Tuesday, February 17, 2009


From CBS News courtesy of the Huffington Post newswire:

Jindal Signals Louisiana May Not Take Stimulus Money

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has suggested his state may not be interested in all of the roughly $4 billion allotted to it in the economic stimulus package to be signed by President Obama today.

"We'll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it's beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars," Jindal said, according to CBS affiliate WWLTV.

Jindal is scheduled to give the response to the president’s not-exactly-a-state-of-the-union address next Tuesday.

Louisiana reportedly faces a possible $2 billion budget shortfall next year. It has been allocated $538,575,876 for infrastructure spending in the stimulus package, and the White House predicts the bill will create 50,000 jobs in the state.

More here.

What the fuck?!?

We're facing a two billion dollar shortfall and Jindal won't take the fucking money? I don't care what your politics are, when you're desperate and somebody wants to bail you out, you take the fucking money. I mean, okay, if Louisiana was a third world nation and the IMF came along and said here's four billion, but privatize all your water companies, privatize all public transportation, and stop spending money on Medicare or you don't get it, refusing their help would be understandable. But that's not what's happening here. Not at all. Sure there are federal stipulations on how to use the money, but a great deal of this is mandating spending on the so-called "shovel ready projects," that is, programs that are ready to go but lack funding right now--in other words, this money is for doing things Louisiana already wants to do, but can't without funding!

I've known for some time now that Bobby "Jesus" Jindal is a clueless fucktard whose only real skill is making public addresses without sounding like a redneck, and even then his speeches are totally lacking in original thought, cribbed from Hannity and Limbaugh, but this is unconscionable. Even before the 2005 hurricane season devastated huge swaths of South Louisiana, this was a poor state, literally crumbling to the ground in numerous places. We need all the help we can get.

To deny these federal billions for nothing but bullshit ideological reasons is horrifying. Clearly, Jindal's posturing has nothing to do with Louisiana itself. I mean, he's dicking us in the ass here, but rejecting this money isn't really about the us: rather, it's about running for President. Jindal is taking this sleazy stand to show Republican primary voters from coast to coast that he's one of them, and can be trusted to do the right thing. And "the right thing" is sacrificing the people he governs for his own personal gain.

There is no punishment strong enough for this crime.