The populism intertwined in Louisiana’s political culture contains a fatal conceit that has held back the state for so long, which expressed itself in the Senate’s decision henceforth to hold secret ballots for Senate leaders that ultimately will change little, and perhaps for the worse, because the problems deemed solved by this do not come from outside the Legislature, but from within its own members.
According to the Louisiana Democratic Party, the much-discussed SAVE budget gimmick which would balance the budget through a gimmick, allowing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to claim no taxes were raised during the ongoing legislative session is losing ground.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
Twenty-four hours of reflection and some well-chosen observations from retired State Budget Director Stephen Winham have us now considering the possibility that the letter from those 11 Republican Louisiana House members seeking advice on the controversial SAVE bill may not have been so much a capitulation to Grover Norquist as it was a set up that left Bobby Jindal looking like the fool he is on the eve of his formal entry into the GOP presidential sweepstakes.
From comments proffered by state Rep. Lance Harris, leader of the GOP House delegation, at a meeting of Baton Rouge Republicans, we can draw two conclusions: level of government, national or state, doesn’t affect the tendency for party leaders in elected offices to lose touch with the people that elected them and that it takes some self-deception and delusion to hold that office, that personifies the products of this year’s session of the Legislature stemming from the state’s political culture.
“If we are honest with ourselves, we can all agree that too many of those stereotypes rang true. In our past, too many of our politicians looked out for themselves. Too many arms of state and local government did not get results. And the world took note. Those stereotypes cost us credibility. They cost us investment. They cost us jobs.”—Governor Bobby Jindal, January 2008, Inauguration address
I don't know about you. But, being honest with myself, I feel hit by a Grover Norquist and Bobby Jindal tax-scheme fraud. Being further honest, I feel threatened by what I call a Jindal veto-extortion.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will make his big presidential campaign announcement onJune 24 in Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center. According to his aide, Timmy Teepel, the location was ideal for attendees traveling from New Orleans and elsewhere. Jindal will join the ever-growing ranks of candidates, which could total 16 or more by the end of July.
The end is near
The Louisiana Legislature wraps up its 2015 session on Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. Ask any legislator, and he or she will say it has not been fun.
Can Louisiana balance its budget involving $1.6 billion deficit with its governor, Bobby Jindal, obviously running for president and threatening a veto and with legislators, mainly in the House of Representatives, threatening to override any veto?