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What a week for LA04 Rep. John Fleming. First he said the debt ceiling was no big deal because economists are sometimes wrong. Then came this:
Yesterday, [Fleming] appeared on the Rusty Humphries radio show to discuss the shut down, and was welcomed to the program with a call from a listener, Nick. Nick had a question. Wasn’t the Republican effort to fight “slavery and segregation” in the past akin to the Republican effort against Obamacare today? The caller asked if Republicans are fighting for a similar “moral victory” against healthcare reform that was eventually achieved against slavery.
Fleming responded, “I think your caller is precisely correct.” The congressman went on to list his party’s demands.
That’s right. Fleming thinks denying people health insurance via the ACA is akin to battling slavery. No. words.
Those crazy Teabaggers in the House did it again. In a wild, last ditch effort to defund the Federal Law known as “The Affordable Care Act,” or Obamacare, they refused to fund the government past today. Hence, SHUTDOWN.
Yes, the entire LA GOP Congressional delegation is to blame. You an let them know how dumb they are by contacting them here:
|Member Name||DC Phone||DC FAX||Contact Form|
|Senator David Vitter (R- LA)||202-224-4623||202-228-5061||http://www.vitter.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-vi …|
|Representative Steve Scalise (R – 01)||202-225-3015||202-226-0386||https://scalise.house.gov/contact-me/email-me|
|Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R – 03)||202-225-2031||202-225-5724||https://boustanyforms.house.gov/contact-me|
|Representative John Fleming (R – 04)||202-225-2777||202-225-8039||https://fleming.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/|
|Representative Bill Cassidy (R – 06)||202-225-3901||202-225-7313||https://cassidy.house.gov/contact/email-me|
Bobby Jindal, grandstanding politico-columnist, is back with another amazing gambit of political theater.
In the ongoing dispute between the DOJ and Jindal Admin into whether the Voucher program violates Federal desegregation orders dating back years, Jindal has now “invited” President Obama to one of Louisiana’s Voucher schools, so he can see first hand how many children are enjoying their evolution-free education.
Jindal’s error, however, was that he didn’t say which one. And to that, we suggest one of the 20 public voucher schools that rejects the scientific teaching of evolution here:
These numbers will grow as the voucher program continues, and will easily be able to reach the numbers I’ve posted below. The numbers below represent the number of voucher slots originally requested by the creationist schools, and the maximum amount of voucher money that the state allows.
President Obama could visit any of these stellar institutions and see just how well things are going for the voucher kids in Louisiana. World class educations, no doubt!
It was just last year that Fleming melted down on the internet over an “abortionplex” in North Louisiana. Of course, this “news” was reported in The Onion, a satirical ‘zine that makes little effort to obscure its comedic intention. Fleming, unfortunately, didn’t get the joke, and issued a matter-of-fact indictment of planned parenthood as (obviously) providing “abortion by the wholesale” over at the “abortionplex.” That’s your 4th District Congressman, Louisiana!
This week, Fleming has vaulted himself onto the national stage again, offering his sound economic mind to the debt ceiling crisis:
“Economists, what have they been doing?” the three-term congressman said in the New York Times on Friday. “They make all sorts of predictions.”
“Many times they’re wrong, so I don’t think we should run government based on economists’ predictions,” Fleming added.
So there you have it, folks. Dismiss the experts! Let’s let geniuses like John Fleming run government. With his sharp mind, and flawless logic, we don’t need any smartie-pants economists around telling us what to do!
Earlier this month, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Tony Perkins, the former Louisiana State Representative and current head of Family Research Council, to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission. Tellingly, although Perkins was appointed nearly three weeks ago, Governor Jindal's office kept things quiet; the appointment was first revealed by Woody Jenkins, a man who is best known in Louisiana for his three quixotic campaigns for the United States Senate.
By Robert Mann
Did you know that Gov. Bobby Jindal is a civil rights leader? Although he's never spoken much about the subject, Jindal wants you to know that he's a regular Martin Luther King when it comes to education. His passion, it seems, is helping poor minority children get a better education.
“The next great civil rights fight is really about making sure that every child has a great education," Jindal…
Yesterday, I wrote about the ways in which Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White have attempted to dupe the public and national Congressional Republican leaders on the realities and the success of Louisiana's controversial school voucher program. Almost immediately after the Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to suspend the program in certain school districts still under federal desegregation orders, Governor Jindal accused officials in the Justice Department and the Obama administration of conspiring to prevent African-American children from accessing a "better education." As I pointed out yesterday, the simple truth is that Jindal's school voucher program is actually comprised, almost entirely, of unaccountable and unregulated private schools that perform significantly worse than their counterparts in the public school system, and the notion that this program somehow provides opportunities for a "better education" is nothing more than dishonest propaganda.
Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and four other prominent Congressional Republicans fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to reconsider a motion the Department of Justice recently filed seeking an injunction against the implementation of Louisiana's voucher program in the thirty-four schools in thirteen districts still under federal desegregation orders.
Notably, Boehner's letter mistakenly claims the Department of Justice is targeting thirty-four "districts," which clearly indicates that…
In addition to jumping in front of the cannon-ball sized lawsuit filed by the Levee Board of SELA, Bobby Jindal’s kindness toward our big oil masters extends to forgetting to collect royalties or penalties from land-based extraction.
According to a Legislative Audit, Louisiana’s Office of Mineral Resources waived nearly $6 million in penalties against mineral extraction companies and failed to collect a further $1.4 million in royalty payments between 2008 and 2012. That’s millions in taxpayer dollars. Another giveaway:
Companies are required to hand over royalty payments when they extract minerals, such as oil and gas, from state-owned lands and water bottoms. The Monday audit looked at whether OMR, the state agency charged with collecting these payments, ensured they were received completely, accurately and in a timely manner between 2008 and 2012.
The audit showed in the last five years, companies were assessed $12.8 million for making mineral royalty payments late, incomplete or not at all. The OMR’s Board, however, has the authority to waive these payments, and chose to do so in 45 percent of the cases.
OMR also failed to record why penalties were waived, but said the current policy aims to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. While the board added waiving such penalties also “encourages companies to self-report underpaid royalties,” it agreed to begin collecting all such fees at the auditor’s urging.
The state agency also failed to collect $1.7 million in royalty payments from companies that illegally deducted severance taxes from their royalty payments. According to state law, companies can deduct severance taxes paid to the state, but only if they then increase their royalty payments in line with their tax refund.
Between 2008 and 2012, ten companies underpaid their royalty payments to the tune of $1.4 million. Companies also deducted at least $323,450 more in severance taxes than allowed.
Oh well, good thing those hospital privatizations are going well! Only missing $40m this FY? Oops.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2013
Re: Zachary S. (“Zack”) Kopplin, Citizen versus John White, in his Official Capacity as Superintendent of the Department of Education, a Department of the Executive Branch of the State of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—On Monday, September 9, 2013, education activist Zack Kopplin filed suit against Louisiana Superintendent John White and the Department of Education in order to compel White to release a series of public records concerning the school voucher program, teacher evaluation methodology, the Louisiana Science Education Act, the influence of lobbyists on policymaking, and policies related to the retention and destruction of public records.