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|Vitter views 'stagnant' economy, pump 'crisis'|
U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a large crowd at Vidalia City Hall Thursday that there is no silver bullet, no one thing to fix the economy.
"Everything is kind of stagnant right now," Vitter said. "We need to develop a comprehensive energy policy that alleviates the pain that consumers feel at the gasoline pump. The price at the pump has grown from a challenge and a problem to almost a crisis today. It is a real hardship on a whole lot of Louisiana families."
Vitter stressed Louisiana can take the lead in a new energy policy, which includes adopting new technology, new energy sources, greater efficiency and conservation.
"The U.S. is actually the single most energy rich country in the world, bar none," Vitter said. "When you look at the total energy resources of other countries, we are first, Russia is second — they are close — and Saudia Arabia is third, and they are not even close."
Allowing the further development of domestic energy will create jobs that cannot be outsourced, Vitter said.
"It (will create) major additional revenue to the federal government that we can use to help reduce debt," he said.
Increasing oil supply helps reduce prices at the pump, too, Vitter said.
Vitter also field several questions concerning illegal immigration.
"We are all sons and daughters of immigrants," he said. "Traditionally we have a system of legal immigration, a system of rules, but over the last 20 years that system has broken down."
Vitter said the nation needs to beef up border security and adopt stricter rules for the hiring of immigrants.
"That is a huge magnet to parents to come over here to better their children's lives," he said. "I don't blame the parents for that. I blame us. I think that is a ridiculous rule."
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