Donald J. Trump continues to play the role of the authoritarian dictator demanding obedience rather than the ideologue who may lose the debate as he loudly demands that the public understand the complex principles of his argument. Trump is certainly no Barry Goldwater or George McGovern, whose complex principles drew crowds but lost voters who were unable to follow their logic to a winning conclusion.
Trump is a slickly packaged ball of molten hate, a modern marketing technological time bomb morphing from reality TV and Home Shopping Network, breeding with extremes of greed who picks up allies from the uneducated who fail to fathom unsupportable economic theories. Trump is a slick voodoo hate monger who will destroy the Republican party.
This new glowing star of the Republican party is basically contriving a voodoo platform based on flat taxes and sales tax-type Read more
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”-Lord Acton
When he died in 1902, Lord Acton was considered one of the most learned people of his age, unmatched for the breadth, depth, and humanity of his knowledge. He has become famous to succeeding generations for his observation —learned through many years of study and first-hand experience—that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Cite: www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-3-number-1/lord-emerich-edward-dalberg-acton
Having become discouraged by higher powers and large sums that seemed insurmountable to our ideals and good faith efforts to preserve dignity, freedom and the right to govern as a people of the American nation, I had been out of politics for ten years until summer. My first political campaign to work on was in 1986, a U. S. Senate race between John Breaux and Henson Moore. I was naïve. Now, having practiced in areas of law including finance, insurance, negotiations, criminal prosecution Read more
In spectacular fashion, the badly misnamed “hospital privatization” scheme of Governor Bobby Jindal in Shreveport and Monroe is now collapsing. The appalling scenario now playing out is about as surprising as any given day’s embarrassing headline about Governor Jindal’s faux presidential campaign.
Louisiana is in desperate need of leadership. The only thing worse than a vacuum in leadership is when one intentionally misleads our citizens.
Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington [addressing college students protesting budget cuts to Higher Ed], said the Legislature has little control because of constitutional dedications that protect other areas of the budget but leave higher education vulnerable. The Advocate, April 16, 2015
Further, Schroder says: “Our hands are tied.“ Ibid.
The leges tell us that whenever there is a decline in state revenues and a corresponding need to reduce state spending the only places that can be cut are Healthcare and Higher Education. They say it is because Read more
Bobby Jindal‘s scheme to sell the state’s remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement screams of Depression era family rationalization to let go of the last stick of family furniture. It’s an old-fashioned Dog-and-Pony Show, and despite criticism from every quarter, Jindal firmly defends his “Right” to auction off funds that have been set aside to guarantee future generations would benefit from the abuses the tobacco industry invoked on Louisiana citizens. Jindal’s rationalization would waste a last remaining asset for the addiction to fix to budget problem almost totally attributable to Jindal‘s political mismanagement.
The board that oversees the tobacco settlement has regretfully agreed to the concept that there may be acceptable legal ground for Jindal to sell off the fund, although several more approvals are needed before any sale can proceed. State Treasurer John Kennedy objected, saying Jindal’s plan is driven by Read more
Unless someone has been living in a dark cave for the last 6 months, Louisiana’s budget crisis should be old news; reduced state revenues due to lower oil/gas prices and layoffs in the oil patch have certainly contributed to more concerns than happiness over lower gas prices at the pump. Suddenly state legislators are NOT having fun being public officials and the upcoming legislative session is something to be dreaded versus the usual Baton Rouge party at taxpayers expense. To date all the headlines deal with what state agencies will be slashed and how much-but no ideas on more revenues since presidential hopeful Governor Jindal has adamantly said ‘NO” to any new taxes.
No one can question the fact that Louisiana needs new sources of revenues in a big way; one quick way to increase state revenue coffers and decrease state and local expenditures is to legalize marijuana. YES, legalize marijuana. It’s really a no brainer to those who follow what other states are doing and keep up with the Read more
There is no single fix for the $1.6 billion budget shortfall Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers face in the coming legislative session. They will have a virtual Chinese menu of revenue raising and budget cutting options from which to choose. It’s a long list that includes various tax and fee hikes, eliminating or reducing corporate tax credits, trimming the size of state contracts, creating tax credits for those who contribute directly to state colleges and increasing college tuition.
None of these ideas, alone, will prevent the looming catastrophe. But lawmakers must come up with something. They face some painful choices. If they don’t find a way to close the budget shortfall, universities will be gutted. Health care will sustain $800 million in cuts, which includes forfeited federal funds because of the missing state match. Other essential government services will vanish.
The situation is so critical that legislators may have to choose between risking re-election and allowing the state’s vital institutions to collapse on their watch. Raising taxes is never a pleasant task, much less a few Read more
When Edwin Edwards was elected Governor, running against David Duke, we learned“Vote for the Crook!” Statewide, voters understood un-indicted Edwards, closely aligned to shady deals and abuse of office for years, was NOT the evil of challenger David Duke. Edwards built a coalition of forces united in preventing worse evils from control of the reins of government.
Edwards, in the October primary of 1991 with incumbent Governor Buddy Roemer, Clyde Holloway and others, engineered the eventual Edwards-Duke run-off. Duke had his best showing statewide and captured the majority of white voters, who basically selected racist, self-serving economic or bigoted tenants of Duke’s platform over what proved public-spirited and more honorable Edwards campaign rhetoric. Louisiana did “Vote for the Crook!” Read more
That Louisiana’s “ethics reform” exercise was pure folly is now an inescapable fact. Governor Bobby Jindal openly mocks the system by using in-state campaign funds for his national political campaigning. Our top Ethics Administration official cites the legal prohibition, but our governor – the personal designer of the subject system – knows very well that he and other violators have nothing to fear.
The evidence of Jindal’s own “ethics gold standard” violations are presented in last night’s installment in the Peabody Award-winning Louisiana Purchased series by investigative journalist Lee Zurik of WVUE Television in New Orleans and Times-Picayune / NOLA.com enterprise editor Read more