Louisiana's eroding coastline is nothing newsworthy for South Louisiana residents who've been hearing the threats for decades, but a recent blog from Rolling Stone highlights the irony behind Louisiana's 'demand' for federal assistance to elevate infrastructure along the Gulf coast.
In a March 19 blog, Jared Bernstein references a Washington Post article about the elevation efforts of Highway 1, the sinking stretch of road along our coast that stands between the oil and gas hub of Port Fourchon and the rest of the country that uses Fourchon's oil and gas resources.
According to The Post, many in Louisiana are asking the feds to help financially with elevation efforts for the critical highway, which would add two miles to the road, but federal officials will not contribute funding "unless the state pledges to complete the road:"
This morning’s Washington Post described a situation in the state of Louisiana where a global trend—climate change—is leading to a situation — rising sea levels — that YOYO (you’re-on-your-own) economics can’t solve.
Officials in a state with an aggressive tax-cutting governor … one who consistently inveighs against government spending, are "demanding" the Feds send money.
The tactic here is to inveigh against spending cuts against anything that sounds silly to people … until you actually need federal help. Then demand it.
But what if isn’t there? Virtually all of the federal budget cuts legislated in the last year or so — and there’s been about $2 trillion of them – have come from what’s called the discretionary side of the budget, the non-entitlement part that's appropriated each year to fund the agencies and yes, to provide "grants-in-aid" to states.
Future divers, exploring the modern-day Atlantis that used to be coastal America, will marvel at our method of dealing with rising sea levels: Put the highways on stilts so we could continue to transport the fossil fuels that were causing the sea levels to rise. That is, until we ran out of stilt money.
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NOV 28 Bill Cassidy says the story about his possible double-dipping from taxpayers is a "non-issue," the ABC News politics blog reports here. The story, broken by bloggers Lamar White Jr. and Jason Brad Berry earlier this week, is probably an issue for some taxpayers.
NOV 28 Blogger Tom Aswell writes about the next step for the 6th Congressional race. Former Gov. and ex-con Edwin Edwards plans to take some shots at opponent Garret Graves by pointing out that Graves is buddies with Bobby Jindal.
NOV 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney responds to a troll-like poster who had a problem with his most recent post about the Saints. Since people are rioting in Ferguson, Ian shouldn't talk about football, this individual opined. It's possible to care about more than one thing, Ian counters.
NOV 28 Yet again, we're hearing about budget cuts that are necessary because of a big budget hole, this editorial in the American Press says. This raises some questions, the paper says, such as: Why does this keep happening? And how can this be so when we're being told our economy is doing great?
NOV 28 Blogger Jason Brad Berry, arguably the only guy in Louisiana who is truly paying attention to the BP claims process, has a little something to say about a Picayune story on the audit reports. He wants to know if the reporter has ESP, or just wrote her story based on a press release. He also has links to the documents she wrote about - so you can judge for yourself.
NOV 28 The publishers of the Forward Now blog post this disclaimer about their social media accounts. They don't monitor who "likes" their articles, the publishers say, and they aren't trying to manipulate Facebook likes. Say what?
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
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