Why is Edmonson enraged? Tuesday, Sep 16 2014
Why the anger?
It’s never a good thing when the head of the State Police becomes “enraged.” A person in such a position should be able to maintain his cool under any circumstance. However, according to Mark Ballard, that’s exactly what happened on Thursday. ( See column here.)
Superintendent of La. State Police Mike Edmonson either initiated or allowed his top staff to initiate the passage of legislation to give him an extra $55k in retirement benefits for the rest of his life. Instead of taking ownership of the problem and fixing it himself, Edmonson is lashing out at others who are trying to stop this taxpayer rip-off.
Edmonson could have easily had the La. State Police Retirement System litigate the constitutionality of Senate Bill 294 in which the Edmonson Amendment was surreptitiously inserted. He didn’t.
When it became obvious that the LSPRS wasn’t going to litigate, State Senator Dan Claitor, in his capacity as a taxpayer, filed a lawsuit to declare SB 294 unconstitutional. Now, Edmonson is unhappy where the lawsuit is headed.
In other words, Edmonson built or allowed a fire to be built and is getting too hot from it. If Edmonson is enraged, the source of his anger can be seen by looking in the nearest mirror.
This entire scandal can be summed up by Sir Walter Scott: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!”
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