Bobby Jindal Is Bad! Learn the truth about Bobby Jindal Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:21:52 +0000 en Don’t cross Bobby Jindal Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:21:52 +0000 Daniel Z. All Mr. “transparency in Government” himself, Governor Jindal, is not only refusing to listen to military advisors he appointed for issues surrounding the Louisiana National Guard, but he is not letting anybody see the report they submitted either. According to T-P:

The Louisiana National Guard is suffering from low morale, leadership problems and nepotism, according to a group of retired generals appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to review the military department’s operations.

The governor’s office, however, has dismissed some of the suggestions made by the generals and has refused to release the report, citing executive privilege.

So executive privilege now trumps transparency? I wonder how the hacks who support Jindal and everything he does will defend that.

The article discusses a letter to the administration by Adjutant Gen. Ansel “Buddy” Stroud and a response by Timmy “my homeschooled homeboy” Teepell. An important statement by Stroud involving all this is:

“Our committee members . . . were told that the reason for our mission was to keep politics out of the process,” Stroud’s letter says. “Because of this statement, these committee members agreed to devote their valuable time to the project. Obviously, we were misled regarding this.

That just goes to show that Jindal will say one thing and do another.

“I just wished the governor would have approached this in a manner that was more open, and not as divisive as it has become in the last week,” said retired Brig. Gen. Sam deGeneres, a member of the panel. “He has challenged Gen. Stroud’s integrity, as well as ours, and that’s not acceptable. Mr. Teepell owes Gen. Stroud a public apology and he owes the members of the committee a public apology.”

I wouldn’t expect one from Mr. Teepell. The arrogance of the Jindal administration is clear and Homeschool has that arrogance down to a T.

More from the article…

Retired Brig. Gen. Kenneth Ross said he and his fellow panel members put in days of work only to be rudely dismissed by the governor’s office. He said he hoped the panel’s concerns about the Guard would reach the governor.

“I’m actually mystified,” Ross said. “I thought Bobby Jindal was smarter than this.”

Well, a lot of people thought a lot of things about Governor Jindal that they are now finding to be false. If only someone had been around to reveal those things about Bobby Jindal ahead of time….

And as if this wasn’t enough, while listening to Jeff Crouere this morning I heard that Jindal replaced the now former head of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Colonel James Champagne. Why? Cause Bobby Jindal promised the bikers that he would repeal the helmet law and the Colonel was against such a change. He fought Governor Foster when Foster tried to repeal the helmet law during his administration. Champagne helped Blanco get the law reinstated. So now that Jindal wants to allow bikers to splatter their brains all over the highway, the best way to do that is to remove someone from the LOUISIANA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION who is trying to make sure that Louisiana’s Highways are safe. Go figure.

Cross posted at Liberty and Justice for All.

When do we get to say “I told you so”? Fri, 15 Feb 2008 19:08:14 +0000 Daniel Z. All Over on Liberty and Justice for All, I have posted several recent discussions on the recent ethics session.

Less than a month into his term, Jindal’s campaign is being investigated for ethics violations.

Jindal avoided the public records law by only holding meetings where a quorum would not be reached.

Jindal’s administration kept up with the idea that we needed to solve the “perception” of ethics problems instead of stating that we have to solve the ethics problems.

We have seen that Jindal’s “bold” ethics agenda wont take effect until 2012. So much for his comments like “we must wipe the slate clean” and “We must be bold”.

Then Jindal wants to remove some of the transparency of the ethics board and strip them of powers, actions that the head of the ethics board thinks would remove the independence of the ethics board.

Jindal then opposes a bill that would increase transparency on the Governors office. He feels that businesses should be able to have back room deals with the state. Jindal also fails to hold his own staff up to the same standards he is demanding for others when he seemed to have no problem with Timmy Teepell getting free tickets to Hannah Montana.

As this session goes on, I am absolutely sure that we will see more and more hypocricy coming from Jindal and others in his administration. At what point will the Jindal apologists wake up and realize that, just as Dennis Green stated of the Bears, “they (the Jindal administration) are who we thought they were!”.

Jindal investigated on ethics charges Fri, 25 Jan 2008 04:10:24 +0000 Daniel Z. All So far, all we know is that Bobby Jindal is being investigated for an alleged failure to report over $100,000 in campaign contributions by the ethics board.

$100,000 is not a simple oversight, so if he really did fail to report over $100,000 we definitely need to know who it came from and why it wasn’t reported.

And while these are not charges and not proof of anything wrong,  Jindal did say that our states ethics concerns are more about perception than reallity. So, what will the perception be when a Governor, who ran on an ethics platform, is now suspected of ethics violations less than one month into his term.

Update: Bobby Jindal has agreed to pay the fine instead of disputing the ethics violation. What a great start for Bobby Jindal and ethics reform. I wonder how many eyes outside of Louisiana will be rolling their eyes and laughing at him and us.

