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Jindal Turns Down Federal Funds Because Of Unconstitutional Mandate

That is how the headline should have been written.  

However, Think Progress chose to characterize it this way: “Jindal Rejects $90 Million In Recovery Funding That Would Have Benefited 25,000 Louisiana Residents“. Says Think Progress:

Today, however, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his intention to oppose changing state law to allow his Lousiana citizens to qualify for the second two unemployment provisions.

So why did Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal do what he did?  Well here’s what his office says in a press release:

The Governor said the state will not use a portion of the stimulus package that requires the state to change its law to expand unemployment insurance (UI) coverage to qualify for up to $32.8 million of the federal stimulus funding because it ultimately would result in a tax increase on Louisiana businesses.

Sounds like a governor who feels he and his legislature should be deciding their law and not the federal government.

Isn’t that what he’s elected to do? Doesn’t that sound like a perfect 10th amendment defense? Someone point out to me where the Constitution specifies that the federal government can reach down and, without debate or legislative or executive input, force a change of state law as a requirement to receive the aid.

Think Progress says:

But it is not clear why participating in the expanded unemployment insurance program would result in tax increases for business. By Jindal’s own estimate, the recovery package would have funded his state’s unemployment expansion for three years, at which point the state could — if it chose to do so — phase out the program.

Here’s a better idea – pull the requirement at a federal level. Why isn’t that the Think Progress position instead?

TP quotes a real expert in this area to close out the post:

As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin suggested earlier today, perhaps Jindal’s presidential ambitions are “clouding” his judgement. “I think he’s been tapped as the up-and-coming Republican to petition a run for president the next time it goes around. So he has a certain vernacular, and a certain way he needs to talk right now,” Nagin said.

Leave it to Mr. “Chocolate City” to see it that way instead of understanding Jindal’s position is the right position for his state. You have to wonder how Nagin would feel if Jindal told him the state would only pay for levee repair if he changed the law in New Orleans and did something the state required, even if it wasn’t in the city’s best interest?

We’d hear him hollering “no way” clear to Atlanta.

~McQ

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9 Responses to Jindal Turns Down Federal Funds Because Of Unconstitutional Mandate

  • And the 2012 campaign begins…

  • You have to wonder how Nagin would feel if Jindal told him the state would only pay for levee repair if he changed the law in New Orleans and did something the state required, even if it wasn’t in the city’s best interest?

    I would pay serious money to have him try that, and upon Nagin’s refusal, respond with “And that is why I turned down the Stimulus Money… Are we learning yet?”

  • Well, the moonbats are loving this, judging by that first trackback.

    Bush has been out of power a month, and these guys are already lining up to find the next Republican president to bash.  Do you think maybe they’d spread the “wealth” around to Obama and give him a chunk of criticism?  Of course not.  He’s a Democrat, therefore he can do no wrong.

    It’s really amazing to observe those who walk in lockstep project their own mind-numb state on “the other.”  I forget which one of you QandO blokes started blogging about projection, but boy-howdy is it ever apparent!

  • $90 million divided by 25,000 people is $3600 each.  That’s not a great deal of help, maybe one or two months worth of income.  In terms of real, lasting help, Louisiana is better off turning down the cash.

  • Perfect – another so-called “rising star” in the GOP bites the dust. Good thing we find out he is a complete moron now before he fooled the “low information people” into voting for him because he looks like the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with.

    And thank God Eric Cantor has proved that he too is a moron – trampling on copyright laws and comparing the GOP to an hooker when he used Aerosmith’s song to celebrate their big NO VOTE.

    I didn’t think the GOP could mess up even more and they’re proving they are a bottomless pit of stupid.