The sentiments for tearing down monuments to Confederate soldiers seem to center on charges that the soldiers were traitors and fought a war because they hated black people and that Union soldiers fought to free slaves.

It’s not a coincidence that the same folks who wrongly predicted Kentucky would face a half-billion dollar budget shortfall at the end of the fiscal year on June 30 continue to pitch a gloom-and-doom scenario to pressure Congress to spend $1 trillion to bail out states.