Following a unanimous vote Monday night by City Council members, Cave City accepted a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center


 

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On December 16th, it was announced via WBKO Television News that the Gaunce family had donated a piece of land adjacent to the Cave City Convention Center, to be used for an Industrial Park for the City.

The land was valued at $650,000, a price Smith said the city never would have been able to afford on their own.

Cave City did purchase a small section of land that joined the portion the Gaunce family gave them in hopes of building a nice  entrance to the industrial park, as well as fulfilling some requirements set by the State Highway Department.

Robert Smith stated in that article that, “Cave City has always been known as a tourist town and up until this point that’s been really good for us; however, tourism industry has changed. We need an everyday tax base for us, we need jobs that people can go to without having to travel so far,”

I would beg to differ with that argument because everywhere I look I see “help wanted” signs around the area.  There seems to be plenty of employment opportunities available for that type of work.  They do seem to be having a hard time filling those positions judging from the signs and advertisements that are all over the road and in the media as well.  One of the reasons for that is that every job is requiring a “drug test” be submitted before employment which, we all know, is biased against anyone who smokes Cannabis for any reason.

So why do we need an Industrial Park sitting in the main area which is the “entrance” to the town of “Cave City”?  A place which has always been a tourist town and the place to go to see small town life and Nature as well?  A place that can’t fill all of the industrial type of jobs that it currently has, let alone more?  Doe’s anyone living in the Cave City area see a reason to build this Industrial Park for more jobs?  We need small shop owners and café’s to reopen in the area, as well as some types of agribusinesses, not factories or other monstrous businesses. 

Per the report,  in a unanimous vote on December 14th, by the City Council members, Cave City chose to accept a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center.  This gift was donated by the Gaunce family, who, incidentally , SOLD Cave City a small parcel of land adjacent to this property to be used for the “Entrance”.

The City Council includes the following six members, according to the Cave City official website: Gary Hogan, Seaborn Ellzey, Gary Minor, Kevin Houchens, Denny Doyle and
Steve Pedigo.  The Cave City Council Meeting is the second Monday of the Month, so the next meeting will be January 11th, 2016*. 

The Glasgow Times reported that the property is actually owned by Wayne Gaunce, according to his son, Patrick. 

“I guess if anything that should be said it should be that Cave City has been good to our family, and this is a small way that we can be good to Cave City,” said Patrick Gaunce.

Additionally in the Glasgow Times,  Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said, “The main purpose I feel of government is to provide for the needs of the citizens,” said Mayor Dwayne Hatcher. “I feel like we have done that. Have we done everything that needs to be done?  No, but I think we have made progress and will continue to do so.”

According to the same article in the Glasgow Times, in February, the city received a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County to use for the purpose of acquiring property and developing it into an industrial park.

Why couldn’t the Gaunce family donate this land to Cave City ‘just because’?  In other words, why must it be used for an Industrial Park in the middle of a Tourist town?  Why does everything have to ‘progress’ to industrial?  How about we use the donated land and grant money to plant and promote ‘industrial Hemp farming’ on that property?  And the unoccupied property at the corner of 101 Broadway can be turned into a ‘Cannabis Café’ and by Spring of 2017 we will have a boom town in Kentucky with plenty of jobs for all of the people…even the ones that occasionally smoke Marijuana!

Coming from a large city I have seen first hand the damage an industrialized zone does to residential areas.  It is not a pretty site to see.   The pollution is not wanted or needed here, (we get enough of Louisville’s already),  and even if the ‘business’ produces little to even no pollution of it’s own (which is doubtful), the extra exhaust from the traffic will be noticeable to say the least.  We need to protect the environment, the agricultural heritage and the people of Cave City. 

Put some cow’s and Hemp on that land…. and keep the Industry out!

Also of note,

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:52 pm

By JAMES BROWN / Glasgow Daily Times

The IDEA board entered closed session to discuss property. The Infrastructure Committee of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce has identified property that could be developed for industrial needs. The committee members were on hand to give a presentation of those properties in closed session. LINK

 

 

*Anyone interested in attending the Cave City Council Meeting on January 11th, 2016 please email me at shereekrider@usmjparty.com or contact me thru Facebook at THIS LINK.

