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How many times have you heard from a conservative that those in need should just "pick themselves up by their bootstraps"?  They are sick and tired of paying taxes for lazy people who should just get a job. Why do their taxes have to go towards someone else's health insurance?  Why should they pay taxes for things they don't need, like public schools?  Libraries?  Public transportation?  Social Security?  They'll  invest their own money thank you very much, but don't dare touch their medicare.

I did a google search of "Bootstraps quotes".  Oh my, there are about 320,000 results.

The most famous of course, is the Thurgood Marshall quote:
"None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots."

Ya know, that village thing.  Communist!  Socialist!

Well, the tables have turned.  The Southern States whose voters have fought long and hard for low taxes, less government, states rights (code),  and against alternative energy because their economies rely on the oil industry now need government assistance.

My oh my, how ironic!

Over the past few days, Bobby Jindal has been in the news.  He wants government assistance.  From the federal government. NOW!  Yes folks, the man who came to the governorship after Katrina, the last time the liberal northern states helped out the patriotic, real American, southern states, the very same man who refused part of the stimulus money, man who said:

"We'll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it's beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars"

Believe it or not folks, that very same man later went on to pose with giant stimulus checks.

Amazing but true.  And the good people of Louisiana fell for that? But that's really water under the crumbling Louisiana bridge, isn't it?

Today, Governor Jindal said this:

"I am glad the president came today. Every time he comes to Louisiana the pace of the response efforts quickens and things get done. Shortly before his first visit during this spill, Admiral Allen was named as Incident Commander. Before his visit last week, the Coast Guard called for BP to pay for one of the segments in our sand boom plan and before his visit this week, the Coast Guard called on BP to pay for the construction of all six segments approved by the Corps – although BP still hasn’t given the state a dime to pay for the work."

How gracious...

and this:

"Our people deserve to be fully compensated for their losses. Instead of BP shelling out $50 million on an ad campaign that promises to do good work in responding to this spill, BP should just focus on actually doing a good job and spend the $50 million on assistance to our people, our industries and our communities that are suffering as a result of this ongoing spill."

Go, Bobby, Go.

OK, working together, thanking the president.  Good.

But, not so fast.  After he gets his federal assistance, the good governor wants us liberals to get out of his way so the Gulf can continue their offshore drilling:

"We absolutely want drilling to be done safely, but it shouldn’t take months of federal government committees and meetings. We need effective oversight of this industry. The federal government needs to do their job quickly so that thousands of Louisianans don’t lose their jobs."

Oversight?  Gasp!


During the meeting with the President, the Governor also stressed the importance of the Coast Guard approving the use of rocks and barges to block oil from entering into the Barataria Bay.  This proposal will protect Grand Isle, Lafitte, and hundreds of thousands of acres of prime fishing grounds in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes from oil pollution.

Sigh.  Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, do you not see the irony of all this?
The Coast Guard.  Paid for in part by taxes from people like me.  Me, who so many in your party call communist!  Socialist!  UnAmerican!

And the volcano remark...

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's swipe at federal spending to monitor volcanoes has the mayor of one city in the shadow of Mount St. Helens fuming. "Does the governor have a volcano in his backyard?" Royce Pollard, the mayor of Vancouver, Washington, said on Wednesday. "We have one that's very active, and it still rumbles and spits and coughs very frequently."

Karma's a bitch ain't it?  Now Bobby kinda has a volcano in his backyard, doesn't he?

So don't get me wrong, Governor.  We'll help.  We're there for you.  I don't even mind that my taxes are paying to help smallgovernmentlowtaxesdrillbabydrill conservatives who don't want their taxes used for my health insurance.  Or that this will undoubtedly increase the deficit your party screams about. Well, actually I kinda do.  It bugs me. Honestly, part of me feels like yelling "why should I have to pay to help you? (when you don't want to pay to help me?)"

But my good and generous heart overrules my bitter and befuddled brain.  That's why I'm a democrat. I just wish more of you "pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps" fiscal conservatives would act the same.  Just once, OK?

