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Gov. Blanco's speech to the Louisiana Legislature
gov.state.la.us ^ | 02/06/06 | kathleen blanco

Posted on 02/06/2006 6:51:58 PM PST by Ellesu

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1 posted on 02/06/2006 6:52:00 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: LA Woman3

2 posted on 02/06/2006 6:52:42 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: Ellesu

I'm totally guessing on this, but...

In short she's saying something like, "WAAAHHHHH! WE NEED MORE MOOOOONEY!!"

How wrong am I? Just curious.


3 posted on 02/06/2006 6:54:12 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Ellesu
If no effort is made to guarantee our fair share of royalties, I have warned the federal government that we will be forced to block the August sale of off-shore oil and gas leases.

Go ahead and block them. Cut the throats of the offshore roughnecks who would otherwise be working from your state.

And turn Americans against you.

Blanco must go.

4 posted on 02/06/2006 6:54:46 PM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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To: Ellesu

So let's blame ALL our troubles on Washington.

Sorry Blankho, Bush is not responsible for your utter incompetence to be governor of anything except your local Moose lodge.


5 posted on 02/06/2006 6:57:08 PM PST by digger48
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To: Ellesu
If no effort is made to guarantee our fair share of royalties, I have warned the federal government that we will be forced to block the August sale of off-shore oil and gas leases. Industry leaders understand our predicament. It's time to play hardball, as I believe that's the only game Washington understands.

Bring it on. Extortion is always good for one's image and creates massive sympathy for the extortionist.

Idiot.

6 posted on 02/06/2006 7:05:44 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Ellesu; Howlin; Miss Marple
"Anyone who wants to sacrifice the good of our people to politics and cronyism needs to rethink their actions. Louisiana can no longer tolerate the perception that you must pay to play if you expect to do business in this state. We must put the sins of the past behind us and use our recovery as an opportunity to earn the trust and confidence of the nation."

Though she's looking to lay blame at Wash DC, this looks like an admission of guilt, if you ask me.

7 posted on 02/06/2006 7:07:26 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Ellesu

Did she cry at any point while giving this speech?


8 posted on 02/06/2006 7:09:27 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: RandallFlagg

To be honest thats not just what she is saying. The things she is talking about ,the big 4 proposals, have Republican support also. Reforming New ORleans Govt is Huge. Tackling the LEvve Boards is huge. Again this what we are doing down here to correct the problems. Not a bad spech on the whole. Again alot of these reforms measures are good govt conservative reforms. The key is will she be able to pull it off. Thats what I am holding my breath on. The NOLA Dem delegation is already screaming.


9 posted on 02/06/2006 7:10:18 PM PST by bayourant
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To: A Citizen Reporter

She is talking about the sins mainly from the Edwards years that still plage us. People forget that alot of this LOuisiana corruption charge comes from that era. Besides the Romer administration that starting nailing the coffin on corruption people forget we just came out of 8 years of Republican rule in the Governorship(MIke Foster). There were real no scandels then.


10 posted on 02/06/2006 7:14:13 PM PST by bayourant
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To: Dog Gone

This might have support by the Republican delegation. Its sort of the NUclear option. Again these funds would go to specific purposes. I dont think its going to happen buts it being considered I know that.


11 posted on 02/06/2006 7:20:23 PM PST by bayourant
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To: bayourant

She didn't evacuate New Orleans. She's hopelessly incompetent.


12 posted on 02/06/2006 7:23:12 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: bayourant
I don't care if it's considered and who supports it. It's no different than if Louisiana wanted to make I-10 or I-20 a tollway through the state unilaterally.

I don't care what they say the tolls will be used for. They can't do it.

The ends don't justify the means, and that axiom has been around a long time because it's true.

13 posted on 02/06/2006 7:24:51 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Ellesu

Excuse me, thats a heck of a lot of billions..... geesshh.... well I guess my checkbook is EASIER to balance as it has not near the zeroes as hers does.


14 posted on 02/06/2006 7:27:36 PM PST by Cate
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To: A Citizen Reporter

80 percent of the city got out. Compared to when I evaced in the 90's where it was chaos and only half got out it was a success. It was an Disaster. I guess I thought alot of the blame game for NOLA was silly. NEvertheless she is the Gov. These are major reforms and she will face Democractic opposition to some of this stuff. Republicans agree with most of this reform package. We have been wanting it for years. If we can help her get it its best for the State.


15 posted on 02/06/2006 7:28:09 PM PST by bayourant
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To: Dog Gone

Its a question of basic fairness. This deal was done in the Truman administration when a Racist power hungry idiot named Perez refused to blink in dealing with Truman and we got screwed. It took an excommunication from the Catholic Church down here to get him under control. We have brought this up for decades. Again the oil revenues are a complicated issue. IF the money goes to coastal erosion it makes sense since it protects the life and property of the very people who make who work in this industry. Its a moral question at heart


16 posted on 02/06/2006 7:32:53 PM PST by bayourant
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To: A Citizen Reporter

She didn't? That's funny. I could have sworn the interstates were used for contra flow and more people then ever evacuated. Must have dreamed it.


17 posted on 02/06/2006 7:35:24 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: bayourant

Yes, it's a moral question. Can Louisiana extort the profits from someone else's land or not?

May I rob your house if I promise to use the proceeds to prevent coastal erosion?

It's only fair!


18 posted on 02/06/2006 7:36:47 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: WatchOutForSnakes
Revising history is cute, but it's useless. She never ordered a mandatory evacuation, even after calls from the WH for her to do so.

Did people evacuate? Um Yes, a Cat 5 hurricane was headed their way.

19 posted on 02/06/2006 7:39:11 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Ellesu

The idiots can't wait to repopulate the soup bowl in time for the next cat 3, 4, or 5 Hurricane so they can have another go at those buses.

If they really cared about the black population they would advise them to stay the hell out of N.O. because the next Hurricane might finish the job and kill them. The talk about the chocolate city is a suicide pact with its leaders.

They should advise them of their chances for survival before asking them to move back under incompetent leadership and a city that needs to be moved to higher ground.


20 posted on 02/06/2006 7:39:59 PM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: Dog Gone

Whose land would Louisiana be extorting profits from?


21 posted on 02/06/2006 7:40:06 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: A Citizen Reporter

Playing with words is cute. An evacuation was called for, mandatory or not, and it was a very successful one. If you meant something else then perhaps you should have said a mandatory evacuation was not called for.


22 posted on 02/06/2006 7:41:54 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Dog Gone

DOg gone the reason for this is a historic fluke going back to the 50's when Perez held so much power. Again its basic fairness. What we are trying to do is find a steady revenue stream that will be able to fund Coastal Restoration. If it doesnt happen the OIl and Gas Industry will be in danger. Thats all thats going on. I dont think this will happen. But it also sends a message to the oil industry that has benifited to uh please help out and to remind them that long tern viability is at stake.


23 posted on 02/06/2006 7:45:08 PM PST by bayourant
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To: WatchOutForSnakes
Blanco wants 50% of the royalties paid on offshore federal lands. Subsea lands, of course, but the point is that they are 100% federal property. State waters end at varying points offshore, and the state gets all the royalties from state water tracts.

That ain't enough for Blanco. She wants 50% ownership of Federal tracts, too, and unbelievably there are people here supporting that.

24 posted on 02/06/2006 7:47:01 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

I think it would be great if Louisiana could get 50% of the royalties, if Texas gets them also. And AK,MS,AL,etc,also


25 posted on 02/06/2006 7:48:37 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: WatchOutForSnakes
Fox News.com Sept 7, 2005

"As floodwaters caused by Hurricane Katrina (search) began to slowly recede with the ruined city's first pumps returning to operation, Nagin late Tuesday authorized law enforcement officers to force the evacuation of the estimated 10,000 residents who refuse to heed orders to leave.

"But in a Wednesday interview with FOX News, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (search) said she had not signed off on the decision.

"The mayor certainly has ordered that but the governor, and that would be me, would have to enforce it or implement it. We are trying to determine whether there is an absolute justification for that," she told FOX News.

"I think the most important thing driving that decision would be the possibility of disease. If indeed the disease problem is evident, is inevitable, we'll have to move to the next stage," she said.

26 posted on 02/06/2006 7:51:40 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: bayourant
Your cause may be noble. Her extortion effort is not.

Louisiana already gets some federal royalties, which is more than they should be entitled to under any concept of property law.

The preferred solution is to persuade Congress to spend money if that will help.

To threaten to block oil and gas lease sales and future pipeline access is childish, legally wrong, and morally apprehensible.
27 posted on 02/06/2006 7:51:43 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

I can't believe you still are not aware that most inland states get 50% of royalties off of FEDERAL land. We had this discussion a few nights ago and why you seem to ignore that is puzzling to me.

Most states, such as New Mexico and Oklahoma, states you said just a couple of days ago got NO royalties from oil and gas tracts, get 50% of royalties off of federally owned land within those states. Come on now, let's be consistent. Federal land onshore/federal land offshore. What's the difference? You can argue that you don't want to give us the 50% because of a deal made 50 years ago. That's one thing but to say it's stealing profits is over the top.


28 posted on 02/06/2006 7:53:22 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Louisiana can no longer tolerate the perception that you must pay to play if you expect to do business in this state. We must put the sins of the past behind us and use our recovery as an opportunity to earn the trust and confidence of the nation.

Translation: Everybody now knows Louisiana politics are crooked, and New Orleans' are the crookedest of all, so now we have to pretend that we've changed so that they'll give us BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to steal, mismanage, and just plain run off with. Oh, and "Chocolate City" Nagin wants his share, too.

29 posted on 02/06/2006 8:14:13 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

One thing that's different is that federal lands within a state are still within a state. Federal lands outside the state boundaries, like Blanco wants to grab, are a different matter. She might as well demand a royalty share of every oil tanker that enters Louisiana state waters regardless of where that oil actually came from.


30 posted on 02/06/2006 8:19:40 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

The same could be said for Texas who also gets royalties from off shore drilling off of their coasts. Are they stealing profits? Is that illegal? Is that immoral? Is that reprehensible?


31 posted on 02/06/2006 8:27:54 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Ellesu

This dame is more worthless than my dog's empty ballsack!


32 posted on 02/06/2006 8:33:47 PM PST by Dionysius (ACLU is the enemy)
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To: WatchOutForSnakes

I must have missed where Texas was demanding 50% of the royalties from federal leases offshore.

Point me to that, please.


33 posted on 02/06/2006 8:34:44 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
I know that bitch...
34 posted on 02/06/2006 8:37:12 PM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: hsalaw

First of all thats incorrect. The reason I am so vehment on this issue is its a mjor simplication of the facts on the ground. Over the last 30 years we have slowly taken this State back from corrupt forces. In 1972 you could have the State Republican convention in a phone booth. We have elected good Republican Congressman to almost all the seats. We have continued to elect reformers to the legislature. We just had a Republican governor that had no record of corruption that was Gov for 8 years before Blanco. In fact out of the Dems running Blanco was not of the old school either. NOLA has always been a problem but that was showing some promising signs. I guess just realize alot of us down here have worked hard to change the systems down here with results


35 posted on 02/06/2006 8:39:21 PM PST by bayourant
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To: Bender2

I think I would have gone for Stewie saying "Damn you, vile woman!", but that's just me.


36 posted on 02/06/2006 8:40:05 PM PST by RichInOC (New Orleans has survived just about every disaster thrown at it, except possibly bad government.)
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To: Ellesu

Reminds me of the Queen from Alice in Wonderland.


37 posted on 02/06/2006 8:41:26 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Ellesu
"Louisiana has weathered the largest natural disaster in American history."

I'd just like to remind people that over six thousand people lost their lives to the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island.

38 posted on 02/06/2006 8:44:36 PM PST by SaveTheChief
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To: Dog Gone

The point is this Dog GOne. What is needed is long term Coastal protection for the entire coast. Thats the issue. The point has been that Louisiana would use these funds excusively for that. Now before everyone goes Libertarian on me here we have noticed that various places have been protected by Fed Help. The Everglades is a big area where I have never heard people say thats Floridas problem dont spend money. The Coastal erosion problem is massive and cannot be funded soley by Louisiana. Its really a win for everyone if Louisiana Coast are protected. The oil royalty issue is being brought up because again it looks like the major problem is again to be overlooked


39 posted on 02/06/2006 8:44:52 PM PST by bayourant
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To: SaveTheChief

The point is the devastation to lives and property and infrastructure was huge. Its was the biggest disaster we have faced. I really dont see that as a debating point. Its like a bomb went off down here in Louisiana and Mississippi


40 posted on 02/06/2006 8:47:37 PM PST by bayourant
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To: RichInOC
Re: I think I would have gone for Stewie saying "Damn you, vile woman!", but that's just me.

