“Jindal Vows to Bankrupt State to Preserve Conservative Credentials” (Comment on nola.com)
LEGISLATORS: What are YOU going to do about that?
The state of Louisiana is facing bankruptcy – this was utterly predictable and almost feels deliberate. Read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Kline and you will shocked all right, to see that jindal has pulled off an economic coup that has made Louisiana no more than a Third World economy.
I am addressing this to legislators, because YOU are to blame for the coming collapse of state government. YOU, state representative or senator, put political party, out-of-state organizations and misguided individuals ahead of the people of Louisiana in violation of your oath of office.
You legislators are the only people in the state who have the power to fix the mess you have created. The foolishness we are seeing during this legislative session shows that many of you are still abdicating any semblance of responsibility for the common good for our citizens.
A majority of you have played along with Jindal’s disastrous fiscal policies for your own selfish reasons. Just a few of you have stood boldly and courageously in opposition from the beginning of this reign of (t)error. You have allowed an annual fiscal mess that has created a huge corporate welfare state and left us with crippling cuts to government agencies that serve our citizens. Every one of you should hang your head in shame for what you have done to the people of the state you were elected to represent.
You chose to allow us to truly suffer the consequences of Jindal’s sociopathic, narcissistic, self-serving ambition. He is finally about to be honest about running for president, and the ever-absent governor will be completely MIA in the state that is paying his salary. Just as he did when he took his salary as a congressman while running for governor. Forgot about that, didn’t you? Jindal is a serial thief via payroll fraud.
Here are things you can and should do to help make Louisiana a decent place to live, work and raise families:
One: Impeach Jindal. Pay attention to what the public thinks. People are ready for Jindal to go and they are not content to wait until January 2016. Everyone knows he’s stealing his salary and rent on the mansion. Do what the citizens want. Get rid of him now. Impeach him for cause. There is plenty of it. There is great public will for drastic action on YOUR part.
Get rid of the tyrant NOW. He does not need to finish the last few months of his term. Impeach him now and you will save yourself a lot of trouble at the end of the session, because if you are responsible enough to actually pass provisions to raise needed revenue, Jindal has clearly and unequivocably stated that he will veto them all because of his loyalty to Grover Norquist, not the people of Louisiana. He has stated that he will not let you raise revenue. “Revenue neutral” is complete bull. We need more revenue, not the same amount we have now; that IS the problem.
Criminal grounds? Start with blatant payroll fraud, malfeasance and dereliction of duty. Public payroll fraud is a felony in Louisiana. Jindal long ago stopped performing the duties that he was elected to do, but continues to draw his handsome salary and his family still lives in the taxpayer-owned governor’s mansion. He has completely shirked his responsibilities to the state, and his slavish loyalty to Grover Norquist and powerful business interests, and his total lack of care and compassion for Louisiana people have driven us to brink of bankruptcy. Then there’s the theft of state trust and reserve funds, and sale of properties belonging to We the People. The list goes on and on…
While you’re at it, get rid of Jindal’s hatchet people. There is probably some jail time in their futures for malfeasance in office, fraud and criminal actions having to do with ignoring state laws on contracts, procurement, employment, etc.
Two: Many of you signed Grover Norquist’s destructive and completely unrealistic no-taxes-ever pledge, and you must now pay the price for your misplaced loyalty. You might want to google Grover Norquist. Ultra-conservative Glenn Beck recently revealed that Norquist is widely thought to be a closet Muslim. Norquist’s former business partner is in federal prison for financing Al Queda terrorists. Norquist is married to a devout Muslim woman thought to have terrorist ties. Norquist’s real agenda appears to be destruction of our nation from within. You should take time to research him and decide if that is where your loyalties should lie. You sold us out to a Muslim economic hit man/terrorist.
Renounce your anti-tax pledge to Norquist publically – NOW.
Three: Accept the fact that government should not be the personal piggy bank for corporate interests. There should be no profit motive in provision of government services. Privatization requires profit, which is fine when businesses are truly private interests. Governments abdicate their responsibility to citizens when services are privatized.
If you think the private sector always provides better services than lesser-paid public employees, take a look at the recent revelation about the Blue Cross Blue Shield takeover of the Office of Group Benefits. BCBS has paid millions in fines for poor performance. You did not hear a lot of complaints when OGB staff operated the plan. Ask the patients at the state’s few remaining mental health hospitals if they are getting enough to eat from the private contractor that now feeds them, after replacing the low-paid state employees who worked in those hospitals. After public complaint after complaint, you have still allowed those patients to go hungry because the contractor does not prepare enough food. Shame on you. SHAME ON YOU.
