I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed a good game of cards. I remember, as a child, playing cards with my cousins, we liked to use a lot of wild cards when we played. Our favorite was to use the one-eyed Jacks. There’s something mysterious about the Jack of Spades and the Jack of Hearts. They showed the world one aspect, but what were they hiding on the other side? It occurs to me that we’ve a pair of one-eyed jacks representing our area even now in Washington. Both Congressman Don Cazayoux, affectionately know on Louisiana Conservative as “Coullion”, and Senator Marie Laveau, I’m sorry, I meant Mary Landrieu, are showing us one face, but what are they hiding? They both have been talking a good game about energy independence. They both verbally advocate drilling and refining our own oil here in the United States. They both talk about doing what is best for Louisiana and standing up to party leadership. Is that what they are really doing?
Let’s examine first the record of Congressman “Cash-in-on-you”. We talked before the election about his claims of fiscal conservatism. We talked about his record in Baton Rouge stating otherwise. We also mentioned that he would never be able to stand up to the overwhelming force of his own party. His record shows that he as not. Out of the first 100 votes he cast in the House, his voting record shows that he has walked in steady, lock-step rhythm with Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party. This “Blue dog” Democrat was quickly brought to heel. In a conversation that I had with his office, they assured me that he was in favor of drilling, and refining, here in the United States. They said that he would lead the fight to drill here in American, to open up ANWR and the OCS. When the chance came for him to lead, he marched right up to Pelosi and made sure he got the last word. Tragically, it was “Yes Ma’am.”
What about Senator Laveau? The New Orleans voodoo queen of the Senate had her chance to shine as well. According to Washington insiders, she was offered an opportunity to cast the deciding vote that would have expanded domestic energy exploration by lifting the moratorium on oil shale development. Landireu, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, instead voted no according to the Rocky Mountain News at the request of the committee chairman, Democratic Senator Ken Salazar. In her own words she said this: “Sen. Salazar asked me to vote no. I did so at his request.” Let’s look at the impact these two could have had on Louisiana. Here in the state, we have sixteen of the nation’s oil refineries, including Exxon Mobil’s Baton Rouge refinery and Placcid refinery in Port Allen. These sixteen refineries process an average of 2,945,800 barrells of oil per day according to Wikipedia. Oil is a major portion of the Louisiana economy,and the lifeblood of Baton Rouge. If you do not believe me, just ask any of the friends and neighbors that you have that work for Exxon or Placcid. They’ll tell you how important it is to their job. What would these additional oil revenue do for the economy of our area? What about for our state? How nice would it be to pay less at the pump? These things aren’t happening right now thanks to the care and devotion of our national Democratic Party.
This is just one issue. One that can be resolved this November by making a change in who we send to Washington. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are on the verge of some great things in this state, and we have a chance to spread that momentum into our nation’s captial. Let’s get “Cash-in-on-you” and Senator Laveau out of our nightmares, and out of our Congress. Let’s discard the one-eyed jacks.