Sunday, February 22, 2009

See You Wednesday

Oyster did some helpful synthesizing yesterday.

I'm having playtime until after Mardi Gras.

In the mean time I hope the discussion occurring beneath my last post continues.

Oh I did want to say one thing:

Bobby Jindal has committed treason against the residents of this state. He's crazy. It's unfathomable. This is grounds for removal as far as I'm concerned. We're one of the poorest states in the country and he just turned down money that would have gone directly to poor people and had no strings attached. Treason I tell ya!


Anonymous said...

I want to start off by saying I am an avid reader of your blog and although not originally born and raised here, I have called New Orleans home and enjoyed many successes and failures both personally and professionally to feel I have a rudimentary understanding of the issues and hurdles we face as a city.

I disagree that there aren't any ties to this money. In fact, if Gov. Jindal accepts the money, then the state will be required to continue the program after the money is gone next year. That's a significant tie.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. Many of us either use or have used the payday loan businesses that are all over the place and generally heavily present in the poorer communities. Imagine if the next time a person went for a cash advance, they were given a choice: We can give you $500 now and you can pay us back $550 at the next pay day or we can give you $1000 now and next year you pay us $50 a month for 2 years which equals $1200 dollars. Somehow you are going to have to generate 200 dollars more than what you originally borrowed. The original $1000 is long gone, spent on something that is not generating revenue so now you have a new bill to add to your plate. Now start adding zeros to the end of this example and see how it looks when its ten thousand or a hundred thousand, etc. A very basic example, and no I did not not do incredible amounts of research to determine this is exactly an apples to apples comparison.

I understand Gov. Jindals viewpoint, that we are essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul. The state will need to either cut back spending on other projects next year or generate more revenue (raise taxes or create new taxes) to continue this program.

Almost every state has a budget deficit, so we are not alone in this fiscal mess. Which means either they are not generating enough revenue or we have too many programs/expenditures/money being spent on things not creating enough money coming back into the govt. Our city and state governments have the same problems (albeit some more dramatic than others) that other cities and states have, they are poorly run, poorly managed and administrated, very inefficient and slow to change.

We as a state and country need to stop looking at the short term gain and understand the long term effect before begging, borrowing and stealing to make today easier when it is very possible that it will make tomorrow even more bleak.

When is enough? When will our local, state and federal governments be required to analyze the services they provide and determine what needs to be saved, scrapped and put up for re-bid?

I am not saying Gov. Jindal is evil nor am I saying he has no skin in the game for a 2012 election, either view is unrealistic. What I am saying is that people in Louisiana need to take a long hard look at the fact we have lost ALOT of business in the last five years - because of a variety of reasons, it wasn't just the hurricanes. The graft, bribes, taxes, and good ole boy system drives businesses to neighboring states, I have personally seen it happen on multiple occasions. It is very frustrating, this city will step over a dollar to pick up a dime every time.

Putting ourselves in a position where we are forced to raise taxes on businesses does not help the current or future Governors that are trying to bring long term, sustainable, successful businesses to Louisiana or New Orleans.

This is not an easy time for the country or for us in Louisiana. I do think that everyone is going to have to shoulder additional burden and there are those on the edge that will suffer significantly and I would love to help them but, there is a ripple effect to all of our decisions and that ripple doesn't stop after we do/do not take the federal money.

I would prefer the Gov take his time, communicate effectively to the citizenry and make the best long term decision for those of us that actually want to stay and live here for more than a year or two.

Sorry for the long winded soap box speech, I love your website, I don't agree with all of your views but you help make me think of other viewpoints which I truly appreciate. Keep up all of your good work, I know it must consume a great deal of your time.

Mark Folse said...

Recall, or secession? That is my only question. I would like the same deal West Virginia got during the Civil War. We have irreconcilable differences with the sink hole north of I-10 and it is time to go our separate ways.