Louisiana Speaks?

Please educate me on the aim of the Louisiana Speaks poll making its rounds on the local internet. How much did this glossy piece of fluff cost our recovery budget? To what end? And, is the LRA really dead?

For instance, take Question 1: What are your top priorities for economic development in Louisiana? Have a look at the answers. How am I supposed to pick my top three among seven different interrelated requirements for building a better Louisiana?

Onto the topics of community preservation, habitat preservation, hunting and fishing (commerical and recreational) and oil & gas infrastructure, which the poll collectively places under the heading of Protection From Storms. Each one of us likes and doesn’t like ALL of the above. For southern Louisiana, however, ALL of the above are important, but are not going to protect us against storms.

Seriously, this poll feels like questions on the SAT/GRE for which an essay is required, but all you are allotted is one of four or five mind-numbing and exasperating choices. This is real life and not a standardized test, and there is still time for a grown-up discussion. Furthermore, just like a multiple choice test of progression, all this poll offers is yet another illusion of participation.

Amusing side-note: The poll is another one that keeps track of online respondents by requiring an email address. I offer you the letters a, b, c, x, y, z, the symbol @ and the extensions .org and .com – that’s a lot of permutations for one person to work with.

12 Comments so far

  1. Alan Gutierrez (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    These web polls are unprofessional. They are down right childish. It allows someone to say that they are 21st Century. Someone who doesn’t know enough to talk about anything.

    Don’t get started on the digital divide and whatnot. That’s obvoius, but way beyond the point.

    The point is that these are rediculous tools for participation, and shows how they don’t take it seriously. Does anyone remember Stephen Colbert Hid?

  2. Craig (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    Unless this kinda poll is backed with about $1.5 million in lobbying/influence/politicalblowjob money, it won’t make any difference. Or unless there are several thousand South Louisianans willing to storm the capitols in Baton Rouge and in DC with torches, firearms and whatnot.

    I’m as altruistic as the next one. But, frankly, I’m outta bullets.

  3. Dan F (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    Supposedly, the cost of the production and the cost to air on TV (yes it was on Fox 8 thursday night at 10pm and on the two LPB stations at 7pm thursday) came from private donations and philanthropic groups.

    I watched the LPB version. I felt like I was in 6th grade. “now remember you can only pick one”. Geeezzzz.

    The problem from my view is the producers want utopia. We all know oil and gas runs all through the Louisiana swamps. Stupid questions like “What’s more important to you?- Oil and gas or a safe coast” do not do justice to the decisions this state needs to make yesterday.

    Being the pessimist that I am, I also thought it felt like a poll so our politicans could say “look, we asked how you wanted and this is it”.

  4. roux (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Another feel good study of nothing.

    It’s like at work when upper management brings in the consultants to help them justify a decision they’ve already made.

    First step is to interview everyone and then put your finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing.

  5. Editor B (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    I voted twice. Used the same e-mail address both times. There’s no follow-up so I could make up any e-mail address, even completely bogus ones, if so inclined. The whole thing is so fake. The poll discredits LouisianaSpeaks.

  6. Karen (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    It is all so excruciating.

  7. Paulp (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    I took the “quiz” yesterday. What are they going to do with the info they get?

  8. Karen (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    Paul, I think they will probably make another quiz.

  9. Adrastos (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    It’s all about input almighty; just like the endless planning meetings and Binglerian democracy whatever the hell that means.

  10. Laurie (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    I took it ten minutes ago and thought it was limited in choices, not enough viable options!

    Again, who are these people?


  11. Laurie (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Leave “Mr. Bingle” out of this!

  12. John (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    There’s something fishy here.

    Louisiana Speaks is spending a million dollars just on the voting. It is costing many millions more than that, ultimately about $10 million dollars to come up with the plan. As of October 3, 2006 (the last time the LRA Support Foundation posted expenditures) they had spent more than $6 million.

    Check out the posting at http://www.lrasupportfoundation.org/site/c.gtJVJdMRIsE/b.1216183/k.9B2E/Expenditures.htm

    That money was spent on consultants, charettes, surveys and workshops to get input to develop detailed scenarios that would be put before the voters. But here’s the rub: It is time to vote and we don’t have any plans to vote on! Instead of specific scenarios, we are asked just five very generic questions.

    All this time and money to come up with these five questions? That’s about $2 million per question! Talk about your Pentagon hammers!
    From these five generic questions they are going to make up some detailed, expensive master plan for the future of Louisiana , and tell everyone, “Hey, its what you voted for!”
    How do you get a detailed plan with detailed proposals out of these questions? Might as well be 5 tea leaves. Remember, the devil is in the details, and they aren’t telling us the details–yet.

    AND Louisiana Speaks doesn’t have anything to do with developing plans for levees and coastal protection and restoration. They are leaving that totally to the CPRA. Even though the CPRA plan hasn’t been finalized, two of the Louisiana Speaks survey questions are about it… leaving just three questions for everything else!

    Also, you can vote as many times as you want! This is NOT a fair vote, and not a scientific, accurate survey.

    Remember this in a few months when the LRA presents its plan with very specific details telling us where we can and can’t live, where the toll roads are going, where the light rail trains will run, new zoning and building regulations, how much this is going to cost us, etc… all based on these 5 questions.

    “Hey it’s what you voted for!”

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