When it comes to playing an important role in the policy shaping of our nation, Kentucky falls behind most other states. With Rep. Rogers now to chair the most powerful committee in the House, and with Sen. Mitch McConnell as head of the Senate Republicans, we should expect that our Commonwealth will begin to swing its might in Washington. At least that’s what Rep. Geoff Davis told reporters last week.
If only that were the case.
Though we do expect and look forward to Rep. Rogers continuing to bring home his fair share of the pie and then some to the 5th Congressional District, and despite the grumbling of TEA Party activists (we‘re more than happy to take the funding Rogers will bring to his home district), we’re left scratching our heads as to what exactly is going to improve come January.
Is Rep. Rogers going to magically solve all the ills of Kentucky with this lone chairmanship? Of course not, and to his credit he’s not claiming as much. But it seems that some believe Rogers’ new job will indeed be a boon for Kentucky in a time when lawmakers have been given a message from the voters to reign in the spending.
By and large, little ole Kentucky with its 2 million people is mostly forgotten on the national stage, despite the fact that our great Commonwealth contributes much to the rich history of our nation. Kentucky was the birth place of President Lincoln, and his Confederate counterpart, Jefferson Davis. Our people birthed bluegrass music, made horse racing into a national past time for about two minutes every May, and we even gave the world George Clooney and Johnny Depp. And what Rogers’ selection will mean to Kentucky is that his new position will help catapult the Commonwealth more into the national consciousness, just as the election of Rand Paul did last month, and we’re happy with that. But we’re hesitant to say that his selection to head the Appropriations committee will be the boon many expect.
But then again, we hope we’re wrong in that respect.