Once Again, Gov. Jindal Touts Stimulus Money He Criticized

September 11, 2009 1:11 pm ET — Chris Harris

Gov. Jindal is exploiting economic hardship to pad his political resume.  First, he attempted to establish his conservative bona fides by criticizing federal spending favored by Democrats. Now he is embracing that very same spending in order to look like a hero to those in his state.

Gov. Jindal's Short Memory

Once again, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is parading around his state to award jumbo-sized checks for public infrastructure projects.  This time the governor is announcing a project to widen Interstate 12; paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reported:

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that heavily traveled Interstate 12 would be widened from four lanes to six lanes to ease traffic congestion in the Denham Springs area.

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"This isn't the stopping point. This is the next big step," Jindal told the more than 100 people who filled Walker's municipal building for the governor's latest stop on his "Louisiana Working Tour."

The project is proceeding because the state is adding $7 million more to the budget for I-12 widening from savings generated from Federal Recovery Act transportation projects costing less than projected.

Thankfully, the project will inject millions of dollars into the Louisiana economy and employ thousands of workers.  That is exactly what the Recovery Act was designed to do. 

Yet shortly after the bill was passed, Gov. Jindal delivered the Republican response to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress.  His awkwardly delivered speech lambasted the stimulus bill as wasteful and unnecessary.

Gov. Jindal proclaimed:

Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt... It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children.

Sadly, Gov. Jindal is exploiting economic hardship to pad his political resume.  First, he attempted to establish his conservative bona fides by criticizing federal spending favored by Democrats.  Now he is embracing that very same spending in order to look like a hero to those in his state.

Such blatant hypocrisy is unsurprising, yet still disappointing.

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