Ominus Omnibus + New Vermilion River Bridge – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Carol Ross, Mike Stagg, and Warren Caudle joined "Nathan and Bernie in the Morning" to discuss the recently passed Omnibus bill as well as the possible building of a new bridge in Lafayette.
1. Your reaction to the passage of the omnibus bill?
Warren Caudle started us off:
I think a lot of my friends are a little bit let down. They are perplexed over this bill and who voted for it. We had this candidate who said Landrieu voted with Obama 97% of the time. Low and behold he goes to Washington and votes with Obama 100% of the time. He voted to fund Obamacare which he said he’d not do.
Mike Stagg posited:
It’s quite a bill of course. First of all, all praise needs to go to Senator Ted Cruz for ruining everyone’s holiday weekend. We also have now returned to backing credit default swaps that were banned, so the full faith and credit of the US Government will be there to bail out the banks. This provision in the bill reasserts the liability of US tax payers to Wall Street bankers. I don’t think anyone wanted this, but all it took was one Senator to put something in a bill that had to pass.
Carol Ross added:
In terms of those appointments, Harry Reid was going to put those appointments through anyway. What they crammed in this awful bill is just, it’s not incredible, it’s exactly what they do. Those people that campaigned for six months saying they’d vote against the President, then vote 100% with Obama. Not only that, the stuff crammed in this bill is just unbelievable. All of this stuff is unnecessary and it was done the wrong way.It’s very disappointing to see all these people who campaigned against this type of legislative action go right back in and vote for it.
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2. What do you think of the idea of a another bridge over the Vermilion River and a sales tax to fund it?
Carol started us off:
Short term sales tax- where have I heard that? Oh yeah, the airport. And it was very successful.
I think it’s a great idea to have another bridge, in due time. First let’s finish the projects we’re currently working on. Let’s complete Verot School Road. I’m very excited we have a Public Works Director after months of having the seat vacant. Mr. Durel has appointed Kevin Blanchard.
I oppose on principal this peace meal approach to transportation using a tax for this and a tax for that. There’s been a proposal for at least 30 years for a bridge at South College. The problem on Pinhook and South College is because there’s no bridge. I oppose the idea that we should have a specific tax for every project that comes along. That’s incremental thinking. Unless we look down the road we’ll never be prepared for what’s coming. It’s hard enough to drive around here right now. We need to really take a look at where the growth is, where it’s coming from, and how to grow around it.
Do we need a new bridge? It depends on who you ask. The new National Socialists people in this country who says we need comprehensive planning at every stage have come up with these plans to eliminate these problems. They have said they want to build high rises and such stuff and bring people back into the core parts of the city.
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