Never let a crisis go to waste.
That is a common motto among Democratic mayors and governors across the country ever since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel uttered the words.
Whether its a power plant malfunctioning in Texas and Democrats using it to push for more regulation or using the Amtrak incident to push for more federal stimulus dollars, the practice of using a tragedy as a weapon to push an agenda has become the norm.
So what is to say tragedies cannot be used here in Louisiana to drive an agenda for more government ‘help?’
In New Orleans on Friday, the city saw a double shooting in the French Quarter area. The incident left at least two people injured in the double shooting at Dauphine and Conti streets.
Crime incidents in major cities run by Democrats are usually used to push more gun control legislation. But, that’s not what could potentially happen in New Orleans.
Instead, the French Quarter shooting could be used in the near future by Democratic politicians, who have a monopoly on the city, to get French Quarter voters to approve a quarter-cent increase in sales taxes to pay for Louisiana State Troopers to stay in the city long-term.
Because the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is apparently underfunded, under-payed and under-staffed, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided that state troopers are the only hope, at least at the moment, to drive crime down in the French Quarter.
The plan will approximately generate $2 million in revenue from the French Quarter’s 9 million visitors, according to Landrieu.
Problems with the plan, however, include complaints that the extra sales tax money from the tax hike would only help the NOPD’s 8th District, which patrols the French Quarter. Other NOPD districts will be left out of the equation.
With the latest round of crime in the French Quarter, it may be only a matter of time before the public starts hearing about how shootings like the one over the weekend will continue to occur if residents do not up their tax dollars.