Government services provide for quality of life and public safety. Today state services in every area are jeopardized, from police and fire safety, water safety, food inspection and public health to libraries, state parks, and highway safety. Medical services for the less fortunate and accessible higher education may be niceties of the past.
Please read Matthew 25:36-40 – that’s The BIBLE, y’all, the book that some of you wanted to make the Louisiana state book (which, apparently, many of you have not bothered to actually read).
Education is a key component that creates a prosperous middle class. Public education in Louisiana is in jeopardy, from pre-K, K-12, to higher education. I am disgusted with hearing about “government monopoly schools.” Public education was established by the earliest Americans to provide opportunity for all, not just the wealthy. Now there is talk of privatizing our universities along with the K-12 grab. Those institutions belong to us – We the People of Louisiana – the same as our state parks and historic sites, museums, libraries and other state properties. Are you actually going to allow the state of Louisiana to close universities, community and technical colleges, or price them out of reach of all but the wealthy? Do you really choose to let our state sink to the level of a Third World country? (I spend time in such a country every year, and believe me, Louisiana already looks much the same.)
While you have sort of passed some financial relief for higher education, some of us actually realize that it’s not over til the session is over, and some ploys like the SAVE tax credit insanity provides non-existent funding. Plus, everything is open to jindal’s veto.
Four: be courageous and get our fiscal house in order:
- Just do it. Roll back the corporate welfare that makes the business community that takes the profits and runs out of state a larger entitlement group than the poor. Jindal is now complaining about corporate welfare, which is laughable. He practically invented the idea.
- Immediately cancel ridiculously expensive contracts such as Magellan and the five Bayou Health contracts that steal money by providing little or no services, services that were previously provided by mid-pay range state employees who actually got the work done.
- Un-privatize the public hospitals, Office of Group Benefits operations, food service in the few remaining mental health hospitals, etc., so the money spent will actually pay for services to people, rather than profit for out-of-state companies. Don’t think you can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Look carefully at the history of the Office of Group Benefits and you will see that it has been done before.
- Reinstate reasonable taxes on business and individuals, such as the Stelly tax. The People voted it in, and y’all eliminated Stelly without asking The People if they agreed. We didn’t. Consider that an additional, temporary one-percent income tax on the top one or two percent earners, until our budget house is back in order, may be necessary. (I’m probably in that number, so I have “skin in that game.”) We have to accept the fact that we must pay for the services we need and want. Take a look at the tax bases of the good quality-of–life states, like Minnesota. They levied a small, temporary income tax hike – result: the state is rolling in revenue and business is booming.
Five: re-gain the trust of our citizens by re-defining YOUR loyalties. Is your loyalty to a delusional sociopath named jindal, to selfish, to self-serving out-of state entities such as ALEC, the greedy Koch Brothers machine and Grover Norquist, or to the people of Louisiana who elected you and whom you are supposed to serve?
A lot hangs in the balance for you personally and for the rest of us. For you, there is your continued ability to be elected to public office and to maintain the respect of people around you, not to mention the state of your own immortal soul (read The Bible some more and see what the Lord has to say about people to whom much is given, etc.). You are playing with fire….eternal fire… and I think it is very appropriate to point that out, since so many of you claim to be devout Christians. Christians who want to legislate your personal religious beliefs into laws affecting everyone of all faiths and no faith, effectively turning our state and nation into a theocracy, in violation of the U.S. Constitution (which you claim to revere).
And now we find that many of you voted in favor of House Concurrent Resolution 2 that would endorse a “Convention of States” seeking to eliminate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which establishes that the United States Constitution, federal statutes and treaties are “the supreme law of the land.” The Supremacy Clause is the bedrock that binds the states together a one nation. This proposed convention of the states is a far-reaching plan to make radical changes in the federal government that will not benefit ordinary citizens. If that resolution was sold to you as a way to undermine a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, think again. Pay attention for once, since you have admitted to voting for bills and resolutions because someone told you to, when you have not even read them. Wake up to what you are doing. The “convention of states” would begin the descent into anarchy as each state makes its own rules. No more United States of America. Welcome to 50 Shades of Pray.
Do the right thing. Step up to your responsibilities as elected representatives of the people. Make the right decisions for Louisiana, not a political party, an individual or organization. Get our house in order.
Believe me, we are all watching.