 

 

Information obtained from these links:

A year to remember for Cave City

Donation sets Cave City on track for new Industrial Park

Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County

Glasgow/Barren Co. IDEA

Incentive Programs

Floyd Collins, Wayne Gaunce are inducted into Hall of Fame

Gaunce Management Inc.

Houchens Industries Inc.

Barren County Property Valuation Administrator

Cave City receives $100K grant

Hunters Killed 20 Bears in Kentucky During Season


 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters in Kentucky claimed 20 black bears during the season that ended in December.

It was the first season with a new expanded bear hunting zone and an archery and crossbow season.

Hunters can now hunt bears in 16 Kentucky counties, up from four counties in 2012.

In the recent season, hunters harvested eight male and two female bears during the firearms season. They took six males and four females during the archery and crossbow season.

Seven were killed in Letcher County, and three bears each were taken in Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.

Modern-day bear hunting in Kentucky began in 2009.

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We, the people of America, demand reform of ; Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children


Among Bevin’s campaign pledges was that he would reform the cabinet’s social services agency.

By:  Robin Rider-Osborne·Sunday, January 31, 2016

KENTUCKY REPRESENTATIVE EMAIL ADDRESSES AND ANNOUNCEMENT LETTER / ALL STATE PARTICIPATION. Copy and paste letter to email addresses listed below; Bulk email dump at bottom of page for one letter bulk sending.

We, the people of America, demand reform of ; Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children & Family Law courtrooms. I request of your office the following;

1. Implement removal of Abusers, not children from Family units.

2. Remove Immunity for Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children workers.

3. Restructure Family Law court into budget cutting mediation forums of two party negotiations.

4. Redirect Family Law Criminal allegations into Criminal court.

5. Restrict Judges and various interpretations of Family Law codes to abuse either party.

6. End Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children abuse and Family Law abuse against the people of Kentucky. We demand an end to wasteful spending on agencies devastating families financially.

7 Allow a Jury trial in Termination of Parental Rights Cases

8. Amend or repeal that law that allows for children being removed due to disability and termination of rights without working towards reunification.

9. Release records upon request without redaction and revamp the Ombudsman to process the complaints in a timely and proper manner.

10. Revamp Foster Care Review boards as originally spelled out in CAPTA.

I cite the cases of ;

Pike Co. Circuit Judge Steve Combs DUI,

Garrard Co. Judge Ronnie Lane Drug trafficking,

Russell Co. Judge R. Maricle illegally distributing prescription drugs,

Judge Charles Huffman Extortion,

Russell Co. Judge Executive Kent Clark, Alcohol related charges,

Judge Executive Joe Grieshop charged with third-degree burglary; theft of items valued at over $10,000; 10 counts of retaliating against participants in a legal process; and one count of official misconduct,

Knox Co. Judge executive Raymond Smith(deceased)Attempted murder of Robin Smith, Murder of Mychael Smith and Micheal Smith,

Warren Co. Judge Margaret Huddleston DUI,

Marshall Co. Judge Executive Mike Miller, False entry/unauthorized act, .

This partial list of neglect of office, unethical professional conduct and evidence of failure within the Judicial branch of Kentucky. We strongly oppose Judges overseeing Families in crisis in the Family law division.

I cite the case of the failure of Kentucky Cabinet of Families and Children in protecting a nine year old, Amy from her adoptive siblings, known to have history in sexual abuse and undisclosed by the KCFC prior to the adoption. Problems were reported to indicate the adoptive parent, Kimberly Dye desire to ‘return’ the adopted girl shortly before her death This was an enormous failure of several to ignore all the warning signs of this broken adoptive home. While we acknowledge review and actions were taken as the result of the death of this girl, we feel more can be done to insure the safety of children seized and accountability by this agency.

