Dan Juneau

Good news/bad news of downgraded credit rating
August 26, 2011 at 9:09 am
The bad news is the U.S. credit rating was recently downgraded by Standard and Poor’s. In essence, that rating agency said the soundness of our government’s finances is more risky than that of nations like England, France, Canada and Australia.

Economically, nation is running on empty
August 12, 2011 at 9:16 am
I don’t know where I’m running now,
I’m just running on
Running on-running on empty Running on-running blind Running on-running into the sun
But I’m running behind.

Pampered egos need to find guts
July 08, 2011 at 9:31 am
The debate is raging in Washington about the looming debt limit witching hour, and the arguments are multifaceted.

Chilling reality of warmist predictions
June 17, 2011 at 11:07 am
In 1990, the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its first report on “global warming.” The report featured numerous scientific studies to predict that the global temperature of the Earth would warm by 1.1 degrees Celsius between 1990 and 2030.

Focus on temporary revenue in crunch time
June 02, 2011 at 3:03 pm
It was quite a week on the fiscal front at the state Legislature. Accusations and epithets were flying as crunch time began to approach in the effort to reconcile state spending with the amount of revenues that has been certified as being available to place in the budget.

Our business climate matters
May 27, 2011 at 9:45 am
The current national economic downturn is the worst the nation has experienced since the economic malaise of the early 1980s. Many of us in Louisiana remember well how that terrible recession and the plunge in energy prices devastated our state's economy. Thousands of Louisiana businesses went bankrupt or left the state, and millions of our workers moved away to find employment elsewhere. It took a full decade for our economy to begin to find solid footing again. It was the most painful economic era since the Great Depression for our people.

Good, bad legislation when it comes to education
May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am
Most of the buzz surrounding the current legislative session has revolved around the projected $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget.

Budget problems main focus in Baton Rouge battle
May 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm
The 144 members of the Legislature didn’t exactly enjoy the recent Special Session on redistricting. As noted in previous columns, redrawing districts to correspond to population changes enumerated in the federal census is an exercise that invariably creates hard feelings.

Budget chairman moves toward fiscal sanity
April 15, 2011 at 9:28 am
If you don’t know much about Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee in Washington, you may want to Google him. You will be hearing a lot from him and about him in the years to come.

State’s approach to secondary education chaotic
March 11, 2011 at 10:01 am
The evolution of post-secondary education in Louisiana emulates neither efficiency nor logic.

We deserve action and answers on federal debt
February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm
For decades, through numerous Congresses and presidential administrations led by both parties, budget deficits have expanded and the federal debt has soared. (If you would like a jolt of reality, you can go to http://www.usdebtclock.org and watch the hands of the clocks turn feverishly.) In a few weeks, our federal government will once again bump up against the federal debt limit, currently at $14.3 trillion.

Oil, gas drilling unlikely to return to normal
January 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Left entirely to the whims of the Obama administration, there is little hope that oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will remotely resemble the pre-moratorium activity levels any time soon. The regulatory agencies that oversee energy production are expanding faster than a bad fungus in a rain forest, but none of the expansion is fostering a return to energy exploration and production in the Gulf. In fact, it appears to be having just the opposite impact.

Proposal would keep hundreds of billions in private economy
December 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm
As soon as the outlines of a deal between President Obama and Republicans to extend tax rates were announced, jihad was declared by liberal members of Congress and the left-leaning blogs.

National senate race coming into focus
August 19, 2010 at 10:50 am
The House and Senate elections in November are going to say a lot about the mood of the voters and the outlook for national politics going forward. Republicans are widely expected to perhaps secure a majority in the House of Representatives and unseat the extremely liberal House leadership. But the Senate is another matter.

Something has to give on federal, state levels
July 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Something has to give. The federal government has run up obscene budget deficits, yet Congress and the Obama administration continue to push for more spending.

Is there a vat in our future?
May 06, 2010 at 11:36 am
As the national debt swells to unsustainable levels and federal spending continues unchecked, the folks who gave us our huge financial problems are casting about for a “solution.”

One-time revenue is a risky, shortsighted policy
April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am
The push is on at the state Capitol to raid dedicated funds in order to plug future budgets with one-time revenue-a risky and shortsighted policy. To understand why this practice is fiscally irresponsible, a look at the recent past is important.

Health care summit didn’t accomplish anything
March 04, 2010 at 11:28 am
The much-ballyhooed “health care summit” between President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans was held last Thursday.


Humane Society Pet of the Week: Patrick
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This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Patrick the cat....
Kids share their version of Thanksgiving recipes and blessings
Kids share their version of Thanksgiving recipes and blessings
Before they all left for Thanksgiving break, area elementary students were asked...

N.O. man found shot to death in Hahnville
N.O. man found shot to death in Hahnville
A New Orleans man has been reported dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head at 6:46 p.m. (Nov. 19) in Hahnville.