Publisher: Reform will be painful, but it's necessary
The forthcoming legislative session—in which Gov. Bobby Jindal's push for education and pension reform are central—feels a lot like taking a sick child to the doctor, according to Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister. "We all know that the patient is sick and needs treatment—and the system is like the child who screams, 'No, Mommy, I don't want to go to the doctor. I feel better. Pleeeeease don't let him give me a shot,' " McCollister writes in his latest column. "But you go, because it is the right and responsible thing to do. It is your job as a parent. And the Legislature has to assume that role as the responsible adult in charge this session." The opponents of Jindal's proposals have already begun spreading misinformation and bogus arguments in an attempt to secure the status quo, McCollister says, but they're more interested in protecting jobs for adults than improving the futures of our state's children. "Listening to these nonsensical half-truths and outright lies reminds me of the quote, 'Everyone is for change, as long as nothing changes,'" McCollister says, referring to arguments by teachers unions and comments by Melissa Flournoy, a former Democratic legislator who now heads the liberal advocacy group Louisiana Progress, as well as a recent report by Louisiana Budget Project." 'The war is on' this legislative session," McCollister says, "We must win it for the children, not the adults." Read the full column here; and send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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