Feb. 17’s front-page article stating that Gov. Bobby Jindal was out of the state 86 days in 2012 was both good news and bad news — the bad news being that he was in the state the other 280 days.

Consider if you will the harm done when he was here to put his gubernatorial prerogatives into play. Consider the damage to the rights and benefits of so many public school teachers and state workers, the extraction of funds officially designated for the hard-pressed public schools and the conversion of those funds to vouchers which helped finance private enterprises, the reductions of state financing of higher education, the damage done to the health-care resources for the impoverished and for the support of public hospitals.

Now he proposes to tax those with the least money so that those with the most money don’t have to pay income taxes by inflating our already-large sales tax. Since so many in Louisiana frequent Christian churches on Sunday, I was surprised this proposal even saw the light of day. Where are the pastors? It seems to me that limiting taxes on the poor is equivalent to giving to charity and that’s what Christians advocate.

On the other hand, I was surprised that I was surprised considering what Jindal has been able to push through the Legislature the last five years in a state that historically has been known for its generosity and tolerance.

The state of Louisiana has been inebriated with five years of Jindal’s political initiatives. Like a vagrant who has consumed too much alcohol or too many drugs, so many people in Louisiana are staggering as a result of these actions. It’s time for the rest of the country to experience a dose of Jindal’s politics. Louisiana has been overdosed, and it’s time to sober up.

Even if it costs the state mountains of money for transportation and security, it’s worth the cost of helping Jindal relocate his politics to other parts of the country. It’s a good investment. Louisiana needs a break. Consider those who have endured so much.

James V. Blasi


Baton Rouge,