At this point, Jindal is actually making Nero look good. He's not just fiddling while the state is burning, he's pouring gasoline on it while flying around the country to show his RNC masters what an amazing thing he's done.
"Hey see those flames?!? I did that!!!"
Gov. Bobby Jindal's out-of-state travel draws criticism on different fronts
But Jindal is not the target of this rant...our own community is.
I never jumped on the "Save Charity" bandwagon for numerous reasons but primarily I just wasn't as concerned about the building as I was the actual state of our healthcare services in the city. After the storm, we were desperately in need of a "Charity" system and LSU and Tulane ended up taking on the load.
Now Jindal has successfully decapitated the entire LSU hospital system, leaving the New Orleans hospital on life support and woefully capable of handling the demand for public health care in the city. His endgame is undoubtedly to force the hospital into a private buyout so he can brag to his national puppet masters about his keen conservative principals. I'm sure these acts will be a feather in his cap on the national stage despite the devastation and literal loss of human life that will result in the state he's supposed to be governing.
Regardless....I want to know where the activists are now. I can't tell you how many discussions I got into with people on the Save Charity campaign that cited their main concern was health services to the community. I distinctly remember these conversations because I would always pose the question, "What if we can better serve the community without the Charity building?". The argument always seemed to turn to the building...we have to save the building.
Now, the threat of a breakdown in the city's medical services is real....very fucking real. I think perhaps even more so than in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. Jindal has just turned off life support to an already overwhelmed hospital system in the city. Tulane Medical Center will, no doubt, become overloaded in short order. I think this could turn into a crisis very quickly.
My question is...where are all the Save Charity folks now? Where are all the people who claimed their real concern was the state of health care in the city? Was the whole Save Charity campaign really about what was best for the city or was it simply about the nostalgia for brick and mortar? Why aren't those people launching a campaign to "Save LSU Medical Center in New Orleans"?
Even St. Tammany gets it.
The last public hospital in the city is being suffocated by this governor and it seems we are content to watch it die. The implications for this issue are far greater than the loss of a single building...which is still standing by the way.