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July 23, 2009

JINDAL'S SHAMELESSNESS.... More than a few Republican officials who excoriated President Obama's stimulus package have suddenly discovered the political benefits of spending projects in their state and/or district. But I don't think anyone has been quite as shameless as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).

Jindal, in a very memorable national address, rejected the very idea of the recovery bill, saying government is incapable of "rescu[ing] us from the economic storms raging all around us." He mocked the stimulus for being "larded with wasteful spending," including "something called volcano monitoring."

This week, Jindal boasted that "things are looking up" in Louisiana, no thanks to the "nearly trillion-dollar stimulus that has not stimulated."

With that in mind, Lee Fang reports on Jindal's tour of his home state, where he's promoting his economic policies and handing out money -- which he received from the stimulus package he loathes.

As he travels to each community, Jindal has been gaining many positive headlines by sponsoring press events where he gives out jumbo-sized checks to towns and parishes. [...]

Despite the fact that the checks contain millions of dollars of Recovery Act funds for job training programs, housing assistance programs, homelessness prevention programs, police training, criminal justice technology upgrades, and community development block grants, Jindal has been printing his own name on the checks and taking credit for the money.

For example, Jindal presented Lafayette with yet another jumbo-sized check that contained at least $2,125,584 in Recovery Act funds. Though the money came from spending policies authorized by the Recovery Act, Jindal did not appear to credit the Recovery Act at all. And although the state stands to gain nearly $8 billion in federal funding from the Recovery Act, Jindal was one of several GOP governors to try to block the measure earlier this year.

Look, if Jindal wants to apologize for trashing the stimulus bill, I'm sure the president would accept. If Jindal wants to acknowledge now that the recovery bill he detested is actually doing a lot of good in his home state, it wouldn't surprise me if Dems were gracious about the concession.

But at this point, Jindal's shamelessness is embarrassing. He's shaking his fist at the administration with one hand, and grabbing money from the administration with the other.

Steve Benen 2:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (33)

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He's shaking his fist at the administration with one hand, and grabbing money from the administration with the other.

GOP SOP. Nothing new here. Stop expecting shame in people who know no shame, Steve.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on July 23, 2009 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

The funny thing about shamelessness is that it can't be embarrassing.

Posted by: Toad on July 23, 2009 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps someone can, again, explain to us how all of this is perfectly "consistent" behavior.

Posted by: OhNoNotAgain on July 23, 2009 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

It's long been the wingnuts way.

Consider all the GOP's bitching about taxes. As a general rule, the "Red" states (Texas and Nevada being the exception) get more in taxes than they actually pay in than the "blue" states.

Posted by: Former Dan on July 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

There is no one more shameless than a christian convert.

Dan, you mean the red states get more Federal funding then they pay in Federal taxes.

That's because RICH states are liberal...
... or Liberal states become Rich.

I'm not sure which.

Posted by: Lance on July 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Naturally, the so-called liberal media doesn't call Jindal on his shameless pandering.

Posted by: Chris on July 23, 2009 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

It might be worth keeping in mind that what a lot of these people will remember is a big ol' check with Jindal's name on it, and not where the money actually came from (if they ever really knew the truth to begin with).

Far more than the Democrats, the Republicans are terrific at controlling the image, what people take away from a given event.

And Jindal clearly bought the whole playbook.

The Democrats should not be "gracious" about this. They should send a team around to every parish where Jindal has pulled this stunt, and make it clear where those funds came from and who was responsible for them.

It's really far past the time that the Democrats stopped worrying about hurting the feelings of Republicans (what feelings???). They should be naming names & calling out this garbage every single day to the actual people that matter: the folks who are not caught up with following politics or nuance but only see the end result of it: Jindal's name on a big ol' check.

Posted by: zhak on July 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Just another example of the hypocracy of the "small government" crowd.

Posted by: CJ on July 23, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

News flash: Lou Dobbs opens his CNN Program slamming Jindal for his hypocrisy!

Rush Limbaugh has a fit over Jindal's shameless ploy to take credit for something he truly denounced!

Bill O'Riley shuns Jindal's overture for a guest shot on his program and denounces him as a pervert!

Ahhhh. Then I woke-up...

Posted by: stevio on July 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Bobby's resemblance to Captain Renault is simply amazing . . . .

Posted by: BIll on July 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Write letters to the Picayune -- lots of letters -- and to the papers in Shreveport and Baton Rouge and any more you can think of. Short, humorous, but straight-to-the-point letters that get published and read.

It's very clear that Reid, Pelosi, and countless other Democrats (maybe even Obama) are simply unwilling or unable to fight the good fight, so we have to do it for them.

Posted by: PW on July 23, 2009 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

...what a lot of these people will remember is a big ol' check with Jindal's name on it...

You betcha.

Did Jindal happen to enlighten us all on exactly how Louisiana got "things looking up" if it wasn't from benefit of the stimulus money? Perhaps it was the happy thoughts - the wishing for puppies, rainbows, and pretty ponies?

Posted by: ckelly on July 23, 2009 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds kind of like the hokey pokey to me. Push the money away, pull the money in and shake it all around.

Posted by: Cal Gal on July 23, 2009 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Again, Reid is a Mormon. How many Mormons do you know that are Dem?

Reid is running on the Democratic ticket, just as Bob Barr is running under Independent ticket. Yet Barr has a lot of scandals under his "good" name with the republican ticket. ***one of the scandals is he paid for his second wife's abortion.

