Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Louisiana's leadership problem

My column this week discusses Louisiana leadership problems. It begins, "For too long, Louisiana’s political playground has been a fantasyland operating in a vacuum completely unaffected by what, in other contexts, would be a political force known as accountability. Leaders in this political fantasyland have consistently ignored the reality checks offered courtesy of national rankings where the state seems to have a permanent spot near the bottom." The column concludes, "Funny how the rest of the nation keeps expecting Louisiana’s elected leadership to actually lead. But despite these unrealized expectations, state leadership chooses to portray national requests for leadership as evidence of Louisiana’s neglect at the hands of national decision-makers. In other circumstances this might be called “tough love,” but for Louisiana’s politicians it looks more like a tough accountability lesson being offered – but clearly not yet learned -- under the national microscope."