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Republicans can’t “get’r done” for Louisiana

Posted by schroeder915 on December 6, 2006

Despite the campaign of fear-mongering by “conservative” talk show hosts on WWL, WIST, and “the new 995” about how Louisiana’s prospects would diminish under the soon-to-be Democratically-controlled Congress, it turns out that the real problem is that the Republicans can’t get’r done for Louisiana.

Ever since Americans across the country fired the Republican Party from Congress, the message by local partisan talk show hosts has been that the OCS oil revenue sharing bill absolutely had to pass now, during the Republican Congress, before Democrats take over control in January.

Until then, Republicans still have a majority in the House and Senate which they could use to get’r done by passing the OCS oil revenue sharing bill for Louisiana.

Recognizing that they didn’t have enough votes today to pass the bill, House Republicans dropped the bill for a possible vote later this week.

I don’t care which party gets the bill passed. Radio hosts are playing a dangerous game of political football with the future of Louisiana and her residents by choosing Republicans over Democrats, and that’s just plain bad for Louisiana. We’re above politics now. What matters more than party affiliation here is Category 5 storm protection and coastal restoration.

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9 Responses to “Republicans can’t “get’r done” for Louisiana”

  1. F P said

    Does anyone have a list of where our represenatives stand on this issue. Maybe levees.org should build a page on their site like this one which shows how all our Reps stand on the issue of Net Neutrality?

    Or how do we get this issue onto this site which tracks the issues and the candidates?

  2. JMG said

    How much would you pay for a gallon of gas? $4.00? $10.00? Would you pay with the health of your lungs or with years taken from your lifespan? The infamous “pain at the pump” runs much deeper than our wallets, argues Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and current Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Petroleum may power our cars and heat our homes, but it also contributes to birth defects and disorders like asthma and emphysema, not to mention cancer. In Lives per Gallon, Tamminen takes a hard look at these and other health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil.

    While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, Tamminen shows, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California’s real world experiences.

    Certain to be controversial, Lives per Gallon is an unblinking assessment of the true price of petroleum and a prescription for change. The choice is clear: continuing paying with our health, or kick our addiction and evolve beyond an oil-dependent economy.

    LISTEN to the Author talk about the book (18 min)

    Review:
    “America’s prosperity, our independence and security, our democracy and our ideals, our international leadership and national pride are all dependent on our breaking our lethal oil addiction. Terry Tamminen has turned the spotlight of clarity on the defining issue of our age.” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance

    Review:
    “Tamminen does more than point to the problems. He lays out step-by-step solutions to ending our oil addiction. I only wish that all members of Congress would read this book.” Dick Morris, Fox News political analyst and former advisor to President Clinton

    Review:
    “The book reads like a gangster thriller, while providing detailed and painful truths about how much the oil and auto industries have controlled development (or lack thereof) in the U.S….a definite ‘must read’ for anyone interested in improving America’s future and national security.” Jonathan Patz, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Review:
    “Crude is, sadly, much more than a fad, and our energy-intense lifestyle is more than the handiwork of deceitful oil and car companies. If only it were so easy.” Washington Post

    Synopsis:
    Tamminen takes a hard look at health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California’s real world experiences.

    About the Author
    Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas, serving as technical advisor on a variety of water chemistry and pool technology projects. He is the executive director of Environment Now, working with activist organizations such as the Santa Monica Bay Keeper and the San Diego Bay Keeper, dedicated to preserving and protecting coastal resources in California.

  3. No argument there JMG. Nobody’s talking about how we need less, not more, oil drilling. I think we ought to have enough oil now to sustain the economy while we transition to a “mission-to-the-moon” program of energy conservation and more renewable sources. What won’t change without the OCS revenue-sharing bill is that the federal government will continue to keep the billions every year that it takes from Louisiana.

  4. JMG said

    The Federal Government does not really keep that money. They spend it on very important things like restoring wetlands in southern Iraq.

  5. Bill P said

    Lets talk about what the right does for regular people vrs the left.

    Plenty of liberal American workers like me are very upset at the effects of illegal immigration. Besides the costs, there is the downward pressure on wages, and the fact that big companies that hire these illegals do so without legal ramifications. It allows them to lower wages, bust unions, and reap bigger profits for fat-cat CEOs.

    And in case you weren’t paying attention, that’s Bush’s base.

    So all you people who have voted Republican for whatever reason, maybe you thought you’d get rich someday and you want those big tax cuts if you do, or maybe you believed the FAUX news morphing of Ossama Bin Forgotten into Saddam Hussein (who 85% of troops in Iraq still think attacked us on 9-11), but you better stop voting against your interests. The Republican party has been taken over by idiots who believe anything Sean Hannity says, Christian Zionist zealots who want to bring on the Rapture, and Big Business sleaze bags like the CEO of Exxon Mobile, who’s retirement package is going to pay him $150,000 per DAY.

