Trump’s rhetoric is not rhetoric. It’s educated opinion from the perspective of a successful American businessman who loves his country and does not intend to quietly see it destroyed by career politicians, weak policy and political correctness.
The 11 million number is estimated of course and subject to debate regarding accuracy. However, let us agree that millions of illegal immigrants exist within the sovereign borders of our nation. These millions are divided into 2 basic categories: 1.Aggressive illegals… and… 2.Passive Illegals.
A Passive Illegal immigrant is one who entered the country legally but has overstayed their visa. These immigrants are by and large good folk who are working and contributing to our society. They frequently have fallen prey to the very real logistical nightmare of bureaucratic paperwork and the endless red tape that it takes any of us to accomplish anything at all within the onerous inefficiency by which our Federal government operates. Millions of technically illegal immigrants fall into this category. They are living as Americans in America, but they just haven’t managed to navigate through the paperwork of becoming a legal resident or beginning the path to full citizenship. These folks can be easily identified by our L.E. Services and they should be officially contacted and given a reasonable window to straighten out their legal status. This is not amnesty, it’s common sense. Give the passive illegals a strict window, maybe 90 days, to get right or get out. But they must pay a fine. There must be a consequence for breaking the law and their path to citizenship shouldn’t easier than the thousands of other new American citizens who followed the process the correct way.
On the other hand, the aggressive illegals entered our country illegally to begin with. They should be located by all available L.E. assets, identified, arrested, and deported. As a cop, I know first hand that ICE fails to deport illegal immigrants regularly. Do you know what happens to a car full of illegal immigrants on a traffic stop ?… Nothing, that’s what. If they are not a felony fugitive, clearly identified, they roll out. Citation?… does anyone expect to ever see an unidentified illegal immigrant in traffic court ? Arrest?… our jails are full already and no warden wants a street cop to bring in an unidentified illegal… that ICE certainly will not come pick up…on a traffic misdemeanor. Tow the car ?… Then you have a handful of illegal immigrants on foot walking around your jurisdiction. Any bureaucrat can run their mouth about any policy and procedure crap they care to lie about. I’m telling you, in the real world, on the street, this is reality. This can be fixed immediately at virtually zero expense to the American people. The MOMENT local law enforcement is advised that ICE will actually come pick up arrested illegal immigrants, we will start arresting. Within a month, the street will know that the gig is up and illegal immigrants will start leaving the country ON THEIR OWN. Think about it… an illegal laborer would much rather load up his unregistered car and make it back to Mexico WITH his cash and belongings, as opposed to risk being arrested,his property seized, detained for weeks or months, and ultimately deported. ICE must have a clear directive from Congress and the executive branch to enforce the law. I am also 100% opposed to the idea of Sanctuary Cities.
ISIS, which evolved from AQI, grew in size and power because of weak, politically motivated foreign policy out of our White House and State Department. President Obama and Madame Secretary Clinton have direct responsibility for the nightmare of the globalization of Radical Islamic terror. ISIS is the manifestation of middle-ages horror at its worst. ISIS must be hunted, identified, and killed. They must be dismantled and trod into the earth. All options must be on the table. In Congress, I will support all measures that destroys ISIS.
Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror. The “Iran Deal” should be immediately revoked as unlawful and contrary to the best interests of America and thus the free world. Iran, as well as every other state sponsor of terror, should not receive one penny of American treasure nor our support. They must be handled with the strictest of cautionary diplomacy and allowed not one inch of free reign in any endeavor which coincides with American interests. One of my very best friends is Iranian. He was forced to remain here in America in 1979, as a young college student at LSU, when the Shaw was overthrown, our embassy was seized, and the first Ayatollah was empowered. My friend has shared great insight into Iran through the years. Iran is a country of oppressed citizens who long for freedom from a regime of religious zealots who govern in the most horrific manner imaginable. The radical Islamic governing authority in Iran is our enemy. The Iranian people are not.
Russia is G-7 and should be handled as carefully and with the respect that one would handle a viper. Russia is a vast land mass, with natural resources yet undiscovered. It spans 11 time zones. 70% of its land mass is uninhabited and largely unexplored. The Russian citizenry is primarily Christian and as a people, historically proud and very tough. Russia is a respected ally to America… but an ally to be handled with caution.
