Did Timmy Teepell really send that letter to the editor in which he accuses the editorial board of The Advocate of lacking ideological diversity? It’s almost too farfetched to believe. Was Mr. Teepell searching for that diversity when he and Gov. Bobby Jindal removed those professionals from the Southeastern Louisiana Flood Protection Authority and replaced them with Jindal sycophants? Wasn’t Mr. Teepell Gov. Jindal’s hatchet man when it came to threatening or firing anyone in state government who disagreed or even found fault with Jindal’s agenda?
As for that burning question about the validity of the government’s right to tax the citizenry — as Teepell so indignantly states it — What right do we have to use the force of government to take more money from the pockets of some people and put it into the pockets of others? (Here, he accuses The Advocate of lacking intellectual rigor!) Before answering, I have a question for him. What right did you and Gov. Jindal have to take huge amounts of money from the state coffers and put it into the pockets of giant corporations while encouraging them to pollute our state as they pleased?
Now for part of the answer to his question. Just beneath his petulant hissy-fit of a letter was a wonderful letter from Professor William Pryor, of LSU, which partly explained the value of educating the future generations of Louisianians. A smart society does everything it can to educate every member. A smart society maintains its infrastructure. And yes, a smart society even provides for the health care of its people. These are just a few of the things that a smart society does with its taxes.
Most of all, a smart society works together to advance its goals as a group, does not create an elite group that controls a vast majority of its wealth and whose goal is to keep that wealth out of the reach of the common people. That is what the policies of Gov. Jindal and Mr. Teepell sought to establish, and it is why our state is in such bad fiscal shape. If only we could get the state Legislature to understand the errors of its ways.
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