With the U.S. debt and credit rating crises playing out on the national stage and with Louisiana elections taking shape this fall, Bayoubuzz turned to Louisiana political poster, Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media And Opinion Research (SMOR) to take the room temperature of the Louisiana politics, elections, Mary Landrieu, the national debt issues, President Obama, Governor Jindal, the Tea Party, Edwin Edwards and other issues.
Flipflopping in the world of politics?
Or, change of political and moral beliefs due to life events?
Put me in the family with McConnell, Reid, Boehner and Pelosi.
Include with Louisiana’s Republican Congressmen Alexander, Boustany, Cassidy and Democrats Congressman Richmond and US Senator Mary Landrieu.
It was a vintage Edwin Edwards press conference at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans French Quarter.
Edwards, who spent the last years in life in federal prison, addressed the media Saturday for the first time since his release. In doing so, Edwards blamed the U.S. Judge for being unfair and suggested that certain witnesses who testified against him were the cause of his conviction earlier last decade.
The U.S. is in crises with the growing possibility that the country will go into default.
There has been no shortage of blame as to how the country has gotten into the mess or how it is failing to get out of it.
President Barack Obama has been blamed for creating more debt in his short time in office than any other U.S. President.
Should he be blamed?
While some Louisiana politiicians are likely to claim that the state is in good financial shape, that unemployment is lower than its neighbors and that the economy is robust and the best in the South, according to the Institute For Truth in Accounting, Louisiana is at the bottom of the Deep South States in its “Financial State of the Economy as of Fiscal 2009”.
It was a hopeful but bittersweet night in Baton Rouge this past Saturday.
The Louisiana Democrats hosted their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. This year, the featured attraction honored Kathleen Blanco for her years of service to the Democratic Party and to the state.
Bittersweet yet hopeful, because those in attendance were cautiously optimistic about the health of former Governor Blanco. Blanco, who retired after battling the eye of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is now fighting a dangerous rare eye cancer.
I have known Gene Schreiber for more than a decade.
I have just learned of his death.
Not only do I think he was one of the most humble and committed person I have ever known, but also one of the kindest.
As President Obama, the Republicans and Democrats in U.S. Congress debate how to maintain a growth economy while providing necessary governmental services, cutting spending and capping the national debt, many Americans have little clue how much they personally owe for the governments obligations, and how much they are mortgaging their grandchildren’s future.
Governor Jindal has frequently hit the luncheon circuits, the legislative chambers and other speaking engagements stating, “The national debt will reach over $14 trillion this year – $26 trillion dollars in a decade’s time. Make no mistake about what that means this year. Just this year’s debt level alone equates to over $45,000 for every American. $100,000 for every American family.