Thursday, November 5, 2009

2010 Budget: Plenty of blame to go around

Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Marty Carlson has a new column in the November Forum entitled Deficit Not New. In the column she answers the question everyone is asking – ‘how did this deficit just pop up and we knew nothing about it?’.
“That would be because we were not paying attention”, Marty answers. She points out the history of the deficit, the continued rolling back of tax rates even as the city was getting into trouble, the appropriation of surplus funds for the last couple of years and warnings from some people of the impending problems.
Rather than blame the mayor and members of the council, people should first point the finger at themselves. That is absolutely true, but it is a damning truth that cuts both ways.
The simple truth is that the people trusted the mayor and council to take care of their business and they also trusted them to keep them informed. I think Marty, while correct in her assessment of the inattention of the people, is being a little too kind to the mayor and council.
The simple lesson learned is that the people shouldn’t trust their public officials to do what is right, they should monitor them and make sure that they do so.
As I pointed out in another blog post, the December 2007 minutes of the meeting of the council in which they discussed the budget for 2008 states that "Public Hearing for the 2008 City of Bossier City Budgets. Joe Buffington, City Finance Director, explained some of the major budget items. Hearing nothing from the public, the Public Hearing was closed." .


  1. marty is a poor excuse for a "journalist". she pushes the agenda for the area politicians-of course we are all responsible. these officials are given a fiduciary duty to serve and protect, when that is violated they need to be held accountable. maybe marty would be better served writing her own blog, her views on politics is distorted and not representative of bossier voters

  2. Marty writes whatever Pissant Lane Pittard wants her to write!

  3. She does have a good point and it shouldn't be ignored. The city council should have stepped up a long time ago, but thet doesn't mean shes wrong.

  4. I read her columns frequently and generally agree with her. I haven't read the latest one yet but do think she gets the big picture. Maybe, the question is, regardless of how/when we got here, what are we going to do to adress it?

  5. I agree with the last poster. Vote them out at re-election time, but they /we still have decisions to make now, not 3 years from now.

  6. I wonder how Marty is related to the issue of the 2010 budget? Everyone who has an opinion this strong on the situation seems to be directly linked to one side or the other.

  7. Seems like some people always want to blame the citizens. We dont pay enough taxes. We dont pay enough attention. The real truth about the budget and where the money is going to can be found at

    This is a MUST read for all concerned citizens of Bossier City.
    Politicians will tell you anything to be able to raise our taxes. I am sick of it.


Rules of the road:
1. No personal attacks or insults.
2. No accustory statements about wrongdoing or criminal acts against anyone.
3. Say all you want about the pros and cons concerning the candidates and the issues, or the general subject of the blog post, just follow Rule #1 and Rule #2.