Bobby Jindal is Bad for Louisiana for many reasons.
Questionable Campaign Contributions:
Bobby Jindal has collected campaign contributions from many questionable sources. During his first run for Congress he accepted funds from Halliburton’s PAC (Halliburton is a company that overcharged and double charged the U.S. for services). He has also accepted money from Tom Delay’s ARMPAC and people connected to the Jack Abramoff scandal. He has violated the spirit of campaign finance laws by accepting contributions from people and their varied corporations, a legal activity that basically allows the wealthy to circumvent campaign finance limitations. He accepts money from people seeking to put a landfill in our state. He criticizes other candidates for their involvement in video poker but accepts money from people involved in the video poker industry (including John Georges himself during his last campaign for Congress). How is he not a hypocrite?
Jindal has voted against the troops, against children, against a bill that would bring funding for us to fix our dead zone, against gasoline consumers, against voting rights for U.S. Citizens, and against Louisiana in support of Bush’s failed policies in Iraq.
And when Bobby Jindal is not voting against Louisiana, he just doesn’t vote!
Questionable Campaign tactics:
Bobby Jindal claimed to be against negative ads on the Jim Brown show (and on nola.com). However, the very next week he released the “clown” attack ad. He missed many debates in the campaign, what some pundits called political cowardice. He did not respect the intellectual property of Louisiana Universities. He stood by and allowed the Republican Party to tell incomplete stories about him. And he just blatantly lies.
Lack of Leadership:
Bobby Jindal was supposed to have all this clout, at least that is what his campaign and the media told everyone in 2004 and 2006. He was supposed to be going to washington with political capital to spend to get Louisiana what it needs.
The job of a Congressman is to work with other congressmen and use your clout to convince them to support the legislation that you also support.
Bobby Jindal has consistantly ignored this portion of his job. Look at the CAFTA vote. Instead of trying to convince people to vote against it, Bobby Jindal just sat in a corner and let the bill pass. Once the bill had enough votes to pass, jindal then cast his vote against CAFTA. So, instead of working against the bill, he sat and let the bill pass and then voted against it so he wouldn’t alienate louisiana industry that would be hurt by it.
And the same thing goes for this override vote. Instead of working to get his peers to support the legislation he claimed to support, he just sat back and did nothing.
If Bobby Jindal was a leader, he would lead others to vote with him. Bobby Jindal is obviously not a leader… and we need a leader to be our next governor.
This should all be enough to tell you that Bobby Jindal is not the man he claims to be and that Louisiana would not be served well by electing him Governor. And how stupid are we as a state if we are going to elect someone governor who is a die hard Republican when the Federal Government will most likely be led by Democrats for most of our next governor’s term. Electing Bobby Jindal did not make sense in 2003 and it does not make sense now. If this post has not convinced you, then please read the rest of this blog and learn why as a choice for Governor, that Bobby Jindal is Bad.
1. Bobby Jindal has accepted thousands of dollars in donations from Rep. Tom DeLay and Rep. Jerry Lewis. Jindal accepted $5,000 from DeLay’s ARMPAC and $12,000 from PACs associated with Lewis.
2. Bobby Jindal has accepted $6,000 from Tony Rudy and the Chitimancha Tribe of Louisiana, both of whom were clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
3. In 2005, Bobby Jindal voted with President Bush 90% of the time and with the Republican Party 97% of the time, according to Congressional Quarterly.
4. Rep. Roy Blunt, considered by C.R.E.W. to be one of the “most corrupt members of Congress,” gave Bobby Jindal nearly $6,000 through his political action committees (opensecrets.org).
5. In 2005, Bobby Jindal voted against the creation of a bipartisan ethics taskforce. (HR 213, Vote 106, April 14, 2005).
6. Bobby Jindal voted against HRS 5, Vote 5 on January 5, 2005, which would have closed the “revolving door” between lobbyists and lawmakers seeking private sector job deals based on their committee assignments.
7. Bobby Jindal refused to call for the resignation of disgraced Attorney General (and Rice graduate!) Alberto Gonzales.
8. Bobby Jindal voted to make 14 of the 16 “key provisions” of the USA Patriot Act “permanent.” (HR 3199, Vote 414, July 21, 2005).
9. Bobby Jindal voted against re-establishing FEMA as separate from the Department of Homeland Security (HR 2360, Vote 497, September 28, 2005), and Jindal skipped a crucial committee hearing on FEMA Hurricane Preparations in 2007.