PROTECTING THE 2ND AMENDMENT
We already have reasonable limits on our 2nd Amendment rights. We already are a “well regulated” militia. No one can argue with that.
The modern hysteria over guns is another example of our weakened society. Guns weren’t really regulated at all prior to the 60s in America. Throughout our history, prior to just 50 years ago, a child could purchase a gun from any seller, if daddy sent him with the money. Gun free zones are always the target of terrorists and criminals. The club in Orlando was a gun free zone. France has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the western world, yet surely you recall the mass shooting terrorist attack that left 130 dead and another 368 injured. Illinois laws almost completely eliminate 2nd amendment rights, yet Chicago suffers one of the highest murder rates in the entire free world… Nearly 300 have been murdered and hundreds more injured in almost 1500 reported shootings…this year alone… in Chicago, a city where legal gun ownership is next to impossible. In Congress, I will be a strong advocate of our 2nd Amendment rights.
OBAMACARE MUST BE REPEALED
2,800 pages of unintelligible psychobabble. It’s the most egregious seizure of power and treasure from the American people in history. It’s the worst idea in an elaborate history of bad ideas. It’s a book of lies, based on lies, sold by liars. Obamacare must be repealed. Period.
We don’t have a health care problem in America. America is home to the very finest doctors and medical infrastructure in the world. We do not have a health CARE problem. Further, private health INSURANCE policies work relatively well. The health insurance policies themselves are not necessarily a problem… the problem is what these policies cost us. We have a health insurance EXPENSE problem. It’s a problem that could easily be fixed. Lobbyists and special interests lead by the TRIAL LAWYER LOBBY in DC rigged our system long ago, when it was federally mandated that EACH STATE have its own unique infrastructure for every health insurance provider. This is why we have Blue Cross of Louisiana, Blue Cross of Mississippi, Blue Cross of Texas, etc. Think of all the costs associated with having staff and brick-and-mortar in each state. It’s defies logic.
When we buy auto insurance, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive. That’s because the auto insurance providers can sell their product across state lines. Imagine the cost of State Farm, Progressive or GEICO if we had to have Progressive of Louisiana, Progressive of Mississippi, or GEICO of Texas? Imagine the paperwork and infrastructure expense for each insurance company – expenses that would be passed to the consumer in the form of higher premiums. Imagine what your auto insurance expense would be if your auto insurance company had to have 50 separate infrastructures of personnel, 50 separate unique regulatory guidelines and 50 separate sets of brick and mortar offices.
We can fix the health insurance expense problem in America fast and it would cost the taxpayer zero. All we have to do is release the free market from the restraints of federal mandates that currently exist. Very quickly, health insurance costs would plummet. Within a year of unrestricted free enterprise, buying health insurance would be just as easy and inexpensive as buying auto insurance is now. Overall, we need less government interaction with our healthcare system.
PROTECTING AMERICAN ENERGY
A global oversupply of crude oil and natural gas, coupled with a significant decrease in average annual consumption by Americans, has resulted in a steady decline in the value of oil. Congress has moved in the right direction earlier this year by revoking the 40 year ban on exports of oil and gas products. In my opinion, more can be done in DC to help the industry. Right now, we are locked in a global battle between Saudi-Arabia/OPEC and Russia – as well as a handful of other smaller countries like Brazil. America is involved in a global struggle to see who’s going to control the future of oil and gas. Therefore it’s crucial that our federal government create an environment which allows American oil/gas companies to compete without onerous federal restrictions that the other major players do not have to contend with. I’ve never met a Republican who wants dirty air and dirty water or who wants to destroy the earth. However, jobs and economic growth must come first. It’s economic stability that produces better, cleaner business practices to begin with. American oil and gas production is the cleanest in the world by far. I would very carefully review and adjust every one of the hundred or so Obama administration mandates and executive orders imposing his radical environmental agenda on our oil and gas industry. Obama’s over-the-top restrictions on methane and carbon dioxide and his onerous limits on operating on federal land have hurt America.
