Bobby Jindal: Right Wing Vote Troll

I’d like to suggest Brown University call the Governor of Louisiana up to yank his degree in science.  He obviously learned nothing.  I’d also like NBC to explain why it felt izyPZinterviewing a governor for an education feature that has the most anti-education agenda that’s ever come down the pipe in any state.  How many governors of states do you know have defunded higher education in their state by over 40% and bragged about draining state education funds to schools that teach that dinosaurs roamed the garden of Eden and the Loch Ness Monster is real?  Because, well, that’s Governor Bobby Jindal’s education plan.  However, we all know that he’s just trolling for right wing votes and funding for his upcoming presidential run.  Yes, good education for children is all about public funding of christofascist madrassas, NBC!  Way to give air time to the crazy!

Jindal also said he has no problem with creationism being taught in public schools as long as a local school board OK’s it. Since the state is committed to national academic standards, he said, as long as schools are teaching evolution they should be allowed to teach other theories as well. “What are we scared of?” he said. “Let (students) debate and learn … give them critical thinking skills.”

Once again this year, anti-creationism activists led by college student Zack Kopplin and state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, are trying to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act that permits science teachers to use “supplemental materials” in the classroom.

Also voicing support for vouchers earlier in the afternoon was state Education Superintendent John White, who tried to depoliticize the issue. When he was a child, he said, the kindergarten in his neighborhood was lousy, so his parents voted with their pocketbook and sent him to private school. He said he has trouble, “on a moral basis, explaining why I shouldn’t extend that right to a person whose wallet” isn’t as full as his parents’ was.

White also promoted his plans to unify the state’s disparate early childhood programs and improve career and technical education in high schools. For students who don’t want a four-year traditional college education, “What is their viable path to the American middle class?” he asked, pointing out that many jobs in Louisiana require advanced training but not a college diploma.

On the whole, White expressed optimism about the direction New Orleans schools are going, saying, “I think this is a Silicon Valley of public education in America.”

500x_ap100715028062Oh, be sure to take John White’s word for it.  Afterall, he’s a professional liar with the thinnest education resume ever but he’s Jindal’s pointman on trolling for evangelical support with dubious educational policies and figures that never stand up to fact checks.  Jindal’s antics are beginning to be outed in blogs and media every where.  It just seems NBC didn’t have enough researchers on staff to get the notice and Hoda Kotb is spending way too much time with wine and what’s her name up there in NYC.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is on the defensive; his far right social agenda has been soundly rejected by voters, and his popularity has imploded as the public understands exactly what Jindal has been trying to pull. And yesterday he gave an interview that made it even clearer: despite his talk about “moderation,” Bobby Jindal is just as much of a religious fanatic reactionary as any other Republican: Jindal Defends School Vouchers in NBC Interview.

I believe this is the first time Jindal has come right out and said he’s in favor of teaching creationism in public schools, although it’s been obvious from his political agenda. This is the GOP “reformer” — just another anti-science caveman.

In a way I’m glad to see him finally dropping all the pretense and openly admitting what his voucher program is intended to do: put right wing religious mythology on an equal footing with modern science, and instill government-sanctioned ignorance in the children of Louisiana. It’s nauseating, but at least it’s now out in the open.

You know this is totally anecdotal, but I’ve taught undergrad and grad classes in Louisiana in several universities.   I just don’t see any difference between kids coming out of the public schools and kids coming out of the private schools that stay here and attend local universities.  I think the folks down here are pretty deluded about the outcomes they think their kids are getting from private schools.  The public school where I come would kick the ass of the best private schools down here in no time flat but then, high property taxes there have always supported the schools.  Granted, the talented kids from both sets of schools here leave the state and go elsewhere pretty quickly.

The thing that drives private school attendance seems to be folks looking to stay within a very narrow social group, racial group, religious group or whatever.   The performance of the private charter schools down here are as varied as the public schools down here.  Same with the religious ones.  The one thing I will say thing New Orleans Public School now guarantee is a ‘creationist’ free zone.  That alone means some sanity you won’t find other places.  Just a reminder, here’s a link to MOJO and 14 completely whacky things that kids learn down here in schools that are now getting our precious state dollars.

“Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation. Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007

But then, if you are the poster child for stupid governors in the stupid party, you just gotta troll for votes where you can get them. Jindal is the master of vote trolling.

1. He permits Louisiana schools to teach creationism. Thanks to Jindal’s educational voucher system in Louisiana, students will be attending private or parochial schools on the taxpayer’s dime. But those schools don’t necessarily meet the standards of the state’s public schools, and may teach students creationism instead of standard science curricula.

2. He allows state employees to be fired for being gay. During his first few months as governor, Jindal decided not to renew an anti-discrimination executive order protecting LGBT employees who work for the state. Jindal has also said that same sex marriage opens up a path for courts to overturn the Second Amendment.

3. He has signed bills to intimidate women seeking abortions. Jindal compared women who have gotten abortions to criminals. But that unpalatable sentiment also came with a policy change — he signed a bill that requires all abortion clinics to post intimidating messages in their waiting rooms, and establishes a website that points women to crisis pregnancy centers instead of abortion-providing facilities. Jindal also signed a measure creating a 24-hour waiting period between a woman’s mandatory ultrasound and the date of her abortion.

4. He seeks to dramatically cut taxes for the wealthy, increase taxes for everyone else. Jindal’s latest tax proposal would raise taxes for 80 percent of Louisianians. The poorest 20 percent — with an average income of $12,000 — would face substantial tax increases, while those in the top one percent would on average get a tax cut of $25,423.

5. He refuses to provide health care for Louisiana’s poorest. Louisiana has the third highest uninsured rate in the country. Twenty percent of residents lack insurance of any kind. But as one of the governors vehemently opposed to Obamacare, Jindal turned down the Medicaid expansion offered under the law, ignoring the fact that it would drastically lower the numbers of uninsured and ultimately save the state money on emergency care.

Yup, NBC.  That is certainly the type of guy you want to interview on the value of a good education.  Way to go!!!

15 Comments on “Bobby Jindal: Right Wing Vote Troll”

  1. List of X says:

    “I think this is a Silicon Valley of public education in America” – if by “valley” he means “lowest point”.

  2. RalphB says:

    I thank Dog each day that Texas has a very weak governor system!

    • dakinikat says:

      That’s the problem here … we have the opposite. A governor can really do damage here and we’ve given the governor too much power down here. Ours is the most power governor set up of all the states.

      • RalphB says:

        When they wrote the state constitution, they must have really worried about too much power in one person’s hands. Our governor can’t even propose legislation. He has to get some legislator to do it for him, if they will.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Where did the thing about dinosaurs co-existing with humans come from anyway? I don’t recall any dinosaurs in the bible.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Did you guys see this about an attack on wordpress sites?

    • RalphB says:

      bummer. if they succeed, maybe they’ll turn the hose on banks and not DoD or someone useful.

  5. Fredster says:

    I did sit through Bill Maher’s show last Friday just to see Zack. For a 19 yr old he did well.