Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Earning the title of "reformer"

My column this week suggests that the label "reformer" should only be granted when truly deserved. The point is this: "It’s easy for legislators of both parties to wrap themselves in partisan rhetoric and associated talking points, but it should be much more difficult for officials to earn the label “reformer.” Given Louisiana’s legacy of failed populism and the obvious socio-economic problems resulting from the state’s years of fascination with the status quo, it seems likely that “reformer” will be the label most legislators seek this legislative session. That has certainly been the case in the two post-hurricane special legislative sessions. But “reformer” should be a label that’s harder to earn than an R or a D after one’s name in the newspaper."