Update #2: According to the T-P, “the violation is relatively minor”. Why am I not surprised the T-P would call a Jindal ethics violation minor? And Roger Villere wondered why Jindal had to pay the fine? Roger, it is a little thing known as “the law”. I guess Republican elite doesn’t feel that the law should apply to them.

Update #3: Jindal cannot pay the fine to get rid of this quickly. The ethics board says a full investigation has to take place and Jindal must allow the full process to take its course. So… sorry Bobby, but this wont be going away for a while.

Update #4: C.B. Forgotston compares Jindal’s campaign rhetoric to his actions. Thanks to Oyster for this to our attention.

Gambit calls for campaign finance reform. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 19:21:11 +0000 Daniel Z. All Surprisingly enough, the Gambit Weakly has called for Bobby Jindal to go after campaign finance reform in the ethics session. One of their suggestions in their recent editorial was:

Include Campaign Finance. Most if not all statements that Jindal has made on the subject of ethics reform have been conspicuously silent on the subject of campaign finance. Cynics would argue that that’s no coincidence ” the new governor raised more than $15 million in his successful campaign last year, so why would he want to tinker with laws that allowed him to do that? We give Jindal the benefit of the doubt ” for now.

Now, I quoted it exactly as it is stated on the website so the punctuation may be a bit confusing. It should read:

Cynics would argue that that’s no coincidence ” the new governor raised more than $15 million in his successful campaign last year, so why would he want to tinker with laws that allowed him to do that?” We give Jindal the benefit of the doubt for now.

Now, that makes more sense. Unfortunately they give him the benefit of the doubt. Many people I know who are demanding campaign finance reform as being something that is required for meaningful ethics reform to take place do not give Jindal the benefit of the doubt. Why? Well, according to the Gambit we are “cynics”. But even the Gambit understands the problem with money and politics when it states:

we want to underscore our point that campaign finance is where many of the dirty deeds are done in Louisiana politics. To some, campaign contributions constitute a legal pathway around bribery laws. If we really want to clean up Louisiana’s image, we have to recognize the old political adage, ‘Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” and then, in Watergate jargon, we must ‘follow the money.” If Jindal is serious about ethics reform, he will put campaign finance reform high on his ‘to-do” list. Do it now, Governor, not later.

And that is what we have been saying this entire time. We view Bobby Jindal’s accepting funds from people who circumvent campaign finance laws and then promoting those people to offices in his administration as one of the problems in ethics laws and while we demand the changes to help fix our state, we have no faith that someone (like Jindal) who would circumvent state bribery laws (as the Gambit put it) will make meaningful campaign finance reform as part of his ethics package. This makes the ethics package an “ethics lite” package and at the end of the day we will still be stuck with the same corrupt system.

Cross posted at

Why Bobby Jindal’s ethics plan is already a failure. Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:58:58 +0000 Daniel Z. All The advisory council appointed by Bobby Jindal to suggest ethics reform has completed its suggestions. There are some good ideas in the plan and I will not begrudge anybody for trying to clean up Louisiana. However, this statement explains why Louisiana will still be a corrupt state after all is said and done.


10. Undertake a review to reform campaign finance laws. Because this issue was not a primary focus of the Council, members recommend conducting additional research to determine specific measures for campaign finance reform. 


            The fact that campaign finance law was not a primary focus of the Council says a lot about how meaningful this reform will be. Of course, I am not surprised that Bobby Jindal did not make campaign finance reform a priority. Bobby Jindal benefits by our current system of campaign finance laws. As I have shown both on here and on, and others have showed on other sites, Bobby Jindal has gotten campaign contributions from people who abuse the loopholes by using multiple corporations to funnel tens of thousands of dollars to his campaign.


            In fact, I wonder how many of these suggestions made by the advisory council will impact Bobby Jindal’s reelection campaign. My guess would be that nothing in what is suggested will impact Bobby Jindal whatsoever. I am sure any legislation will be drafted in such a way to make sure that Bobby Jindal can follow the same unethical practices he embraced in previous campaigns.


            Finally, if you want to know how tough Bobby Jindal is going to be on ethics reform, all you have to do is look at his executive order on the required financial disclosures of his cabinet members. They are not required to file them immediately, or in 30 days or even 90 days. They have to file them by January 2009. Such tough standards Jindal has set up for his own staff… a year? You have to be kidding me! Oh, I’m sure his worshipers will still lift him up as a paragon of virtue. And I am sure than when an ethics bill gets passed he will be seen as a hero and the T-P will sing the praises of Jindal and his hard work.


