Friday, June 17, 2005

Louisiana bends over again, gets another good kick in the ass

In the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I, there is a song with the lyric "Give us a kick if you please; your Majesty, give us a kick if you would, your Majesty...oh, that was good, your Majesty!" Louisianians are singing that song this week, now that they've gotten the latest kick from the White House.

A year ago, the House of Representatives, under pressure from Bush, cut the desperately needed $37 million Louisiana coastal restoration budget by $20 million. Yesterday, Bush announced he is opposed to giving coastal states up to $500 million a year in royalties from oil and gas drilling off of their coasts. The plan was for that money to be used for coastal restoration. Bear in mind that inland states currently collect 50% of royalties from oil, gas, and coal mined on federal lands within their borders.

Louisiana, which used to be identified with the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, has become increasingly Republican and voted overwhelmingly for Bush in both 2000 and 2004. However, at this rate, all of its problems will eventually be eliminated when it falls into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Despite the fact that my entire family lives in southern Louisiana? The U.S. would be *so* much better off if LA would, as you say, just drop off into the Gulf like the soggy corrupt tumor that it is.

I'm just saying.

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