Nothing has been infuriating me more than people that want to run something that is not a business “like a business”.
I’ll run gubmint like a bidness.
OK, then let’s run it EXACTLY like a business. Exactly.
So the voters, aka the shareholders, can demand your head on a platter at any point if we don’t like your performance.
I don’t want you spending money on anything stupid like arts or schools or public transportation that doesn’t have a high enough potential return on investment. Just on things that have a thick subsidy, or things I can get a huge kickback on, or things with a huge potential for profit.
Like every square inch of land you own.
That’s the main reason that nothing’s been done. They want this to be the biggest land grab since Oklahoma.
9th ward? More like a closer Metairie.
St. Bernard? Think of Naperville, Illinois.
Oh, and that affordable housing? Well, that isn’t really a priority fo’ bidness, now is it?
Scott Cowen has run Tulane like a bidness, so he vanquished the School of Engineering, and took that > $31 million that was wasting away paying for the tuition of engineering and computer students, and used it for things he deemed more important.
And he won’t open the books.
He's even hosting a recovery conference. Famous recovery experts like Laura (Spanish...no, English...no wait, Spanish) Bush and Brian Williams will be there. The only things lending credence are Kermit and Dr. Michael White.
Maybe he'll tout his bold renewal plan, which consists of obliterating all you can get away wif. Show up, and let him know what a knockout job he's doing.
But who are we to even question his judgment? It is, after all, his bidness.
Yes, he does, unfortunately, in every sense of the word.
And you think he was slimy at doing this kind of crap pre-K, well, maybe you don’t even know what bidness is. Katrina was simply an opportunity, baby!
Oh, and Jay, what about da supermarket you promised on Carrollton? All I see at da Canal Villere is a roach coach, albeit one with damn fine tacos.
You in da quatah don’t want any new hotels? Well dat ain’t good for bidness. Not for da bidness of Batt’s developer friends, anyway. So what if the quarter isn’t even his district? Bidness is bidness, bitches.
The slippery eel that is Jay Batt does indeed mean business.
As I’ve said repeatedly, and da po blog said yesterday, we’re running out of time. The government is being run like a business. And the way to turn the most profit for their shareholders (big oil, Halliburton, developers) is to stall, stall, stall. Typical homeowners, especially in places like the 9th ward and Gentilly, can’t afford to keep paying a mortgage on a place where they cant live. So if big bidness keeps stalling on payments to the homeowners, then the customers (homeowners) will default, and their shareholders will take over, and make some money.
And isn’t that what’s business all about?