Saturday, October 01, 2005

On aiming higher

Today the New York Times has an article about Louisiana's checkered political history having a negative impact on the state's post-hurricane future -- particularly on national perceptions about the state's ability to properly handle the influx of aid dollars. The article notes:

John Maginnis, a journalist, author and editor of a statewide political newsletter, said that Louisiana's reputation for bad behavior had outstripped its reality, and that whatever flaws one could see in its current leading players - Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Senators Mary L. Landrieu and David Vitter, and Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans - none had been the subject of major ethical issues.
Given the state's history, having several high-profile officials who've never been embroiled in "major ethical issues" may indeed be progress, but it's not saying much when the best that can be said of current leadership is "they've never been indicted." Isn't it time for Louisiana to aim higher?