The time may have come to throw out the babies with the bath water.
Members of the Kentucky General Assembly have one task they have to complete - adopt the state's budget.
Just imagine if our representatives and senators had been contestants on "The Apprentice." They worked for three months and didn't complete their assignment. Didn't even come close. Did not play well with others. No doubt ran with scissors. If Donald Trump had been evaluating their performance, "You're fired" would still be echoing down the marble corridors of the Capitol.
Perhaps there is a groundswell building. The lack of a state budget - twice in three years - is brought up in conversation with people I didn't really know had any interest in politics. What we all have, though, is a sense of the need for completing assignments. The 2004 General Assembly, both parties, failed miserably.
My gut feeling is that it is time for the voters to send a message and not re-elect any incumbent. That is hard to say because I have respect for some who serve in the legislature. But it also is true that a majority of the members could have brought together their collective good sense and overturned the leadership stands of either political party. The majority still rules and a majority of the members could have worked out their own compromise that would have ended the stalemate.