Category Archives: Louisiana Politics

Are Louisiana House members Monuments Men or Confederate fanboys?

By Robert Mann Let us consider Louisiana’s Monuments Men. I don’t mean the intrepid Allied team that protected valuable pieces of art and other artifacts from the Nazis during World War II. As the book (and the 2014 movie) of … Continue reading

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Sen. Bill Cassidy passes the Jimmy Kimmel test

By Robert Mann I don’t know if congressional Republicans are wise enough to take his advice on health care, but if they wish to remain in power, they might listen to Louisiana’s senior senator, Bill Cassidy. The low-key Cassidy is … Continue reading

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LSU grads, on your last day on campus, give your parents a tour of the library

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ―Walter Cronkite By Robert Mann To the LSU class of 2017: Congratulations on surviving college. Next week, your parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, … Continue reading

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Alton Sterling case is just further proof that our justice system is not colorblind

By Robert Mann Was there any doubt the U.S. Justice Department would absolve the Baton Rouge police officers who killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling last July? I never expected federal prosecutors would vindicate Sterling’s death by charging one or both of … Continue reading

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It’s not taxes, but Republican myths about them, that hurt Louisiana

By Robert Mann It’s one thing to say taxes are too high. That’s a subjective judgment dependent on what you believe the government should provide. It’s quite another thing to argue tax increases always destroy jobs or that tax cuts … Continue reading

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GOP platitudes about belt tightening are no substitute for a plan to end Louisiana’s revenue crisis

By Robert Mann Republican leaders in the Louisiana House have much in common with their counterparts in Washington. Congressional Republicans yammered about Obamacare for years. When they got the power to repeal and replace it, however, we discovered they never … Continue reading

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Medicaid and other antipoverty programs reward work, not indolence

By Robert Mann It’s a common delusion among some wealthy people that their success is a product of their industry and ingenuity. They regard poverty, therefore, as a consequence of indolence and ignorance. As the British journalist Walter Bagehot once … Continue reading

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