Income taxes aren’t the real problem
January 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm
By John Maginnis

By his blockbuster proposal to wipe out personal and corporate income taxes, Gov. Bobby Jindal once again demonstrates his ability to change the subject.

Cliff hanging resumes in D.C.
January 11, 2013 at 9:59 am
By John Maginnis
With one fiscal cliff averted and more on the horizon, the new Congress takes over with the seats still warm and feelings still hard from the old one. The hostilities just carried over, with the spirit of compromise gone already and positions dug in ever deeper as the next deadlines on the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts approach. In the next round of cliff-hanging, what roles will Louisiana’s senators and representatives play, and how will the outcomes affect their politics?

Does anyone care about debts and deficits?
January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am
"Fiscal Cliff, Part One" is over. President Obama wins the round. He wanted to raise the income tax rates on the top two percent of taxpayers and he got his way. The tax change will bring in an additional $650 billion in revenue over 10 years. Interestingly, Speaker of the House John Boehner agreed earlier to $800 billion in revenue increases by adjusting exemptions and credits instead of raising rates. President Obama nixed that and demanded the rate increases, even though it results in less revenue.

Film spreads negative message about oil, gas industry
January 04, 2013 at 9:58 am
By Don Briggs
President, Louisiana Oil
and Gas Association

Yet again, another negative film has been released regarding the oil and natural gas shale revolution that is sweeping across our nation. The latest film, Promised Land, featuring several A-list actors, attacks the oil and gas industry regarding leasing and hydraulic fracturing. The difference in this film and others, such as Gasland, is very little. The idea is the same: you gather inaccurate data about an industry that is run on very technical details, pitch the film to the mainstream media, and you have yourself a moneymaking movie. Facts are clearly not required to be successful with a film.

Year ahead crowded with unfinished business
January 04, 2013 at 9:56 am
By John Maginnis

With no elections in 2013 nor much in the way of bold new initiatives put forward by anybody, the state’s agenda for the new year is crowded nonetheless with the unfinished business of the old.

The cat and the lizard
December 28, 2012 at 9:58 am
I had a cat once that deemed itself a mighty hunter. His choice of prey was lizards. He would watch them crawl down the patio walls, pick a spot within the edge of his leaping ability, fly from the floor, knock the hapless reptile down, and slap it around until he got bored. Watching how Barack Obama has battered John Boehner for the last few months brought back memories of my cat and the lizards.

It’s a financing scheme, not a plan
December 28, 2012 at 9:57 am
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes that Louisiana needs to privatize the antiquated Charity Hospital System. To that extent we agree.

God writes love letter with his flesh and blood
December 28, 2012 at 9:56 am
We will never fully comprehend the extent of the sacrifice God made by coming down to earth in such a concrete, tangible way, in human form.

State revenues down by $336 million
December 20, 2012 at 10:21 am
The state Revenue Estimating Conference just concluded its meeting. State General Fund revenue estimates have been reduced by $129 million for the current fiscal year and by $207 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013. The latter reduction means that the state’s "fiscal cliff" for fiscal year 2014 is now at approximately $1.2 billion.

Landrieu seeks to turn Medicaid to her advantage
December 20, 2012 at 10:20 am
By John Maginnis

Roll Call, the political magazine of Washington, D.C., recently handicapped Sen. Mary Landrieu’s 2014 re-election chances at 50-50. The odds against her were worse three years ago when she was being vilified by Republicans here and nationwide for supporting President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In those dark days, with conservative commentators labeling her a prostitute for wrangling funding for Louisiana, the unpopular new law was seen as the lodestone that would sink her career.

There is a blue civil war coming
December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am
Walter Russell Meade made a very interesting observation on his blog in The American Interest magazine. Meade describes the coming "blue-on-blue" battle arising between public sector unions and liberal Democratic mayors and governors whose states and municipalities are on the verge of bankruptcy due to the ever-escalating cost of public employee retirement benefits.

Deacon ‘G’ appointed to Holy Family Parish
December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am
Deacon W. Gerard Gautrau, who prefers to be known as "G," has been canonically appointed as deacon of Holy Family Parish in Luling by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. He was ordained as a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church by the archbishop at St. Louis Cathedral on Dec. 6.

Status quo defenders challenge education reforms
December 06, 2012 at 9:33 am
In state court this week, Judge Tim Kelley of the 19th JDC heard a suit filed by the Louisiana Association of Educators, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana School Boards Association, and 43 local school districts challenging Act 2, which passed during the recent legislative session.

National elections need overhaul
December 06, 2012 at 9:32 am
The political scene should start getting more interesting in Louisiana now that the dull Presidential election is over for us forgotten citizens. After all, there wasn’t much reason to campaign for the top office among us Pelican State residents whose majority choice was not in question.

State's budget crisis explained
November 29, 2012 at 11:02 am
As the state of Louisiana faces its next annual revenue shortfall (a.k.a. the "fiscal cliff"), apparently, it is necessary to explain the obvious to our politicians.

Landmark voucher law could be derailed
November 29, 2012 at 11:01 am
By John Maginnis

In what may have been the apex of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s power and influence over the Legislature, his team pressed non-stop to push through a far-reaching package of education bills in the first three weeks of this year’s session, which is considered warp speed at the Capitol.

Louisiana ‘fiscal cliff’ redux
November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am
It’s that time of year when Team Jindal tells us the horror story about the "fiscal cliff."

Behind fiscal cliff lies fiscal swamp
November 21, 2012 at 9:09 am
The nation’s long election ordeal is over. While that may be good news, we must temper it with the fact that Congress is now back in session.

Book Review “The Hit”
Book Review “The Hit”
Do you want the ultimate high? One week with nothing to lose, but there is one catch. After the amazing week, the victim dies a slow painful death. That is the great adventure that Adam and Lizzie take. With all of that comes the ups and downs of young love with a few bizarre twists in between.