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Never Take Advice From Bobby Jindal

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Never Take Advice From Bobby Jindal


Give Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal one thing. He understands the problem for the Republicans inherent in the so-called “fiscal cliff” well.

In an op-ed for Politico on Thursday, he laid out why just about every poll shows that the GOP will be blamed if we go into 2013 without some deal to avoid the ending of the Bush tax breaks and a series of automatic budget cuts:

At present, any reading of the headlines over the past week indicates that Republicans are fighting to protect the rich and cut benefits for seniors. It may be possible to have worse political positioning than that, but I’m not sure how.

The man who said that the GOP has to “stop being the stupid party” went on to demonstrate that he doesn’t understand why the fiscal cliff is actually a problem by proposing a “balanced budget” amendment as solution.

New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait explains:

But of course if we had a balanced budget amendment in effect, we wouldn’t be implementing half a trillion in immediate deficit reduction. We’d be implementing a trillion in deficit reduction. And such fiscal cliffs would become a regular feature of American budget policy.

We’re in a crisis, according to economists, because the cuts and tax increases would immediately put us in a recession. The deficit would be shrinking too fast and Jindal is talking about the problem of having too big a deficit. His solution would turn nearly any future recession into a depression by demanding instant cuts whenever a sour economy required the safety net to kick in.

This why the “fiscal cliff” debate beautifully demonstrates the hypocrisy of the GOP.

If we go off the cliff, the deficit would be automatically cut in half, which should be a fiscal conservative’s dream. But it would end tax breaks and cut defense. So clearly we see their goal isn’t a balanced budget. It’s shrinking the good government can do and tax cuts, especially for the richest.

Jindal — as a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — has made a point of criticizing the tone of the Republican Party over the last year. He, like Paul Ryan, then ends up proposing the same policies that made the Tea Party even less popular than the Republican Party.

Jindal is still very popular in his very red state. But his voucher program, which funds schools that say the Loch Ness Monster is real, was just ruled unconstitutional.

This doctor-turned-politician should probably recognize that his specialty is diagnosing problems. But he probably should leave prescribing treatments to someone else.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com


  1. Don Ramsey December 6, 2012

    When it comes to saying whatever people want to hear, Willard and little Paulie could take lessons from Jindal. Here is man with a degree in biology, a Rhodes scholar at that, who signs a law allowing the teaching of creationism, and that allows that the KKK were really good guys, on the public dime to appease the base. Not only will I not only refuse to listen to any advice from him, I will refuse to listen to him period.

  2. shagspur December 7, 2012

    The fiscal cliff is a white whale on the level of Y2K. Now don’t misunderstand; had programmers not cleaned up millions of lines of code, many systems may have crashed, but civilization itself was never at risk when computers turned over to the year 2000. The fiscal cliff, on the other hand, is an artificial terror dreamed up in response to the tea party’s insanity during the debt limit negotiations of 2011.

    Conservatives figured that if they could conjure up a monster, they could then frighten Democrats into the process of dismantling entitlements. Obama is calmly calling their bluff. He has signaled clearly that he will not do anything to harm entitlements, because there is no spending problem. Now, since conservatives have been screaming that we do have a spending problem, some readers may disagree. I repeat: we do not have a spending problem. What we do have is a buying problem, because too many consumers have too little money chasing after too many goods.

    The fictional white whale would never have removed Captain Ahab’s leg if he hadn’t first stuck it with a harpoon. In January, 2013, the Bush tax cuts will expire for everyone. Immediately, bills will be introduced to provide tax relief for the consumer class, with targeted incentives designed to stimulate the economy. Captain Ahab, ruler of Republicans, will quickly discover that in his pursuit of the fiscal cliff, Moby Dick has bitten off both his legs, leaving him nothing at all on which to stand.

    1. Dominick Vila December 7, 2012


    2. Bert W. Fannin December 7, 2012

      Really well put! Bravo indeed.

      1. rpg1408 December 7, 2012

        It’s so nice to read intelligent commentary after so many years of hearing GOP blathering and fulminating. We can drown out the Norquist- loving birthers, creationists and flat -earthers that seem to be the public voice of the Party.

  3. rl December 7, 2012

    Please gop/tea bag members keep listening to Bobby (I want to see the long form of his Birth Certificate). He will push you over the sanity cliff. He may sound reasonable, but he is in reality only sounding while he drives his party over their own cliff and becomes more non-relevant.

  4. MARK December 7, 2012

    The gop/tea party clown pool is very deep.

  5. Jim Lou December 7, 2012

    Don’t forget that the Great Depression started with the collapse of the stock market. It was aggravated by the dearth of action on the part of the Republican President, who was originally a businessperson.

  6. Heriberto R Montalvo December 7, 2012

    I’ve heard this guy Jindal attacking Obama.Obama won.Now, this guy attacks Mitt and the rest of the reps.It seems like we have another Mitt but this one is dark. He says anything that benefits him.Well, what can one expect just another rep.

  7. Kansan December 7, 2012

    Jindal was elected when President Katrina shipped hundreds of thousands of African American voters to Houston and other out-of-state destinations. He has tried to destroy state services, sell off state assets, has given over the state retirement department to the Wall Street vultures, has tried to destroy unions and is one of the biggest recipients of Koch brothers contributions in the U.S. He spent all year traipsing around the country campaigning for other Koch Hoes like himself, such as Scott Walker in Wisconsin, rather than saying home and governing.

