'More Gubmint, please'
In Louisiana, Gov. Piyush Jindal (R) has been
a vocal critic of federal spending under President Obama,
but as the state closest to the undersea leak,
he already has requested various forms of federal disaster assistance.
He's also anticipating that BP either won't,
or won't have to under the law, foot the the full cost of all the damages
associated with the spill...
Jindal's office filed a request for federal funds,
saying that "in an abundance of caution, we are seeking this preliminary
should [the responsible party BP's] plans fall
short of meeting the needs of our people." That contingency note was as
for federal employment benefit services funding
from the Department of Labor to help pay for "disaster related workforce
and job placement services and unemployment benefit
services for workers displaced as a result of the oil spill."
Jindal asked for Small Business Administration
to approve more loans for local business owners by declaring an "Economic
Disaster Declaration." He wrote a letter to the
Department of Commerce asking for a declaration of "commercial fisheries
so that his administration "can begin the process
of assuring the fishing community, impacted coastal residents and businesses
economic and financial assistance that are needed
can be counted on to help get Louisiana fishermen back on the water once
this crisis has passed."
I've often said Rethugs and Teabaggers are like
22 year old kids.
They get a job, they move out of the house and,
finally, there are no more rules.
They can drink beer all day, throw their dirty
clothes on the floor and they can
come home drunk with a stranger from a bar and
have all the unprotected sex they want.
But when they lose that job, they have to move
back home with Mom and Dad - the federal government.
And when that happens, you have to go back to
playing by Mom & Pop's rules.
It's real easy for small-minded people to say,
"We want fewer rules - get the feds off
but when you need to move back home, as Piyush
Jindal does right now, you're forced to
give up the all-day drinking binges and the unsafe
That's the price you pay for the bailout.
These small-minded people like to yell "States
rights" - until they need federal assistance.
Too bad the Democrats don't have the brains to list the facts or use
the truth in their defense.
We often get tarred with the "you love big government" smear, but when
you're in trouble
the government is often, and usually, your last resort at getting out
of severe trouble.
The minute this oil spill disaster ends - assuming it does - Jindal
will go back to screaming,
"Get your brown boots off my throat. I'm a
teabagger and I hate the federal government."
The Democrats should make Jindal beg - teach that bastard a lesson.
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