Sigh, maybe this will open up a few of your hearts.  I think it's called a Teachable Moment.

Originally posted to Fury on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 10:04 PM PDT.

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  •  I hope the good people of the Gulf Coast don't (13+ / 0-)

    take this the wrong way.  It's about the conservative philosophy of "bootstraps", not about not wanting to help them.  About how we all need a helping hand from time to time.

  •  This is complex. (2+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, MKSinSA

    I use to think I was a liberal Democrat until I came to dailykos.  Then I realized that liberals were as ideologically driven as neocons.  Afterall, there are things that are just as, if not more, important than the environment and gay rights - only they don't seem to have the "sex appeal" necessary to hold a liberals attention.   So now, I call myself an eclectic Independent with socialist leanings.  

    Jindal is simply the symbol for the mentality of the people of the area.  After all, they elected him.  So, "they" should put their "own money and help" where their politics are and take care of themselves; and again according to their free market politics, the cost of this is only going to get passed on to the consumer so big oil shouldn't be made to pay for their mess.  BTW, send them money, help, and cut their taxes.  Then take all those loser kids and teachers in the public schools and put them out their with a shovel to pick up toxic spill because they are tired of paying for their sorry asses, too. I'm sure if they pray hard enough and send money, God will part the seas and clean their fouled nests.

    Third, I didn't see a lot of sympathy for Michigan or Ohio when we were bleeding jobs faster than BP's oil gusher. There was a strong sentiment on this board that was too bad, so sad, who cares, you deserve it because they aren't Toyotas.  I said repeatedly at the time, that the next time a hurricane or wild fire destroyed their state, they could stuff it.  Afterall, if they were too stupid to move out of harm's way, "they deserved it" too.    

    As an atheist and humanitarian, I am sorry, of course, for the planet, the critters and the people that are being destroyed by this latest corporate made crises.  However, all of what is happening in this country stems from same pit of corporate owned government and greedy CEOs and their politicians.   Seperating each crisis out into silos of misery and then debating which one is most egregious or most deserving of the dailykos "infotainment" wreck list underscores how this is anything but a reality based community.  

    The point you make in this diary should be driven home to those ignorant bozos that keep voting for the very people that are destroying us - Democrat and Republican.   How you do it and get it heard is another thing. Afterall, not wanting to hear the truth is not unique to any one group.    

    They're asking for another four years -- in a just world, they'd get 10 to 20. ~~ Dennis Kucinich

    by dkmich on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 03:51:59 AM PDT

  •  IOWA flood (0+ / 0-)

    Recall that democrats controlled Louisiana during Katrina. Recall that the Iowa flood was just as bad but that Iowans received much less attention and needed much less government assistance. Liberal Democrats live in a separate world inhabited by hordes of helpless oafs who cry for government aid from cradle to grave.

  •  Don't worry (1+ / 0-)
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    The free market will clean up the oil spill!  Like magic!

    Besides, Governor Jindal doesn't need any help.  He's an American!  He can do anything!

  •  You are correct... (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, esquimaux
    ...all these states being affected by this oil spill are going to have to deal with governors who are hypocritical buffoons.

    If you think Jindal is bad, Haley Barbour (governor of Mississippi) literally runs & hides when Obama visits the Gulf Coast.  Barbour is still begging tourists to visit the MS Gulf Coast, if you can believe that.

    All the "pro-life" patriots who elected  their respective right wing Gulf Coast governors due to nothing but culture wars are about to see what it's like when you don't have a sane, reasonable progressive dealing a Big Oil cartel catastrophe.  

    If a million people watch Olbermann, "nobody watches him." If 2 million watch Beck, he's "a national sensation spearheading a political movement."

    by wyvern on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 07:58:33 AM PDT

  •  a diary called "the hypocrisy of Bobby Jindal" (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, MKSinSA

    should be several hundred thousand words longer than this

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    --Tom Harkin

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 08:20:07 AM PDT

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