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Today I read an article claiming the ethics session may change the perception of Louisiana’s image.   

Perception is reality. 

In politics, and life in general, perception is what people believe — what we see, hear and understand.  Reality, on the other hand, is what is actual or true.

It was amusing to watch the ongoing debate on the $50 meal cap lobbyists can spend on a legislator.  While one legislator amused us with worrying about having to eat their meals at Taco Bell, another legislator asked if they bought a meal for a lobbyist would that be reportable?  A lobbyist replied, “that would be historical.” 

Unfortunately Senator Francis Thompson felt it necessary to make light of proposed ethics laws by asking the new governor to let him know who was the doing the corrupting.  Ironically, Thompson has been questioned for years for potential nepotism in state government.  Thompson is a democrat.

Any way you cut it, the bottom line is that we are moving in the right direction.  That perception was proven today in the New York Times headline “Louisiana Governor Pierces Business as Usual.”  

Doing the right thing is not just about perception.  It’s about action.  Integrity is doing what is right when no one is looking.  True, it will take more than legislative laws to stop corruption; it will take a change of heart and walking the talk.  Let’s not let up.  Let’s continue the push for ethics and do the right thing.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

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