We know there is rampant corruption in the government offices of Child services and Family law. This is a national epidemic of criminal activity within the programs, courtrooms and agencies that are bankrupting the American Families. We demand reform and strict laws on government seats of power placed with the power of office to seize children, financially destroy individuals, and racketeering to conceal internal corruption within our state and federal offices.

End legal abuse by Judges and Lawyers by instituting forums for successful dissolution/custody between spouses with guidelines without ruling Judges or lawyers. Enforce penalty of perjury, redirect criminal actions in Family Law to the Criminal courts. Remove immunity for Judges operating outside the rule of law. Reform Child services to an efficient team of child crime investigators and not our out dated model of Child protective services.

We, the people, unite and demand reform of CPS agencies and Family Law practices. We, the people, take back our rights to protect our children and families.

Robin Rider-Osborne can be contacted at:

Citizens Investigating the “Runaway Cabinet of Kentucky” Task Force

and by email to:  MercedesMcSweeney@gmail.com

Thank You for your attention in this matter!

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This issue was submitted by Robin Rider-Osborne, Lexington, KY.

Donors flocked to Matt Bevin after he won election


Republican Gov. Matt Bevin delivers his budget before a joint legislative session in the House Chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Bevin’s first budget won’t take effect until July 1, but the new governor is not waiting to slash government spending.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin delivers his budget before a joint legislative session in the House Chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Bevin’s first budget won’t take effect until July 1, but the new governor is not waiting to slash government spending. Timothy D. Easley Associated Press

By John Cheves

jcheves@herald-leader.com

Frankfort

Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2015 campaign collected more than $115,000 after he was elected, allowing about 150 donors — including Frankfort lobbyists, state employees, coal executives and business owners with an interest in state government — to help him pay off his creditors. Many wrote $1,000 checks during Bevin’s first month as governor.

Some are recent converts, having financially backed Democratic nominee Jack Conway in last year’s general election, or Republican candidate James Comer in the GOP primary. Once the ballots were counted Nov. 3, they wrote their first checks to Bevin, the new Republican governor.

“What can I say about this?” said Mason Routt of Versailles, chief executive of CAL Laboratory Services. Routt gave $2,000 to Conway before the election. On Nov. 16, he and his wife gave $2,000 to Bevin. “In an effort to promote bipartisanship and show that we can all come together, we need to support he who is in office. How’s that?”

The question now: Will the governor, with the power to award state contracts and appointments and regulate industries, ask donors to cover the $1.57 million he personally lent to his largely self-financed campaign? As of Jan. 2, that debt remained on the books.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto declined to comment Thursday on the governor’s post-election campaign fundraising.

Whatever fundraising Bevin does in coming months, it will happen privately. No longer in a gubernatorial election year, Bevin doesn’t have to file another finance report disclosing his donors until Nov. 11. His last filing — called a 60-day post-election report — was received Jan. 7, covering the first month of his administration.

Typically, the 60-day post-election report is where a campaign puts its affairs in order and dissolves, said John Steffen, executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. But Bevin’s campaign stayed active. It took in more than $10,000 on Dec. 30 alone, and it sent out final payments to campaign workers, pollsters, strategists and other creditors. Its biggest unfinished business now is Bevin’s outstanding personal loan.

Steffen said Bevin doesn’t have to close his 2015 campaign committee unless he wants to raise money for a future run for office — say, for re-election in 2019 — which would require him to start fresh with a new committee.

“His case is a little unusual,” Steffen said. If Bevin’s 2015 campaign continues to take money during 2016, “there will be a reporting gap there. But there is no provision in the law requiring him to report until November.”

The idea that for the next 10 months we’re not going to know who is giving money to the state’s chief executive is just unacceptable.

Richard Beliles, chairman of ethics watchdog Common Cause of Kentucky

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article57095013.html#storylink=cpy

Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky


 

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Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky.

That’s according to the committee’s chairman who’s handling the proposal. So what about the state’s hemp pilot program?

