NOT BATON ROUGE, NOT LOUISIANA— Ahead of what is already being called a doomed and delusional run for the Republican presidential nomination, Governor Bobby Jindal has relocated two of his executive staff to Iowa where they will set aside the pretense of working for the people of Louisiana and instead take positions promoting their failed policies to potential caucus-goers. While the families of Louisiana struggle to absorb the draconian cuts to higher education and support for domestic violence victims inflicted by Jindal’s budget, his remaining in-state staff will reward themselves with promotions and six-figure salaries at tax payer expense.
The dead-on-arrival campaign Jindal’s former executive staffers have been dispatched to sell Iowa voters is yet another instance of the waste and delusional self-regard that have driven the Governor-in-absentia to treat the people of Louisiana and the voters that elected him as an afterthought, a stepping stone to higher office for which he is fundamentally unfit. And with the Louisiana State Police reporting a gross increase in travel expenses for Jindal’s security team last year in pursuit of this vanity project, Louisiana tax payers can be certain we haven’t seen the end of the exorbitant bills we’ll continue to be stuck with.
This level of fiscal irresponsibility and disdain for the taxpayers of Louisiana is yet one more wasteful project Louisiana families can ill afford.