Cross posted on LJ4A

Does this pose scare anyone? Thu, 17 Jan 2008 14:34:03 +0000 Daniel Z. All

Im just sayin…

Black Monday Mon, 14 Jan 2008 14:20:05 +0000 Daniel Z. All Well, today is the first day of a long four years. Bobby Jindal will be inaugurated in what will most likely be a celebration of pipe dreams and hopes based on false praise of Jindal’s past “successes”.

In yesterday’s T-P, they continued their inability to find facts when it comes to their beloved Bobby Jindal. They cannot seem to help themselves. The first sentence starts off the spin:

Bobby Jindal, the immigrants’ son whose exemplary public service made him the wunderkind of Louisiana politics

Exemplary? I was unaware that not doing your job and collecting a paycheck is exemplary. See Bobby Jindal has missed many votes in Congress, going over a month between votes at times. Yet, he collected a paycheck. I was also unaware that cutting healthcare to the needy is also “exemplary”. The reason Bobby Jindal is the wunderkind of Louisiana politics is because hack newspaper editors, instead of grasping their duty to inform, decide to sell the garbage that Jindal and his campaign has distributed to them. If the T-P had a nose, it would be brown.

He will be Louisiana’s first non-white chief executive since post-Civil War Reconstruction and the first Indian-American to govern a U.S. state

Again, more failures of fact checking. Kris Kolluri served as Governor for a very short time. Jindal is the first elected Governor.

A former head of the Department of Health and Hospitals, Gov.-elect Jindal also can appreciate the importance of rebuilding a medical school in New Orleans to anchor a biomedical research park.

Why should Jindal appreciate anything about healthcare? He did not appreciate the fact that by closing clinics and removing access to medical services to those who need them that the state’s health ranking would drop. But hey, I have long since given up on the T-P and their ability to give something called the truth.

The state’s future will be shortchanged, however, if we fail to reverse our corrupt reputation. Gov.-elect Jindal plans to deliver on a campaign promise by strengthening the state’s weak ethics laws during a special session expected next month.

Of course he hasn’t shared the legislation he will push. He also has never mentioned that he will bring campaign finance reform and eliminate corporate contributions. Without closing that loophole, you won’t have true ethics reform. Of course, considering Bobby Jindal benefits from the loophole, I will not hold my breath.

Im sure there will be many cheers by the die hard supporters as Bobby “the wunderkind” Jindal and his wife “Suburban Supermom” Supriya stand there smiling for the cameras. But for some reason I keep expecting to hear Dark Helmet  exclaiming “fooled you“.

Cross posted at

Update 1: The January 17th T-P continues the lies about Bobby Jindal. Either that or they are doing some really good drugs.

Then-Rep. Jindal was instrumental in securing a share of federal offshore oil and gas revenues.

Wrong. Bobby Jindal fought for his bill to pass until he won the 2006 election. In doing so he fought against the Domenici-Landrieu bill (the actual bill that got signed by the President). Mary Landrieu, not Bobby Jindal, was instrumental in securing a share of federal offshore oil and gas revenues. Bobby Jindal only changed his mind once his 2006 race was over and there could be no risk of an opponent using his flawed bill against him.

Jindal selects health-care cheif, sets the bar low. Wed, 09 Jan 2008 14:53:04 +0000 Daniel Z. All Jindal has selected Alan Levine,  former health care advisor to Jeb Bush, to head up the Louisiana Department of Health. And apparently he has set the bar very low.

Jindal said he expects the new administration to exceed the performance of previous regimes, including his own.

It is not to hard to exceed Jindal’s performance. During his tenure Louisiana’s health ranking dropped from 48th to 50th.

Levine said his priorities will include increasing transparency to give consumers more information about health care costs and quality, cracking down on fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program, and strengthening children’s health care programs.

But wait! I thought Jindal eliminated the fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program. I guess he didn’t do as well as his campaign wanted us to believe.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any plans for increasing local clinics in rural areas. I guess that would undercut Bobby Jindal’s campaign contributors.

Cross posted at

Update #1: It seems that during the Levine’s tenure at Florida’s analog of Louisiana’s Dept. of Health that people may have lost access to health care as well. Levine claims to not have known about the cuts, but as head of the department he is ultimately responsible for what happens. No wonder why Jindal likes this guy.

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Bobby Jindal says one thing, does another Tue, 13 Nov 2007 15:52:43 +0000 Daniel Z. All Even though Bobby Jindal vowed to stay out of the legislative leader selection, an article in the advocate states that State Sen. Joel Chaisson II is Bobby Jindal’s choice. Jindal claims that his holding a press conference to announce this is not an example of him backing out of that vow. However, methinks Jindal doth protest too much. I guess he thinks we are all to stupid to think that he would not lie.

I, for one, am not surprised that Bobby Jindal would say one thing and do another.

I also find  this picture interesting. Jindal’s face seems to say “thats right, you are my choice, do my bidding…. and you better say the right thing or else”.

(Cross-posted at Liberty and Justice for All)