Possibly the most naive statement ever written can be found in an editorial published in today’s Times-Picayune:
Good government watchdogs in Jefferson Parish will no longer be forced to sift through campaign finance reports to learn whether companies seeking parish business have supported the campaigns of those making the decision on whom to hire.
True enough, “good government watchdogs” won’t be sifting. They’ll need shovels to dig out the buried campaign contributions, if not steam shovels like Mike Mulligan’s Mary Ann.
“Bing, Bang, Crash, Slam”
Corruption in the form of “a little lagniappe” is so deeply entrenched in Jefferson Parish that “pay to pay” will, no doubt, continue, albeit more difficult to dig out – that much is transparent, but not worthy of praise in an editorial.