Monday, 15 February 2016 15:50
Jon Bel Edwards gives Louisiana a punch in the gut, with hard medicine
Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

kennedy inaugby Lou Gehrig Burnett--publisher of Fax-Net

A punch to the gut

    Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered a punch to the gut in his unprecedented State of the State address to Louisiana citizens last week.
    For the first time in eight years, the truth was revealed about the financial disaster facing the state after eight years of rule by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and his GOP accomplices in the Legislature. It is not a pretty picture.
    As expected, GOP officials and their sympathizers were quick to leap onto their soap boxes to denounce the facts produced by Edwards.  But facts are facts.
    The Louisiana Republican Party demanded that television stations allow a rebuttal to the Edwards speech.  And who appears of the screen?  None other than state Treasurer John Kennedy.
    He, of course, had all the answers even though he has never set foot in the governor’s office.  It was more of a campaign speech for his race for the U.S. Senate.  Not a good choice for a rebuttal by GOP party leaders.
    When Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco left the governor’s office in 2005, the state had a $1.4 billion surplus.  As Jindal departs, the state faces a $943 million shortfall just through June 30 and a $2 billion budget hole for the fiscal year beginningJuly 1.
    A Special Session has begun to see if the governor and legislators can fix the financial problems. But if Republican legislators are looking into the box of budgetary band-aids they used during Jindal’s rule, they will find the box empty.
    There are no easy answers left and one-time money used for recurring expenses is not a solution anymore.  It is time to bite the bullet.
    What’s discouraging is that conservative groups started denouncing the governor’s plans before the ink was dry on his speech.
    Americans for Prosperity Louisiana released a poll showing that voters overwhelmingly disapproved of any tax increases.  It is also airing a 30-second television ad to scuttle the efforts of the Edwards administration to fix Louisiana’s fiscal mess.
    But one should give very little credibility to anything espoused by Americans for Prosperity Louisiana.  All that one needs to know is that it was founded in 2004 by conservative businessmen and the likes of the Koch brothers.  Objectivity is not one of  the organization’s strong suits.
    To be sure, all possible remedies for cutting spending should be exhausted before taxes are levied.  But most economists say that spending cuts alone will not solve Louisiana’s budget deficits.
    So it comes down to this.  Do Louisiana citizens want more drastic cuts to every facet of state government or are they willing to pay the piper for electing Jindal governor not once, but twice.
    The games have begun and will last for three weeks in a Special Session called by the governor. The results of the Session are anxiously awaited by all Louisianians.



Lou Gehrig Burnett

Lou Gehrig Burnett is the publisher of Fax-Net, a North-Louisiana newsletter.

Login to post comments
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

Read More

joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

Read More

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

Read More

bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

Read More

BB Menu


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1