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Congressman Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate

Bill Cassidy, The Right Doctor at the Right Time

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a medical doctor, one who still sees patients when possible. His health care calling—a pursuit that I genuinely admire and respect—is very noble because it helps people in an extremely vital manner. Let’s review some of the history of this kind gentleman who imparts a gracious bedside manner:

Ø  He’s 57 years young, trim, and ready for the United States Sentate in so many ways.

Ø  Received his B.S. degree in 1979 from LSU.

Ø  Received his M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in 1983 (then practiced full-time for twenty-five years).

Ø  In 1998, he helped form a clinic that still provides low-income families with free dental, medical, mental, and vision care, through an innovative “virtual” approach that partners needy patients with doctors who provide care free of charge.  This long history of kind service demonstrates his commitment as a doer, rather than mere rhetoric.

Ø  After Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, he led a group of health care volunteers to provide health care to victims of this calamity.

Ø  Partly due to this experience, he sought, and was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006 as a Republican, where he served for about three years.

Ø  On November 4, 2008, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has served until now (just about six years). He is now more than ready for the U.S. Senate.

Ø  In the House, he opposed Obamacare vigorously, and in the Senate he will work to repeal it and replace it with kind, cost-effective, efficient healthcare. This work can only be done by Dr. Cassidy and the few other doctors in the Senate who have the depth of knowledge to work to enact a remedy to this failing Democratic Party monstrosity, with the goal of making excellent health care available to all.

Ø  He supports the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will provide thousands of good-paying jobs and opportunities for Louisianans and others throughout our nation.

Ø  He is opposed to out of control federal spending and seeks to lower taxes, particularly for small businesses and families.  He believes in sustainable safety nets.

Ø  He is passionate about improving education.

Ø  He was instrumental in reforming our nation’s flood insurance program and coastal restoration.  This is a key to New Orleans’s long-term, and the rest of Louisiana’s, survival and is one of his top priorities.

 

Dr. Cassidy’s wife is a retired doctor who is now in the process of forming a public charter school focusing on children with dyslexia.  She had a wonderful career, including Chief of Surgery at Earl K. Long Medical Center (1990-1992) and private practice, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer (1992-2006).  This outstanding couple has three children.

Dr. Cassidy has been a public servant all his life, as a doctor, state congressman, and federal congressman, and has served those of us in Louisiana and the nation with kindness, professionalism, compassion, empathy, honesty, and an ever increasing wisdom that makes him so special and ideal at this time.

Daddy and Me

Here is an essay that I wrote for a writing class that I am taking at Loyola University. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my personal life.

 

Daddy and Me

            Daddy was the silent controller of our family, a circumstance that I only learned explicitly late in Mother’s life. She told me that he pointed out our shortcomings and left it up to her to correct them. It was pretty much a whole lot of tough love for me, the oldest, as well as for my two brothers and the youngest, my sister.

I guess that I really implicitly understood Daddy’s power from a young age. Later in life, when he had built a fortune through superb investments in one stock—Aflac—his control was quite apparent to all in the family and otherwise.

From an early age I have emulated and sought the approval of Daddy and also from my brilliant, avid reading and well-educated Mother.

While Daddy lacked the college education—something that was not unusual in his time—he had the opportunity of observing a superb entrepreneur, his father for whom I am named. So when he joined the board of directors of Aflac, he recognized in its founders–the three Amos brothers–especially John Amos; exhibited the stuff of great entrepreneurs. He also understood the superb business talent in the second generation—Dan Amos who was instrumental in building the corporation. Dan is a natural leader with wonderful insight and performance; enhancing the stakes of customers, employees, agents, management, shareholders as well as operating as a genuinely good corporate citizen too.

Yes, Daddy made his mark in investing. While each of us had our own cases of bipolar disorder, he never understood even at an elementary level his condition—he may never have been informed of his diagnosis. But he was and is my hero—tough love and all. I pray for Daddy and Mother each night.

Daddy died at 85 and Mother at the same age about a year earlier. There’s a certain resilience that can arise from tough love—especially in my case if it is backed up in the long run with superb and extraordinary psychiatric care, something Daddy really needed, yet never sought or received.

