Should Louisiana Taxpayers Foot The Bill For Jindal’s Campaign? – Wingin’ It Wednesday
On this week's edition of "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Mike Stagg, Warren Caudle, and Carol Ross joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to discuss Governor Jindal's apparent presidential campaign tour across the nation.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. Gov. Jindal's travels have cost the state in terms of providing State Police Security. Do you think he should reimburse the state for travel security not associated with his job as governor?
Mike Stagg started us off:
The short answer is yes, but if you consider all the costs we're paying for him running for president with all these crazy policies he's produced in the state that really have nothing to do with Louisiana, they're just furthering his political ambition. He owes us a lot more than just the travel budget.
He's running for President on the backs of Louisiana tax payers. We pay for it with his travel, but we pay for it everyday with the policies he's implementing.
I just wish he'd take a cue from Sarah Palin and leave us alone. Quit running for president on our backs.
Warren Caudle added:
All these politicians want to run around the country and it costs money to do that. At the same time they want to have austerity programs, they want to have this an that, and it's not just him it's all of them.
You look at the things he's proposed, they're strictly geared for his presidential aspirations. I agree with him getting rid of the income tax, but why didn't he endorse the proposal that would put the $4 a barrel sir charge on taxes that would get rid of the income tax both personal and private, and would transfer some of the payment to people out of the state of Louisiana? Now his idea to go to a sales tax would ensure ONLY people within the state would be paying for it.
Carol Ross concluded:
The sad part about this whole thing is that he's set REAL reform back in doing these phony bologna just for the optics sake reforms. Ethics reform, we know what a joke that is and fiscal reform now coming up, it's all for show and he's set real reform back. There is a hope that some of these young guys in the legislature will take a real hard look at the tax policies and do something really submissive, but it's not going to come from Jindal.
But let us remember who writes the campaign finance laws, and who pays the salaries of the people who enforce the campaign finance laws. Most of these trips, most of the expenses have been underwritten by the groups have invited him, but should he reimburse the state police budget before he comes to the tax payers again? Absolutely.
- Warren Caudle, Carol Ross, Mike Stagg; KPEL 96.5
2. Former Vice-President Al Gore has denounced the Keystone pipeline project saying "it's the dirtiest source of energy you can imagine". What do you think about the pipeline and/or his comments about the dirty source of energy in light of him selling his TV network to Al Jazera.
Once again proving Al Gore is an inconvenient goof. I hate to waste my breath on him, but there's something very serious going on here. As long as he can convince people to do cap and trade and carbon tax credits, well who trades in carbon tax credits and makes billions off it? That would be Al Gore and his buddy David Blood who formed Generation Management years ago when they saw this coming down the line. This guy is making billions off of trading carbon tax credits.
FIrst of all, talking about the "dirtiest form of energy", I think it's a bit of hypocrisy coming from someone who's family made their fortune in coal mines.
I don't have any problem with selling his company to Al Jezeera, the problem I have with him and all the rest of the environmental people like that is their "Ive got mine, I don't want you to get yours" mentality. You ride a bicycle, I'll continue to ride around in my $50 million jet.
There's absolutely no connection between the pipeline and the selling of his TV station, but it's good fodder.
The tar sands are in fact one of the dirtiest sources of energy we can find because of the pollution that occurs when you remove the tar from the ground. The oceans are rising because the ice caps are melting, this is a direct result of greenhouse gasses in the the environment. Here we go, hat in hand to congress, asking for money to fun a levee project, helping to protect our sinking coast.
Somebody is going to say, what's the problem here? How can you fight climate change and ask us to protect the coast?
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