How gullible does Bobby Jindal think we are?

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal

 By Robert Mann

Why is it when I hear Gov. Bobby Jindal and his aides talking, I often wonder, “Just how gullible do they think we are?”

One recent example of Jindal’s belief in our collective stupidity occurred last Monday in response to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s even-handed report on Common Core’s education standards. Forty-six states embraced Common Core in some form, but detractors on the right and left vigorously oppose them.

Purpera tried to provide legislators with some clarity. Too bad that wasn’t also Jindal’s goal.

Jindal long championed Common Core, but reversed himself earlier this year. The standards, which he and other governors devised, are now, in his words, “the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.”

“The standards tell education authorities, teachers, parents, and the general public what skills students should acquire as they move from grade to grade but do not dictate how teachers should teach those skills,” Purpera’s report concluded. “Standards are not the same thing as curricula, textbooks, lesson plans, or classroom activities and assignments.”

Purpera’s assessment isn’t remarkable. It’s a view Jindal once held. What’s remarkable, however, is how Jindal dishonestly twisted Perpera’s words. Of the report, Jindal said on Twitter, “Legislative report shows CommonCore is curriculum & Washington D.C. is driving what our children are taught @ school.”

Jindal’s assistant chief of staff, meanwhile, also seems to think we’re stupid. “We appreciate the Legislative Auditor’s report as it confirms what parents, educators, legislators and the Governor have been saying all along – standards drive curriculum,” Stafford Palmieri said in a written statement.

That’s not only false; it’s the opposite of what Perpera wrote. Jindal’s tweet and Palmieri’s statement were blatant, outrageous distortions.

Turns out that this variety of smarmy, shameless reliance on our ignorance is the approach Jindal and his commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, have also adopted in recent months to explain their alarming raid of a reserve fund for the state’s Office of Group Benefits (OGB). That agency provides health care insurance for 230,000 state workers and retirees.

Jindal and legislators privatized the program and outsourced its functions to Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2012. Privatization was a solution in search of a problem. At the time, OGB had a $500 million reserve account, a healthy amount to protect state workers from fluctuations in the health care market.

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6 Responses to How gullible does Bobby Jindal think we are?

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    To answer your headline, very, apparently. If you get into the following cycle eventually people begin to catch on, though:

    1. Ignore the law and simply act.
    2. When challenged, send the Commissioner of Administration out to be quoted in the press that this is the best of all possible times in the best of all possible worlds and nothing is wrong, ever was wrong, or ever will be wrong during this entire administration..
    3. Get sued.
    4. Send Faircloth into court.
    5. Lose in court because of step 1
    6. Repeat step 1


  2. gritsngumbo says:

    Well, he KNOWS how gullible the voters of Louisiana are. They voted for him for a second term knowing full well the evils that he and his merry band of miscreants were “fostering” on the people of Louisiana. (pun intended).

    Of course, after he was re-elected things got worse, but his actions shouldn’t have been a surprise.
    Some blame has to be laid on the Louisiana Democratic Party for not even fielding a credible candidate to oppose him.


  3. Greg Foreman says:

    The political fact of life is Jindal was not elected because of those that voted for him more so because of the voters that didn’t vote at all. In the 2011 gubernatorial election, less than 36% of Louisiana registered voters voted. Granted, Jindal received 66% of the one million votes cast but one can not ignore the fact that 64% of the registered voters simply stayed home and didn’t vote. This gives one an indication and appreciation of the state and character of Louisiana body politic—pure apathy—making Louisiana ripe for the pickings by “snake oil” politicians and demagogues such as Jindal. Politicians more in tune with pimping out to the political prejudices, fears and emotions of voters in order to maintain control over the system.


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