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Obama is Kicking Louisiana’s A$$
Human Events ^ | 6/17/2010 | Jeff Crouere

Posted on 06/17/2010 2:24:44 PM PDT by Qbert

President Obama announced on national television recently that he was looking for an ass to kick. Well, it seems he found one, the State of Louisiana. 

During his address this week to the nation from the Oval Office, the President made clear that he will not offer real help to the struggling people of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. In his speech, he presented no specific action plans and instead relied on lame platitudes. In contrast, he made clear his support for a destructive national energy tax and a horrible cap-and-trade energy bill, which will devastate Louisiana’s economy. Obama is using the tragedy of the oil spill to further his political agenda, all at the expense of Louisiana jobs. 

To make matters worse, the President has issued a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling in deep water, which will cost Louisiana 154,000 good paying jobs, according to Sen. David Vitter (R.-La.). Incredibly, the President told Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph that his plan for those losing their jobs is to “put them on unemployment.” This is not a strategy for recovery; it is a prescription for the destruction of Louisiana. 

In implementing the moratorium, the President ignored the recommendations of his own science experts. Instead, he heeded the demands of radical environmentalists, who have succeeded in forcing oil companies to drill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shallow water and onshore prospects have become very expensive to pursue because of oppressive environmental regulations. The President’s ban will force more oil companies to abandon the state and send their rigs and the jobs to friendlier countries. 

Not surprisingly, Louisiana residents view Obama’s response to the oil spill more negatively than President Bush’s actions after Hurricane Katrina. In a new survey from Public Policy Polling, only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the oil spill, while 62% express disapproval. Bush’s Katrina response merited the approval of 34% and the disapproval of 58% of those surveyed. 

Louisiana residents see a President dithering on the Gulf crisis, while focusing on sporting events, vacations, golfing, and parties at the White House. They see a President who met with Paul McCartney, Bono and the U.S. soccer team before meeting with the corporate leaders of BP. 

Instead of showing leadership and waiving the Jones Act, which prohibits the use of foreign ships in the oil spill clean-up, the President has refused to act. During Katrina, President Bush waived this act, but Obama has not followed his example. Thus, legitimate offers of help from at least 15 countries, such as European dredging companies, have been ignored because the President has not waived this act. The losers are the people of Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states that are seeing oil spoil their beaches and destroy their wildlife. 

In his speech, the President did not offer any solutions to the bureaucratic nightmare that is preventing local and state leaders from effectively battling this threat. Last week, Louisiana officials testified on Capitol Hill about the many roadblocks preventing progress in responding to the oil spill crisis. They mentioned red tape and bureaucracy and the lack of quick decision making. Decisions are not made, requests are stalled and local leaders are becoming more frustrated each day. 

All of the problems are hindering progress and contributing to the disaster that is destroying our vulnerable wetlands. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told a congressional committee that “I still don’t know who is in charge.” Is it BP or the federal government? Is it BP CEO Tony Hayward or incident commander Admiral Thad Allen?     Ultimately, the person in charge is President Barack Obama, who could remove BP and assume control over this whole operation if he wanted. For some reason, Obama has been reluctant to deal with this crisis in a decisive manner. In the meantime, there is no clear chain of command in dealing with this emergency. The result is that the crisis is worsening, the marshes are dying and the people along coastal Louisiana are growing desperate. 

Incredibly, local leaders who have tried to take action without approval have been threatened with arrest. Gov. Bobby Jindal has had enough and has authorized the Louisiana National Guard to construct sand barrier islands to protect the coastline from additional oil-related damage. Others leaders need to follow his example, to hell with the threats. 

It is clear that in this crisis, just like Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana cannot depend on the federal government or any multi-national corporation to rescue us. We must rescue ourselves and act as independently as possible. Depending on the Obama Administration is a recipe for disaster. Nungesser said it takes five days for questions to be answered by Adm. Allen. He called the process “much too slow,” but that is typical of the federal government which never acts quickly and is much too unwieldy and bureaucratic. 