I never saw Daddy when he was in the manic phase, but I did observe him in the depressive state—something that I myself suffered many times.

One would think that Daddy and I would identify with each other in our depths. I did visit him in Meridian, Mississippi many times during my depression. I still very much admire him for his investing success in Aflac and his savvy nature with money. Financial literacy is something that we all should seek in order to take care of ourselves, families and others.

My parents had a profound influence on their children and grandchildren. Daddy’s “leadership” of the family and his tenacity to carry on without medication or therapy is something that I would advise no one with bipolar disorder. But, through it all, I genuinely admire and respect him (Mother too).

He wasn’t a sophisticated and educated person and he had the challenges of his illness. He also had all sorts of personal problems, yet he demonstrated great tenacity in his method of investing—99 percent of his liquid assets in Aflac stock. But he carried on. Unfortunately, he was able to experience only one season before his death; that is at Davis Wade Stadium at Mississippi State University. It’s a football arena that seems to exhibit his toughness and resilience in a demanding sport. Our family–thanks to Daddy–have a 50-yard line box suite to see bulldog football. The intelligence and rigorous nature embodied in the sport reminds me of Daddy who played the game in junior college. He cared for our family and bulldog sports in a special, yet somewhat quiet manner.

Thank you, Daddy and Mother.

Love,

John

From My Perspective: Why We MUST Vote FOR Bill Cassidy for the United States Senate

  I am a Caucasian who grew up in a segregated South in Mississippi and Georgia, but have lived in New Orleans since 1977. I have seen positive changes in the elevation of African Americans in the South and nationally. But there is much left to be done and it is my sincere belief that Republicans can do so to the benefit of everyone of every race.
    The tragedy of Senator Mary Landrieu’s democratic “leadership” of Louisiana African Americans is sad, very sad.  After eighteen years of being in Washington as a Senator, what has she accomplished for African Americans? I recently viewed a commercial about her lack of on-the-ground effects between her elections with a lot of African American support.  The commercial was followed by an African American panel of Louisiana-elected Republicans, yes, I said African American Republicans.
    It’s time for such leaders to speak out against Senator Landrieu and her record of voting with her fellow Democrats for hand-out programs, while supporting the Obama Administration in such vital areas as education.  In New Orleans, which is predominately African American, charter schools are helping in the long term the ones who need it most.  And what do the teacher unions and Obama Administration do about that?  They oppose these charter schools, a long term piece of the puzzle for New Orleans’ crime problems and potentially unemployable (if uneducated) African Americans.
    Education!  Education!  Education!
    This is a key in this Innovation Age and it will be more and more important as time goes by.  Senator Landrieu’s blind acceptance of the Obama Administration (97 percent of her 2013 votes and similar democratic votes over 18 years) have hurt the very ones to whom she seeks (and allegedly to whom she caters, though it is apparent that she isn’t truly helping them) as a liberal politician over and over and over again.  The panel I saw does not believe in the values of the Democratic Party, which foster dependency instead of education. Education is the only long-term solution and opportunity for everyone–African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, young and old, everyone.
    We must grow in fitness of our mind, body and “little piece of God.”  Teacher union bosses–with their first priority of union dues–adversely affect this process.  And guess who gets hoards of money and on-the-ground support from these union bosses?  You guessed it, the Obama Administration and Senator Landrieu.  Who suffers from that connection?  African Americans and Hispanics who can’t afford private schools, but have a real opportunity in the charter schools.
    I say it again.  The most important long-term issue is: Education! Education! Education!
    I stand in support of Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., who cares about the long-term plight of African Americans and all the other people of Louisiana. He knows education is a winner in the long-term and we must not let our Katrina gains in education and the leadership in that area slip away while sending Senator Landrieu  back to her “real” home, Washington D.C. (as news accounts have shown that she doesn’t really live in Louisiana).
    Senator Landrieu is a politician who represents the failed policies that go all the way back to the “Great Society.” Those policies have been disastrous for African American families–in the long term. The values of Dr. Bill Cassidy are in line with those African Americans on the panel who see the truth–dependency on food stamp type programs is fine and kind to an extent, but that certainly is not the long-term solution for our poor. Living from one government check to another doesn’t foster the values that give individuals real opportunities in their lives. It is also very detrimental to the recipient’s self-esteem. This dependency must be addressed in a kind way, a long-term way, through education and other positive long-term programs that really work.
    For New Orleans, I have a warning. The Katrina money is going to dry up and the path ahead must be far-sighted, especially in education.
    Again, I support Dr. Bill Cassidy for senate and his long-term identification with the real needs of all our Louisiana citizens, not least of which is education, education, education, a Republican priority.

Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate: Good Reasons for Good Government

Today I have visited the Jefferson Parish Headquarters of Dr. Bill Cassidy for the U. S. Senate.  I obtained yard signs and have worked some on the phones combining a positive message for Dr. Cassidy and explaining Landrieu’s 97% voting record with President Obama and her key vote for Obamacare – a vote that she still says she would repeat.

Her lack of regret for her Obamacare vote demonstrates her audacity and lack of genuine respect for her Louisiana constituents.

We are a “red” state, one that supports sound fiscal policies and good government in general.  Senator Mary Landrieu, who votes 91 percent with the Democrats, is simply out of step with those of us who simply don’t support those liberal Democrats, over-spending, ever increasing regulations, and laws filled with immense complexities.

According to “The Debt Bomb”, our economy is being depressed in a significant way by our national debt and entitlements.  These problems should be addressed in a kind and wise manner.

Instead, the Obama Administration is totally anti-business and either unaware or worse in terms of solving the problems of the middle class and poor.

I genuinely believe that our young people, in particular, don’t want food stamps or handouts.  What they want is the same thing that the youth in India expressed in national elections – jobs and opportunities.

Sound and good government can help to promote free enterprise which, in turn, can help the young, middle class, all of us, through prosperity.

The government doesn’t produce any widgets.  It can, through Reganist policies, promote prosperity.  President Reagan had a serious, effective Council on Economic Advisors and he, himself, was an economics major in college.

We are in dire need of Dr. Bill Cassidy and a host of Republicans at all levels. Jobs and opportunity, freedom and liberty – these are the stuff of the American dream.  We are in The Innovation Age and we must innovate in government and throughout our lives while preserving values that allow us to gain wisdom.

President Obama and Senator Landrieu may be likeable and good campaigners, but neither one of them is wise, something that is direly needed in Washington – now!

Vote and support Dr. Bill Cassidy for the U. S. Senate!

To Do List for the Innovation Age

We are in The Innovation Age and thus we must:

·         Innovate throughout humankind and its entities of all kinds.

·         Seek wisdom and shun the negative values of selfishness, greed, envy, hate, and revenge.

·         Grow our health in mind, body and “little piece of God.”

·         Foster self-discipline and delayed gratification for ourselves and others.

·         Develop life skills such as writing, financial literacy, reading worthy sources habitually, speaking in an articulate and non-profane manner, and more.

·         As we seek wisdom through life experiences and other means we need to strengthen our wisdom-associated values: empathy, truth, honesty, justice, cooperation, peace, compassion, universal wellbeing, and creative and general knowledge.

·         Develop a propensity for kindness based on the deep conviction that each of us and all of us has our “little piece of God.”

We can think of our lives as a brief episode between unknowns or we can realize through faith that our entrance and exit from this life are moments that only Almighty God understands.  Someday in Heaven on Earth, I believe death will no longer be a reality just as I believe that eternal life awaits all of us after death, even now.

I believe deeply in God’s enduring and steadfast love.  Is that a miracle or a foolish thought?  I really think that the reality of eternity is much better than most of us envision.

My faith is something that I treasure and through my writing, perhaps I can help to impart a faith to others, especially within that “little piece of God” in them.

According to Harvey Cox, author and Presbyterian minister, there are three mysteries in life – ourselves, others and everything else.  We must all accept the challenge to explorer these mysteries, honestly, truthfully, and persistently.