You have to live in the place for a few years and watch our legislators in action to see what an ignorant and mean-spirited place it is:
10. Our governor’s ideology-driven indifference to working people doing its inevitable harm (but not, unfortunately, to his political career–yet):
9. On the first page of the Internet version of my local paper 6/18/09. Note that Randy’s sports chat is first under “Today’s Headlines”. The picture speaks for itself.
8. Anyone remember “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia?
Four former governors of Louisiana met yesterday with our current right-wing twerp ideologue governor to remind him that it would be unwise to ruin the state’s higher educational system in his zeal to cut the state budget.
7. Unemployment Compensation? We don’t need no stinkin’ unemployment compensation!
From public radio show, “Marketplace”:
“Employers pay the taxes that fund unemployment insurance. States set the tax rates. And lawmakers are often under pressure from business to keep those taxes low.
And that’s just what happened here. [a Southern state. Are you surprised?] Remember the “ants and grasshoppers” fable? South Carolina’s a grasshopper; it failed to save for an economic winter. Back in 2000, its trust fund was more than $800 million in the black. Business leaders worried that money, money collected from employers would be diverted to pay for other state programs. So the legislature cut taxes, and the unemployment fund headed down, down, down.”
6. Sock it to me, you big strong insurance industry, you!
5. Think of the rich people (6/02/09)!
This one’s complex: Back in 2002 a Louisiana state representative named Stelly pushed through a change in the state income tax that made it more progressive. I was amazed. He must have been a closet liberal.
Now we’re back to the usual. Last year the Louisiana Legislature rolled back one of Stelly’s changes, making our tax law be kind to the rich again. In this newspaper story they reject any going back on that, though this year the state has an unprecedented budget emergency.
Louisiana, thy name is Guatemala!
4. Amazingly, this one (pushed by the state dentists’
organization) failed (5/20/09)
3. Extended unemployment benefits in a recession are actually
BAD for us (5/19/2009)
2. Bill to allow guns on campus (5/18/09)
These Louisiana folks either think they’re living in the West in the 19th Century, in which case they’re fools, or want to, in which case they’re dangerous throwbacks.
1. State tax holiday for guns proposed (5/19/09)