What is in a name?

I’ve been asking myself this over the past few weeks as I’ve enjoyed a barrage of opinions regarding my endorsement of Conservative Independent Phillip Templeton over Republican Michael Corbin.

There have been many who have applauded my choice, thanking me for standing up for my convictions and making a difficult choice.

There have been a few who explain my folly away as a transgression of youth.

And there have been a handful who have been rude and intolerant of anything but their own opinion on the matter.

I have been the recipient of some nasty e-mails, comments, and letters.

I have been kicked out of the Professional Women’s Republican Club.

My picture has been removed from the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women’s Website.

I have been blatantly ignored by those I thought were my friends.

And you know what?

I don’t regret it.

I made a choice, an informed, well thought out choice. I chose to do the right thing over the easy thing. I chose to follow my conscience instead of the crowd.

But I wonder…

What has made the people who antagonize me over this choice forget that Republican is just a name? That it is a person’s convictions, policies,  and actions that make them a Conservative, not the letter (or lack thereof) behind their name on the ballot?

Its like they forgot about the RINOs who got us into the mess of having a Democratic Congress.

There is a reason the TEA Party and other movements have threatened to break up the Republican Party- its because we keep forgetting that being a REAL conservative is more important than being registered a certain way! Its because Republicans get elected and immediately forget to vote like they are Republicans! Until we decide to be CONSERVATIVES before Republicans, there is no hope for our nation.

I’ve often scoffed at people who say that they didn’t leave the Republican Party, but that the Republican Party left them behind- but I am finally starting to understand what they meant.

 

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Higher Education

According to The Advocate, the head of the LSU system makes around $600,000 a year. Not only is that more than 5x what Governor Jindal makes, but its even more than the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES makes per year!

With all the budget cuts going on, why are these fat cat university presidents allowing the youth of Louisiana to carry the burden of increased costs? The first things to change under these situations should be the salaries of these guys, NOT tuition! How selfish do they have to be to keep their cushy checks when all over the state students are struggling to make ends meet, and are taking out loans so they can get an education? they should be ashamed of themselves.

I call on each and every one of the university heads, including Chancellor Marsala of LSUS, to cut their own salaried before anything else!

Jack Weiss Executive Staff Member LSU-Paul M Hebert Law Center $308,275
Eli Jones Director Academic Affair LSU $299,999
Roxane Townsend Assistant Vice President LSU-Board of Supervisors $285,000
Nicolas Bazan Academic Affairs Staff Administration LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $277,497
P Raymond Lamonica General Services Off LSU-Board of Supervisors $274,059
Elizabeth Fontham Director Academic Affair LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $273,936
Steve Nelson Director Academic Affair LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $272,500
Joe May President Louisiana Commission/Tech College BdSup-NP $271,800
Ronald Smith Executive Staff Member LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $266,683
William Richardson Executive Staff Member LSU-Agriculture Center $261,882
Mohammad Cheema Adjunct Faculty Northwestern State University $260,000
Astrid Merget Executive Staff Member LSU $260,000
H Edward Seidel Director Academic Affair LSU $255,050
Wayne Wilbright Executive Staff Member LSU/Health Care Services Division $254,800
Arthur Haas Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $254,754
James Cofer President University of Louisiana-Monroe $252,886
Kevin Smith Professor LSU $252,654
William Cefalu Executive Staff Member LSU-Pennington Biomedical Res $252,037
Steven Smith Professor LSU-Pennington Biomedical Res $252,000
Harold White Executive Staff Member LSU-Health Sciences Center Shreveport $251,411
Charles Wilson Assistant To Director LSU $250,983
Joseph Moerschbaecher Iii Executive Staff Member LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $250,591
Henry Gremillion Director Academic Affair LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $250,000
Eric Hovland Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $245,957
Patricia Molina Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $245,000
Timothy Ryan Executive Staff Member University of New Orleans $244,062
Charles Sanders Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $241,409
Rudolf Hirschheim Professor LSU $240,057
Lee Bairnsfather Assistant Vice President LSU-Board of Supervisors $240,000
Isiah Warner Executive Staff Member LSU $239,068
Michael Khonsari Director Academic Affair LSU $235,651
Peter Haynes Director Academic Affair LSU $235,560
Carolyn Hargrave Vice President LSU-Board of Supervisors $235,472
Carolina Cruz-neira Professor University of Louisiana-Lafayette $235,400
John Costonis Professor LSU-Paul M Hebert Law Center $234,866
Keith Schroth Academic Affairs Staff Administration LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $234,705
Brian Voss Executive Staff Member LSU $233,999
Janis Letourneau Academic Affairs Staff Administration LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $232,552
Brooks Keel Executive Staff Member LSU $231,535
Samuel Mcclugage Academic Affairs Staff Administration LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $228,469
Augusto Ochoa Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $227,981
John Crain President Southeastern Louisiana University $227,945
Weihong Pan Professor LSU-Pennington Biomedical Res $226,590
John Hamilton Director Academic Affair LSU $225,87
Michael Gargano Jr Vice President LSU-Board of Supervisors $225,000
Joe King Executive Staff Member University of New Orleans $225,000
Larry Porter Assistant Head Coach LSU $225,000
Thomas Nolan Academic Affairs Staff Administration LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $224,700
Jack Winters Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $224,700
Fredrick Barton Professor University of New Orleans $224,065
Cheney Joseph Jr Executive Staff Member LSU-Paul M Hebert Law Center $223,497
George Voyiadjis Professor LSU $220,759
Leonard Bok Professor LSU-Health Sciences Center New Orleans $220,500

This is just a sampling of the salaries of LSU System employees… search them all at http://blog.nola.com/graphics/2008/02/salary_details.html?appSession=422184851566388&RecordID=&PageID=2&PrevPageID=&cpipage=4&CPISortType=&CPIorderBy=

Vote 2010

Two years ago I wrote the following

So I just wanted to remind everyone that the fight for American values is not over, rather it has just begun. We can not give up hope, we must stand together stronger than ever. All that is required for evil to prosper is for good men (and women) to do nothing. So do something! Keep your voice, shares your values, stand up for what is right, no matter how hard it gets.

And you guys did NOT disappoint! Two years later and the Tea Party has blossomed, launching a new generation of conservatives into the public spotlight; Republicans will take over the House by midnight, and might take over the Senate as well! Gubernatorial races are running strong red and things are looking bright indeed for the future of our nation!

But it still isn’t over- YOU MUST GO VOTE!

Hundreds of thousands of brave men and women have died so that you could cast your ballot. So go vote, and PLEASE- vote CONSERVATIVE!!!!