James Carville on the Economy

Friday, April 24, 2009 - 5:53pm

Political pundit James Carville was n the Capitol City today talking with LSU students. Our David D’Aquin caught up with him to get his thoughts on the economy. He was in town promoting his new book and talking to students about what’s going on around the country. David talked with him about the economy and proposed state budget cuts.

James Carville spent the morning talking with students at LSU, afterwards we caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Economy in Louisiana. “I think as the President said, there’s a glimmer of hope here, and hopefully, that will turn into something a little better.”

Carville says the nation has seen worse economic teems and even though the outlook is bleak for now, America’s economy will come back. “They once asked Mark Twain ‘do you think it’ll stop raining’ and he was like ‘well, it always does.’ Actually, Louisiana is doing a little better than most other states.”

Governor Jindal has made it clear in his budget that Louisiana will have to tighten its belt. “The basic rule is don’t eat your seed corn.” Carville says some of the proposed cuts are bad news. He encouraged LSU students to call their legislators and ask them not to cut funding to higher education. “We just keep the seed corn, we’ll be fine in the future years.” Carville says it’s important to keep Louisiana universities top-notch.

Carville is teaching at Tulane in New Orleans now. He says he’s hopeful students from LSU will reach out to lawmakers to ask them not to make cuts to higher education.