The governor went on TV to make his case, and the honorable opposition offered their rebuttal. Before they were even out of the gate, party lines were drawn and special interest groups circled their wagons. A few quick thoughts about that.
First, except for party loyalists who make the most noise on social media, most Louisianians just want this problem solved once and for all. No quick fixes. No smoke and mirrors. No self-serving sideshows.
Governor Edwards was barely elected before Republicans dismissed Democrats as fiscally irresponsible. Here's a newsflash. It was your guy in the governor's mansion who led the creation of this financial disaster over the last eight years.
Democrats responded by putting the sole blame on Mr. Jindal, and declaring Mr. Edwards the leading edge of a blue state transformation. To them we say "not likely, and remember that your party was well-represented in the creation of this problem."
Divisive partisan politics got us into this mess, but it won't get us out of it. Both parties have proposed solutions, some better than others. Think of it as a cafeteria line. To all our elected officials we say check your party affiliations at the door. Stop screaming across the bow and pick the combination of long-term expense savings and revenue which make the most sense. Lock the doors and don't come out till you have a workable plan addressing the best interests of the entire state rather than just preaching to your party's choir back home.
Tough decisions must be made in Baton Rouge. Red, blue and independents will not put up with anything short of strong color-blind leadership which helps each corner of the state including our better Southwest Louisiana.