The Gov. Bobby Jindal Administration continues to make lemonade out of lemons, as the hit the state takes from Congress deciding to stop favoring it on Medicaid reimbursement provides another opportunity for the governor to push along the needed revamp of care to the indigent, and even finally wean the state off its inefficient model that makes government the primary provider of health care.
As head of the Department of Health and Hospitals 15 years ago, Jindal saw firsthand the tremendous inefficiency of a health care system based upon primary care provided large institutions – the country’s only such system where a number of state-owned hospitals provided this for those on Medicaid. Then as now dealing with a budgetary imperative, he began to wrench efficiency into the system, the process of which would continue under the oversight of others when he left the job, although very slowly if at all under the appointees of his predecessor to him as governor.
New airline to service Armstrong International
Spirit Airlines announced Monday that it will add five new direct destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Latrobe/Pittsburgh.The airline is continuing its expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as it today announced it is adding nonstop service to yet another six new cities from DFW, including Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and the airline has also filed to service Los Cabos, Mexico. This will bring the total number of nonstop destinations that Spirit serves from DFW to 26.
Drew Brees signs with the New Orleans Saints for one hundred million dollars. No big deal, right?
After all, last year Mike Vick did the same with the Eagles. So, they’re even right?
According to Mike Florio of PFT, there’s quite a difference.
Florio cited that Brees’ agreement is for five years while Vick’s is for six.
Also, Vick, last year made $20 million, Brees makes $40M this year.
While Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal did not make it on the national talk shows today, the first Sunday over the past two weeks in which he was not a featured guest, one can bet he will receive his share of television coverage this week. In fact, on Monday, he will be embracing his possible future running mate when Mitt Romney visits the state on a campaign run.
Jindal has been running across the nation in recent months, becoming very visible in campaign jaunts of his own, first supporting Rick Perry and then Mitt Romney plus helping GOP leaders and organizations win their respective races in their states.
Virtually every news publication on the planet is now saying that Jindal is on the short group of names on Romney’s Vice President pick. Some suspect that Romney might actually choose his running mate as early as this week since the presumptive Republican candidate is traveling oversees prior to the convention.
The news and opinions about Jindal have been a mixed-bag. All of them appear to acknowledge the remarkable comeback since his flubbed anti-Obama State of the Union speech, early in Obama’s administration.
Most of the opinion pieces praise the governor’s intellect and his role during various crises such as Gustav and the BP oil spill.
There are others which argue that Jindal has caused the economic health crises Louisiana is now encountering and that his education legislation is ill-conceived and was built to feather his own national image nest with the state, let's say, getting the bird.
Saints owner Tom Benson is getting the reputation of being a big spender. He's committed to $158 worth of contracts in two days -- for players. On Friday, Saints QB Drew Brees received the five-year, $100 million contract. On Saturday, Benson's Hornets matched a four-year, $58 million sheet signed by Eric Gordon with the Suns, where he wants to play. It's not a bad haul for Gordon, given that he appeared in 10 per cent of the Hornets' games last season. The two contracts total nearly half of the $338 million Benson paid for the Hornets earlier this year. For years Benson had a reputation of big a tightwad among the uninformed, but now they know he's loaded. And, he can attribute much of that to the fact that he bought the Saints for $72 million before the NFL became as wildly popular as it is today. Today, the Saints are worth more than $1 billion...
What an offseason year it has been for the New Orleans Saints.
Bountygate unleashed anger against one of the country’s favorite teams; Plus, we’ve seen suspensions, lawsuits, recriminations, Saints losing its head coach for the season; And, let us not forget the coach Sean Payton was stripped of his income due to the bounty scandal, sues his wife for divorce and then gets embarrassed as a video surfaces revealing him making nasty with a blonde as they dance away the Bahamas breeze.
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The big news out of New Orleans this week has been Drew Brees and whether the New Orleans Saints would sign him.
That is history and as we all know, Brees will most likely be in Saintsdom for at least three years and if we are all lucky, five.
With the collective sigh of relief, now the question is, is he worth those incredible numbers? Will he perform in the back years of his career as he did the first twelve?
Call it Friday the 13th. Or Bloody Friday.
Whatever the name, it is scary.
Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson, in written statement blames Governor Bobby Jindal for being shortsighted and for devastating the Louisiana health delivery system by favoring his campaign contributors and by putting his national political ambitions ahead of the Louisiana citizens. Peterson also has stated, "These are Vitter's cuts". Both Jindal and Vitter are republicans.
Now that the minor financial issue is out of the way, the most important and maybe the toughest challenge for Drew Brees may be yet to come. Brees now must walk over to the other side of the table, take his seat and show the world that the face of the New Orleans Saints franchise is back on duty. He needs to do everything possible to help put the most damaging four months in franchise history in the rear view mirror. He needs to help dispel any lingering effects of the past four months, whether it is among his teammates, the fans and the NFL as a whole. He also needs to prove that the Saints still will be a factor come January. More on that later.