Also, our flexibility to respond to other nations unfair trade practices has to be considered. I would consider retaliatory trade measures against Saudi Arabia, which has flooded the market with cheap oil in an effort to injure the American oil and gas industry overall and perhaps more specifically to drive America’s growing shale oil industry out of business. Russia should be brought into line as well. Russian activism in oil/gas trade is sometimes purposefully devised to injure America. Russians are calculating, intelligent, and not to be underestimated. Our foreign policy interaction with Russia must ALWAYS bear in mind the oil and gas industry. They are a big dog… we are bigger. They understand that type of mentality and quite frankly, I respect that. The Obama regime is weak and completely disrespected by Russian maneuvers. The Madame Secretary Clinton State Department was considered inferior, even laughable, by the Russians. Our current challenges with the American oil and gas industry is directly correlated with these dynamics. As a Congressman, I will be an advocate for strong posture with Russia, and every other major oil producing nation across the globe. American oil and gas interests must win… in every negotiation, every time. Period.
MONETARY POLICY & INFLATION
Fort Knox is empty. There is no gold. We are stuck with Federal Reserve notes as currency. The Federal Reserve must be fully audited by Congress and forced into transparency. Currently, we are printing money . Dollars must represent the value of a good or service. When the Federal Reserve uses “Quantitative Easing”… a fancy name for printing money… to flood the market with currency, those dollars are not rewarding actual productivity.
PROTECTING THE UNBORN
I am completely Pro-Life. I lost a daughter many years ago. She was 6 months and 10 days old. I think of her, and her little hand gripping my finger. I cannot imagine the mindset of any person who would support the murder of such an innocent child of God. I suppose that if the mother’s life is TRULY at risk, then that mother would have to choose whether or not she was willing to risk death for the life of her child, and such a choice should be legal and left up to the mother.
Let me give you a number… 96 million. 96 million children have been murdered in the womb in our country since the 1970s. That’s the entire population of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
I am told by German friends that there is a tangible guilt which exists to this day amongst the citizens of Germany… a guilt that is almost a part of their nation’s DNA… because of the Holocaust.
I am certain that a nation mourns… generationally… when it allows such a thing. 96 million. Yet we wonder what has happened to our American society ?… What has happened to our family structure ?… What has happened to our moral fiber ?… Where is our sense of Patriotic devotion ?… Why are our children so brash and largely ignorant of our current state of demise ?… Why ?… Perhaps we need but look in the mirror, 96 million times.
I define marriage Biblically, as between one man and one woman. That being said, I do not believe that love can be statutorily defined and I support every Americans right to pursue happiness as they see fit regarding the choice of whom they love. I have one very good gay friend, he lives in Nevada. If he decides to get married, within the legal parameters of his State, and if he invites me to the wedding, I’ll attend if I am able. However… although I support the individuals freedom to marry… I also support a States right to regulate marriage and its definition according to the will of the people of that state. Further, I stand opposed to any state or federal mandate that requires an American citizen to betray their own moral fabric and be forced to participate in any endeavor or ceremony which is inconsistent with their religious convictions. Non-Traditional marriage is both an individual’s rights issue and a States rights issue. I stand firmly rooted in my Constitutionally sound position on both.
GLOBALIZATION & FREE TRADE
A trade deal is uniquely negotiable every time. The totality of circumstance should be carefully considered and American posture on every trade deal should focus on one thing and one thing only: putting America first. American interests should be paramount in every single trade agreement. The proposed TPP is basically a massive transfer of American wealth to other Pacific Rim nations. I’m against it, as I am against NAFTA which came before it. Massive, complex trade deals, like TPP, tread on our national sovereignty and our Republic. They always favor multi-national corporations over American based corporations and the citizens of America always suffer a net loss. Additionally, I support Trump’s promise to leverage China… and Mexico, and Russia, and every other sovereign nation which benefits from American wealth created by the sweat of our brow. America must win again, every time, in every way, in every trade negotiation. When America wins…ultimately… the world wins.
BALANCE OF POWERS
Congress was envisioned by our founding fathers as the most powerful branch of government. By its very composition, Congress was always designed to be the greatest reflection of “We the People”. Congress controls the money. Congress writes the laws. But somewhere along the line, both houses of Congress, in many ways, have abrogated their authority to the Executive branch. Congress, especially the House of Representatives, must reestablish the balance of power it was originally envisioned to possess… according to Constitutional parameters… over the White House. The President is not a King. In our Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers stated that in order to pursue our unalienable rights as men… “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our government is no longer just, nor is it any longer reflective of the consent of the governed. Only with a restoration of the originally intended and Constitutionally established power of Congress – a restoration which must take place one election at a time, one house seat at a time – can we we begin to regain our nation. Trey Gowdy has been a lone voice on this issue, in recent history. I intend to help that voice grow louder.
