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article imageOp-Ed: Jindal of La. Shows Repub Ideals More Important Than Help to Poor

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 21, 2009 in Politics
Jindal has put his conservative beliefs before charity and said no to money from the stimulus bill. As a Republican, he follows some other Governors in rejecting money because his political beliefs differ with parts of the bill.
That’s likely safe in Louisiana conservative country, which is different from California that has embraced the help.
In a place where the conservative agenda reigns supreme sufficiently to have elected Bobby Jindal Governor and rejected Barack Obama as President of the United States, the poor will likely get lost in Louisiana because political considerations outweigh practicality. Jindal isn’t known for taking a road other than that leading to reaching his personal goals, having used David Duke’s voting list to get elected. Now he rejects money that the State of Louisiana desperately needs because of budgetary shortfalls. He has risen to the occasion by saying no to money people need.
Statistically Louisiana is at the bottom in education and health care and at the top in crime rate. It is also known as among the top three states in corruption. So it isn’t faring well in important areas. Nevertheless, the same tired ways delivered in the same style as Southern Democrats have done are going again against the needy in the hope that they will continue to believe that trickling down will eventually drip to them. In the world of trickling down as trick, Jindal leads the pack in the GOP that stands for Grand Old Patterns..
Recently Representative John Fleming and Senator David Vitter have been making the rounds of the rural areas of Louisiana, clearly in friendly territories, to call out the Democrats for being socialist and not religious folk. Fleming clearly denunciated Obama and the President’s stimulus plan on radio and at a public gathering recently in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Vitter went to Ruston and to Winfield, both places known for rural, conservative, largely white areas. Fleming said in response to states not sending money to the federal government if they didn’t believe in the way the national government conducted business that withholding funds was something he wished could happen. What stood in the way, he declared, was the socialist agenda of the Democratic party. This business about standing alone and defying the national government appears to be a collaboration among the key Republicans in Louisiana.
Jindal, according to his biography, is a Hindu-to- Catholic convert but calls himself a born again Christian. This allows him to straddle all fences so that the fundamentalists among the Protestants will embrace him and the Catholics will as well. That’s what happened to his advantage in the election in 2007. He didn’t have strong candidates, according to what most people believed at the time, so went on to win easily against a few Democratic diehards that didn’t give much of a challenge. Besides Louisiana is in many ways a one-party state, with Democrats and Republicans playing tweedle dee and tweedle dum on virtually every issue, especially gun control and abortion, all against both. He’s brown enough to appear on television as a minority but definitely goes along with the party line and is oppositional to the views of brown-skinned African Americans in his state who didn’t vote for him in any significant numbers.
So guess what folks with no jobs, no money and no food after awhile? Don’t ask Jindal for handouts no matter the worry and no matter your best efforts. Move to California if you lose your job where the Republican Schwarzeneggar at least has a heart with his brains.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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