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Louisiana Politics: Experts Differ On Obama's State Of Union
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Throughout the United States and Louisiana, President Obama’s State of the Union speech is being discussed  for the overall message and direction the President wants to take the country.  Shortly after his speech, Bayoubuzz requested various political minds to discuss part or all of these questions:

1.       On the matter of substance, what did you like about the President’s speech?   What did you dislike about his speech?2.       Based upon specifics in the speech, will Louisiana be better or worse off?
3.      How will tonight (his speech and that from the opposition) affect the nation?4.      How will his speech affect your business or profession?
5.      What will be the political impact of his address?

Here are responses from Jeff Crouere, Troy C. Carter of New Orleans, Pollster Bernie Pinsonat and Jeff Sadow:

1. It sounded good and parts of it might impress the casual observer and/or relatively uninformed about politics. However, it was a Wizard of Oz exercise where the president's rhetoric was the projection of what he wanted you to believe he would do, while the man behind the curtain was his actual record and implications of the many contradictory things he said, which he didn't want you to pay attention to or think about to any degree. For example, he claims to want to invigorate business, yet argues for raising taxes on about half of all small business revenue.

2. Definitely worse off. He is unmoved on reform of health care reform that disproprotionately would hurt Louisiana's bottom line, and the elimination of petroleum industry tax breaks hurts the state probably worse than any single other. His administration's regulatory actions on drilling and emissions also will harm the state's economy, even as he tries to amke you think there is a kind of regulatory review going on (even as the fine print reveals noneconomic costs will be the determining factor in whether a regulation is "cost-effective").

3. It will provide a slight bump up in the polls for him but his strategy seems to be to make the nation think he's doing something different while he continues on the same course. It won't be long before the impact of the speech disappears.

4. Large portions of the academy will like it and fault the public for refusing to see it as ethusiastically, and then suggest conspiratorial and sinister reasons why that is the case.

5. It's part of the strategy for him to appear repositioned to respond better to the nation's concerns, while not altering his agenda. It is unlikely to work and give him any political advantage. His political problem has been he thinks the public's unwillingness to embrace his agenda is because of how the message is delivered, when in fact it is the message itself.

Jeffrey Sadow

Associate Professor of Political Science

I am proud to be an American... Not just as an African American!

This great Country has many distinctions... Race, Religion or Political Philosophy should not defines us...

We are defined by our Love of Humanity, our sense of Fairness, Equality, Prosperity, the fulfillment of the American Dream and Justice for ALL!

The president put it dead center, and abundantly clear...

Together... We can... We must... And we will be a better and stronger America!

Not as Democrats... Or as Republicans... But as Americans!!

Yes Sir... Yes Ma'am... I am proud to be an American!

These are my reflections on the State of the Union 2011!

Troy C Carter,

Former Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives & Former New Orleans City Council Member

Had to give a speech – did not see President ignore Louisiana –but did see news coverage and analysis ad nausea since  --

he is and will always be anti- Louisiana – why?   Card check ( Louisiana is a right to work state)  – anti oil and gas – not to mention we here in Louisiana are very anti health care reform.

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat, Southern Media And Opinion Research

1.       On the matter of substance, what did you like about the President’s speech?   What did you dislike about his speech?

I did not watch the entire speech. I could only take so much pain.

2.       Based upon specifics in the speech, will Louisiana be better or worse off?

He did not address the oil spill and talked about more "investment" in clean energy.  In other words, he is telling the oil industry and Louisiana to "go to hell."

3.      How will tonight (his speech and that from the opposition) affect the nation?

Not much, it is just a State of the Union speech. We have one every year.

4.      How will his speech affect your business or profession?

It is good for talk radio, it will give me more to talk about.

5.      What will be the political impact of his address?

No impact because his party does not control Congress

Jeff Crouere, Radio Talk Show Host and Columnist for Bayoubuzz.com

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