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was in Owensboro Wednesday. He says he expects 200 farmers to plant more than 4,000 acres this year.

That’s 4 times as much as in 2015.
Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer started the program last year.  Quarles says officials are encouraging more local companies to use hemp grown in the Commonwealth –

“There are car manufacturers in Kentucky who use plant products similar to industrial hemp, but we’re hoping to pitch them on the idea of using Kentucky grown industrial hemp, not just for the manufacturing industry, but also other manufacturers across the state as well.”

More than 100 farmers participated last year and twice as many are expected this year.  Kentucky is one of several states with a hemp pilot program.

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WWII Veteran: 90% of Congress are Traitors to Our Country


World War II Veteran Warren Bodeker from Plains, Montana is no stranger to controversy. He was a war hero who was involved in the saving of 2,000 American prisoners from execution by the Japanese, only to return home to have the federal government intimidate him and threaten to take his home and land, which were fully paid for. Bodeker sat down with Cliven Bundy in 2014 to talk about government tyranny, but shortly before that, he took time to point out that much of our problems lie with those who are supposed to serve us.

According to Bodeker, ninety percent of Congress are traitors to our country.

That might seem like a harsh statement to many, but consider that their oath binds them to limited tasks, of which is to “uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

This oath is to the Constitution, according to Article VI of the US Constitution, not a party nor a political figure.

Bodeker took time to speak of his own oath and how Congress has failed miserably in upholding their own.

This man was a true treasure to America. Though he died in September 2015 at the age of 92, Bodeker had many words of wisdom, if only we would heed them. Take a listen.

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Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2016/01/wwii-veteran-90-of-congress-are-traitors-to-our-country/#mri4dD4ZTHmTAR02.99

Democratic Leader Announces Retirement from Kentucky House


By Lisa Autry & Kentucky News Network Jan 25, 2016

A top Democrat in the Kentucky House says he will not seek re-election.

Johnny Bell of Glasgow plans to retire from the General Assembly after eight years. 

The House Majority Whip says the political atmosphere in federal and state legislatures has changed, and it’s more about politics than about serving the people. The 50-year-old Bell serves Barren and a portion of Warren County. 

His announcement comes as Democrats hold a narrow 50-46 majority in the Kentucky House with four seats up for grabs in a special election March 8th. 

Glasgow Council member and Democrat Joe Trigg will run for Bell’s seat along with Republicans Freddie Joe Wilkerson and Steve Riley.

Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates seeking office this year.

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Kentucky legislature should legalize recreational marijuana


 

EDITORIAL

Kentucky has the opportunity to follow the successful policies of states like Colorado and Oregon by passing the Cannabis Freedom Act to legalize recreational marijuana.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Perry Clark from Louisville, would effectively legalize recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth and regulate the drug similarly to alcohol, with permission to grow the plant and sell it in retail stores. It would allow use for Kentuckians 21 and over, possession of up to one ounce on one’s person and cultivation of up to five plants. Public use would still be prohibited.

Marijuana legalization is undoubtedly successful in Colorado, where a whole new industry developed because of the cash crop. A report from the Drug Policy Alliance measured the societal effects of legalizing marijuana in Colorado for a one-year period after the drug became legal in January 2014.

Some of the statistics likely surprised many, as the state experienced a decrease in crime rates, a decrease in traffic fatalities, an increase in tax revenue and an increase in jobs and economic output.

In other words, almost everything detractors said would happen did not. The state did not fall into a drug-fueled anarchy; rather, it has experienced a boon in both tourism and industry.

This bill could be the perfect economic opportunity for Kentucky, which is struggling to find a bankable industry as the state’s iconic coal industry experienced major cuts and layoffs in recent years to become a shell of its former self.

Admittedly, the bill likely has very little chance of passing considering recreational marijuana’s low level of support in Kentucky, but medical marijuana is becoming a more likely possibility.

“There’s been some real tear jerking stories told by people who have to go to great lengths and risk being charged with a crime in order to get marijuana to treat some disease or affliction,” said associate professor and Courier-Journal veteran Al Cross.

