Last week, a dear friend packed a U-Haul trailer and moved to Texas, the latest in a long line of people I know who have left Louisiana seeking opportunity. It's a damn shame because Louisiana has a lot of potential. But, the best and brightest are leaving because the business climate, tax regime, and government bureaucracy conspire against innovation and prosperity.
I have a son who is out of state, and was talking about returning to Louisiana. I advised against it. Whatever else may be true, he's better off where he is. He has a good job and a nice home in a state that, while not perfect, is certainly better than Louisiana at the current time.
Our governor is currently a Democrat whose only interest is in federal money and disaster declarations. He has done nothing to address the business climate, to reduce taxes, or shrink government. His only interest is that population who is on the public dole. Our legislature is awash in RINOs who let him do whatever he wants.
I do have faith that we can turn it around, and I work with the opposition to do just that. But, in the meantime, we're fighting the good fight. I believe that at some point in the future, we'll see the dividends of the work we're doing today, but right now it's hard to know when we'll turn it around.