When General George Petraus’s life unraveled, the career of a blossoming national figure shocked many Americans. The public saw how easily a national figure could be stripped by human frailties. No similar human weakness is the story of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, but his path has been a downward spiral of half-completed jobs and half truths revealed.
The gathering 2013 legislative session resembles a pool of piranha awaiting hungrily as the blood of a weakened leader drips upon the water. Democrats are far from the prime combatants threatening the governor’s agenda.
Ministers, PAR, federal investigators, fiscal hawks and the black caucus each have nicked at the governor. Each nick hits a vein and weakens portions of the grand scheme the governor designed to project him closer to the national stage.
The nagging allegation that “the governor has never stayed in a job long enough to see a ‘success’ become a reality” continues. From his time in Washington, to the healthcare reforms he claims, none of his shortened career steps have demonstrated a successful program from inception to real results.
The Tax-Swap fiasco before the legislature is seen as a bait and switch rather than a positive plan for growth. Louisiana’s history of enacting new taxes, based on the promise of a subsequent reduction, has proven elusive at best. And the deals that some lobbyists have revealed demonstrate the blatant disregard for public concerns.
Legislators must demand openness, while the public can only hope a weakened governor will no longer wreck the state before his term mercifully comes to a close. Although wounded, his administration can still wreck havoc on any and all parties, and the State will bear the scars for many years.