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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:29 AM

The shame that is Bobby Jindal


Posing as the man to remake the GOP, heís just a southern Paul Ryan, balancing budgets at the expense of the needy

BY JOAN WALSH


Itís rare that I think my colleague Alex Pareene isnít tough enough on a Republican. Actually, itís never happened. But while his column on Bobby Jindalís plan to remake the GOP by liking people captured its saccharine emptiness,(http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251280006) I think itís crucial to contrast Jindalís rhetorical faux boldness with his same-old-GOP policies as Louisianaís governor.

The man hailed by the Washington Postís Chris Cillizza for his readiness to ďspeak truth to GOP powerĒ in a tedious speech to the Republican National Committee Thursday night is anything but a rebel or renegade. One night before his big 2016 star turn, Jindal was forced by national outrage to reverse himself on what is one of the ugliest GOP policy decisions in an ugly decade: cutting Medicaid funding for hospice care. His health secretary actually announced the decision Wednesday night as hospice backers gathered for a mournful candlelight vigil.

Good timing; continued attention to Jindalís hospice cruelty might have made it tough for him to be the new public face of what he hopes will be the diversity-friendly GOP.

Yet Jindalís other cruel cuts are set to stand Ė cuts to battered womenís shelter programs, to higher education, preschool programs, anti-truancy efforts and a range of other efforts to make life better for low-income people. Meanwhile Jindal wants to replace the stateís income tax with more regressive sales taxes.

His speech pretended to mock the budget-cutting focus of the national GOP. ďBy obsessing with zeroes on the budget spreadsheet, we send a not-so-subtle signal that the focus of our country is on the phony economy of Washington, instead of the real economy out here in Charlotte, and Shreveport (La.), and Cheyenne (Wyo.).Ē Yet Jindalís program cuts show that on budget-cutting issues, heís a typical Republican.

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http://www.salon.com/2013/01/25/the_shame_that_is_bobby_jindal/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:42 AM

1. actually this part is pretty bold for a Republican

ďWeíve got to stop being the stupid party."

Huckabee might nail him on this in the debates: Jindal is going to take our stupid away!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:43 AM

2. Shine a big light

here... LOTS TO SEE

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:57 AM

3. ...

Good timing; continued attention to Jindalís hospice cruelty might have made it tough for him to be the new public face of what he hopes will be the diversity-friendly GOP.

Yet Jindalís other cruel cuts are set to stand Ė cuts to battered womenís shelter programs, to higher education, preschool programs, anti-truancy efforts and a range of other efforts to make life better for low-income people. Meanwhile Jindal wants to replace the stateís income tax with more regressive sales taxes.

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