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|Financial, storm-related disasters eyed by Jindal|
Before giving his personal testimony at First Baptist Church in Vidalia Sunday, Gov. Bobby Jindal discussed problems caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the financial storm nationally.
"Washington can give $700 billion to Wall Street, but they can't help our farmers and families," Jindal said.
The governor repeated that same thought while visiting with about 40 city and parish officials at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center for a luncheon.
"We asked that all parishes be declared disaster areas, including this parish," he said. "Then I would let each parish decide what they needed because you people know your needs."
Jindal also said he would like to see more assistance for farmers to feed our country.
"After the China milk scam I don't want to depend on other countries for food," he said.
Jindal said the national media came down for Gustav, but when no levees broke they headed back up north.
"We had every major media personality in New Orleans when Gustav arrived and when the levees held, and thank God they did, they left reporting that all was well," Jindal said. "But even though New Orleans did not have the devastation we saw with (Hurricane) Katrina in 2005, the rest of our state was hit very hard."
State Rep. Andy Anders praised Jindal for his work and Jindal commended Anders for pushing Congressional leaders for assistance.
"I had one person in New York tell me they thought the hurricanes just brushed us," Anders said.
"You can't stop a hurricane, but you can be better prepared," he said. "We need to invest in drainage and I know this parish can certainly use help in that regard."
Jindal told of an experience he had as he rode in a military vehicle to Vermilion Parish with a National Guard general.
"We were in a high-rise military vehicle and the water was so high we caught a fish on the front of our truck," he said. "I told the general that if it was in season it was mine, but if it was out of season then it was his."
The governor also praised the people of Louisiana.
"I went down to Vermilion and Iberia parishes and they had a lot of damage, but they told me they were going to be all right," Jindal said. "They told me they were going to get to work on their parish and then head over to Cameron Parish and help them because they got hit harder. That's the kind of people we have in this state."
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said Jindal's speech was inspiring.
"He is a great speaker," Webber said. "The fact is, he comes up here and acknowledges we exist, which is the main thing. He mentioned trying to get Concordia Parish listed in the disaster group and I certainly hope he does because our farmers really need it."
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