BALANCING THE BUDGET
A balanced budget must be the top priority of a new Congress.
America is nearly 20 Trillion in debt. The insidious lust for power and money, wielded by career politicians who have seized power in DC, is what drives deficit spending.
I will join the fight for a balanced budget amendment. We also must dismantle most, if not all, of the so called “4th branch” of government, AKA the “Alphabet Branch” of government. These massive bureaucracies – like the IRS, the EPA, the DoE (the list goes on) – not only devour the People’s treasure, they also operate outside of the parameters of Constitutional control. They contribute in a massive way to our deficit each year and further, their regulations fuel the fire that devours our freedom.
I support greatly diminishing or eliminating the “4th Branch” of our federal government. I support the Constitutional process to establish a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution. I support a freeze of federal spending at contemporary levels coupled with a 1% decrease in spending across the board for 10 years. I support the elimination of the IRS completely and the introduction of a 15% Federal Sales Tax.
These bold, courageous actions would eliminate the federal deficit quickly, establish a regular annual surplus, invigorate the economy, grow the GDP, increase federal revenue intake, restore our financial stability as well as our credit rating amongst G-7, and put us in a comfortable position within 10 years to begin addressing our actual debt in a meaningful way.
Critics will say that a bold plan like this would cripple the federal government. That’s a lie. Any corporation across the country could deal with a plan like that. Every small business could make it just fine if they had significant fat to cut and they cut it, then decreased spending 1% every year for 10 years. Their stock would go up. Federal employees earn an average of 25% more than their civilian counterparts. Does anyone really believe that a federally employed mechanical engineer would leave his job because of a 1% pay cut knowing that his alternative would be to take a civilian job doing the same work for 24% less?
We can fix the colossal betrayal of the People’s trust and theft of the People’s treasure. It will require courage and vision, both of which soar abundant in the hearts of real Patriots.
STOPPING COMMON CORE
Common Core is an uncommonly poor idea even by government standards. We’ve grown accustomed to ridiculous government programs but Common Core seems to have been derived by hippies on acid in DC. It makes no sense… none. Common Core is an indicator of just how far we have fallen as a nation. If I have anything to say about it… Common Core will be history.
Regarding the Federal governments role in education, I would greatly diminish or completely dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. (Also referred to as ED or the Education Department) It’s another segment of the 4th Branch of our federal government that we don’t need. The state of Louisiana has the LADOE. That’s enough. School choice and the education of our children is best decided on a local level by loving parents and dedicated teachers.
In my family if a child wants to go to college they can get a job and pay for it or join the military and let them pay for it. A college education has become more of a burden on the graduate than a benefit. There was a time, not long ago, when college tuition was essentially affordable and upon graduation a college grad could pretty much count on a good job. Now, because of out of control salaries to administrators and liberal professors, who commonly seem driven to indoctrinate our youth with leftist principles, a college grad finally leaves the campus with a hundred grand of debt or more… and frequently no job to be found. Some of the finest colleges in America are those who accept zero federal dollars and are thus free to instruct their students according to historically traditional American precepts of higher education. As a Congressman, I would support endeavors to reduce the role of the Federal Government in American colleges.
THE THIN BLUE LINE
Our nation has come to be divided along lines that were long ago erased, including racial divide. I have been a street cop for 13 years and my own relationship amongst the black communities that I’ve served reflects my strong belief in Constitutionally sound, compassionate police service. Somehow, we have allowed our citizenry to become influenced by insidious forces which endeavor to divide us whereby we may be controlled. This unfounded manifestation of hatred must be tackled from all sides by Patriot Americans of every color and creed. We must meet this hatred wherever it surfaces with a stern, unwavering and unified voice of reason. We need not tolerate such hatred and division in our country. We need not allow the planting of such a seed. We must stand shoulder to shoulder, brother to brother, Patriots all, united as one, against this evil. In Congress, I will be a resounding voice for the Thin Blue Line.
