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.
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.
The uprising in the
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.
Pending the nominating conventions, the race for the White House is all but official. It will be Obama/Biden verses Romney/Ryan, and based on the Democratic response to the Ryan choice for Vice-President the race will continue its negative tone.
Mitt Romney has selected Paul Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, as his running mate. The choice is being applauded in conservative circles and criticized by Democrats. Surprise. Surprise. It gives Romney a conservative running mate who makes conservatives more comfortable with him at the top of the ticket. It gives democrats another target to shoot at.
He said it, but did he mean it?
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (President Barack Obama as quoted by the Washington Post, July 18, 2012.)
The summer heat continues and the race for the White House drags on.
So far President Obama says vote for me because the other guy is rich; and the other guy, Mitt Romney, says vote for me because the other guy is too liberal and doesn’t understand how the economy and American businesses work. Caught in the middle are the American people who are learning little from either candidate other than how bad each of them is.
The United States Supreme Court has spoken. As many people thought the personal mandates contained in Obama Care which require all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 was held unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. But the court, through Chief Justice John Roberts, threw everyone back on their heels declaring the mandate constitutional anyway saying the fee is really a tax; and, since the federal government has the power to tax as it sees fit, the personal mandate is constitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy, disagreeing with the majority opinion, spoke from the bench saying that the government structured the mandate as a penalty and not a tax.