Posted by: annjell on July 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps someone can, again, explain to us how all of this is perfectly "consistent" behavior.

You're confusing two different reactions. Here, the argument is that Jindal should acknowledge the money is coming from the stimulus. I'd say that's reasonable, though you shouldn't really be surprised that someone who opposed the stimulus isn't going out of his way to acknowledge it.

Before, the argument was that Arizona should give back the stimulus money unless they agreed that the stimulus as a whole was beneficial. That's a completely different argument.

Posted by: Josh on July 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

"Perhaps someone can, again, explain to us how all of this is perfectly 'consistent' behavior."
Posted by: OhNoNotAgain on July 23, 2009 at 2:41 PM

This is the very quintessence of "consistency:"
Republicans are absolutely consistent in their lying and hypocrisy.

Posted by: smartalek on July 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

What people should be scratching their head's over is, the Gay or Perverts (GOP) accused Pres. Obama of being a celebrity during the campaign.

Now, you can't turn on a cable show without any of them on a show - CNN, MSNBC, CNNBC, C-Span... on regular tv they are getting spots on all the news channels.

You'd figure if they wanted to help their constituents, they'd spend more time on the Hill instead of on the tube. ***Pres. Obama was right, if he doesn't put a deadline, things will not get done.

Between the lobbying, traveling with taxpayer/C-street dollars, getting guest spots on tv and radio bashing Pres. Obama, they sure can't find time to present any better bills to be signed, or work on a bi-partisan level.

Posted by: annjell on July 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

lay off, bobby, you guys...

all that cash is from jeebus... obama and the feds are just the conveyance.

and if you don't believe that, just ask the asshole guvner's constituents... most of them'll believe it...

Posted by: neill on July 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

zhak says: The Democrats should not be "gracious" about this. They should send a team around to every parish where Jindal has pulled this stunt, and make it clear where those funds came from and who was responsible for them.

Agree! Actually, they should have someone dressed up like Uncle Sam giving out the check show up at every Jindal event - like the FlipFlops that followed John Kerry around. Visuals get on the news, YouTube.

Posted by: CParis on July 23, 2009 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Social conservatives think hypocrisy is wit because it takes self-confidence to be utterly shameless.

A social conservative is near brainless but works all day to focus on living a fantasy of self-confidence, everything about them flows from this.

Posted by: alan on July 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe if his public ever hears the truth they will finally see how phone Jindal really is. He's a deceitful hypocrite. The word 'shameless' just doesn't quite get it. Snake oil salesman...maybe.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Once again...from driftglass.com...cpmpletely appropriate:

"...And so the three, central realities around which the entire political and media class orbit continue to be these:

1. On issue after issue, the reason things get and stay so completely broken in this country is that Republicans can only get ahead in the Modern GOP by doing the political equivalent of standing on our cultural overpasses and lobbing cinderblocks into rush hour traffic.

2. The more havoc Republicans wreak, the more their base rewards them because the GOP is now mostly made up of zealot Christopaths, bigots, moral imbeciles, gun nuts and the generally cactus-fuck-crazy scum of the nation.

3. Every major media outlet knows the minute they acknowledge the incredibly dangerous reality that 1/3 of the American electorate are zealot Christopaths, bigots, moral imbeciles, gun nuts and the generally cactus-fuck-crazy scum of the nation - and that they are not evenly or randomly distributed across the political spectrum, but instead have been carefully and deliberate recruited en masse by the Right for the last 30 years - they will instantly lose millions of readers, listeners and viewers - along with the billions of dollars in ad revenue that come with them - and will instead be subjected to an around-the-clock cry for their blood by the orc armies of the Right that would make the Kill Bill havoc of the anti-Clinton crusade look like a friendly round of nude Stratego..."

Posted by: bjobotts on July 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

"But at this point, Jindal's shamelessness is embarrassing. He's shaking his fist at the administration with one hand, and grabbing money from the administration with the other."

And this is suprising to whom? The Republican party is a party of fisters.

Posted by: DonkeyKong on July 23, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

I'm thinking it was the Pixy dust that stimulated the economy.

Posted by: Jamie on July 23, 2009 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican party is a party of fisters.

I don't get this reference.

Posted by: Myke K on July 23, 2009 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

I don't get this reference. -Myke K

Maybe Larry Craig can help. :)

Posted by: doubtful on July 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

Is this more of the liberal obsession with homosexual relations?

Posted by: Myke K on July 23, 2009 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

This was the whole point of the arrangement. If you ban earmarks, then to get money local and state officials must work with the federal government to get and distribute money.

With earmarks, some federal representative would take credit, or even hide the fact and take a payoff.

At the next election, the local and state officials will not be able to deny where they got their money, but neither will federal reps be able to claim they brought back pork all by themselves.

And guess what? In the future elections local and state officials will have to point out how they will get additional money from Obama.

Long term rope-a-dope.

Posted by: tomj on July 23, 2009 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

What you are saying is that he is a two faced lying, twit who dishonors the Americans whose money he accepted but which he gives away, claiming it is his to give.

Posted by: Marnie on July 23, 2009 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think this is lost on Louisiana citizens. They've dealt with so much corruption for so long that I'd imagine they know how full of shit Ken...I mean Bobby is.

It's probably a lot like how Russians knew how to read between the lines of Pravda.

Posted by: hamletta on July 24, 2009 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

since this kind of shamelessness has a long and storied history, in what way is exorcism bobby a "fresh face?"

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