Gut Rumbles

January 01, 2006


When her state has been trashed by a natural disaster, what else is a governor to do but spend $564,838 renovating her staff's offices? You gotta have some priorities, by gawd, and you gotta have "two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass," too.

Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff's offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce.

Yeah, times are hard and we've got to cut back somewhere. Just not on the plush offices. THOSE are too important.

My aching ass. You know what's REALLY disgusting about this story? It's typical of government EVERYWHERE, not just Louisiana. Hell, it ain't THEIR money they're spending. It's only tax dollars, and for all the hard work they do with such amazing competence, these bureaucrats DESERVE fine offices, where they can decide in luxury how to cut the budget.

Concerned about the perception of fixing up their office space while slashing others' spending, Jimmy Clarke, Blanco's chief of staff, said Friday the governor's top aides considered not fixing the 6th floor.

But the sixth floor project was bid six days before Hurricane Katrina came ashore near Buras on Aug. 29. Clarke said he became concerned that the state could be sued successfully if the restoration project were shut down.

See? His hands were tied!!! They HAD to spend the money!!! My ass, again.

This kind of crap is why I do not pay my taxes gladly, without pissing and moaning about it.


That's almost certainly nonsense anyway. At least with the contracts I deal with, there's always an escape clause for "non-appropriation of funds".

Well then? Re-appropriate the funds away from the renovations and into disaster recovery. Problem solved.

Unlikely to happen though...

Posted by: Desert Cat on January 2, 2006 12:30 AM

This type of shit is rampant up here north of the border, too and it drives me crazy.

Posted by: Lisa on January 2, 2006 09:07 AM

I work in a 60 year old building on an AF base; the building is HUGE; houses the transportation unit with all its vehicles and multiple other units; it is filthy dirty; heating system is wacko; fire alarms go off at random (at which time some of us evacuate and some of us don't); fire department says they wont come in the building if it does catch on fire because of the contamination from various chemicals etc. And what do they decide to spend $$ on? On every single toilet in the whole building (& there must be at least 200), they installed the devices that automatically flush the toilets for you!!

Posted by: maxnnr on January 2, 2006 10:21 AM

I feel your wrath man. It pees me off too.

Posted by: Danielle on January 2, 2006 12:48 PM

They could have cancelled the contract. I understand from talking to some people that work with state contracts that there is always a cancellation clause.

We are just screwed until we can get rid of her and that won't happen until 2007.

I am so mad every day that I see her face or read another story of her total stupidity.

Posted by: roux on January 3, 2006 06:13 PM

Excellent item. I see the same in Minnesota...nice, ornate, HUGE walnut desks; you know, a plastic and metal "cubical" desk just won't suffice for them. Ditto on the flatscreen, plasma TV's with pure garbage piped into them (How To Get Bene's For Non-Residents, Public Assistance Information) etc etc. A DMV adjunct office has 5 or 6 sweet plasma screens in it while the line of people waiting to renew their DL or title transfer wait, and wait, and wait for the next gov't employee to become available. This sh*t just frosts by butt cheeks, just as I'm sure it does yours. Makes me want to Primal Scream!

Posted by: David Drake on January 3, 2006 06:36 PM
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