Because it can’t be emphasized enough

Yeah, HOW Jindal said it, his halting sing-songy Kenneth-the-NBC-page delivery was FAIL-tacular, but Maddow’s befuddlement on WHAT he was saying was spot-on. His appropriation and flip flop of the post-Katrina fed debacle is jaw-dropping.

And don’t even get me started on the Train to Disneyland and volcano-monitoring. Sheesh. Jindal took a few billion of the stimulus for road and bridge infrastructure, in a state that’s more than half underwater, but the very idea of a train, for people, for tourists, taking future needs into account, well that’s just elitist wasteful crazy talk. (Aside of course, from the fact that Republican talking points on the MagLev lineare big fat lies.)

And monitoring the development of natural disasters-what good could that possibly do!? (apply head directly to desk now)

This stuff cannot win. The Rs are lamely attempting to rally their usual low-hanging fruit…okay, “low-information” voters, hoping they can scrape up enough folks to go to the polls in the next election cycle so they don’t look like what they already are: irrelevant embarrassing failures.

8 thoughts on “Because it can’t be emphasized enough

  1. i did not watch/listen to piyush. i assumed it would be the usual republikkkan bullshit. but delivered by a ‘hotshot’. which means a returd on steroids.

  2. Just so this doesn’t get lost:
    The “volcano monitoring” Jindal mentioned is actually $140 million for
    all types of measuring equipment
    used by the U.S. Geological Survey. Most important and numerous of these are … Stream Gages. The USGS has thousands of stream gages all over the country. You can get real time data on these on-line. My bookmarked one for Maine ishere. Check it out.
    These gages cost a lot to keep working and maintained, just because there are so many of them. They are one of the most important data gathering networks the U.S. has. For example, stream gages are the only way to accurately predict a flood — before it happens. Without moderen, operating stream gages and real time link-ups via satellite and computer, you got nothing to predict a flood and evacuate people. That’s what the $140 million is for.
    Seems Jindal’s rather wet, river-studded state could use this type of stuff.
    And look, here it #$#%^ is for Lousiana !!!
    Cheers to the Crack Van !!!

  3. The idea of “Disneyland” as part of a high-speed train from Las Vegas to southern California most likely stems from the fact that there is already a major Amtrak station in Anaheim, essentially on the north edge of the parking lot at Anaheim Stadium (where the Angels play). That would put the that existing station about two to three miles from Disneyland.
    It also means that it is a perfectly reasonable place to put the terminus of any high-speed rail from Las Vegas.
    I’d also point out that maybe 30 seconds after mentioning the “Disneyland” train last night, Jindal was on to talking about oil; as someone who has driven between L.A. and Las Vegas for work, for a wedding, to visit friends, to attend UNLV football games, and yes, to gamble, I promise you that a high-speed train is CERTAINLY something that would save of fuel consumption, cut air pollution, etc. etc.

  4. Even supposing that the “volcano monitoring”were all going to volcano monitoring, given what happened to the weather in North America when Mt. St. Helens blew (we felt it here, most of the continent away), and given that the Yellowstone volcanoes could potentially rearrange the continent’s face, so to speak, $140M for early warning and suchlike? Peanuts.

  5. Jindval is an idiot, and a distraction. I liked Obama’s speech, I thought that it addressed what it needed to and lay forward priorities and morals, which is the first step towards solutions. I feel really inspired about is when he talks about energy and infrastructure. I’m really glad he’s finally taking Dean Baker’s advice (most eloquently written in “From Financial Crisis to Opportunity” in the bookThinking Big) and stopping the tax breaks for corporations that send their jobs overseas.

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