While the clean-up process is stalled, the crisis is escalating. The latest estimate shows that 60,000 barrels of oil is polluting the Gulf of Mexico every day. This is 60 times the initial estimate, so it is understandable if Gulf Coast residents are leery to accept the promises of President Obama and other federal officials.   

It is inexcusable for the federal government to create more problems for local and state leaders who are already under siege. Instead of creating road blocks, the Obama Administration should give local and state officials the authority to fight this menace. 

And, any ass kicking should be directed toward the people who deserve it, BP and incompetent federal bureaucrats, not the struggling people of Louisiana. 


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: capandtax; capandtrade; democrats; kenyanvillageidiot; la; louisiana; obama; oil; oilspill; vitter

1 posted on 06/17/2010 2:24:45 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

the only a$$ that will get kicked is O’s when 2012 comes around.


2 posted on 06/17/2010 2:28:04 PM PDT by tioga (Remember in November.)
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To: Qbert

Obamah is Kicking America’s Ass !!


3 posted on 06/17/2010 2:28:32 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Qbert
Louisiana residents see a President dithering on the Gulf crisis, while focusing on sporting events, vacations, golfing, and parties at the White House.

Nero is fiddlin'....

4 posted on 06/17/2010 2:31:28 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: TexasCajun

How long will they take this before they rise up?
This is how it really begins.


5 posted on 06/17/2010 2:32:19 PM PDT by tbird-james
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To: tioga

2012 The end of the Obama Error


6 posted on 06/17/2010 2:32:19 PM PDT by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba ("Hope is not a strategy. We've got to earn what you want." Retiring Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett)
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To: Qbert
the President made clear that he will not offer real help to the struggling people of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Perhaps the wisest thing this loser has done since he polluted the office. Louisiana has never stepped up to the plate, this is perhaps the MOST corrupt state in the USA. They STILL haven't gotten over Katrina; meanwhile the midwest can get flooded, we can have ice storms followed by blizzards with power cut for weeks at a time - and everyone else can bounce back.

Louisiana is dependant upon the Gov't teat; it's time they were told to put on the big-boy pants and buck up and take care of themselves, instead of incessantly whining and demanding more money from the rest of us.

Mark your calendars, this is the FIRST time I've agreed with anything Pres. Jughead has done. However, the reason I'm supporting this decision is almost garanteed not the be the reason that Jughead gave. The reason he's not backing them, is very likely that the extortion price and conditions he demanded were rejected.

7 posted on 06/17/2010 2:34:06 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Qbert

Well all of the gulf’s states actually....maybe because they are conservative states.


8 posted on 06/17/2010 2:34:41 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Qbert

Everywhere The Bamster goes he leaves destruction in his wake.


9 posted on 06/17/2010 2:40:37 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: Qbert

witholding aid and killing jobs.


10 posted on 06/17/2010 2:41:43 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Hodar

Yawn.


11 posted on 06/17/2010 2:44:00 PM PDT by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Qbert
Barak Obama hates white people.

ICE-COOL BALLER, ELITE FRESH PRINCE

12 posted on 06/17/2010 2:44:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Qbert

The Kenyan says -—— DESTROY THE AMERIKKA I HATE!!!


13 posted on 06/17/2010 2:45:49 PM PDT by dennisw (History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid - Gen Eisenhower)
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To: Qbert

I wonder if Obama is going to relocate everyone from FL, MS, TX, etc. affected by the oil leak to all of the houses that are foreclosed on and owned by the banks, which the govt. owns, to fill them up? Just think, Peggy Joseph may actually get that house Obama promised her!


14 posted on 06/17/2010 2:46:39 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: EmilyGeiger

http://www.nrtw.org/rtws.htm

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/

And, right-to-work states.


