Monday, January 02, 2006

Hurricane remodeling.

Oh, this just pisses me off. Blanco spends a half-million dollars remodeling office space in the Capitol.
The project cost $564,838.

The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas.
South Louisiana is still in the throes of hurricane rebuilding. We haven't decided how strong to build the levees. Many of the governors constituents are homeless. Many Louisiana residents are still out of state, and the Queen Bee blows a half-million on remodeling. Never let it be said her priorites are out of order.

While many Louisiana residents are living in FEMA trailers, or hoping to get a FEMA trailer soon, the Governor decides to best use Louisiana resources by purchasing Swedish Granite countertops. While many Louisiana residents still have uprooted friends and family in their homes, the Governor decides that her staff needs three more offices.

The Governor's staff needs two flat screen televisions? The Governor's staff needs walnut paneling?

I am amazed. Blanco has no concept of frugality, no understanding of deferred maintenance. No respect for the tribulations that tens of thousands of her citizens are experiencing. South Louisana is on the ropes as a home to hundreds of thousands and the Governor decides that the money would be better spent on remodeling. That's classy. That is our governor.

While the Louisiana Congressional delegation is trying to convince the nation that our region is truly needy, the Governor goes ahead with luxurious offices for her staff. Louisiana needs roads, bridges, and levees one heck of a lot more than it needs frosted laminated glass and a new conference room. Fiscal prudence at the highest levels of state government. Yeah. Right.

Hat tip to Rob.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, sounds like Blanco knows she is out of a job as soon as New Orleans happens to bother to get around to that election thingy. Live it up while you can.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I guess she's not affected by her executive order and will be up for election in 2007. Still she may see the writing on the wall.

Xavier said...

This woman has no shame. It is time.

Anonymous said...

Hec, Pawpaw, the lady gov figures she'll be around another 6 years or more, so she needs to get things prepared for a long stay in office.

Anonymous said...

Point is, She doesn't know she's out. She thinks she'll get re-elected. She's surrounded by yes people who keep her outfits coordinated. . . .

I hope Bobby Jindal runs against her. And, yes, I hope that even though I'm a liberal.

oyster said...

As far as how strong to build the levees, the near-unanimous sentiment in the New Orleans area is: Category 5.