These folks showed the value of self-reliance, neighborliness, good-hearted community service. T hey saw a need and stepped in to help without any expectation of recompense. They were hugely successful. Their efforts were hugely successful and they should be applauded. They saved hundred, if not thousands of people from discomfort, danger, and possibly death. We'll never know how many lives they saved, because all those people are still alive.
But, one jackassical state lege wants to regulate them. I kid you not.
That’s exactly what State Sen. Jonathan Perry (R-Kaplan) wants to do in the next legislative session. In order to “prevent boaters from being turned away” by state agencies, he wants to mandate that the “Cajun Navy” of private boat owners to be trained and certified in search and rescue.What a despicable jackass. You can't legislate people helping people, and as a Republican, you shouldn't want to. But that's not good enough for Perry. He's all about regulation and certification. Oh, and while we're at it, Perry wants them to pay a fee for the certification. Yeah, a fee.
Republican State Senator Jonathan Perry of the Vermillion, Lafayette area, is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas. He said some were turned away.Perry wants people to pay money to government and get certified before they take part in a vital life-saving effort with their own boats, effort, fuel, and time. He wants to regulate people trying to help other people.
I'm going to make this point here: Many Louisianans own boats and spend dozens of hours a month in their pleasure craft. Many others make their livings in boats, on the water, in the bayous, sloughs and lakes of our wonderful state. For years, Louisiana has required a boater's course certificate to operate pleasure craft. It's free.
The Cajun Navy did a magnificent job, stepping up and helping out in the hours and days in the early part of the event, before other resources could get on the ground. These guys hooked up their boats, went to the affected areas and started pulling folks out of the water. The legislature should not try to regulate the efforts of volunteers who use their own resources to help fellow Louisianans in a natural disaster.
Perry is a complete and total jackass.