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Louisiana Congressman Landry Gives President A Sign

Jeff Landry (center)
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Last night while most of South Louisiana’s registered voters were gearing up for Saints football, the President of the United States was making a major speech about employment in our country. One Louisiana Congressman, Jeff Landry (R), knew that he could not yell out what he and a lot of people in South Louisiana know about employment in our state. Instead the 3rd district Republican Congressman let his feelings be known with a small sign that got right to the point. DRILLING = JOBS,

 This was an obvious comment on how the Presidents’ moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the slow process of permitting in the wake of the BP spill of last year have adversely affect our states economy. Was it a violation of decorum? Yes it was. Did he have the right to do it? Yes he did

 Here is what Congressman Landry’s office said about his actions in a statement released to the media.

“Tonight, we heard yet another speech from the President about what he is going to do to create jobs, but all I heard was the President trying to keep his own job. Bailouts, ‘stimulus’ spending, and debt increases won’t create jobs. Our unemployment rate is the problem, and the solution is simple: drilling equals jobs. By allowing the hard-working people in the Gulf of Mexico to ply their trade, we can save 25,000 jobs. By allowing production in a small portion of ANWR, we can create 250,000 jobs. And by lifting the ban on new offshore drilling, we could create 1.2 million jobs. We must increase domestic energy exploration, expedite the permitting process, and remove the burecratic red-tape and barriers on job creators. Producing domestic energy will create jobs across the country, increase revenue to the federal government, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Mr. President, do the right thing: let us drill.”

Do you believe Congressman Landry was right for doing what he did? Do you think his sign was out of place and disrespectful to the President? What are your thoughts on drilling in the Gulf and the current administrations policies on permitting and regulation.

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