Monthly Archives: January 2013

Weak soup.

Something Like the Truth

As I’m sure you’ve read, Gov. Bobby Jindal went to Charlotte this week to speak to the Republican National Committee‘s winter meeting, where he dispensed some weak soup that, in Jindal’s world, seems to pass for wisdom and policy innovation.

Most famously, Jindal said: “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”

I have nothing much to add to the very good commentary on Jindal’s speech, except to note that Jindal never actually proposed any innovative or bold policy changes.  He simply said the GOP needs to do a better job of hiding its crazy, misogynistic uncles.

It’s sort of like saying, “I’ve got a ton of stinking manure in the back of my…

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“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Crazy Crawfish

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTRODUCES LOUISIANABELIEVESANYTHING.COM

BATON ROUGE, La. – In response to the feedback of pro-charter and reform groups, virtual  school operators, and testing companies, the Louisiana Department of Education today announced a complete overhaul of its website. The website’s URL has changed to louisianabelievesanything.com, reflecting the state’s comprehensive plan to ensure every student is fleeced for the maximum state funding before they track to prison or an exciting chicken plucking career. With the change comes a redesign of the entire website with the goal of making navigation through the site easier, by eliminating all useful or historical content. The Department tailored the changes to address concerns that the old site was too revealing and contained accurate information that contradicted pithy press releases like this one. The new site reflects the premise of Louisiana Believes Anything. Based on this discovery, our true bosses expect high profit margins…

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Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR LOUISIANA STATE SENATE!

CenLamar

Louisiana State Senator Mike Walsworth may not understand evolutionary science, but after this week, he probably has a deeper appreciation of the ways in which a news story can evolve over the course of time. Senator Walsworth, a Republican from Monroe, is probably now the most well-known member of the Louisiana legislature. Last week, in a story about Zack Kopplin, Walsworth appeared on the front page of the website io9, and today, the rest of the media appears to have caught on.

MSN: Louisiana Senator Wonders, Out Loud, If E. Coli Can Evolve Into Humans

Slate: And These Are The People Making Laws In Louisiana

Gawker: Louisiana Senator Wants To Know If E. Coli Could Evolve Into Human

The New Civil Rights Movement: Video Of Creationist Republican Not Understanding Bacteria Can’t Evolve Into A Human Goes Viral

Upworthy: Senator Asks For Proof Of Evolution, Discovers He Doesn’t Actually Know…

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Surprise: “Dr.” Jeff Sadow loves @BobbyJindal’s regressive new sales tax hike!

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Throughout the last several years, as anyone who follows Louisiana politics can tell you, whenever Governor Bobby Jindal’s policies are challenged, you can count on blogger and LSUS Associate Professor Jeff Sadow to rise to Jindal’s defense. Sadow has published hundreds of thinly-sourced and poorly-researched screeds on his website Between the Lines, screeds that are often reposted on other conservative-leaning websites and blogs, screeds that attempt to intellectually justify Jindal’s policies by referencing the work of none other than LSUS Professor Jeff Sadow. Suffice it to say, I’ve never been impressed with Sadow’s blog or the integrity of his self-referential “scholarship” (if that is even the right word).

He’s a radical conservative who frequently rants against the basic function and role of the government, lambasting the poor and those who rely on public services and programs and denouncing the legacy of populism in Louisiana. Yet, ironically, this is a…

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Tax the poor, end the public hospital system, destroy the higher education system. #JindalWay

Something Like the Truth

By Robert Mann

Hasn’t Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal done enough to hurt his state’s poor citizens?

After virtually destroying the public health care system, why would he want to deepen their anguish by increasing taxes on them by as much as 75 percent?

That could be the practical impact of a new tax plan, announced today, that Jindal is prepared to submit to the Louisiana Legislature — eliminating the most progressive tax, the income tax, and making up much of the difference by raising the state’s sales tax (by a whopping 75 percent) from 4 cents to 7 cents.

Jindal also plans to eliminate the state’s corporate tax and raise additional revenue by eliminating unspecified tax exemptions.

Until we see the exact details of his proposal, perhaps we should give Jindal the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he has a way to exempt poor people from paying…

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