Picking on Working People

     I almost wanted to pull my hair out after reading the latest account of the attempt by Governor Bobby Jindal to land a huge salary for his economic development secretary and the department director.  How can one of the poorest states in the country justify paying a combined salary of well over a half million dollars to two individuals at a time when some members of the legislature are whining about paying a few measly dollars to a handful of toll takers and ferry workers at the Crescent City Connection. 

  State Representative Patrick Connick questioned whether it was fiscally prudent or even necessary to pay ferry deckhands and bridge toll collectors $26,000 a year.  These are hard working citizens.  Many of them are struggling to take care of families.  It seems rather callous to write them off as non-essential.  

  Just think of it $320,000 a year for the economic development secretary, a job which pays $180,000 in the state of Tennessee.  Which state is doing better economically?

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6 Comments

  1. I’m not surprised by Jindal’s “conservative” spending approach. Look what our ‘anti-deficit spending’ President has done in the past 8 years!

    Apparently Governor Jindal aslo thinks we can afford “homeless police” to run around making sure the homeless people take their meds. Doesn’t he realize they can’t afford their meds?
    This is kind of like when Nancy Reagan thought people lived in ghettos because they lacked decorating skills.

    So far Jindal’s approach to downsize the government and budget has resulted in a bigger, more expensive Louisiana state government.

    Anyone who isn’t the Republican elite better watch their backs for the next four years.

    Mike Smith

  2. Love the blog Norm… but shouldn’t the second sentence have a question mark? Before taking on state issues… you should take on your AP stylebook.

  3. This seems to be typical Louisiana politics. Continue to live Top-Heavy, while the working class barely get by.
    Everyone promises to change polititcs in LA, but once elected, they follow “unscrupulous business as usual”

  4. Jindel is a product of La. what else would you expect, he’s no different than any other politician. Watch the right hand don’t worry about the left.

  5. What can you expect from a neocon? America needs to wake up to the difference between a conservative and a neoconservative. The Democrats aren’t any better. If we ever want real change it’s time to start looking to the Libertarians! Otherwise, it’s off to hell in a handbasket we go.

  6. The FBI agent that came to New Orleans after Katrina to help with the crime problem said it best. He said “Its brazen down here. Politicians here get elected to public office and think its a ticket to steal from the people”. Our new govenor is not our savior. I believe we can all agree on that…


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