As the Republican Congressman from the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana, Garret Graves said during his Bayoubuzz interview with earlier this week, Louisiana is a "Gold Mine". For reasons, he cited and for others that have been often mentioned, Louisiana possesses riches that few states do. We have the broad Gulf Coast. Then, there's the confluence of the Mississippi River and its Delta. We have immense natural resources, our ports, our fisheries and so much more. Yet, Louisiana is a poor state, with major infrastructure issues including the rapidly shrinking coast, competing for limited federal dollars and national attention.