UPDATE - March 30, 2011: This is an update on Bobby Jindals Yo-Yo Awards piece posted in February. Just this past week it was announced that some corporate donors have given large unreported sums of money to the wife of Bobby Jindal. The foundation, Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children, mainly donates electronic boards to replace the original black boards most of us are familiar with. The corporation which manufactures these boards is Promethean, a British company that has donated $250,000 to the Jindal foundation. Lists of other corporate donations to her foundation by companies which wanted to do business in Louisiana can be found in the following articles:
Governor Bobby Jindal deserves many more Yo-Yo's than we have space for. He was raised in a Hindu household and converted to Christianity in high school and later became a Catholic in college. According to Jindal, his mother was already four months pregnant with him when his parents migrated from India. Based on the Republican party's claims that life begins at conception, Jindal should not be an American and thus should not be qualified to be President of the United States, which seems to be his current objective.
His political career began with Governor Foster (a Republican) appointing him as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. During his tenure he was responsible for closing local clinics to cut the costs of the Department, depriving the poor who could not afford to travel to the major hospitals. In 1999 at only 28 years of age, Jindal was appointed to become the youngest-ever president of the University of Louisiana System, the nation's 16th largest system of higher education with over 80,000 students per year. Now that he is governor, he is trying to dismantle the entire higher education system in Louisiana.
After being appointed by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, he became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, replacing David Vitter who had years earlier succeeded Republican Congressman Bob Livingston, who resigned after an adultery scandal. In his book Leadership and Crisis, Jindal attacked all of the Democratic politicians who were involved in sex scandals, yet there was no mention of several Republicans who were also involved in sex scandals. Stephen Lowman in a review of Jindals book, wrote: ["Men Behaving Badly": This group includes a host of familiar, sex scandal-plagued politicians, such as John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, John Edwards and Bill Clinton. "Taking advantage of others, or exploiting powerful positions to enrich ourselves or to feed our own appetites, is the opposite of real leadership," he writes. Newt Gingrich, who was having his own affair while investigating Bill Clinton’s, is left off the list of "men behaving badly." Gingrich isn’t absent from the book, however. He provides a back cover blurb. ("Bobby has emerged as one of the most talented, reform minded governors in the nation.") He also criticizes former New York governor Eliot Spitzer for "getting caught with prostitutes." Notably absent from the list is Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who in 2007 admitted to using the prostitution services of the "D.C. Madam."]
He became governor after Hurricane Katrina had devasted the career of Kathleen Blanco. As with many of the other Republican governors, Jindal is leading the fight against greenhouse gases and climate change. According to an article by Bryan Merchant on Treehugger.com, "It just seems that a governor should be acting to protect the future generations and interests of his state--which, by the way, would not be limited to storm prevention. As Brad Johnson at Wonk Room points out, strong regulation could be an economic boon to the state: Louisiana could see a net increase of about $2.2 billion in investment revenue and 29,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments annually across the country. This is even after assuming a reduction in fossil fuel spending equivalent to the increase in clean-energy investments. But then again, there is the climate issue to consider as well: an article in Nature predicts that "a warming of 2 degrees Celsius could commit the planet" to between 20 and 30 foot sea level rise--leaving New Orleans completely submerged."
Instead of doing things for the state, the governor spends more time out of state at political fundraisers, and is is constantly trying to posture himself as a national political figure. With the national coverage of his response to Obama's speech to Congress and the Nation, he hopefully has buried his chances of becoming president, and presented Louisiana another embarassment. According to FactCheck.org at Newsweek, he lied during his speech about using the stimulus money on a "levitating train" to Disnyland. Shortly thereafter, he promised the State that he would not accept any of the stimulus money, yet within a year he was going around the state staging photo-ops showing him handing out large checks from the stimulus money to local officials. During the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he held press conferences almost daily. Most of his comments during this disaster, had no real relevance to the problems at hand. These press conferences were photo ops for his ongoing obsession with gaining a higher elected office.
According to the Associated Press, "The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana's governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill was criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of BP's money so far. Precious little oil ever washed up on the berms, according to the commission - a finding corroborated by a log of oil sightings and other government documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the berms built over the objections of scientists and federal agencies - and secured money from BP to do it - out of frustration over what he saw as inaction by the Obama administration. During the crisis, Jindal boasted that the sand walls were stopping oil from coming ashore, and the idea proved popular in Louisiana. In its stinging report, however, the commission, appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the spill, called the project 'underwhelmingly effective, overwhelmingly expensive.'"
Although Blanco may have been inept in her handling of the Karina disaster, she sure looks good next to Jindal. To paraphrase a campaign slogan used by some Republican politicians in the last election, "He's just not like us."