Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:44:31 GMT
In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - He's an economist who graduated from Harvard. And former Governor Buddy Roemer says he would like Barack Obama to succeed. But Roemer says the economic stimulus plan as proposed is going to be a long term hurt for America.
Those struggling because of the economy would like to think the president's economic stimulus package is going to bring relief. But Roemer says he's read the stimulus plan and he says the president is making a mistake. "He needs to pass it now. He's feeling that tension. We're going to financial hell in a hand basket. But he's making a mistake. This bill is way too big. It's way too unfocused, it takes far too long for it to happen. It's long term hurt for America. We will have to undo everything the president is about to do."
Roemer told members of the Republican round table he's never seen a bigger disgrace than the economic stimulus plan. "He's never read it either. It's obvious. You saw his press conference last week. Didn't have a clue what was in the bill. He said the next day his treasury secretary was going to talk about round two of bank bailouts. That's what we need, more bank bailouts. And the president didn't have a clue. 'well, we'll have to wait 'til tomorrow and see what he says.' I'm thinking', who's in charge here?"
Roemer says less than six per cent goes for infrastructure. "Infrastructure expenditure, focused and targeted on real projects that can have work begun on within six months is where we ought to emphasize our money. Here's what you get from those. You get short term jobs and long term benefits. Wow, how about that for an idea."
Roemer also shared his thoughts on Louisiana's future saying he's optimistic about the state for one reason because it's at the heart of the Gulf South region with its access to water and natural gas. "The area with the greatest prospects over the next 25 years is the Gulf South."
He says the region is undervalued economically which translates into opportunity. The bank Roemer started in Louisiana represents a $50 million investment in the economy. He says they were the first to say no thanks to the government's bank bail out money.