Jim Brown is a Louisiana legislator, Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner.
Congress is going “new law” crazy. In the nation’s capitol, hundreds of proposed new laws are being introduced every month, creating numerous new regulations and crimes. And Louisiana congressional members are joining right in this push for more federal intrusion into what was previously the purview of the states. Senator Mary Landrieu has proposed 29 new laws and resolutions in this current year alone. Her opponent in next year’s senatorial election, current Congressman Bill Cassidy, is right on her heels with 17 new offerings.
These guys at the Justice Department, led by top cop Eric Holder, just don’t know when to quit.
In the movie Guys and Dolls, gambler Nathan Detroit (played by Frank Sinatra) says: “How can it get any worse. What more can you do to me?” That’s what thousands of Louisiana property owners are saying about the state’s insurance climate for insuring their homes and businesses.
Property owners along the Gulf and East coasts are in a panic over projections of outrageous property flood insurance rates that, in some cases, could lead to increases of greater than 1000 per cent. Louisiana newspapers have reported proposed massive increases all over south Louisiana.
A few weeks ago, I began to think we had given up.
A lawsuit against Big Oil for environmental damage by the Bayou State? Are you kidding me?
Following the Zimmerman verdict, a number of legal and media voices, hollered, “enough is enough.” Angered by the verdict, no more criminal trials on television, they said. But the Constitution guarantees that trials are public and open to everyone. And what could be more public than televising a criminal trial for the whole world to see?
George Zimmerman was found not guilty this past weekend in his trial for shooting Travon Martin.
Our friends up north need to let it go. According to a cross section of northern commentators, the Second Reconstruction may be over, but they think a third one may be necessary.
Louisiana State University, located in my hometown of Baton Rouge, takes on a new president this week. And to say that he has a big job ahead of him is an understatement. Educationally, the state’s largest university is a mixed bag of quality and mediocrity, typical of many public universities.