Viewpoint is an expression of opinion of the editorial board of WAFB Television. This special edition is presented by WAFB political analyst Jim Engster.
Maybe it was just too good to be true. A hugely popular governor getting pretty much everything he and the voters asked for in the way of ethics reform. A move which has put a new face on Louisiana, sweeping behind decades of corruption, greed, and backroom deals.
Now, some legislators want to sign a blank check for themselves in the form of a 200% pay raise, amounting to $70,000 for the rank and file lawmaker, and six figures for the reigning elite.
Governor Jindal says he doesn't like the pay raise. It's overboard, but he says he will not veto this outrageous affront to the voters. How are we not to think that maybe there was some backroom talk, or discussion if you will, for the governor to simply look the other way on this public money grab?
The three branches of government don't usually mess in one another's business, but this is a greedy thumbing of noses against the people of our state. Legislators asked us to give them their jobs fully knowing what the pay was. Everyone whose fingerprints are now on this awful legislation should hang their heads in shame and turn in their political badges.
Many of our people are struggling with wages they can barely get by on. The rising price of gasoline and groceries makes it even worse. At the same time, our legislators are lining their pockets with taxpayers' dollars in a move that is just totally wrong.
Our legislators should be ashamed of themselves. If there are those who oppose what their counterparts are doing, we've heard little from them. We urge our governor to take the hard line for the people of this state. Governor Jindal, we call on you to veto SB 672. It's the right thing to do.