It Has to Be More than Perception
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
PERCEPTION AND REALITY IN
Few governors have come into office with the momentum of
But that was then.
“Our Oil Drunk, Our Hangover (Jindal’s Folly)” Morning Advocate-Dec. 28th.
“Greed Came Home to Roost for
“Higher Ed. Ranking predict Dismal Future in
“Tax breaks Worsen budget Shortfalls in
The financial problems are compounded by just released census figures showing
So the bubble has burst, the rosy view of perception is in the tank, and reality has set in. Reasonable projections show a $1.2 billon drop in revenue in the coming year, with well over $2 billion dollars needed just to keep the current ship of state a float. This is the best case scenario and does not take into consideration further drops in oil prices (this has been predicted) and possibly more plant closings and further layoffs (some 20,000 jobs lost in the past year.)
Ethics reform has been the selling point ballyhooed by conservative columnists nationwide in pitching accolades at the Governor. But the consensus by knowledgeable observers her at home is that, at best, any changes were cosmetic and amounted to “ethics lite.” Legislators continue to be wined and dined at top restaurants. The only ethics opinion of note to come out in the past six months is to prohibit an assistant librarian in St. Tammany Parish from receiving Christmas cookies form a student who uses the library.
The Governor and the legislature are at a crossroads. There are a host of real, not perceived problems out there that have festered for years. Revamping the healthcare system, making tough decisions to consolidate the huge overlap in higher education, rebuilding a crumbling highway infrastructure. And realistic job training in areas that have potential. Spending $600, 000 to study building an auto manufacturing plant in the state, a contract that was just awarded by the Dept. of Economic Development, makes little sense when similar plants are closing down in other parts of the country.
Jindal will travel to
If the Governor wants to consider a presidential bid in the future, the best thing he can do is show tangible results at home. Not perceptions, but a concrete game plan with specific, definable and obtainable goals. He can take all the credit, and if his national stature continues to rise then the national ambitions will come. But he and the legislature have a big, no an overwhelming job, to do right here in
“Some people see the cup as half empty. Some people see the cup as half full. I see the cup as too large.” George Carlin
Peace and Justice
Jim Brown’s weekly column appears in a number of newspapers and websites throughout the State of
Jim also has a new book out on his views of
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