During last year’s gubernatorial debate at EKU, then Republican candidate Matt Bevin said that if a bill legalizing medical marijuana were to reach his desk, he would sign it into law.

In 2014, the Kentucky General Assembly approved the prescribing of cannabis oil by doctors at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.

If the bill passes, Kentucky will become the fifth state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana.

opinions@kykernel.com

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What Happened To Gynnya McMillen?


A week after Gynnya McMillen died at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, police have yet to release a cause of death. The 16-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her holding cell on Monday, January 11th.

McMillen had only been in the detention center for 24 hours following an altercation in her home.

“The child was the perpetrator in the incident and the parent did receive minor injuries,” said Kelly Cable, spokesman for the Shelbyville Police De­partment. “We contacted the court-designated worker. The juvenile was transported to Lincoln Village on a charge of assault fourth-degree – domestic violence with minor injury.”

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Declaration on Seed Freedom


  1. Seed is the source of life, it is the self urge of life to express itself, to renew itself, to multiply, to evolve in perpetuity in freedom.
  2. Seed is the embodiment of bio cultural diversity. It contains millions of years of biological and cultural evolution of the past, and the potential of millennia of a future unfolding.
  3. Seed Freedom is the birth right of every form of life and is the basis for the protection of biodiversity.
  4. Seed Freedom is the birth right of every farmer and food producer. Farmers rights to save, exchange, evolve, breed, sell seed is at the heart of Seed Freedom. When this freedom is taken away farmers get trapped in debt and in extreme cases commit suicide.
  5. Seed Freedom is the basis of Food Freedom, since seed is the first link in the food chain.
  6. Seed Freedom is threatened by patents on seed, which create seed monopolies and make it illegal for farmers to save and exchange seed. Patents on seed are ethically and ecologically unjustified because patents are exclusive rights granted for an invention. Seed is not an invention. Life is not an invention.
  7. Seed Freedom of diverse cultures is threatened by Biopiracy and the patenting of indigenous knowledge and biodiversity. Biopiracy is not innovation – it is theft.
  8. Seed Freedom is threatened by genetically engineered seeds, which are contaminating our farms, thus closing the option for GMO-free food for all. Seed Freedom of farmers is threatened when after contaminating our crops, corporations sue farmer for “stealing their property”.
  9. Seed Freedom is threatened by the deliberate transformation of the seed from a renewable self generative resource to a non renewable patented commodity. The most extreme case of non renewable seed is the “Terminator Technology” developed with aim to create sterile seed.
  10. We commit ourselves to defending seed freedom as the freedom of diverse species to evolve; as the freedom of human communities to reclaim open source seed as a commons.

To this end, we will save seed, we will create community seed banks and seed libraries, we will not recognize any law that illegitimately makes seed the private property of corporations. We will stop the patents on seed.


Click here to sign the declaration

Click here to download a PDF

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McConnell on State of the Union


By WBKO Newsroom | Posted: Tue 1:12 PM, Jan 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President’s State of the Union tonight:

“Tonight, we will welcome President Obama to the Capitol for his State of the Union address.

“It’s his final address. It gives us cause for reflection.

“Many of us recall the moment in Boston when a State Senator became a national star.

“His rhetorical gift was undeniable. It was soaring elocution bathed in confetti that promised a new and more inclusive beginning. It inspired many. It propelled Barack Obama to the highest office in the land.

“Americans assumed the campaigning would eventually come to a close and the serious work of governing would eventually commence. But it’s now many years later and the Obama for President campaign never really ended.

“Speeches still substitute for substance.

“Strawmen still stand in for serious debate.

“Slogans still surrogate for governing.

“We’ve been promised even more campaigning tonight, this time for the candidate President Obama would like to succeed him.

“It leads Americans to wonder: When is the serious work of governing ever going to begin?

“Governing isn’t easy. Governing often requires serious engagement with the Congress the American people elected, not the one a President wishes they’d elected.

“But here’s a simple fact.