FISA AND NSA COURTS
FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) has been criticized as being “too secretive”. I don’t think it’s possible to be too secretive in a room full of attorneys and government agents. It has been criticized as being a “rubber stamp” court for the NSA. This refers to the 99% approval rate of submitted warrant applications. However, that criticism ignores the fact that the majority of FISA judicial review and oversight takes place during pre-submission procedures – procedures put in place to make sure the submitted warrant request meets FISA judicial standards and legal precedent. This procedure means that many, perhaps 25% or so, are rejected initially but then are either re-submitted, based on FISA requirements, or pulled entirely. I have no problem with FISA. We must use every asset to keep America safe from terrorist attacks. Warrants for electronic surveillance is certainly an important tool and it needs to be used.
REPLACING THE IRS
I support the elimination of the IRS completely and the introduction of a 15% federal sales tax. Each individual state is perfectly capable of collecting and forwarding collected federal sales tax revenue quite efficiently. This would reinstitute the state’s leverage over the central government, as originally envisioned by our Founding Fathers. A federal sales tax (AKA the “fair tax”) would immediately give every single person in America “skin in the game”. Everyone would be invested in America. Every single resident – including patriotic citizens, legal immigrants, illegal immigrants, drug users, drug dealers, grass cutters, cops and criminals. Everyone would participate in the funding of our Federal government. Every citizen would find themselves controlling their own money and taking advantage of market competition to shop wisely with more money in their pockets to spend. What about exemptions? Yes, I would support exempting food and medicine from federal sales taxation. I would also support exempting a citizen who has been honorably discharged from the military equal to the number of years served up to 6. This would give a young Patriot who has served his country a well deserved leg up on life when he began his civilian endeavors after honorably serving his country. I would also support an exemption for ALL of our once revered elderly. We’d have to arrive on a fair formula based on average life expectancy and census evaluation, but at some point in life – maybe 67 or 68 – every elder would reach a point where the nation could say “thank you for your loving guidance, thank you for putting up with the generation that has followed you, congratulations for making it, we revere you, we appreciate you… enjoy your golden years… tax free…as a humble gesture from a grateful nation.”
The UN has grown too powerful. Our sovereignty as a nation is constantly compromised, again and again, through UN operations. I’m not a supporter of disbanding the United Nations. I think it is good to have a designated arena for diplomatic endeavors and meetings. However, I would support measures to greatly scale back funding for and participation in UN operations. They’ve grown too big for their britches over there, and they’re sitting on super prime US real estate.
FREEDOM OF RELIGION
I don’t have to describe it, it’s clearly defined in our Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
DC and the PC liberals need to be reminded that our 1st Amendment guarantees the freedom OF religion… not the freedom FROM religion.
Ironically, DC/PC… who commonly rant about some perceived correlation between the forced distribution of wealth and Christian values, citing the Biblical call to care for the poor… also need to be reminded of the difference between TAXING, and TITHING.
Louisiana’s coast is eroding… but not because of oil companies. Throughout history, the Louisiana marshland was replenished by river sediments – land-building deposits derived from the Mississippi River overflowing its banks. But in the early 1900s, a decision was made to levee the river as we know it today. So for the last 80 or 90 years, south Louisiana has been lacking that natural re-building process. Couple that with the land building sediments that are trapped behind locks and dams in other states, and you have the results we see today. Since 1850 the amount of sediment in the lower Mississippi River has decreased by more than 70 percent. This is a huge problem. And we need to find a proactive solution to fix it. Seems to me like we could create a sophisticated pipe system that carried river silt and sludge from the northern parts of the river to the Louisiana coast, mimicking the natural replenishing process. In Congress, I will advocate for such a solution.
When the original Christian pilgrims established small communities in the “New World”, the elders of these communities established their own laws, based on their heritage and their Judeo/Christian principles. These courageous settlers knew that at some point, members of their village would, unfortunately, violate the established guidelines of civility and would thus be subject to incarceration. The pilgrim leaders of these small, newly established settlements reflected on the world’s history of human incarceration and saw it as a poor reflection of their own Christian beliefs of compassion, forgiveness, and redemption. They knew, as educated men, that incarceration throughout history, no matter the sophistication of the considered society, equaled one thing: A dungeon.
Our founding Christian pilgrims… with few exceptions… wanted to establish a new means by which to incarcerate a convicted citizen, one which reflected Judeo/Christian principles. They determined that a convicted man who was sentenced to incarceration would be housed in a clean, safe, secure place, treated with respect as a fellow child of God, provided basic food and water and encouraged to seek PENITENCE. This is why our jail system in America is called the PENITENTIARY SYSTEM. Our jails were never supposed to be about punishment. They were always designed to offer penitence. Because a penitent man punishes himself, does he not?
