Editorial

Steve Gardes

Work requirements and welfare: The lessons of history

The value of studying history is so that future generations don’t make the same mistakes as our forefathers. Having said that, it was stunning to watch the political tug-of-war that took place in Baton Rouge this past Legislative Session trying to add work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries that now represent one-third of the state. Bills in both the House and the Senate stalled in Committee as the Legislative session ended, as Democrats fought it tooth and nail. So what does history tell us about this issue?

Steve Gardes

Fiscal priorities: Teachers and Medicaid fraud

The Edwards Administration has just released reports stating that public school teacher pay hikes are their top priority for 2019, and that Governor John Bel Edwards plans to recommend an election year salary increase of $1,000 per year (costing the state $50 million annually). However, when you follow the money you see that this teacher pay hike is a drop in the bucket compared to the increased spending on Medicaid. With that being said, what should Louisiana’s fiscal priorities be?

Jeff Crouere

The media are obsessed with Trump’s downfall

In the age of President Donald Trump, American journalism has died and it has been replaced by Democratic Party advocacy. No longer are there standards for “objective” reporting in news departments at broadcast networks, cable networks like CNN or MSNBC or mainstream news organizations. Liberal commentators are masquerading as “journalists” and it is being displayed on a regular basis.

Steve Gardes

Medicaid provider tax ‘scam’ with nursing homes and hospitals

The definition of a ‘Scam’ is a “confidence racket as a fraudulent means for unlawful gain money, or which may be lawful, but not praiseworthy or respectable”. Is it possible that Governor Edwards and the Department of Health (LDH) are running a ‘Scam’ with state hospitals and nursing homes in order to fiscally justify Medicaid expansion?
This question is being asked because over the course of the three legislative sessions in 2018 to fix the states “fiscal cliff” the following facts have come to light, and they do not add up;

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