Gov. Jindal’s twisted logic on the stimulus bill

February 2, 2009

True to form, Gov. Bobby Jindal is falling in lockstep with the Republican Party’s obstructionist efforts against the stimulus bill that’s so crucial to jumpstarting the ailing economy. Republican Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise, Joseph Cao, Bill Cassidy, John Fleming and Charles Boustany all voted against the bill, and Gov. Jindal says he would have done the same thing:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former member of the House, said he would accept the stimulus money but would have voted against the bill if he were still in Congress.

Quite a dichotomy, isn’t it? Jindal doesn’t support the bill, but is more than happy to accept the benefits it would provide to Louisiana. Those benefits include $5 billion for highways, school construction, classroom instruction, criminal justice programs and the state’s Medicaid program. As a sample, consider this from the Times-Picayune:

Under the House-passed bill, Orleans Parish would get $112.4 million in extra aid during the next two years, including $47.8 million for construction in 2009. Jefferson Parish would get an extra $64.3 million in aid, including $24.3 million for construction, while St. Tammany schools would net $21.6 million, of which $6.2 million would go for school building and repair.

But for Republican legislators like Jindal, those tangible, positive, longterm infrastructure projects are the kind of things that make them “concerned.”

 

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