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Change is never easy. It involves risk. It mandates difficult decisions. It means what was great yesterday is not so great today—and almost assuredly will be an utter failure tomorrow. Change makes people uncomfortable.
Exactly how big should government be? Considered philosophically, the answers tend toward the simplistic: Democrats say it can't get big enough, Republicans want it small and limited, and Libertarians barely want it at all.
Christel Slaughter, a consultant who appears to consult with every significant entity in Baton Rouge, stood before a group of officials tasked with charting LSU's consolidated future and delivered the hard-truth news: Not only is LSU not one of this nation's elite institutions, but its chances of ever becoming one are exactly zero percent.
The three great issues of our time in the Capital Region are these: 1) protecting our turf in the global economy by using any government means necessary to score jaw-dropping wins in the retail and hotel sectors; 2) whether the luring of big-box behemoth Costco secures Baton Rouge a much-coveted seat at the exclusive table of world-class cities (out of our way, Venice!); and 3) the future of City Park— more specifically, its par-32 golf course.
What if every high school football coach in the state of Louisiana were required to run the same I-style offense? What if a state board dictated specific plays, including blocking schemes, that each team would be expected to execute? What if employing the 4-3 defense were ordered by a legislative mandate, also spelling out allowable blitzes and stunts as well as how often each could be used during a game? What if every head coach were given a manual dictating in step-by-step detail how he and his staff are to conduct practice and train players?
CATS and its remarkably maladroit management team have wasted little time in making the case for why it's stupid to give unfettered tax-proposing authority to a government entity in which exactly zero folks running the agency ever—repeat, ever—have to stand before voters on election day and ask to keep their jobs.
The voice on the other end of the iPhone was unmistakably excited. “This is an absolute home run day,” exclaimed the business executive and entrepreneur who owns the voice that, on this call, was putting his words together a tad faster and a quarter-octave higher than usual. “First, for my company, and then for Baton Rouge.”
Around the same time that Gov. Bobby Jindal was wowing our nation’s capital with his incredibly funny one-liners at the annual Gridiron Club dinner, his commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, was tossing out some one-liners of her own here at home.
Management by crisis is the new model of governing in America.