“I AM NOT A CROOK”
In 1873, the Salary Grab Act, was passed by Congress raising their own salaries by 50%. In order to make it more pallatible, they also raised the salary of the President and Supreme Court Justices. It was donned as the most indulgent money grab by politicians. The people were outraged and the act was rescinded.
In 1972, sabotage was the motivating factor behind one of the most historic political scandals: WaterGate Two years later, Richard M. Nixon became the only President of the United States to resign as a result.
The House Banking Scandal in 1992 included elected officials of Congress that overdrew their house accounts lending the perception of corruption and malfeasance in office.
There is a long line of political scandals leadng up to SalaryGate including Lancegate, Billygate, Travelgate, Whitewhater, Pardongate, and Enron, to name a few. As I said previously, history repeats itself.
Fast forward again to 2008. Zoom in to the State of Louisiana, Regular Session of the Legislature. Elected officials of our infamous legislature have now created SalaryGate, much to the dismay of voters.
Governor Bobby Jindal is getting a lot of advice these days, rightfully so. He promised ethical reform and good government for the people of Louisiana. He also promised that he would not allow legislators to vote their self a pay raise. Uh oh! While he is being held hostage by legislators to not veto their self-imposed pay raise, the voters are throwing their windows open and shouting “I’m not going to take this anymore!” But will Jindal hearken to the sound of their voice? Or will he refuse to stand up and be counted as he promised?
The people are watching, listening, waiting for someone to stand in the fray against politics as usual. It’s time to make your move Jindal. Don’t negotiate with terrorists. If you allow them to win now, they will know you are a pushover. Stand up and be counted. Stand up for the people of Louisiana.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican