By Robert Mann
The wordabout LSU’s financial woes, particularly the threat of academic bankruptcy, is now national news. From the Boston Globe to Bloomberg News to the Houston Chronicle to Al Jazeera America, the news is out that LSU is on the ropes.
First, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement on Wednesday, in which he said, “Based on the current status of the budget debate, we have decided to begin contingency planning for exigency as many of our campuses may be impacted, as well as other campuses across the state.”
Exigency is the academic equivalent of bankruptcy or insolvency. It would allow the university to fire or furloughtenured faculty and instructors. Even partial exigency will ruin auniversity’s reputation.
Already, it’s sure bet that recruiters from the University of Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU’s other regional competitors are reminding their academic prospectsthat LSU might not be open for…
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By Robert Mann
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “State of the State” addressto the Louisiana Legislature on Monday was such a cornucopia of half-truths and distortions, it’s difficult to know where to start.
The longer Jindal serves as governor, the greater a fabulist he becomes.
Among the many problems with Jindal’s speech was a clever bit of revisionist history he presented to lawmakers about the state’s economy under his stewardship. Jindal told legislators that he’s leaving Louisiana’s economy much better off than he found it. That is patently false.
You have to look no further than the state’s projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall to realize that a supercharged state business climate would generate enough tax revenue to keep the state’s universities from closing. I don’t know what is Jindal’s definition of economic vitality, but it is nothing like what Louisiana legislators are facing in the coming months.
Here’s how Jindal cast his leadership of the…
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More fools gold.
A few weeks ago, on the coat tails of The Advocate‘s request, I sent Thomas Enright, Bobby Jindal’s executive counsel, an identical public records request: I also wanted any and all e-mails Gov. Jindal had sent and received on his account, the same demand he had made of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Yesterday, more than two weeks later, Mr. Enright denied my request, as well as the requests from The Advocate and the Associated Press.
Here’s my response:
Dear Mr. Enright,
With all due respect, your legal analysis and the justifications provided for failing to disclose responsive, historical public records are incorrect and dependent on a complete misunderstanding and misapprehension of La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 44:5, the Louisiana State Constitution, applicable case law, and the common law definition of the deliberative process exemption.
Pursuant to the rights entitled to me under the law as a citizen of the…
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In 1992, then-LSU Board member Rolfe McCollister demanded Edwin Edwards arrest over college budget cuts
By Robert Mann
In the fall of 1992, Rolfe McCollister, publisher of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, was a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. At the time, the state was enduring a budget crisis. Higher education was on the cutting block. And McCollister was furious.
So furious, he called for the arrest of the governor.
The governor at the time? Democrat Edwin Edwards.
Fast-forward 22 years. McCollister is again serving on the LSU Board of Supervisors. The state is again in the midst of a budget crisis. Higher education is again on the cutting block.
And McCollister’s attitude? He’s sanguine, not angry. Actually, he seems angry at those who are criticizing the governor.
This time, of course, the governor is his good friend and political ally, Republican Bobby Jindal.
In the Oct. 20-Nov. 2, 1992, edition of the Business Report, McCollister published a lengthy column entitled, “Governor…
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Bobby Jindal is not Louisiana’s governor; he long ago moved into new role as state’s undisputed Prevaricator in Residence
[pri-var-i-key-ter] /prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪ tər/
- a person who speaks falsely; liar.
- a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.
Bobby Jindal loves to throw around the “L-word.”
So much so that we at LouisianaVoice are beginning to let it creep into our vocabulary when writing about Bobby.
Of course, his “L-word” and our “L-word” have completely different meanings.
For him, it’s invoked when reacting to the “Liberal” media’s calling him out on his claims of being the savior for Louisiana’s health care, education, economy, ethics and general well-being.
For us, the “L-word” denotes Liar, as pathologicalLiar.
A pathological liar is defined as an abnormally habitual liar, or a person who lies to the point that it is considered a disease or condition. That would be Bobby Jindal, the man who took ideas from medical experts…
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Governor Jay Dardenne thanks you for this column.
By Robert Mann
Gov. Jindal, it’s time to quit. Not your campaign for the White House, although I think that would be wise. I’m mean that you should resign the governor’s job that has lost your attention and consumes little of your energy.
These are dangerous times, and Louisiana needs a full-time governor completely focused on our challenges. It’s not only our budget crisis, but also other serious problems that still require an active governor’s attention in the final year of his term.
You’re rarely in Louisiana these days. When you are home, you’re more interested in writing op-eds for out-of-state newspapers.
Many years ago, when asked if you were running for president, you wouldrespond, “I have the job I want.” Some of us doubted you then. Now, everyone knows you have a job you don’t want.
So, just resign. Hand over the office to Lt. Gov. Jay…
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Bobby Jindal: a voice of authority on all things regarding foreign policy but woefully inadequate on governing state
Aswell as you like it.
There comes a time when those surround Bobby Jindal must return to earth and come to grips with a realistic fact about their boy.
- He cannot seriously consider himself real presidential timber;
- His quest for POTUS is simply a cruel joke he’s playing on the rest of us;
- He told an unforgivable lie when he said, “I have the job I want”;
- He has no clue as to how to govern a state, let along an entire nation;
- The little boy should never try on big boy pants;
- He may actually be qualified to lead the Stupid Party;
- All of the above.
The correct answer is….well, you know.
As Jindal’s numbers continue to shrink to less than single-digits in GOP presidential preference polls, his efforts to garner attention have ramped up accordingly and in the process, have made him a national—if not international—laughingstock.
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From King to King.
By Robert Mann
Could Gov. Bobby Jindal become the next president of LSU? Why not? He’s not going to be president of the United States.
So what can Jindal do once his presidential campaign flames out like a tax increase opposed by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry?
Monday’s announcementthat Jindal crony and Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret will become president of the LSU Foundation demonstrates that despite having done his best to dismantle the university, Jindal remains firmly in control of the LSU Board of Supervisors and, therefore, every other aspect of the university.
If Jindal and Moret could preside over the near-destruction of the state’s flagship university and still persuade the university to give Moret one of the school’s plum positions, then anything is possible.
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