Bobby Jindal Destroys Louisiana Using Republican's Theory

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    Mar 24, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    NYT: Louisiana has some of the nation’s highest poverty and worst health outcomes. Baton Rouge, Jindal's hometown, has the nation’s second-highest H.I.V. rate (New Orleans is fourth). What Jindal has done is hollow out higher education and inject needless confusion and rancor into the state’s elementary and secondary education system. Meanwhile, the state’s health care system is a fractured, dysfunctional mess under privatization schemes. Now, Jindal outsourced the state’s tax policy to Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform.”

    “Jindal is preparing a budget to close a $1.6 billion shortfall in Louisiana, a particularly daunting task after the $400 million in additional money he had to scare up to fill a budget gap for the current year. The president of Louisiana State University said earlier this month that the state’s flagship school is preparing for a 40 percent cut in its operating budget next year.”

    But in February, Jindal strained credulity, claiming, “The total higher education budget, including means of total finance — is actually a little bit, just slightly, higher than when I took office.” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog quickly smacked that down, awarding Jindal three Pinocchios.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/opinion/charles-blow-gov-jindals-implosion.html
  • KissTheSky

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    Mar 24, 2015 1:43 AM GMT
    Another Republican success story! icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
    This is the kind of ruinous policies that Republicans want to inflict on the whole nation.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 24, 2015 9:35 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidAnother Republican success story! icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
    This is the kind of ruinous policies that Republicans want to inflict on the whole nation.
    Not all republicans, just the right wing hard liners like Governor Jindal of Louisiana. That state was always a mess. It wasn't any better under corrupt democrat Edwin Edwards in the 90s. When I was stationed in Fort Polk, one thing I will never forget are the lousy, rough roads that never seemed to get the basic repairs. Even I-10 was a fucking, rutted cow path for most of its length in Louisiana.
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    Mar 25, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    What this article fails to mention is that the Louisiana Constitution prohibits cuts to (if I remember correctly) all areas other than Education now that Healthcare has been protected, yet at the same time the budget is legally required to be balanced. That leaves the governor with two options (formerly three), cut Education (and until recently healthcare) or raise taxes.
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/louisiana_constitutional_amend_2.html
    http://ballotpedia.org/Louisiana_state_budget_and_finances#Budget_process

    Now, I'm not a fan of this at all, but let's try to keep some context in this conversation. As a graduate student in Louisiana I've seen the cuts first hand, and I strongly believe the state constitution needs to be amended. But in this case, thanks to selfish voters in my state, the state government was forced between a rock and a hard place.
  • KissTheSky

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    Mar 26, 2015 1:15 AM GMT
    Another equally tragic Republican disaster is the Oklahoma economy that has completely crashed and burned after Republicans used the state as their laboratory to test nutty "trickle-down" conservative economic theories.
    The result is a train wreck: Unemployment is high, the deficit is out of control and the state is closing schools left and right because they can't afford to pay teachers.
    Republican voters are somehow surprised that cutting taxes with no way to replace the revenue creates a financial disaster. Now they go on the news to boo-hoo that their kids schools are shut down and padlocked.

    But at least the millionaires got their tax cuts, and that's what matters, right?