15 posted on 06/17/2010 2:51:49 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: tbird-james
How long will they take this before they rise up?
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress
The most that can be expected of the states, IMHO, is that the ones - such as Arizona and now Louisiana - which are abused by Obama should consider "directing" that the electors from their states be committed to not voting for Obama in 2012. That would eliminate any thought of a need to campaign in those states - such that the Republican candidate could concentrate all her (a little Palin plug there) resources on the purple states.

16 posted on 06/17/2010 2:54:22 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: gaijin

The bottom right photo is quite a shot—lol!


17 posted on 06/17/2010 2:56:18 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Qbert

Of all states to be messing with...didn’t Louisiana help elect this thug?


18 posted on 06/17/2010 2:59:59 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

No. Despite apparently popular belief Louisiana is a conservative state. McCain won Louisiana easily.


19 posted on 06/17/2010 3:21:57 PM PDT by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Qbert

Yup ... he can send millions to help Haiti and Gaza, but can he help Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana? This is a travesty.


20 posted on 06/17/2010 3:24:03 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: shield

Time to tar and feather him.
Do they make white tar?


21 posted on 06/17/2010 3:39:55 PM PDT by donhunt (I used to have a US senator who lived in a compound. He's dead now.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
...made clear that he will not offer real help to the struggling people of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. In his speech, he presented no specific action plans and instead relied on lame platitudes. In contrast, he made clear his support for a destructive national energy tax and a horrible cap-and-trade energy bill, which will devastate Louisiana's economy. Obama is using the tragedy of the oil spill to further his political agenda, all at the expense of Louisiana jobs.
And Texas jobs, etc etc.
22 posted on 06/17/2010 3:46:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Qbert
I hope Jindal runs in 2012, he's a good candidate and he would remind people of this fiasco everyday.
23 posted on 06/17/2010 3:46:49 PM PDT by redk
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To: shield

Apparently Obama didn’t like some things about Louisiana. Namely this:

http://www.thesttammanynews.com/articles/2010/04/23/news/doc4bd0c7cc492cb424381502.txt


24 posted on 06/17/2010 5:28:16 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

That “directing” language has to do with how the electors are appointed, not how they’d vote. Of the electors chosen, those who get to cast their votes are those committed to whichever candidate received the most popular votes in the state for the slate of electors.

If you read your 2008 ballot, you voted for an elector for McCain/Obama/Whomever. None of us actually votes for the individual running for POTUS.

Typically, the electors are the elected Members of Congress, with party officials and activists of the prevailing party voting in lieu of the Congressmen/Senator(s) from the losing party.

For instance, VA has 2 Dem Senators and 11 Representatives, of whom 6 are D, 5 are R. Let’s say that balance remained in ‘12 (not likely). Each party in the state would designate 13 electors, including the elected officials, before the election. They are basically a slate.

If in ‘12 the Republican wins VA .. the 5 GOP Representatives would be voting electors. The VA GOP, as directed by the legislature, would have designated the 8 remaining electors. All of them would have been committed to the GOP presidential/VP candidates, and would cast their votes accordingly in the electoral college.

Conversely, if the Dems carried VA in ‘12, the Dem party of VA would have designated its slate of electors, with 5 non-elected among them.


25 posted on 06/17/2010 6:08:17 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EmilyGeiger

Bingo!


26 posted on 06/17/2010 6:17:43 PM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: EDINVA
Typically, the electors are the elected Members of Congress, with party officials and activists of the prevailing party voting in lieu of the Congressmen/Senator(s) from the losing party.
Somehow I doubt that . . .
Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.

27 posted on 06/17/2010 10:50:15 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

The point was that the legislature does not dictate how electors vote. The state legislatures are not authorized to “direct” its electors to vote for or against any candidate.

Given the Senators/Reps do not vote themselves as electors, they would, in effect, appoint them, recommending their party’s most active local folks to vote in their stead. Only the most partisan citizens ever get to be electors for either side. It’s all very ‘inside politics.’