“‘You don’t make change through slogans.’

“That’s something President Obama once said. I wish he’d taken his own advice, because here’s what we know as we enter the twilight of his presidency.

“He’s presided over a sluggish and uneven economic recovery that’s failing too many of our citizens.

“Health premiums and deductibles have continued to shoot higher.

“Wages have flat-lined for too many.

“Inequality has grown.

“Manufacturing has shrunk.

“Poverty seems to entrench.

“The Middle Class has continued to collapse, to the point where it no longer even constitutes a majority in our country.

“The Obama Administration says it wants to help the Middle Class, but its policies often tell a different story. We’ve seen the negative impact Obamacare has had on so many Middle Class families. We’ve also seen this Administration declare a war on coal families who just want to get ahead.

““I’ve invited a Kentucky miner from Pikeville, Howard Abshire, as my State of the Union guest tonight. He’s watched as the Obama Administration’s heartless approach has helped contribute to devastation in his community and to the loss of thousands of jobs in Kentucky, one of which was his own. And here’s what his message has been to President Obama.

“‘We’re hurting [and] we need help,’ but ‘we don’t want to be bailed out, we want to work.’

“Many Kentuckians feel the same way.

“Many Americans feel similarly too.

“Today, only 20 percent of our citizens think things are headed in the right direction in their country. Nearly three-quarters want the next president to take a different approach from the current one.

“These are simply the facts, and they present the President with a choice.

“President Obama can try to blame others for it, he can try to convince Americans they’re wrong to feel the way they do — or he can take responsibility and chart a new course.

“Americans are losing faith in the future. They’re losing hope that their children can lead a better life. They watch as challenges continue to mount around the world — like those from ISIL, Iran, Russia, Al Qaeda, an ever aggressive China, North Korea, and the Taliban — while this Administration seems to have no plan to deal with it.

“This hurt in our country and the failing approach from the White House should be disheartening to all of us. Perhaps the worst part is, it didn’t have to be like this.

“I believe that when the American people elect divided government, they aren’t telling us to do nothing. They’re telling us to work together in the areas where we can agree so we can make progress for the country.

“This Congress has racked up a growing list of bipartisan accomplishments for the American people over the past year. Some thought the major reforms we passed in areas like education, and transportation, and Medicare, and tax relief were all but impossible in the current political climate.

“We proved those pundits wrong. We showed how significant bipartisan accomplishments can be achieved when good policy is the goal.

“Perhaps we’ve inspired the President to finally try his hand at bipartisan achievement too. We’ll see tonight when he delivers his last State of the Union address.

“If he proposes real plans to do things like defeat ISIL, grow economic opportunity, and strengthen the Middle Class — plans actually designed to pass Congress, not just provide talking points for the next campaign — we’ll know he’s ready to join us in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

“Because Republicans  aren’t afraid of the future and we don’t think President Obama should be either.

“We want him to join us in recognizing the challenges of today while working for the solutions of tomorrow.

“It’s true that we as a nation have a lot of challenges to confront. The pain and the worry in our country is real. It’s palpable.

“But none of it is insurmountable.

“That’s the hopeful message I expect Governor Haley to deliver tonight. I expect her to contrast a failing presidency that’s stuck in the past with a Republican approach that’s oriented to the future.

“Nikki Haley knows the American Dream. She’s lived the American Dream. She believes in the continuing promise of our country and she understands the importance of opportunity and upward mobility for our Middle Class.

“When Governor Haley talks about hope and change, she means it — because she’s actually worked to deliver it.

“There’s nothing wrong with inspirational speeches. We all need to be inspired, especially in trying times like these.

“Soaring rhetoric matched with the right policies and the hard work to actually achieve them is usually good for our country—just ask Ronald Reagan or Jack Kemp.

“But empty eloquence wrapped in left-wing ideas of yesterday that hurt the Middle Class? It’s time to leave that behind. It’s time to look the future. We’ll see tonight if President Obama is ready to do so and move beyond the failed policies of the past.”

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