10. On August 29, 2005, Bobby Jindal called FEMA’s coordination with the State “tremendous” during an interview on CNN.
11. Bobby Jindal skipped a critical vote that would have established an independent probe to investigate the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina (HRES 437, Vote 471, September 15, 2005).
12. Bobby Jindal voted against a $3 billion hurricane aid package for Louisiana (HR 1591, Vote 265, April 25, 2007).
13. Bobby Jindal opposed Emergency Appropriations for Louisiana hurricane recovery (HR 1591, Vote 186, March 23, 2007).
14. Bobby Jindal introduced legislation that would have allowed private insurers to create tax-free funds for claims related to a natural disaster (H.R. 164, March 27, 2007).
15. Bobby Jindal attempted to ban “certain people” from returning to public housing in New Orleans, even though his motion was simply a recapitulation of preexisting law.
16. Bobby Jindal quoted Martin Luther King, Jr in order to justify his opposition to affirmative action. In 2003, Jindal told The Times-Picayune, “I oppose set-asides and quotas. An insightful man got it right 40 years ago: people should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Jindal also misused a Martin Luther King quotation in order to claim that those protesting in support of the Jena Six were “outside agitators.”
17. Bobby Jindal believes in teaching creationism and/or “intelligent design” in the classroom.
18. In September 2003, Bobby Jindal told The Times-Picayune that he was “100 percent pro-life with no exceptions.”
19. Bobby Jindal has attempted to take credit for Mary Landrieu’s bill that opened up 8 million square miles for exploration, giving Louisiana 37.5% of the tax revenue, despite the fact that Jindal had actually worked to defeat this bill.
20. Bobby Jindal voted against appropriating $14 billion for the research and development of alternative energy (HR 6, Vote 40, January 18, 2007).
21. Bobby Jindal supports Social Security privatization.
22. Bobby Jindal voted against allowing Medicare to negotiate on prescription drug prices (HR 4, Vote 23, January 12, 2007).
23. Bobby Jindal has continually voted in direct support of President Bush’s Iraqi War agenda, including votes against establishing benchmarks and votes opposing important oversight provisions.
24. Bobby Jindal opposed giving our nation’s National Guard access to TRICARE (HR 1815, Vote 221, May 25, 2005).
25. Bobby Jindal voted in favor of cutting $14 billion in student aid (HR 4241, Vote 601, November 18, 2005).
26. Bobby Jindal supports draining our public schools of resources and funding by offering vouchers and increasing incentives (and/or tax credits) for business-run, parochial, and charter schools.
27. Bobby Jindal voted to cut $70 billion in taxes for the wealthiest Americans (HR 4297, Vote 135, May 10, 2006).
28. Bobby Jindal voted to reduce Medicare funding by up to $20 billion (H CON RES 95, Vote 88, March 17, 2005).
29. Bobby Jindal is opposed to stem cell research.
30. Bobby Jindal voted against a bill that would have created harsher punishments for hate crimes (HR 3132, Vote 469, September 14, 2005).
31. As a Congressman, Bobby Jindal received nearly $200,000 from Big Oil, nearly $200,000 from Big Insurance, over $11,000 from Big Tobacco, and nearly $115,000 from Big Pharmaceutical companies.
32. Bobby Jindal campaign staffers have been accused of attempting to intimidate and blockade individuals attending campaign rallies, for fear that these individuals were Democrats.
33. Bobby Jindal received $50,000 in bundled donations from a Colorado-based company seeking a permit to build a controversial landfill near Baton Rouge.
34. Although Bobby Jindal is, independently, a multi-millionare, his campaign has received over $10 million in donations from big businesses, many of whom have (or are seeking) contracts and/or tax incentives from the State government.
35. Bobby Jindal has leveled false (potentially criminal) allegations against his opponents and has continually avoided qualifying his assertions of “corruption.”
36. Bobby Jindal’s multi-pointed “health care plan” fails to address the elderly or the physically disabled. Despite the fact that the elderly and the disabled account for the bulk of Louisiana Medicaid spending, Jindal supports Medicaid privatization (without any consideration for those most in need).
37. Bobby Jindal believes Louisiana should continue to adhere with the school accountability measures drawn up by President Bush’s failed No Child Left Behind Act.