Christmas is a time set aside for family, celebrating the birth of Christ, and gift giving. While visions of sugarplums seem to have danced in the heads of our leadership over the past 12 months, I would offer more substantial holiday gifts for 2009 to our leaders including the gifts of wisdom, insight, and sound judgement.
Sometimes the best gifts come in forms we least expect:
- Due Diligence – the care a reasonable person should take before entering into agreements and transactions
Mayor-President Kip Holden and some community leaders were pushing EBRP voters to buy-in to the largest bond issue in the history of our parish in the fall election. Meanwhile, the largest financial crisis in our economy since the Great Depression was quickly chasing us like a thief in the night. Had our leadership done a proper Due Diligence perhaps they would have had insight as to the looming failure of any taxpayer choosing to take on more debt in times that require cutting back, not increased spending. May our leaders pursue the critical research before embarking on ventures in EBR Parish in 2009.
- Sages – profound philosophers with wisdom and sound judgement
If our leaders need anything, it is wisdom and sound judgement. This can be easily obtained from sages that research and have the insight to foresee the past, present and future. In an economy that is requiring that every family tighten their belts, why should city government be any different? Governor Bobby Jindal just announced a statewide shortfall along with potential cutbacks. Perhaps if EBRP leaders would tune in to sages that are more realistic, they would understand that downtown is only one part of our great parish. While focusing on downtown hotels, parking lots and long-shot attractions, the citizens are crying out for tighter reins on tax dollars, not excessive spending. If leaders had listened to some of the sages, they would have removed these components and passed a bond issue addressing the true needs, not perks of the parish. May our leaders search for all the sages of our parish to provide insight and planning that will change the entire parish for 2009.
- Principle of the ‘Wii’ – Nintendo’s genius creation that targets a broader audience than any other similar system.
EBRP leaders often have tunnel vision. A lesson is to be taken from Nintendo via their incredible product that has taken consumers by storm. Wii detects movement in three dimensions and focuses on a new form of player interaction. Bingo! Interaction of all the key players is a component that city parish government desperately needs to consider. When you only include the top layer in decision making you are destined for tragic outcomes. It is imperative that all players interact and become key components of any costly project under consideration. If our leaders would take this gift and implement these principles, they would find more support on all levels. May we mirror the success of reaching a broader audience with hands-on interaction by all citizens of EBR Parish for 2009.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican