Two-and-a-half months ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed the Republican National Committee and said the following:
“We must stop being the stupid party.”
“We must stop insulting the intelligence of voters.”
“It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.”
Two weeks prior to those comments, Jindal proposed to “eliminate all personal income tax and all corporate income tax in a revenue neutral manner. We want to keep the sales tax as low and flat as possible.”
Such a plan, of course, is stupid.
Pretending that everyone can have a free tax lunch insults the intelligence of voters.
Mouthing numbers that don’t add up is not talking like an adult.
As it turns out, voters are not stupid. They vehemently rejected Jindal’s plan. Despite winning re-election with 66% of the vote in Nov. 2011, his job approval ratings have plummeted to 38%.
In turn, Jindal publicly admitted his conservative tax reform was going nowhere and executed a strategic retreat, temporarily shelving his plan.
Yet he still can’t quit juvenile mathematics.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, “…Jindal [still] called for lawmakers to agree to some kind of proposal eliminating the state income tax [but] the governor put essentially no restrictions on the request … While that call received a standing ovation from the joint session of state representatives and senators, some worried that a wide-ranging commitment to eliminating the state income tax — without the requirement that the state find that revenue elsewhere — would lead to major problems in the state budget.”
Having learned the shocking lesson that people don’t like regressive tax increases to pay for huge handouts to the wealthy, Jindal has decided to go for the full free lunch.
And the stupid party continues…