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Posts From Sen. Conrad Appel

    APPEL: Hillary Shoots At The King

APPEL: Hillary Shoots At The King

“If you shoot at a King, you must kill him” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Perhaps Hillary Clinton should have paid heed to Emerson’s sage advice. Despite an outcry from his

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    APPEL: Steve Bannon Has His Say, And Perhaps It’s The Media Who Has A Problem

APPEL: Steve Bannon Has His Say, And Perhaps It’s The Media Who Has A Problem

The only thing that I have ever heard about Steve Bannon is what has been stated in the media. Of course it is not in the context of news; no

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    APPEL: Socialism Kills, For Those Of You Too Young To Know

APPEL: Socialism Kills, For Those Of You Too Young To Know

To my millennial friends highlighted in the above statistics, let me make it clear, Stalin in Europe and Mao in Asia, in the name of socialism, killed exponentially more people than

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    APPEL: Politics Is Disgusting These Days, Isn’t It?

APPEL: Politics Is Disgusting These Days, Isn’t It?

I don’t know about you but I am absolutely disgusted with politics at all levels. I know you are going to ask how that can be so because I am

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    APPEL: On Trump’s Taxes And Faux Leftist Outrage

APPEL: On Trump’s Taxes And Faux Leftist Outrage

The one great advantage that America has always had over the world is a vibrant and resourceful business sector. This American philosophy is a carryover from the earliest times of

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    APPEL: Some Of Our Domestic Terrorists Are Being Ignored For The Threat They Pose

APPEL: Some Of Our Domestic Terrorists Are Being Ignored For The Threat They Pose

Terrorism is a multi-headed viper that threatens our society. The news media is filled with stories about the thirty seven people injured in this weekend’s political terrorism. It makes for

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APPEL: On 9/11

  APPEL: On 9/11

Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were placed in the last book of the New

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APPEL: The Republican Collapse Of 2016

  APPEL: The Republican Collapse Of 2016

I am absolutely heartbroken. As I watch the news, day in and day out, I wonder what happened to the

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APPEL: Actual Progress In Higher Education? Perhaps So!

  APPEL: Actual Progress In Higher Education? Perhaps So!

I just have to say this so please forgive my exuberance; this afternoon I feel extremely proud of my work

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APPEL: The Siren Song Of Socialism

  APPEL: The Siren Song Of Socialism

Brave Odysseus had to know; he had to feel for himself the powerful pull of the Sirens’ calls. But Odysseus

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APPEL: Complacency And Breakdown

  APPEL: Complacency And Breakdown

“No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family.“ – J. Edgar Hoover I

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APPEL: The Legislature Is Going To Have To Lead On Fiscal Policy Now

  APPEL: The Legislature Is Going To Have To Lead On Fiscal Policy Now

The Sunday morning editorials bristle with attacks on the Legislature for “kicking the can” and for failing to follow the

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APPEL: Bad Tax Policy Raises Little Revenue And Cripples Entrepreneurship In Louisiana

  APPEL: Bad Tax Policy Raises Little Revenue And Cripples Entrepreneurship In Louisiana

Louisiana desperately needs to diversify its business base in order to create good jobs; for too long we have depended

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APPEL: What They Call Washington Politics, I Call An Independent Legislature

  APPEL: What They Call Washington Politics, I Call An Independent Legislature

The latest justification by allies of the Governor for the failure of tax bills in the Louisiana Legislature is that

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APPEL: Louisiana’s Newspapers Have Fallen In Love With Dumb Tax Increases

  APPEL: Louisiana’s Newspapers Have Fallen In Love With Dumb Tax Increases

Well, I have read many of the major editorials this morning and with no exception they all support major taxes

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APPEL: Gov. Edwards’ Budget Task Force Gives Him News He Won’t Like

  APPEL: Gov. Edwards’ Budget Task Force Gives Him News He Won’t Like

“…the Task Force believes that one structural change in the Louisiana budgetary model should be to live within long-term and

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APPEL: Short-Term Good Budget News, But No Change In The Long-Term Need For Fundamental Reform

  APPEL: Short-Term Good Budget News, But No Change In The Long-Term Need For Fundamental Reform

The Finance Committee met today and we were given a general overview of the budget status by Commissioner Dardenne. He

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APPEL: Conflicted About How Best To Fight Coastal Erosion

  APPEL: Conflicted About How Best To Fight Coastal Erosion

OK I admit it, I am really conflicted. What is causing me so much angst will cause many people to

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APPEL: On Higher Education, And How To Structure And Fund It

  APPEL: On Higher Education, And How To Structure And Fund It

Just to be clear, Louisiana seriously under-funds its system of post-secondary education. Now with that said, under the political realities

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