We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yesterday, a friend who follows Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's career closely mentioned the fallout in LA government from his dramatic and rigorous financial disclosure reforms.
LA, famous for its long history of corruption and ineffectiveness as exemplified by the Katrina fiasco, has elected Mr. Clean and people are fleeing government service - and coming up with any excuses they can for doing so. He is applying a heavy-duty disinfectant.
I Googled jindal financial disclosure and found page after page after page of stories about commission members' resignations. How many of these resignations are for simple privacy reasons and how many are to avoid revealing compromising information is anybody's guess, but my friend suspected mostly the latter.
Forbes noted, however,
Those standards require disclosure of details about virtually all sources of income, including amounts earned, and details about property ownership. That led to complaints that some people were turning down invitations to serve on public boards, and some were planning to resign, rather than disclose the information.
The law approved will still require board members and their spouses to disclose information about income, including their employers and businesses in which they own an interest.
and in the same article notes that the LA legislature decided to ease up on some of the disclosure requirements.
Still, I think this marks the end of business as usual in LA.
Good luck Louisiana! Things keep looking up since Jindal started kicking ass and taking names + disclosure statements.
I was sorta hoping Bobby would be a Johnny Mac Veep candidate, but frankly Louisiana needs him SO badly it may be for the best that he stays where he's at. Plus, Bobby's recent proclamation regarding 'intelligent design' may come back to haunt him at the national level. In LA that stuff doesn't matter so long as the wicked keep fleeing where no man pursueth...yet.
Y'all webfoots keep up the good work and you may wind up with the Kingfish's chicken in every pot after all. Paid for your ownself with the money you ain't wasting on crooks like William Jefferson. Throw the rascals out, use 'em for crab bait.
Jindal's reforms sound good until you read the fine print. More business as usual down here. The rules get stricter but are still unenforceable.
The tax cuts are streched over years but exorbinent pay raises for legislatures are immediate, ( He did finially veto that one as promised but only after several recall petitions ncluding one for him.)
He is a good start but the legislature has to be fought seat by seat.