I hate to disillusion subscribers to The Town Talk, but the truth is that after their parent company, Gannett, laid off Cynthia Jardon, their editorial board is essentially a one-man operation (Before she was laid off, I had criticized the paper’s editorial board for consisting of only Cynthia and the Executive Editor, Paul Carty). Usually, a “board” indicates more than one person, but Gannett apparently wants to enjoy some editorial control over the definition of an “editorial board.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give his State of the State address Wednesday in Monroe, home to fast-expanding CenturyLink, the nation’s third-largest telecom. Jindal will have the pleasant task of reviewing a punch list of Louisiana success stories, the accumulating accolades for Louisiana Economic Development strategies and tactics, and a statewide unemployment rate that is down, trending down and consistently below the national average.
President Barack Obama will not have it so easy.
Can we, for once, be honest? Is that really too much to ask, Town Talk? This is total foolishness.
I’ve sat through enough of Secretary Moret’s poorly-produced PowerPoint presentations. Jindal and Moret have done absolutely nothing of substance and absolutely nothing at all for Alexandria or Central Louisiana. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Squat. Nada.
From the very beginning of his campaign for Governor, Jindal insisted that Louisiana was a “rich state,” despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We ain’t rich, Pious Piyush; we’re poor. We’re really poor. All the call centers in the world won’t help you make your point, Govna.
Meanwhile, though, you can count on your friends at Alexandria’s paper of record to disparage and insult what the President of the United States could say– before he even utters a word– while enjoying the support of their tone-deaf adulation of CenturyLink in Monroe, as if it represents some sort of triumph of American capitalism.
Why didn’t Governor Jindal want to deliver his remarks in St. John Parish? Why not brag about Nucor? Or what about his success in convincing Albemarle to relocate its corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge or the amazing poultry plant up north? Uh-huh.
Wake up, Town Talk. Your long slumber should have already been replenishing and restorative. Gannett, guys and gals, you know what proves you’re phoning it in? This:
Obama’s words will be heartfelt, but they will be out of sync with the look on his face. He is worried, as he should be. His polished rhetoric is only that; and some $900 billion in “stimulus” spending has handed out some “cash for clunkers,” bought taxpayer control of General Motors and caused some high-profile boondoggles.
I understand Alexandria currently prohibits fortunetellers and soothsayers. It may be a dumb law, but The Town Talk obviously violates it. Here’s what Obama will say. This is how he will appear. Apparently, it doesn’t matter to them that the GM “boondoggle,” their main example, was brought to us by George W. Bush… or that it actually worked. Why doesn’t The Town Talk mention the now-infamous “bermdoggle”? Too close to home?
Fortunately, for Bobby Jindal, The Town Talk is owned, operated, written, and published by corporatist interlopers. And maybe that proves his point: We’re a rich state, rich in fiction writers… wow, if only there was a tax credit; Walker Percy would have died a mega-millionaire.