I speak across America to law enforcement gatherings about the sacred duty of the badge, unwavering observation of Civil Rights, Constitutionally sound, compassionate police protection… and Penitentiary reform and prisoners rights. I’m telling you, of the thousands upon thousands of professional law enforcement men and women I’ve addressed, almost NOBODY knows this story, including corrections officers and wardens of jails. We have strayed SO FAR from the original intent of our beautifully envisioned Penitentiary system… that the Americans who work within and manage the system don’t even know of its origin. I’ve said many times in my career, that a man’s character shouldn’t be measured by how he falls, it should be measured by how he stands back up… That jail doesn’t have be the end of the line for a man, it can be the beginning of a life renewed. However, we as a nation have lost our moral footing with regards to our fellow Americans whom are incarcerated in our Penitentiary system. We have allowed our jails to become houses of horror that certainly violate the 8th amendment rights of every American held within the walls of our major prisons. I’m a professional street cop, a highly decorated, veteran officer. I’m quite knowledgeable of our judicial and law enforcement systems. Every statute in America… the written script of each law, born of the spirit which called for the law to be established… carries a “sentencing guideline”. The more heinous the crime, the more serious the sentencing guideline. This is common sense and righteous of course. However, I challenge any critic, to find any sentencing guideline, anywhere… which includes forced gang affiliation, brutal beatings, prison rape, and forced homosexual prostitution. Yet, we all know that, with few exceptions, this is what our our jails have become. As an educated man, a compassionate Christian, a Constitutionalist American, and a veteran cop… I guarantee you that we will never fix crime in America until we’ve addressed as a nation the disgraceful horror we have allowed our Penitentiary system to become. The men and women housed in our jails are fellow Americans, children of God. They have fallen, yes, and must be held accountable for their actions… but they are children of God none the less. It is our moral obligation to return to the originally envisioned Christian concept of simple, respectful, secure incarceration, wherein REAL rehabilitation, spiritual rehabilitation… penitence… can happen.
PROTECTING OUR PORTS
The Port of Lake Charles is the single most significant economic entity in the 3rd District. It represents 49000 jobs and 6.7 Billion in statewide revenue. It is a massive benefit to our economy… and it’s future growth is in peril because of the federal government.
The Port depends upon a 68 mile man made channel constructed almost a hundred years ago. This channel is mandated by the Army Corp of Engineers to be consistently dredged of silt deposits whereby the draft will be 400 feet wide and 40 feet deep. The federal government is supposed to maintain this dredge parameter but it does not. The annual dredging would cost about 40 million each year, an amount easily handled by the Ronald Reagan era import tax of 1/4 of one percent on every item imported to our nation via sea port. This tax, called the Port Maintenance Act, collected billions of dollars over the years… all of which has been stolen by the thieves in suits who run DC. The well envisioned Port Maintenance Act tax fund is billions of dollars worth of IOUs. Every one of which is worth less than the character of the career politicians who stole the money.
Currently at risk are 81.5 BILLION dollars worth of planned projects in the 3rd district which rely directly on the Port of Lake Charles. If the channel is not maintained, these private endeavor projects could choose to do business elsewhere.
The 68 mile Calcasieu Ship Channel must be rightfully restored to its intended depth…and then regularly maintained… by the Army Corp of Engineers. Further, the collected silt would be put to sound use ecologically by piping the dredged mud into depleted coastal areas which surround the Lake Charles Port. This would be righteous expenditure of the people’s treasure while at the same time providing positive ecological impact for south Louisiana. The expense of this endeavor pales in comparison to the federal tax revenue produced by the operations of the Lake Charles Port, which equals about 400 million each year. Also, the projected, currently planned GROWTH of L.C. Port productions will provide federal tax revenue which greatly outweighs the price tag of annual dredging. Not only is federally funded dredging righteous and deserved, it makes sense in every way. Federal tax revenue growth from L.C. Port productions is projected at over one hundred million each year for the next 20 years if the 81.5 billion dollars worth of currently planned projects move forward.
The very fact that we have to beg our imperialist federal government for one tenth of our own money back in order to maintain a shipping channel which had its maintenance funding stolen by that very federal government is sickening to me. As the 3rd District Congressman, I intend to be a very, very loud proponent for the Port of Lake Charles.