For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
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In 2008, America, frustrated with a seemingly endless war in Iraq, military action in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a faltering economy, turned to the most unlikely of presidential candidates, one with little government experience and a much different view of American’s role in the world.
The last of the debates in this election season is history. It is now up to the American people to decide, and the third presidential debate added little information to the decision-making process. In fact, I found most of the debate to border on boring.
The second presidential debate did little to shed new light on either candidate. For President Obama he gave his campaign stump speech in answer to every question he was asked. Mitt Romney gave his most compelling argument in favor of defeating the president by saying the American people can do better.
Unlike the Presidential debate which was a clear victory for Mitt Romney, the Vice-Presidential debate was not so clear cut.
Budget Cuts. It will be the big battle of the next Congress, cutting the federal budget, reigning in spending, and reducing the national debt. Democrats want a token tax increase, a feel good proposal to tax the “rich.” Republicans want no tax increase, but do want big cuts in spending. So what will the ramifications be? Here in Louisiana we have an insight of just how popular these ideas might be.
The Debates. President Obama and Challenger Mitt Romney have been spending the past several weeks preparing for their upcoming debates. These series of debates are crucial for both candidates and especially so for Mitt Romney. In fact, a mediocre performance by Romney dooms his campaign.
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The show that is called the national party conventions is now over. And a show is just what it was. The Democrats and the Republicans each have their candidates for President and Vice-President. The conventions are not designed to convince the convention goers whom to vote for. They already know how they are going to vote. As a decision making process the conventions are a thing of the past. The outcome is already determined. Rather it is a huge campaign commercial designed to sway voters to their side. In reality the conventions don’t succeed at doing that either, but they are still a show nonetheless.
Hurricane Isaac has moved on. Many people were lulled to sleep by the media and led to believe that Isaac would be a wind and rain event, not too bad by tropical storm and Category 1 hurricane standards. Little did anyone realize that Isaac would not only move onshore just to the west of Greater New Orleans but that he would cause deadly flooding and extensive wind damage for so many people. Isaac liked South Louisiana a little too much and hung around far too long.