When you look at the sorry state of the economy over 2 years after it imploded due to Wall Street greed caused in part by the Government abdicating any role in the oversight over complex financial instruments, you really scratch your head when you hear Republican idealogues talk about jump starting the economy by repealing the recently passed financial re-regulation law. It also illustrates what Slabbed author Russell means when he says Republicans are dangerous because their economic theory has become a religion.
Along those lines we have the oil spill and Bobby Jindal’s Bermdoggle, enabled in part by spectacularly bad reporting by media outlets such as CNN and their boy Anderson Cooper, who gave a bunch of self serving crooks and idiots an open mike to push the Bermdoggle, which we have officially found out were worthless. (Here is a bonus link to page one of today’s Sun Herald.)
Jindal was one of the GOP point men on the spill, one of many such elected leaders that used the spill as an opportunity to further their own personal ambitions (See also Boss Hogg and Phil “Lawnmower fumes” Bryant). Jindal provided leadership alright, of the type that had Captain Herbert Sobel relieved of command of easy company. To all but the most partisan of fools it was clear following this band of idiots was akin to being a lemming marching toward the cliff. I’m sad to say even Senator Wicker, an otherwise bright and personable guy was sucked in briefly. And while the politicians were flocking to the coast for the next photo op Slabbed headed to the mountains to get straight answers.
I write this not as an I told you so, but rather in hopes that the next time a corrupt, dumb ass whore mongering politician like Billy Nungesser tries to act like a coastal scientist, the people in this area (and perhaps journalists that should know better) will have the sense to see through it.
Its looking more and more like Louisiana is stuck with Jindy. Such is not a good thing in and of itself but it beats the hell out of the alternative. For now the next step should involve adding up the environmental damage caused by the Bermdoggle. I bet it will amount to far more than the $200MM Jindal steered to his buddies in the dredging industry for berm construction.
Oh yeah Bobby, Nunny, on behalf of the coastal science community which you and your cronies never missed a chance to run down this past summer: FYYFA.
For some reason I’m pretty sure we’ve not heard the last of this topic.