Timmy Teepell’s comments on the motivations for the Republican destruction of the Louisiana budget are a shoe that has finally dropped in our conversation for the direction of the state. He is absolutely correct when he says that Bobby Jindal was motivated by a “limited” (really nonexistent) government conservative philosophy.

And therein lies the rub. As applied by the Louisiana Republican party, the tax breaks from “limited” government were passed out before they actually limited government.

Don’t think government should be involved in schools at all levels? Fine, do the hard work of making the case, getting the votes, closing all the schools and universities, and then pass out the savings. Not before.

Don’t think the sick and poor deserve health care (presumably because they are sick and poor)? Fine, do the hard work of making the case, getting the votes, close all the state supported hospitals, drop medicaid or Obamacare for anyone, and then pass out the savings. Not before.

Don’t think the state should be building roads and bridges? Yada, yada, yada, you know the drill.

And if you couldn’t make the case? Couldn’t get the votes? Maybe its because the people of Louisiana would rather be a little poorer through taxes than ignorant, sick and stuck in a backwater because the roads are bad.

Maybe there was something wrong with the “limited” government philosophy as applied by the Louisiana LABI (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry) ... er Republican party ... in the first place.

Maybe there was never any philosophy at all, other than cutting taxes for the influential (LABI).

Maybe its time for a different philosophy.

Dan deLaureal

retired federal worker

Lacombe