Well, Rich... You just have no flair for comedy.

But you'd make a great fireplug. Meet me in about 30 minutes outside by the Exxon station on LaBrea Blvd... Just come up the 101.

41 posted on 02/06/2006 8:49:29 PM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: bayourant
Galveston was the largest city in this area at that time. Houston was relatively small. In addition to the lives, the storm destroyed a major shipping port, and the rest of the infrastructure on the island.

Yeah, Katrina was huge. I am just sick of Blanco and Nagin pointing their fingers at Washington, blaming the President for all their problems while at the same time holding out their hands begging for money.

These people are shameless and along with their Democrat predecessors, the reason so many poor were put into the position of having nothing one day, and having less than nothing the next.

42 posted on 02/06/2006 8:55:32 PM PST by SaveTheChief
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To: bayourant

You're still arguing that the end justifies the means. Louisiana coastal lands need protecting and any tactic you can use to make others pay for it is justified.

Hell, just send the Lousiana National Guard to rob Fort Knox. At least you wouldn't be threatening the nation's energy supply.


43 posted on 02/06/2006 9:01:26 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: bayourant

Okay.


44 posted on 02/06/2006 9:57:02 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: A Citizen Reporter

Agreed - I had an interesting experience in working in N.O. for a time, and I have never seen, or worked in, a more backwards, incompetent, corrupt, crime-ridden and childish atmosphere in my life. It was no supprise to me with what happened, and is no supprise what's happening today.


45 posted on 02/06/2006 10:12:54 PM PST by Wisc Paul
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To: bayourant

"It took an excommunication from the Catholic Church down here to get him under control."

No two ways about it, Leander was a real pip!


46 posted on 02/07/2006 4:37:32 AM PST by Mila
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To: WatchOutForSnakes; Dog Gone
"that most inland states get 50% royalties off of Federal land"

That amounts to significant money only in states where there is a large amount of federal land and if you look at the issue of how the feds dispersed, or didn't disperse, these lands in the 19th and 20th century, you see a situation which is more egregious than the shelf. The fact that this land is not on the local tax base is more significant than the shelf and while these royalties may offset the loss of tax revenue, it is only slight.

These federal lands in the western states has also led to significant water and property rights issues. Under Bush/Norton, this has not been as much of a problem, but under Clinton/Babbit, it was severe. Remember the Sagebrush Rebellion? Remember how Clinton screwed Utah on the low sulpher coal beds in the Grand Staircase-Escalante?

No-one doubts that LA will eventually get federal money for restoration. However, it is advantagous to wait until restoration in Florida/Everglades has progressed far enough that the technology developed there can be applied to LA.

No-one disagrees that LA and other Coastal states deserve more OCS royalties. LA needs to stop spitting on everyone and develope allies. Tauzin's CARA Title One is a good example of how it should be done.

47 posted on 02/07/2006 5:25:58 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

Reasonable argument. I would make one amendment though to your last sentence. That should read no "reasonable" people disagree, etc.

These threads are full of people saying Louisiana should get no royalties on offshore drilling.


48 posted on 02/07/2006 5:49:33 AM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: bayourant
She is talking about the sins mainly from the Edwards years that still plage us. People forget that alot of this LOuisiana corruption charge comes from that era.

I hate to keep raining on your parade because I know that you just want to see our state and New Orleans rebuilt, but, Edwards had long ago been shown his jail cell when the Levy Board misused funds on casinos and fountains.

I continue to be disgusted that Blanco actually wants to try and blackmail the rest of the country into giving our state money. We have no right to the offshore oil revenues. To me it's just embarassing to see her stoop this low in the name of our state.

49 posted on 02/07/2006 6:21:14 AM PST by Elyse
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To: Ellesu
Again. The more this lady and the rest of the politicians in Louisiana speak, the less sympathy they get from the rest of the country.
50 posted on 02/07/2006 6:26:33 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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