    There are plenty of fiscal conservative Democrats who will not raise taxes on the middle class, who will fight not just to keep unions, but to empower them, and who will ENFORCE the laws we already have to stop corporations from hiring illegals. Unless you do that, you will never stop them from coming. Who can blame them. The ruling class and the Catholic church (c’mon, telling one of the poorest, overpopulated countries not to use birth control, what does that do for immigration numbers?) do nothing for them in Mexico. US agribusiness has ruined the small rural farmer in Mexico, as they have here. We need a comprehensive plan that includes refusal to extend trade agreements like NAFTA unless Mexico does something to stop the waves of people coming here, especially the criminals and gangs.

    From a what-can-I-do perspective, purchase fair trade products from Mexico, like the shade-grown organic coffee that we buy at Trader Joe’s. This kind of voting with your dollars creates sustainable jobs in Mexico, resulting in less illegal immigration.

  6. […] In response to an “FP” comment in a previous post, I’m posting the latest campaign initiative by Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans: For the September 30th election we rallied successfully to VOTE 1-2-3. Constitutional amendments #1 and #2 dealt with coastal erosion. Amendment #3 pertained to levee board consolidation and reform. Levees and Coastal erosion are critically connected. The most important bill to give Louisiana funds to restore our coastline is coming up on Tuesday in Washington. The OCS Revenue Sharing Bill, S.3711 [H.R.4761], will give Louisiana and other producing states a share of offshore royalty payments. The bill will require two thirds vote and if approved go directly to President Bush to sign. … […]

  7. F P said

    Untill the Rednecks, cynics, and haters realized they voted for Republicans who just wanted to steal their jobs and money we won’t get the traction we need.

    The politics of the Karl Rove era (hopefully it is behind us) were designed to distract and divide the very people who would ordinarily be rebelling against the deterioration of their way of life. Working Americans have been repeatedly seduced at the polls by emotional issues such as the predictable mantra of “God, guns, gays, abortion and the flag” while their way of life shifted ineluctably beneath their feet. But this election cycle showed an electorate that intends to hold government leaders accountable for allowing every American a fair opportunity to succeed.

    This is one issue that is ripe for the picking! check out the article in realclearpolitics.com on how the immigration issue is killing the GOP:

    “Republicans face a growing disaster on immigration. Right now the GOP is sailing on a dangerous course where they are increasingly turning off two pillars of their new majority. The first pillar is the talk-radio portion of the Republican base led by Rush Limbaugh (and the many who have followed in his wake) that provide a tremendous amount of energy to the conservative movement. The second pillar the GOP is endangering is the Hispanic community, the single largest growing demographic in American politics. In 2004, President Bush increased his share of the Hispanic vote to around 40% nationally. Had John Kerry been able win the same percentage of the Hispanic vote as Al Gore in 2000, he would have won the presidency.”

  8. It is true, most of the current illegal Aliens came to this country for Jobs in Republican sweat shops. Ronald Reagan helped get millions of them here in order to put the Unions that represented real Americans and American workers out of business and out of Jobs that pay real living wages. And those Radio guys never give the facts:

    Check out these links for more info on that:
    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-20.htm

    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0329-21.htm

    http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2006/07/05/p9222

    If there is going to be a solution to people being exploited it needs to start with actually penalizing the people who are do the hiring of the Illegal Aliens:

    Illegal hiring goes on, largely unseen http://www.sptimes.com/News/011001/Worldandnation/Illegal_hiring_goes_o.shtml

    llegal Hiring Is Rarely Penalized http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800613.html

    Employers who hire illegal aliens https://www.despujols.net/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://skymail-immigration.blogspot.com/

    “The Bush administration, which is vowing to crack down on U.S. companies that hire illegal workers, virtually abandoned such employer sanctions before it began pushing to overhaul U.S. immigration laws last year, government statistics show.

    Between 1999 and 2003, work-site enforcement operations were scaled back 95 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Homeland Security Department. The number of employers prosecuted for unlawfully employing immigrants dropped from 182 in 1999 to four in 2003, and fines collected declined from $3.6 million to $212,000, according to federal statistics. “… Click here for more info
    http://kanjorski.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=

    If companies were being properly penalized for hiring illegals then they would not be sueing each other. Check out these stories:

    US companies sue competitors who hire illegal immigrants http://www.workpermit.com/news/2006_08_24/us/companies_sue_competitors.htm

    Suing Competitors for Using Illegals http://www.employmentblawg.com/2006/suing-competitors-for-use-of-illegals/

    Illegal Alien Employers To Face Lawsuits For Unfair Business Practices http://www.opinionet.com/article.php?id=6410&PHPSESSID=72d942f0b9ebac8c00dc02b08d90c560

  9. F P said

    Read on… …And as broadcast radio stations continue to dump experienced broadcasters who put out a quality product for employees who can’t make a living wage and find themselves babysitting a satellite feed (been there, done that), neocons like Melchert and Weyrich will dominate the airwaves and broadcast radio as we know it will become nothing more than Christofascist propaganda…

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