All the small government and states' rights crowds including the tea partiers don't have a nice thing to say about the Federal government except when there's a natural or man made disaster and then they all go crying to the Federal government for help. That's especially true for Bobby Jindal. He didn't even want to accept stimulus funds from the Federal government. He doesn't want to pay taxes. So where's the money supposed to come from to bail out his state from the biggest man made disaster in American history? To be consistent with his philosophy which exalts private enterprise over government, he should go crying to BP, the corporation that caused the disaster in the first place. Why should the taxpayers from other states support a governor who doesn't believe in paying taxes to help people in need outside his own state? Why shouldn't Jindal be left to deal with BP himself, and good luck with that? He's against paying taxes to the Federal government so deal with BP to get the situation resolved. Don't bother Obama.
Here is some of Jindal's BS:
"The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and enterprising spirit of our citizens.
"To solve our current problems, Washington must lead. But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you - the American people. Because we believe that Americans can do anything.
"Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt. Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children.
"In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear - because our party got away from its principles. You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust - and rightly so.
"A few weeks ago, the President warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said 'we may not be able to reverse.' Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don't let anyone tell you that we cannot recover - or that America's best days are behind her."
So Jindal what the Federal government should tell you is that you're on your own. Get BP to pay your bills. Don't come crying to the Federal government to raise taxes so that it can bail out your state. If you need more money, raise taxes in your own state to pay for it.
Although Jindal took stimulus money for Louisiana, he refused to give the Federal government any credit for it.
The following is from Think Progress:
Yesterday on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer asked Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) about the state of the Louisiana economy. Jindal quickly boasted that he was “proud” of his state’s job growth and “economic development.” Given Jindal’s apparent belief that the recession is over in his state, Blitzer then asked if he was willing to give Obama “some credit” for the $3.2 billion dollars Jindal is accepting from the Recovery Act:
BLITZER: Are you ready to give the president of the United States some credit for turning — helping to turn this economy around?
JINDAL: Look, I love what he says. And I — I do have a lot of skepticism about, in D.C., the fact they think that we can spend our way into prosperity, borrow our way into prosperity. Now they want to tax our way into prosperity. [...]
BLITZER: Excuse me for interrupting. Let’s stay on the stimulus for a second. Louisiana — we just checked — they were getting, your state, $3.3 billion, part of the economic recovery, the stimulus money. Already, they have made, what, they say, $2.2 billion available. They have paid out almost a half-a- million — a half-a-billion dollars, $480 million. I assume, even though you — you hated the stimulus package, you’re taking the money, and it’s helping. [...]
The fact that Jindal refused to give the Recovery Act a single word of acknowledgment for its role in turning around the Louisiana economy speaks to his political motivations, not reality.
As ThinkProgress first reported, Jindal has been touring his state boasting about job creation, while simultaneously giving away jumbo-sized checks filled largely with stimulus money to local Louisiana communities. Jindal plastered his own name on the checks and until recently, did not even reveal that much of the money was from the Recovery Act. Below is a picture compilation of checks Jindal has presented to Louisiana communities such as Lafayette, Terrebonne Parish, St. Landry Parish, and Vernon Parish:
Jindal’s self-proclaimed greatest accomplishment — job growth — is tied directly to the very “Washington spending” he denounces on a daily basis. Of the education money Jindal is accepting, nearly $10 million is for vocational training. Weatherization programs in Louisiana, totaling nearly $54 million from the Recovery Act, create jobs. Additional Recovery Act funds — including everything from law enforcement training programs, infrastructure grants, to community service programs — also boosts the employment rate in the Bayou State. [END]
So why should we the taxpayers feel sorry for Bobby Jindal and rush to bail him and his state out when he has no respect for the Federal government and its taxpayers from other states? Would Jindal be in favor of raising Federal taxes to bail out California as teachers are being laid off and poor people are being thrown out of the CalWorks welfare program?
So Jindal, excercise some personal responsibility yourself. I assume you don't want the Federal government to go more into debt to bail out your state? So why don't you have the balls to ask the Federal government to raise taxes so that it might have the funds in its coffers to bail out states like yours when they suffer natural and man made disasters? Or better yet raise taxes on rich Louisianians and leave us taxpayers from other states alone. It's not my idea, it's yours! Be consistent with your own philosophy!
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