Is it any surprise that so many of us are sick and tired of politicians and their self-serving antics? We are led to believe that they are on our side and any current problems are the result of the opposition or their predecessor.

Our new governor told us that he is a different Democrat because he is anti-abortion and supports the Second Amendment, our right to bear arms. After all, we heard over and over again that he is a West Point graduate, and that is really all we needed to know. He never claimed to be a fiscal conservative.

While campaigning, we heard that tax increases would be a last resort. The election machines were barely unplugged when, lo and behold, sales tax, income tax, smoker’s tax increases and many others are proposed. We also are to believe that the sales taxes would be temporary.

Have we not heard that lie before? We have been misled over and over again about where our tax money is being spent. Unbeknownst to our governor, the budget is worse than he had imagined. We are supposed to forget that he’s been a leading member of our state Legislature for years.

Our liberal newspaper columnists and editors, who have never seen a tax they didn’t like, are quick to conclude that since Republicans in the Legislature have chosen one of their own as their leader, they will have to share in the blame for raising taxes. They are truly happy about that.

I guess who gets the blame and who gets the credit is the only thing that’s really important in politics.

Was it our mayor or was it our governor who told the president about the traffic mess on Interstate 10? Apparently, this is important. Who is coziest with the federal government is what matters. We can count on them to influence our president and get things done.

President Barack Obama said all the right things but forgot he was in Baton Rouge and gave a big thank you to New Orleans.

Imagine the insult that would have been, had he been a Republican! In any case, we can be assured the feds will fix I-10.

Our governor is accepting Medicaid expansion, but don’t worry. The federal government has promised to send boatloads of money, and they can be trusted to keep their word. Previous cuts to Medicaid should not give us any indication of what the future will bring.

Expansion of this program will result in about half of the state’s population using Medicaid. At present, one-third of our state budget is spent on Medicaid. Even more residents have recently been added to the Medicaid rolls even before the expansion. Can we then expect Medicaid expenditures by our state to go up or down? It’s simple math, folks. Our nation is $19 trillion in debt, and entitlements are unsustainable. Why should we be concerned about these little details when we can be assured that the politicians we elect are on our side?

P.M. Davis

office administrator

Baton Rouge