Rarely in history has our country faced economic problems as devastating as this crisis. But the strength of the American people compels us to come together. The road ahead will be long, but I promise you that every day that I go to work in the Oval Office I carry with me your stories, and my administration is dedicated to alleviating your struggles and advancing your dreams. You are calling for action. Now is the time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities.
The Republican response so far is to do anything but come together: Both the recovery plan and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the House along party lines. My Congressman, supposed Republican moderate Dave Reichert, voted "nay" on both bills. I sent him the following emails, first regarding the recovery plan:
I wish to express my extreme disappoint that you chose to oppose the economic recovery package supported by President Obama.Regarding the Ledbetter Act:
Our country's economy is in serious condition. The rigidities of ideological laissez-faire conservatism have not only failed, they have led the country into its present situation. In the past, you have shown an admirable independence from the hard-core right wing of your party and voted as a true moderate. I am surprised and disappointed that your independent values failed you on this critical issue. Simply put, it appears that you voted to obstruct because you are more committed to opposing the President than you are to working across party lines to face down the recession.
You will have another opportunity to support the recovery package when it emerges from conference committee. Please put country ahead of party and support economic recovery.
It is beyond me why you voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The intent of the act is a matter of simple fair play and decency; by opposing the legislation you allied yourself with the most reactionary elements of your party. I for one am not willing to see the 8th District become synonymous with the politics of Deep South Republicans. Shame on you.
Mardi Gras Parades have started! The New Orleans Daily Photo has a picture of last year's Bacchus Parade here. Go here for a complete schedule of this year's parades...
Cajun Country celebrates Mardi Gras in its own way:
Eunice, in St. Landry Parish, is typical of many Cajun communities that hold Mardi Gras “runs,” known as Courir de Mardi Gras. Revelers don homemade costumes and painted wire-screen masks, and they ride through the countryside on horseback or flatbed trucks, “begging” from their neighbors...
Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, flew over the work Friday afternoon and was ecstatic.
"This is a bright doggone day for the coast, " he said. "It's one little rinky-dink project in the grand scope of things, but this will start to restore the natural hydrology, the natural plumbing.
"The coast finally has a chance to start healing itself."