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Pushing back: Thousands of Obama’s drilling moratorium victims rally in La.

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 21, 2010 03:44 PM

We need to see Obama’s job-killing victims in the streets every day.

Make your voices, faces, stories heard, seen, and re-told often.

Thousands stood up today in Louisiana. How about you?:

The crowd, many wearing T-shirts with slogans like “Drill Baby Drill,” and “No Moratorium,” began streaming into the Lafayette Cajundome as soon as the doors opened, eager to show their support for ending the federal offshore drilling moratorium.

Tuesday’s gathering, billed as the “Rally for Economic Survival,” was set in the heart of Louisiana’s oil patch.

Thousands stood in silence as the names of the victims of the Deepwater Horizon explosion appeared on the stadium’s big screens. But they were rarely silent after that – cheering every statement against the moratorium.

Next: Utah and Wyoming victims of Ken Salazar/White House job strangulation, stand up.

Victims of Dealergate, stand up.

Be counted.

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A report on the moratorium protest from TheChamberPost:

It was standing room only in Lafayette Louisiana’s Cajundome as the 15,000-20,000 people assembled for the Rally for Economic Survival. Attendees called for common sense action by the federal government to lift the moratorium and send them back to work.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal fired the crowd up and said that Louisianans “don’t want a check from BP, and don’t want an unemployment check from the federal government”. Instead he noted that Louisianans just want to “go back to work”.

Lt. Governor Scott Angelle highlighted the important role that oil and natural gas play in the U.S. economy. He said, from 2005 to2007, the oil and gas industry paid $222 billion in taxes and $23 million in mineral royalties. Angelle told the workers that they’re not only “helping find energy to fuel America”, but helping to “produce the revenue to pay the taxes so America can educate, medicate, rehabilitate and if all else fails, incarcerate.”

Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, quoted an excerpt from President Obama’s remarks this past Monday on unemployment insurance. The audience stood and cheered as Smith read Obama’s words… “It’s time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics. It’s time to do what’s right – not for the next election but for the middle class.” Smith called on President Obama to heed his own words and end the ban on jobs and growth in the Gulf.

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Stories of economic survival on the Gulf Coast:

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Via Hot Air,
watch Bobby Jindal rouse Louisianans.

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