We here in Louisiana have to make one last choice in for the future of our state, one that will last four years.
The success of Bobby Jindal’s new administration depends on it. Maybe you don’t care whether or not Bobby Jindal succeeds and good for you. It means either you’ve found a way to eat at the trough of the taxpayers, or have become comfortably numb being mired in the pits of hell.
But for the rest of us, a successful Louisiana government is a much needed breath of fresh air. From those who send their kids to dilapidated schools, to those that make extra sacrifices so that their children can get a decent education in a private school. Or those of us who are sick of government reaching into our pockets for extra cash and providing us with crash test highways, and no, that wasn’t a Foster Campbell joke.
It means that families can raise children in a safe environment without having to deal with a high murder rate, or we can continue to watch the children we raise that actually survive long enough, move out of the state.
We remain high in new AIDS cases, and last in education. Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of being last in everything.
It’s time for a change. For years we’ve been rewarding legislators by re-electing them when they’ve done wrong, all because we think the other guy’s worse. October was different. We gave new people a chance, we got some fresh blood in there, and for that we deserve praise.
But we’ve left the back door open, and it’s time to shut it, or let the disease infested politics of old back in. We still have some of that old guard still hanging around waiting for you to vote for them, and with them is the stench of corruption, a poison that can fill the minds of the new guys.
We have all made mistakes in our lives, many were nothing more than youthful indiscretions. We grew up, and those mistakes helped us grow up. But by the time anybody becomes an elected official, we hope they have matured into a responsible adult, one that takes his job seriously. One that will put the best interest of the state ahead of self-interest.
Those that are still standing for one last round, I encourage you, take a look at how they held their respective offices, and ask yourself we’re they responsible with their positions? If not, shouldn’t they be kicked out?
Is it responsible to use your office as District Attorney and violate restraining orders? Or to cuss out the legislative auditor? Or to ruin the reputation of five people in a bribery and extortion case only to mysteriously drop the charges? Or to allow a third party to break the law on his behalf? To my knowledge, Caldwell’s never denounced those third party attack ads.
But in my opinion, Buddy Caldwell’s the type of guy who would go to another state on a hunting trip, overdo his hunting limit, then sue the officer who gave him a ticket, but that’s just my opinion.
We have Yvonne Dorsey, whose recent email telling people they’ll get a little mark by their name when she’s serving in the State Senate if they give her money, which isn’t so bad. After all, during campaigns, we hear all kinds of promises (think John Edwards and crippled people walking again), but Yvonne seems to endorse her using state taxpayer money to fund her alleged boyfriends non-profit organization (as reported by WAFB). Her State Senate career depended deeply in what Cleo Fields was going to do, that in itself is not a good sign.
Let’s kick the long-termers out, all of them. Let’s finish the job, let’s clean up the state. We’re half way there, finish it, go vote, then pray.