The Governor Of Louisiana's Job Security Is Probably On Thin Ice After Threatening To Ax LSU's Football Program
LBS- What would the state of Louisiana do without its most beloved football team? Gov. John Bel Edwards cautioned its residents this week that they could soon find out if tax increases aren’t approved.
Edwards has been pushing for tax increases to help compensate for a $940 million deficit, and he said in a televised address Thursday that the LSU football team could end up being cut due to concerns with higher education funding.
“Student athletes across the state would be ineligible to play next semester,” Edwards warned, according to Julia O’Donoghue of The Times-Picayune. “I don’t say this to scare you. But I am going to be honest with you. If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”
Edwards also pointed to far more important issues than football, including the potential to have to shut down hospice care for some patients and refuse kidney dialysis treatments for others. He insisted he is not using “scare tactics” and that all of the scenarios he laid out are legitimately possible.
Well, I have to believe this is justifiable grounds for removal, right? Listen, my only run-in with impeachment was when Bill Clinton was on the stand. If a white man of power can get ousted from office for an extra-marital blowjob from a chubby intern then Governor John Edwards threatening to get rid of a college football team in the South has got to at least be worthy of an indictment. A Louisiana politician openly discussing the possibility of getting rid of college football is like President Obama openly endorsing the term "coloured". Just spitting right in the face of everything that he supposed to stand for.
Generally if you have to say that something isn't a scare tactic then it is probably a scare tactic. It's like when you tell your friend "you won't" and instead of actually doing whatever it is he just keeps talking about how he would if the circumstances were different. John Edwards isn't even the boy that cried wolf, he's the boy that cried broke, because if LSU -the state university of a region that's $940 million in debt- cuts football then they are essentially flushing more money down the toilet. They are closer to cutting academics than they are to cutting football, and it's not even that hard to see why. Let's just say that Lousiana State's agricultural program isn't exactly flipping the unversity's bills. On the other hand, 100,000 people packed into Tiger Stadium a handful of times per year just might. Probably time to take those fictitious threats across state lines John, because the ones you get in return may just be very, VERY real.