Friday, February 20, 2009

Jerk Store - Bobby Jindal Sale! Takes a Pass on $100 Million in Unemployment Benefits

Welcome back to the Jerk Store, where we specialize in the biggest jerks around! Lookie what I have here. Think Progress reports that Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) has passed on nearly $100 million in unemployment benefits. If I understand this correctly, the good Govenor claims that he would have to ultimately pass a law that raises taxes on businesses because the stimulus money is temporary. The tax would be required because they would have to cover the gap created after the stimulus money is gone.

In case you don't know, after Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal is a Republican wet dream. He was mentioned as a finalist for John McCain's running mate and is constantly mentioned as a 2012 Presidential candidate. If that is the case, then this Jerk Store owner has to ask, what the hell is he thinking? Strategically speaking, now is not the time to think about future tax hikes. People, especially the people in his state, are hurting now. Let's suppose that he is right, the stimulus doesn't work, unemployment continues to rise and lasts long after the stimulus money is gone. Well bully for you, Mr. President Jindal. He stuck to his guns and the businesses in Louisiana don't have to pick up extra weeks of unemployment. But let's suppose he's wrong, and I think he is. He doesn't take the money, the hurting people in his state remember, the economy gets better, and the Democratic challenger wins in a landslide.

Look, I don't care what happens to Bobby Jindal. I do care what happens to the unemployed citizens of his state. If he would put the people of his state ahead of his beliefs, I think it would pay off in the long run. That said, if we've learned anything about Republicans, it's that they don't have the ability to look at things with the long term in mind.

But I digress! Exposing Jerks is my business and business is good! With jerks like these, my store is recession proof!



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