted politicians that promise the world and instead destroy yours so they can retire in luxury.

How long America? Why are these people destroyers allowed to continue?

Screw em all…..

redguy on February 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Keep voting democrat, people, keep voting democrat.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Democrat n: One who panders to the mindless whims of the masses.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Also, never trust a man with a $200 haircut.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Democrat n: One who panders to the mindless masses whims of the masses mindless.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Makes more sense this way.

cozmo on February 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

They get stuck with the wreckage of Obamacare and more jobs leaving the state as the EPA decimates the energy industry there.

And there’s also this fact.

Funny how the tard rambles on about anything but the whole point of the post.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Keep voting democrat, people, keep voting democrat.
Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

If you are referring to democrats like the KY governor, yes we will.

loveofcountry on February 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

My Sis & Bro in Law live in Kentucky, and while it’s officially a ‘commonwealth,’ they say it’s fast becoming a 3rd world toilet of unemployment.

Welcome to the obamanation.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Bashear slowing turning into Oompa Loompa.

Watch for orange coloring to appear soon……

BobMbx on February 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

loveofcountry on February 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

What’s up, Zeke?

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

There’s also the fact that poverty in Kentucky means that *lots* of his citizens have signed up for Obamacare, and mostly on the medicaid side of things.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Is this including or not including the 280,000 people who will lose their policy, in Kentucky, under Obamacare?

So, I guess, congrats on turning people who did not need government assistance into people who do.

Good job?

lorien1973 on February 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

yes we will.

loveofcountry on February 2, 2014 /blockquote>

Of course you will. Obama won the high school dropout vote. I don’t see that changing.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

So there’s no difference between this dude and McConnell, I take it?

SouthernGent on February 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Politicians lie…….and have the moral character of a pile of slime.

next thread.

PappyD61 on February 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Beshear, who made few campaign promises in 2011, promised a “lean and efficient” government in the next four years…

Yep. He was quoted in the Lexington KY newspaper this weekend about “tax reform”, which is newspeak for tax increases. He only got elected because of the Libs who have moved into Lexington and Louisville from other states due to the currently low taxes.

Johnnyreb on February 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

He only got elected because of the Libs who have moved into Lexington and Louisville from other states due to the currently low taxes.

Johnnyreb on February 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

…a pattern common for decades now in formerly red states……they bring the disease!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

My Sis & Bro in Law live in Kentucky, and while it’s officially a ‘commonwealth,’ they say it’s fast becoming a 3rd world toilet of unemployment.

Welcome to the obamanation.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Well then pardner, we should be able to snap up cheap property and homes just in time for the apolocypse!!!!

redguy on February 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Kick Offffffffffffffff ………… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Stuffed

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Apologize… wrong thread…

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

There’s also the fact that poverty in Kentucky means that *lots* of his citizens have signed up for Obamacare, and mostly on the medicaid side of things.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Yay? What’s your point? No matter how you cut that turd, it’s still a turd.

aryeung on February 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Yes sir. Keep voting democrat, people, keep voting democrat.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

The WaPo had a front page feature today about a winner under Obamacare. A Kentucky woman personifying walking death who, after enrolling, has gone out and utilized all the stuff she gets now that she’s a welfare parasite enrolled in Medicaid. In a very long article about all the free stuff she’s been getting is no mention that hard working Americans are paying the freight for her sudden desire to see a doctor.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

So, I guess, congrats on turning people who did not need government assistance into people who do.

Good job?

lorien1973 on February 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

That’s been the intent all along.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

There’s also the fact that poverty in Kentucky means that *lots* of his citizens have signed up for Obamacare, and mostly on the medicaid side of things.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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Is this including or not including the 280,000 people who will lose their policy, in Kentucky, under Obamacare?

So, I guess, congrats on turning people who did not need government assistance into people who do.

Good job?

lorien1973 on February 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Is this including or not including the 280,000 uncertain number of people who [have lost and] will lose their policy jobs, in Kentucky, under Obamacare‘s energy policies ?

listens2glenn on February 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

So, as soon as he doesn’t have to worry about running for his office again, he instantly pivoted to all the default progressive positions- high taxes, “climate change”, etc.

The basic message of Democratic office holders, no matter how much they claim to be “different” from the crowd in Washington, is always the same, once they no longer need votes from people in Flyover Country;

P.S. You are all enemies of Utopia and my friends and I will punish you for being so.

Why would any rational person ever vote for a progressive for anything? It would be about as logical as a sheep voting for a wolf as watchdog.

A crazed, drug-enhanced, rabid wolf, at that.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

There’s also the fact that poverty in Kentucky means that *lots* of his citizens have signed up for Obamacare, and mostly on the medicaid side of things.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

so what you are saying is them electing a Dem was bad for them..I agree

dmacleo on February 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

But what happens to the people of his state who are left behind? They get stuck with the wreckage of Obamacare and more jobs leaving the state as the EPA decimates the energy industry there.

the hope is that eventually they learn touching a hot stove is what is causing their pain.

chasdal on February 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

If there is an ambassadorship to hell, maybe he can go there?

AshleyTKing on February 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

C’mon, Kentucky, even border states need to get with the program. A DemocRAT governor, in 2014? Really?

Knott Buyinit on February 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Steve Beshear Obama…although he tried to avoid it

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Let me twerk tweak that for you:

Steve
Obama
Beshear

Shy Guy on February 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I have little sympathy for the coal miners of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. These douchebags have elected Democrats for decades and watched stupidly as the liberals voted in lock step with their kook-fringe cousins in D.C.

Say one thing in the Appalchians … do something else inside the beltway. You got the Governor you deserve, Kentucky … suck it.

Jaibones on February 2, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Great job Kentucky. First the Turtle and now this guy. Wise up and throw both out of office for the sake of your state and the country.

neyney on February 3, 2014 at 1:09 AM

WHO should be a Part of These Photographs? Liberal and Establishment Politicians – Certainly…..but what about Journalists? Bill O’Reilly, for example? Chris Matthews? Wold Blitzer? Andrea Mitchell?…….One can “fill-in-the-blanks” of the appropriate names in these pictures….

williamg on February 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM

If this is allowed, then where is CWalker?

davidk on February 3, 2014 at 4:43 AM

This Idiot should be tarred and feathered just like all of the scum of the earth lowlife LIBERALS. On second thought, they are not worth spending money on buying the tar and feathers.

tmgrant on February 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Democrat politicians never change their stripes. They may sing a different tune for a while, to fool the electorate, but always return to their true form, in the end.

kjatexas on February 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maybe he’s looking for a job in DoE?

Ward Cleaver on February 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Yes, Beshear is a good and loyal foot soldier in the lib dem lock step army and the people of KY that he leaves behind will vote for the next lib dem that comes along because they’ve always voted dem, they buy into the lies or they’re fellow travelers on the road to the free stuff nanny state. In the meantime, Baucus is making a farewell tour in MT before he’s off to screw up our relations with China, assuming he can find it. The messes being created by our dear leader have passed the level of being fixed by the next president, assuming it’s not Killary.

Kissmygrits on February 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Yes sir. Keep voting democrat, people, keep voting democrat.

Lanceman on February 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

….and by “voting democrat”, of course – you also mean “staying home” or “voting 3rd Party”……

….all the people who “stayed home” and “voted 3rd party” should be patting themselves on the back for giving us the government that they wanted…….because THEY made Obama’s election and re-election possible…..

williamg on February 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Kentucky is also the state that voted Rand Paul into the Senate two years ago. If the Republican candidate for Governor links Beshear to Obama, it should help him win the Governorship and also help McConnell’s re-election to the Senate.

Steve Z on February 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM