Scheduled guests: Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center and a Trigg County magistrate; Tihisha Rawlins, associate state director of grassroots initiatives for AARP Kentucky; John Garen, economics professor at the University of Kentucky; and Malcolm Robinson, economics professor and chair at Thomas More College.
On Monday evening, on KET‘s Kentucky Tonight program, we had an invigorating, spirited, intelligent discussion regarding the debt-ceiling discussions going on in Washington. Our guests were all well-informed and prepared for a comprehensive conversation on the various issues and details of what can become a somewhat complicated argument on all sides.
This program got as much input from you as any we’ve done in quite awhile. We’re always attempting to get as many phone calls and emails during the program as possible. After the show and all day Tuesday, my email box was full of comments about the debt discussion. I’ve included some of them below:
Each time that I see the AARP ad espousing how Medicare will be eliminated or reduced significantly, I want to scream. I find it appalling that AARP is using, in my opinion, scare tactics, implying that any change made to Medicare is going to affect those of us who are currently receiving Medicare or who are 56 years of age and older. ALL of the politicians have made it abundantly clear that Medicare is unsustainable at the current expenditures, and without alterations, none of us will have Medicare coverage. Barbara
Absolutely outstanding program tonight. The opinions of your panel very much mirror those in Washington….no one is willing to listen long enough to find common ground on things we do agree on.
My husband and I were watching your program and I feel that I have to address the comments made by your panel. The last time I checked on the Constitution it said “We, the people”, not we the Democrats, Republicans, Independents, tea part, etc. I am so embittered by the complete lack of the people being included or even given a thought. Democrats vs. Republicans, that’s all I can see. Let the Congress and Senate give up their salaries, free insurance, tax paid housing, limosines and live like us ordinary people for awhile and see if the partisanship continues. Judith
If we do not solve these problems now, what we will face is a currency crisis, the beginnings of which may already be underway judging from the price of gas and groceries. How will we manage this situation without destroying the currency?
I appreciate very much all of you taking the time and effort to write to us. We hope to include more of these comments after every show. And don’t forget, Kentucky Tonight is on every Monday night on KET at 8 pm CT. I’ll have details of next week’s show in the next few days.
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is an absolute master at not answering an interviewer’s question—and he doesn’t answer the question with such grace and style. It almost makes the questioner feel good about not getting an answer.
This was on full display recently when I sat down with the Republican leader for a taping of One to Onewhich will air on Sunday, June 12 at noon/1 pm CT on KET and Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.
I always look forward to being with the senator. It’s a privilege to discuss and learn from the person a lot of people think is the second most powerful man in Washington.
In a profile in the Atlantic magazine earlier in the year, writer Joshua Green said,
“McConnell has the relentless drive and ambition you frequently encounter in Washington. But unlike so many others, he longs to be not president but majority leader of the Senate—a position conferred by his peers and not voters, so geniality and popularity with the press doesn’t interest him. ‘Every answer he ever gives is geared toward strategy within the Senate,’ says his friend Senator Robert Bennett of Utah, meaning this as a compliment.”
Green went on to write that McConnell knows exactly what he wants to say, repeats it with emphasis, then stops. In my questions to him on the debt and what he would do to fix Medicare, you’ll see how deft he is at not giving me a full answer. On one level, I very much respect that!
I did get him to open up a bit about state and national politics by asking him about his confidence in Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams winning in the fall against incumbent Governor Steve Beshear and how the Republican nominee will do in 2012 against President Obama:
Tune in to watch the whole conversation or, after the program airs, watch it online.