Obamacare, Fast and Furious, and Immigration: political games continue

Friday, 22 June 2012 02:33 Written by

washington-affairThese past few weeks have been busy for President Obama.  Between jet setting across the country to attend fundraisers with Hollywood’s wealthiest and most elite to bypassing the Constitution and making new law on immigration, Barack Obama has been one busy man.  Here are some of the highlights.

Obama Care.  The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obama Care later this month.  The consensus is that the mandates contained in the law will be struck down as a violation of the U. S. Constitution.  A healthy number of legal scholars and court observers believe that the entire law will be held unconstitutional.  Regardless of how it rules the consequences of the court’s decision are huge.

Louisiana’s retirement system needs retiring
Friday, 22 June 2012 02:03 Written by

louisiana capitol 2In the early weeks leading up to the 2012 Legislative Session, state lawmakers were inundated with phone calls and correspondence regarding Governor Jindal’s education reform initiative.  But soon, legislators began hearing even stronger reactions regarding reforms being brought by the administration in an attempt to shore up funding for Louisiana’s retirement systems.  Currently, less than half of the state’s overall long-term retirement liabilities of $51.4 billion (pensions and healthcare) are funded.  Through a series of initiatives—such as increasing employee contributions, raising the retirement age for some and changing the way the state’s generous retirement benefits are calculated—Governor Jindal sought to modernize Louisiana’s system for providing benefits to public employees.  But in the end, the outrage expressed by state employees proved to have more of an impact on many legislators than the notion of fiscal responsibility, and only one significant retirement reform bill survived the treacherous legislative journey.

Nothing Karney about calling former New Orleans Saints team, evil
Friday, 22 June 2012 00:44

paytonThe Saints are supposed to be “Saintly”, not evil.  Even the New Orleans Saints.

However, former Saints Mike Karney has other thoughts about his former team due to the bounty ordeal.

Shame: Smelling like Goodell, NFL Bounty sham against New Orleans Saints
Thursday, 21 June 2012 01:05 Written by

goodellThe public relations war is on as players, fans pundits pick up the pieces after the New Orleans bounty hearing at NFL central on Monday.

Here is just a sample of those who feel the Saints have been robbed due to flaws in the NFL’s and Goodell’s case:

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare won’t solve healthcare problems
Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:30 Written by

Health reformIn a matter of days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down the highly anticipated decision on whether the Obama healthcare plan is constitutional. Predicting the court’s majority mindset is a crapshoot. Court observers say the decision could go either way.  But whatever the outcome, one thing is certain -- needed healthcare reform will remain elusive. Neither those for it, nor those against it have presented a viable plan that will both give adequate coverage to all Americans and get the escalating costs under control.

Pinsonat: The Jindal punish and no charity for tax increases in Louisiana
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 23:50 Written by

pinsonatReportedly, Governor Bobby Jindal has helped demote or retire various opponents of his and his critics have pounded.  Also, the Legislature survived the budget crash but dipped into "one-time-money" once again.  

In the latest edition of "Bernie Burns" Bayoubuzz asked political analyst and political pollster questions regarding Jindal's management style and the political implications of reducing or outright eliminating certain tax credits, exemptions and deductions to make way for more revenues.

Louisiana poll: Vitter edges Georges, Jindal's popularity, jobs and economy tops
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:35

georgesDemocrat John Georges released a poll, reportedly conducted by a statewide business group, today of 600 likely voters in Louisiana that indicates that were he a candidate for Governor, replacing current head of state, Bobby Jindal, he would be very competitive.

New Orleans man killed hour after appearing on SPIKE TV crime show
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 06:29 Written by

gun-shadowIn a story that appears to come straight out of "Ripley’s Believe It or Not", imagine a man appearing on the national cable show, SPIKE TV “Undercover Sting” as part of a prior New Orleans drug bust operation months ago and one hour later after the show ran, that same person is shot and killed in the same home featured on the TV show.

Jindal blocked hypocritical end-around with veto
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 02:38 Written by

jindal-footballA pair of Central Louisiana legislators shows us the only thing worse than blaming someone else for the consequences of your own actions is then to criticize them in doing whatever they did something you’ve done yourself.

You didn’t hear the likes of state Reps. Chris Hazel or Herbert Dixon moan when the “preamble adjustment” that the Legislature passed –with both of their approvals – was used to give a budgetary haircut to the Departments of the Treasury and Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. The passage instructed the Commissioner of Administration to excise, from any part of the budget, $15 million.

But they sure got into high dudgeon when it was used against spending in their districts in order to comply with the adjustment. The Democrat Dixon saw about 200 government jobs eliminated at health care facilities while the Republican Hazel will see the J. Levy Dabadie prison shuttered which will cost those personnel their jobs, although the roughly 100 would be offered positions at nearby state prisons, courtesy of line item vetoes cast by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Gov. Scapegoat Jindal paid back his foes
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 01:26 Written by

scapegoatSay it ain’t so!

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal – often referred to by detractors as the little dictator – has struck again. He has put another notch on his vindictive gun, punishing a state legislator who dared to disagree with him on a legislative issue.
This time, it is one of our northwest Louisiana state representatives, Republican Jim Morris of Oil City, who was stripped of his position as vice chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.


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