Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:23

Is Louisiana's Gov. Jindal Really For Limited Government?

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JindalOctober 27, 2011--12:16 AM CDT The national conservative pundit class is praising Governor Bobby Jindal's landslide victory. 

The most recent fawning piece of pro-Jindal pimping comes from Cal Thomas who writes: 

...most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it. In a telephone conversation, I asked Governor Jindal why? "It runs contrary to the political thinking in Washington, which is about more spending and bigger government," he said. The big media don't want to focus on successes that come as the result of smaller government and less spending because it not only reduces the size and power of government, but the influence of journalists who see themselves co-equal with, if not superior to, government. (see full piece here)

Thomas seems to take Jindal's word for it- but does he know Jindal's record? While the national media seems to be ignoring Jindal's electoral victory, they are also ignoring parts of Mr. Jindal's record- which cause some to question his dedication to "limited government."


A recent bill that became law under Governor Jindal makes it illegal to use cash for second-hand sales. Mike Mesnick of Tech Dirt recently noted that support of such a law does not reflect a belief in limited government but rather, an oppressive, leviathan state. 

Mesnick noted that "One of the good features of cash is the fact that it can be used anonymously. It's no surprise that the government hates that, but would you ever expect the government to actually outlaw the use of cash?

"Down in Louisiana, a recently passed law completely outlaws the use of cash in transactions for secondhand goods. When I read the story, I thought it was so crazy that it had to be a misunderstanding." See full story here.


In a story by KLFY news in Lafayette, a business owner said the law will inflict great harm to his business. "We're gonna lose a lot of business," Danny Guidry told KLFY. Guidry owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items. "We don't want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It's an everyday transaction," Guidry explained. See full story here.


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Jindal's public support for John Alario as senate president has drawn the ire of Louisiana conservatives. Was backing John Alario a conservative thing to do? I depends on whom you ask, but in 2007, Jindal's own party went after Alario with attack ads portraying him as a corrupt politician who tarnished Louisiana's reputation. See the ad here. Conservative, state-wide talk radio host Moon Griffon was the first to point this out

The Times Picayunne recently referred to Alario as a "former Edwin Edwards ally." Edwin Edwards is a former governor who spent the better part of a decade in prison for racketeering, fraud and extortion. Naturally, Jindal's choice to back Alario for senate president has raised questions about Jindal's ethics reforms: the governor has touted Louisiana's ethics laws as the "gold standard" in ethics reform.

Shreveport pollster Elliot Stonecipher said that "The governor's choice of John Alario for this key leadership position - virtually certain to be agreed to by a majority of state senators - is the period at the end of the sentence about our governor's 'ethics gold standard' claim.

"The story is over. Gov. Jindal's claim was and is bogus."

by CHAD E. ROGERS for updates


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