Many people throughout Louisiana are quite upset that Governor Kathleen Blanco is taking another trip overseas on the taxpayer dime, this time to Spain. It’s quite understandable why, after all, previous taxpayer paid trips ended up fruitless, we have a debacle in the Road Home program, and quite frankly, we don’t want Spain to think Kathleen Blanco’s leadership skills are representative of Louisiana.
Speaking of the Road Home and scandals, former President Bill Clinton was in town playing golf on Saturday. Rumor has it that the former President wants to help the state that helped him first become President. He’s supposedly supposed to come here in early October. Apparently he’s going to dig deep into his own pockets and help bail out the Road Home program. Bill Clinton understands that compassion isn’t taking from people in the form of taxes and taking credit for where the money ends up. Any elected official can do that, but it takes a special man to dig deep into his own personal wealth and give because he doesn’t have too.
Okay, so Bill Clinton would never give from his own pocketbook, but hey, we can at least laugh about. But let’s get back to Spain and this administration’s inability to win over foreign investors.
Remember when Governor Blanco took a trip to Cuba? And for what? To cut a deal with a guy who’s financially betrayed his allies, and she thinks he won’t do the same to a country he calls his enemy? And while she was touring the unblighted side of Cuba, she dropped everything to have a nice romantic candlelit dinner with El Asesino himself. Thank God she did that, it’s certainly a heck of a lot better than taking lessons in running a healthcare system form them. And where is that big benefit from her trip to Cuba?
And let’s not forget that trip to the Netherlands where she learned how to build a dam. I’d hate to think what she was doing in Amsterdam… on second thought, if she was sober during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, maybe we’d all be better off if she started smoking pot or something.
And the whole Germany thing really went over well. Even while New Orleans was left in shambles and the road home program was going bankrupt, she still pursued Thyssen Krupp. Not that I have a major problem with that, but she didn’t close the deal. To make matters worse, instead of using money that we really didn’t have to rebuild New Orleans, our state Legislature was looking for a plethora of other ways to spend the money.
There’s plenty of reason for the people of Louisiana to be upset that Governor Blanco took this trip. However, while many of you are saying ‘good grief’, I’m saying ‘good riddance’ We all know that Blanco’s going to come back singing the praises of Spain but come back empty handed, but I see it different. I think it’s a well deserved vacation. It’s a much needed break. The people of Louisiana have suffered long enough and a four day vacation from Governor Blanco is a wonderful thing. I wish she’d stay at least a month. In fact, I hope she finally starts pronouncing her last name correctly. It’s a Spanish last name for crying out loud, I hope they teach her how to pronounce it.