The approval rate for members of Congress seems to be in free fall. Few constituents approve of the dysfunction taking place in the nation’s capitol. Just 15 years ago, Congress had an approval rating of 65%. But no more. The most recent Harris and CBS polls show approval rates dropping to an all time low of 9%. Like the guy sings in the Limbo Rock song, “How low can you go?”
Congratulations to the White House for pulling off the first of President Trump’s State of the Union addresses. Trump didn’t say anything, new, for the most part, but it was how he said it that was noteworthy. There were complete sentences and even a smattering of syntax. It was marvelous and long overdue.
United States President Donald Trump repeatedly stating that he wants to rebuild the country’s battered infrastructure and with a Republican Congress controlling the money flow, many hope that Louisiana might have struck it rich with the recent naming of a congressman in charge of a committee focused on the necessary infrastructure.
Baton Rouge Congressman, who has just been selected Chairman to one of the most important House sub-committees impacting Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, will be a guest on Bayoubuzz's Facebook and Twitter Live, today at 5:15 pm.
Graves has been picked the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
Lou Gehrig Burnett
The Treasurer’s race
It’s been quite a while since the state Treasurer's job has been on the election block. John Kennedy has owned the position since he won the seat in 1999, defeating incumbent Ken Duncan, 56-44%.
He was unopposed or received minor opposition in subsequent elections. His election to the U.S. Senate created the opening to the statewide office.
Prior to the passage of much needed reform legislation in 2004, the sale of contact lenses was primarily controlled by eye doctors exclusively. Patients were not given their prescriptions and not allowed to shop for better prices. This situation changed in 2004 with the passage of the Fairness in Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA), which allowed patients to shop for the best prices for their contacts. It required doctors to provide patients with their prescriptions, leading to lower prices and more choices for consumers. The bill was a success as it introduced free market principles into this industry, which, not surprisingly, became more prosperous.
by Mike Malak
The Cubs won the World Series after being down 3-1 games. Donald J. Trump won the election after being down 1-3 points. Enough voters forgave Trump his, obvious, faults to win the Electoral College and punch the establishment in the nose. His opponent’s lifetime of government service was swept away by the crowd that never forgot the Big Lebowski and wanted one of their own to get a shot at messing things up. They got it, for now, but it may not be to their liking, sooner than ever expected.
On Tuesday, David Duke, the ultra-right wing pro-European White, ex-convict, told a news publication that he was considering running for US Congress.
by Jim Brown
And I thought voters were distrustful, angry and confrontational a few years back when I held public office in Louisiana. This coming federal election is viewed by many, including yours truly, as a herculean and rather grim battle between good and evil, left and right, the good guys and the scum, Wormwood and the Patient, and Saint Michael vs. Satan. But guess what? There could be no victors. We all could lose on November 8th.
Op-Ed by Mike Malak
Michael Turner, (R) Ohio, Chairman, convened his House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces to review continued flight-testing of the JTF Lockheed F-35, designed to replace the aged A-10. The Committee considered engineering details, including altering the plane’s ejection seat weight tolerances to permit more female pilots to safely fly the aircraft. This change would further the U.S. military’s goal of more gender inclusive combat berths in all services. Testimony revealed other countries, also, want to integrating women into one of the most challenging of all wartime roles, defensive and offensive air-to-air-combat in state of the art hardware.