Our Priorities Are Backwards

Though we missed the boom of the 90s,

“the tables have turned, according to an American City Business Journals analysis of 33 years of federal data. New Orleans, despite a sluggish labor market, has enjoyed the nation’s sharpest increase in per-capita income since 2000…”

The distribution of this income using these statistics is questionable but we can be sure that more income overall is going to those who are employed. More income means more tax dollars. So where are our tax dollars going?

In terms of economic development, I commented this past November on the Bureau of Governmental Research report telling of how funds were spent without regard to their investment value.

In terms of education, the T-P notes “Fiscal irresponsibility, bad Board politics and possible state takeover all add insult to the fact that Orleans Parish is at the bottom of the list for worst public schools in the nation.” at the top of its “Orleans Schools in Crisis” section.

It looks like no matter how much money we put into education and economic development, our local leaders can’t handle it responsibly.

Now they are using money that they don’t have to pay the Saints for another year of disappointment and preparing to cut more than 800 jobs at New Orleans schools (as many as half would be teachers) and “cutting a $5.3 million payment to the United Teachers of New Orleans Health and Welfare Fund, a pool of money that pays for various teacher benefits such as dental and vision coverage, life insurance and partial hospitalization reimbursement.”

Money means nothing without substantial leadership. As part of the New Orleans community, we must act with our pens and act with our votes.

Contact the Mayor’s Office.
Contact the Governors Office.
Contact our state senators here and here.
Contact your appropriate house representative here.

Tell them that you want to see our priorities put back in line and the action to back them.

13 Comments so far

  1. methric (unregistered) on June 28th, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

    Great post.


  2. Clay (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 9:16 am

    Are you taking action?


  3. jfbiii (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    Dear Mayor, Governor, State Senators, and State Representatives,

    You’re now in office, which means you’ve already been elected. But I swear that I won’t vote for you again unless you act responsibly to correct the things that you and your predecessors have already messed up. If you don’t fix things, you can be sure I’ll remember that in the voting booth. After all, I never forgot all those indictments of Edwin Edwards or the corruption of the Bartholemy or Morial administrations. And everyone knows that they never got reelected. Neither did the anti-gay legislator arrested in a park bathroom trolling for gay sex on the northshore. Here in Louisiana, we punish politicians when they screw up. So you better not.

    Sincerely,

    A Louisiana Voter

    Yeah, they’ll listen to that. Face it: the average New Orleans and Louisiana voter has the approximate attention span of George Bush in a chrome shop and the steel trap memory of a drunken frat boy lying in his own vomit while his buddies draw penises on his face in magic marker. And politicians know it.


  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 10:02 am

    Isn’t the “Face it, no one cares.” stance a self-fulfilling prophecy? I’m sending this thread to all the politicians mentioned above. Lets see if any respond?


  5. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 10:26 am

    Ok, the invitations are officially out. Lets see who shows up to the party.

    Remember, the first step is admitting you have a problem…


  6. jfbiii (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Carl Lewis can admit that he’s not as fast as a Ferrari, but it’s not going to help him win a race against one.

    Unless he sabotages it.

    Point being, talking to politicians is useless. Stupid voters = ineffective and corrupt public officials.


  7. Jim (unregistered) on June 30th, 2005 @ 1:39 pm

    Hmmmmm….You want the politicians to change? Then run against them. Until we get people running for office that aren’t looking for the next scam, scheme or pork project, nothing will change. It’s not the voters fault that they elect morons (except for those who voted for Blanco)….It’s our own fault for not having the energy or the guts to run for public office…I would run, but Im way to stoned to get elected….unless I move to Amsterdam


  8. Schroeder (unregistered) on June 30th, 2005 @ 2:19 pm

    “Sharpest increase” from what starting point? And as you suggested, how was the increase distributed – at the top is my guess, which has been the case all over the country. It’s easy to make money hand over fist when you’re already filthy rich and don’t pay any taxes.


  9. LM (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    Why doesn’t a food company like general mills or kraft donate food to the astro dome and other sites where our American refugees are? Even though it might cause them a loss most American’s would be willing to buy there products over others to show there support in return for the companies efforts. SBC I know has donated free phone calls for all American refugee’s and they will always have my bussiness now. It would be nice to see other big name companies campbell soup, etc. do the same.


  10. saturday (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 7:41 pm
  11. stuff (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 3:19 pm
  12. substitute (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 5:33 am
  13. bragged (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

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