But, as to WHO the electors are, with rules varying from state to state:

According to the U.S. Office of the Federal Register, “Generally, the political parties nominate electors at their State party conventions or by a vote of the party’s central committee in each State. Electors are often selected to recognize their service and dedication to their political party. They may be State elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the Presidential candidate. Then the voters in each State choose the electors on the day of the general election. The electors’ names may or may not appear on the ballot below the name of the candidates running for President, depending on the procedure in each State.”

http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/aa120300a.htm


28 posted on 06/18/2010 10:09:48 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
The point was that the legislature does not dictate how electors vote. The state legislatures are not authorized to “direct” its electors to vote for or against any candidate.

Given the Senators/Reps do not vote themselves as electors, they would, in effect, appoint them, recommending their party’s most active local folks to vote in their stead. Only the most partisan citizens ever get to be electors for either side. It’s all very ‘inside politics.’

. . . which generally turns out to be a distinction without a difference.

I am saying that a given state could, at the direction of its legislature, create a ballot without any electors who are pledged to Barak Obama. Or it could direct a particular Republican to name the electors - say, the governor, if s/he is a Republican, without any popular vote at all for the office of elector.

'Course any state whose legislature was ticked off enough to do that presumably would be so solidly Republican that there wouldn't be much doubt of the outcome of a popular vote, either . . .

I just kind of like the states' rights principle of the thing.


29 posted on 06/18/2010 1:55:36 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

IF I understand your idea, a state legislature could essentially keep an otherwise qualified candidate* for federal office off the ballot? Or deny a qualified candidate any electors supportive of him?

(*presumably qualified - we’ll put aside the entire eligibility issue for purposes of this discussion)

If your concept is what I am inferring, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find even one state legislator of any party or stripe in any state to support it. The repercussions would be too far reaching and no doubt unconstitutional.

I doubt it’s within the purview of a state legislature to keep a qualified candidate for federal office (or his electors) off ballots within the state. I think there’s a whole other process for determining who is eligible to be on the ballot, i.e., thru the various Secretaries of State. Some third-party candidates are on some state ballots but not others. The various states’ legislatures are to determine only how electors are chosen, now who can or can’t be on the ballot.

Now, presumably a state legislature could designate the governor to appoint all electors, and he could appoint ‘faithless’ electors for the opponent, but that would be political suicide without getting into legalities.

I don’t see it as a states rights issue at all. And that’s the beauty of it: states like LA are not, and never were, likely to elect Obama.


30 posted on 06/18/2010 6:24:08 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
I doubt it’s within the purview of a state legislature to keep a qualified candidate for federal office (or his electors) off ballots within the state.
Article 1 Section 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.
Section 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. (This was modified by the 17th Amendment, but that's beside the point).
Article 2 Section 1. Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.
It would have been so simple to say that the people of each state would elect the electors of that state - but that's not what the Constitution says. My point is, quite simply, that you could come closer to arguing that "appoint" is opposite in meaning to "elect" - and that there should never be presidential elections in the first place.
Certainly the Bush v. Gore decision could have been quite different, and much simpler, if SCOTUS had simply noted that there was no blatant fraud shown in the actions of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris - and that she had in good faith certified the election on the timetable specified by FL law. And that the Electors had already cast their ballots, and GWB had won. That would have been a lot cleaner for SCOTUS, by way of keeping its nose out of State of Florida business. SCOTUS was openly queasy about its decision, to critique Florida's high court. It should have simply said that the matter was settled de facto when Harris certified the electors and they cast their ballots.
But in fact the word "election" does not appear in the text - and the only conclusion is that ratifiers of the Constitution understood that the states would select the electors of the president - and could do so in the same way that they could (and, before the 17th Amendment, did) select their US senators.
I quite agree that for a state legislature to do anything other than allowing the people to elect the state's presidential electors would violate tradition - and it would therefore dramatize a legislature's opposition to the actions of this president. But then, the president himself is not above breaking tradition himself.

31 posted on 06/19/2010 9:35:37 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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