  8. howa4x December 7, 2012

    The cliff is really a slow moving slope and the deadline is artificial. This gives the media something to rant about daily. Even if we start to slide down we can stop it anytime in the 1st two months and make any budget deal retoactive to the 31st. Jindal is right about the republicans having a bad negotiating position, since they are precieved as protecting the rich while cutting everyone else. The other myth is that the rich create jobs. During this last year corporate profits have been very high yet there was no mass employment. Most jobs were in the service or healthcare industries, and Wall st just keeps the investors in finance and not creating new industries. Romney was a good example of what the Rich did with their tax cut. Of his 250 million, none went to job creation, while everything went to offshore investments. The republicans can’t defend that. One way that the country could could cut expenditures is to stop giving red states back more money than they send. My blue state gets back .85 on the dollar and the red ones get$ 1.50-1.85. This is the irony. So all the time that the tealiban is yelling about cuts they never mention this. So put you money where your mouth is republicans.

  9. frida December 7, 2012

    This man has been fake all way through, even his smile on this photo tells it all.

  10. stoptheinsanity December 7, 2012

    Bobby Jindal is a terrible governor in Louisiana. With his radical and extreme right-wing and Tea party ideas and principles, he has led Louisiana into an abyss of economic depression. Louisiana is my home state but it is also a very red state. A lot of Louisianians live in abject or borderline poverty yet they will continue to vote against their own interests for partisan or racial reasons, sad to say. Jindal declared war on the state teachers. Just ask any of them how they feel about Jindal. Jindal is trying to position himself for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries by pretending to criticize his party. In reality, Jindal still adheres to all the very same policies and ideology that his party embraces. He is only spewing a lot of rhetoric to make himself look good. I wouldn’t believe a thing he says unless, and until, he makes genuine changes in his extremist views and works to bring about real change for the middle class, not for his party or his own self-aggrandizement.

  11. mbuck December 7, 2012

    You know, the people in this country have a habit that if elected, they have a mandate, but if the President is re-elected, he doesn’t. Strange.
    Here is a guy who couldn’t deliver a prime time speech without looking “wooden” and suddednly he is the savior of the Republican Party.
    My view has alwasy been and always will be, if you can’t deliver with conviction, enthusiasm, and persuasion while building consesus, you are a flake. Welcome Bobby.

  12. adriancrutch December 7, 2012

    At 57 years old, I can’t believe the republicans have let their party slide over the cliff of sanity. But then with being programmed to only react to the 2% tax hikes leaves them to be flogged by their corporate gods while their believers are rapidly learning that all is not what it seems. I know some republicans that I couldn’t explain Mitt’s work ethnics to. They just thought that we needed a businessman in office! Which in turn is a case study in blind stupidity. Half the republican brain has a valve that says (inflate here Don’t exceed 10 p.s.i.). I coming from the other end of the spectrum see what 50 years of intense religious indoctrination has done to their party. And I grieve (LOL) for their loss. If Jesus actually did come back,these people would be in serious trouble.

  13. Ro December 7, 2012

    The sooner the GOP pushes itself out from national relevancy, the better. Their anti-American proclivities and sensibilities are simply toxic when it comes to national progress. And they have been for a very long time.

    Personally, I say let them talk. Every word simply inches the GOP closer to extinction.

  14. Kate December 7, 2012

    Doctor-turned-politician? No.
    Bobby Jindal never went to medical school.

  15. Jack Wormer December 7, 2012

    Interestingly, since the GOP currently IS a collection of fakirs, WHAT treatment might effect a cure for their manifold conditions?

  16. Stella53 December 7, 2012

    Jindal is robotic, creepy and fake.

  17. Stella53 December 7, 2012

    Jindal is robotic, creepy and fake.

  18. ayayaboy December 7, 2012

    I like Bobby Jindal. He flops so easily. And he is not one of those Republicans who call other people MAKAKA.

  19. Rachel December 7, 2012

    The last line appears to state that Bobby Jindal is a doctor. He is NOT. Also, you might want to take a look at the most recent polls out of Louisiana. He is NOT still popular in his home state.

  20. Samuel Allen December 7, 2012

    I hope the slumdog Gov. of Louisiana Bobby Jindal ain’t thinking of running for POTUS

  21. louisianagirl2 December 7, 2012

    As far as I know, Bobby Jindal is not a doctor.

  22. july860 December 8, 2012

    He’s a doctor? Now that’s effing scary!

  23. Gilbert December 9, 2012

    First of all… Tax rates don’t have a damn thing to do with running a business. Anyone who knows how to set-up a business and plan for how to use would-be profits, is not worried about the tax rates. For one thing corporations can operate for many years, all the while growing through acquisitions, expansions, up-grading equipment and facilities ad-infinitum and never be subject to tax on income. Corporate income, taken in the form of dividends, need not be a factor. If a dividend is never declared… then the corporation never “shows” a profit that can be taxed. Back when tax rates were 70% and higher, America experienced the most fantastic boom in industrial expansion on record {post WWII}. A businessman makes business decisions based on “demand” and his perceived ability to “supply” a significant share of that demand to the markets demanding it… It has nothing to do with taxes. Lowering individual income tax rates does not create jobs. If that were true, then the 10 years of Bush tax cuts in effect would have us swimming in jobs… we’d have to import more migrant workers from all over the world to handle the demand for increased production. But that is not the case. Bobby Jindal, therefore, is a damn liar as are the rest of the republicans who preach this tax-cut dogma. Lowering taxes will only put more money in the pockets of those who really do not need more money in their pockets. What’s more… they need to pay for the two wars just fought… where 50,000 American soldiers were wounded, dis-membered, and handicapped, and some 6,000 or so were killed. They suffered these casualties fighting to protect the investments of greedy republicans… There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction!!! Remember??? Once you become educated you can no longer be lied to.

  24. Mark Russell December 10, 2012

    Pradesh Jindal isn’t a doctor.


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