by Jim W. Miller
We all come across people in our lives who make an indelible impression on us. They could be classmates in high school or college, or men or women we meet at work or even those with whom we share a particular interest such as church or golf.
In the prior segments of a recent interview with Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc (GNO Inc), he and I talked about the incredible growth opportunities available to the region. The city is now more global than ever, with direct flights from London, Frankfurt and from Central America. A new $8.5 billion liquid natural gas project has just been launched in Plaquemines Parish. More conventions are locating in the region, especially those that bring with it young enthusiastic and talented people from across the world who labor in the area of new and applied technologies. Two conventions, Collision and ResCon will be on display this spring. The industry of water and the applications within the cities and communities of the world is going uphill with rapid growth.
For eight years, the elite members of our national news media treated Barack Obama as a conquering hero, a political superstar who overcame racism and intolerance to become our first African American President. The vast majority of our media heavyweights idolize the President and agree with his liberal policies. Instead of tough questions, they offered him a regular dose of pathetic softballs at his news conferences. In fact, real journalists should be embarrassed at the deferential treatment he received during his two terms in office.
You would think that in the New Year, following a year when the Louisiana legislature raised taxes by over one billion dollars, lawmakers would sense the public’s anti-tax fervor and would be averse to mining every nook and cranny for more taxes. But now Governor John Bel Edwards, with full legislative support and in a desperate attempt to send more revenue to state coffers, is quite willing to stick purchasers with sales taxes for whatever they buy online.