Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bobby Jindal: Race, Health Care, and Hipocrisy

Today I saw an article at the Huffington Post with the headline, "Bobby Jindal: GOP Should 'Stop Being The Stupid Party'." The article includes the following statement:
Jindal told Politico Republicans should “stop being the stupid party” by working to embrace a larger group of constituents rather than becoming the party of "big anything."
As I read this statement and more of Jindal's rhetoric, smoke started to puff from my ears. For me, Bobby Jindal is one of the GOP's poster children for offensive comments and non-inclusive policies. He's alienated his share of people of color and people in poverty; he's embraced GOP ideology that identifies it as "the party of Big Business" and crippled government.

For instance, Bobby Jindal is blocking the expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana, a move that will prevent those in poverty from receiving adequate medical care. He has put policies in place that allow only those whose incomes fall below $5000 per year to qualify for Medicaid. And this move is part of some Republican governors strategy to thwart implementation of the health care law. See CBS News, "Is a $5000 Salary Too Much for Medicaid?"

In August, CBS published the article linked above about the GOP governors' obstructionism, and here we are in November, after President Obama's re-election and Jindal has not changed his mind: Consequently, anti-poverty activists have been begging Jindal to rethink his inhumane political position. According to NOLA.com, "Jindal hadn't responded Thursday (Nov. 8) to multiple requests for comment about whether he'd change his stance." To my knowledge, he still has not commented or indicated that he's open to a new direction.

I recall as well (since Jindal is calling the GOP stupid for not being more inclusive) that four years ago, Bobby Jindal praised the late Jefferson Parish sheriff Harry Lee in a public speech. Black people here in Louisiana and anyone else who followed the racism-tinged actions taken during Hurricane Katrina's aftermath knew what Jindal was up to with his praise of Lee. He was identifying with "good ole boy," Louisiana racially oppressive government.

So much for inclusion, Bobby, and I'm not sure you know what that word means, anyway.

Related: Lee Atwater on Southern Strategy