31 July 2011

The Current State of Affairs in Congress

George Carlin said it all:

25 July 2011

The State of the Louisiana Democratic Party

Finally someone has throw a hat into the ring. Almost. Rob Marionneaux has decided not to run for Livonia Dogcatcher and to, maybe go up against Jindal. Hell, why not? He has 250K and Bobby has 10 million and counting (remember, our Gov's sole function in the last 8 months has been fund raising out of state), and the state Democratic Party might kick in $2 million.

Really? Is this all we've got?

15 July 2011

Jindal Spins the Debt Ceiling

Bobby Jindal is spewing the same bloody nonsense that is hemorrhaging from every member of the GOP (read this from Paul Krugman today).  He claims to balance our State Budget every year and insists that the Feds must do that as well. In reality, Bobby balances the budget by draconian cuts in education, healthcare, social services, and highways: kicking the mess down the road to our kids. And he knows that the Federal Gov doesn't operate like a family or even a state. Deficit spending is the only way to get out of a recession, and anyway, The GOP are responsible for the majority of our national debt--remember the Bush Tax Cuts? They added 2.5 Trillion to the national debt. And the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Letter from Bobby:

Dear Friend,

It appears that Americans are not as sophisticated as the Obama Administration had hoped.  Thank goodness. Despite the President and his Treasury Secretary constantly threatening us with the end of the world if we don't all agree that more debt is crucial to American success….Americans are still against putting the country more in debt.  I guess the American people are just hardheaded.

In Washington they are making this into a very complicated debate.  It's really not.  Our unprecedented 14 Trillion dollar debt is endangering not only our future, but also our present. Everyone talks about how damaging this debt will be to future generations, and that is true.  But it is also damaging our country right this minute.

There is not a sober person in America who does not realize that excessive government spending is at the root of our nation's economic problems.

The smart guys in Washington insist that more debt is crucial to our economic survival.  We have to borrow more, because we have borrowed too much…or something like that.  This makes sense only in the 202 area codes.  The rest of America refuses to understand this, thankfully.

Let's be clear, there will never be a time when it is convenient or easy to curb government spending.  That day will never come.  And the liberals will always say that curbing government spending is heartless, cruel, and wrong.

The guys on Wall Street will always say we have to increase the debt ceiling; there will never be a time when they don't say it is crucial to our survival.

Republicans in Washington must insist that any bill to increase the debt ceiling include a Balanced Budget Amendment, caps on spending, and real cuts in federal spending.

Here in Louisiana, and in most states, we balance our budget every year.  It's not easy, and almost every state has had to make spending cuts.  No one enjoys cutting spending, but it's the only responsible thing to do.  Is it really too much to ask our federal government to balance our country's budget?

Now is the time.

Governor Bobby Jindal

08 July 2011

The Importance of Health Care

Our Gov has a history of closing public clinics and shutting down public health care. But, like most Conservatives, he is dead wrong. Public Health Care allows people to seek care before they need the expensive care of an Emergency Room -- the savings should be obvious. But Conservatives seem oblivious to that glaring fact, and Jindal leads the pack.
Today the New York Times published a story to refute those nay-sayers.
Medicare still has lower costs that any insurance company, read this.

Cutting back on Social Security, which is paid by the employees and their employers, and cutting back on Medicare and Medicaid, which are paid for by employees, doesn't reduce the National Debt. It does reduce the welfare of our brothers and sisters.

03 July 2011

Oil Today, Disaster Tomorrow

A new oil spew today. Nothing new here--it happens all the time. So, you nay-sayers, it is past time to drill far offshore in the Gulf and in the Grand Canyon and, most assuredly, in the Arctic Sea. Spews be damned!

No matter that Japan has figured out that converting to LED lighting would eliminate 13 of their 19 functioning reactors (they have 54, but the rest are currently off-line). The West--Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and most of the Mid-West-- could build Solar Farms like Spain is doing. Hell, we could do it here in South LA. It would provide more cash than rice paddies and would provide year round income with only maintenance costs and it would be far less destructive than coal mining. You do know that that 45% of US Electricity is produced by more than 100 coal burning Power Plants (21% is from Natural Gas)?

But I forget that our elected "Reps" are deep in the pocket of Big Oil.

Just a pipe dream. Like Health Care and Social Equality. Not in our yard, god damn it!