In giving the republican response to President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal pointed out fundamental differences in how republicans and democrats see the economy.
Wednesday morning on the CBS Early Show, Vice President Joe Biden asked, “But what I don’t understand from Governor Jindal is what would he do? In Louisiana, there’s 400 people a day losing their jobs. What’s he doing?”
But that claim is wrong if you look at the numbers from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
“In December, Louisiana was the only state in the nation besides the District of Columbia, according to the national press release, that added employment over the month,” said Patty Granier with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
“The state gained 3,700 jobs for the seasonally adjusted employment,” Granier said of the most recent figures.
Those numbers are available on Louisiana’s employment website, laworks.net.
To be fair to the Vice President, he probably did not know the website number.
Related to the discussion concerning Bobby Jindal, as Brother Erick writes, everyone and their pet canaries on the other side of the partisan divide are after him and are seeking to lie about the work he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At first blush, it strikes one as amazing that so much of a fuss is made of the person who delivered the GOP response to Barack Obama’s non-State of the Union address . . . until one remembers that Governor Jindal’s work in reviving a Louisiana battered by the corruption and incompetence of a predecessor Democratic Governor, Jindal’s own expertise on a whole host of policy issues–including health care–and his inspiring background and highly impressive intellect make him a tremendous threat to Democratic dreams of electoral dominance.
If the Democrats did not fear Bobby Jindal, they would not be paying so much attention to him. The Governor ought to be flattered.