Bobby Jindal

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Bobby Jindal - Congressional grim reaper

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is the creepy Republican governor of Louisiana, the first such Indian-American (and we're talking about the subcontinent here) to hold such a position in US history, and a possible children's television show host. He chose the nickname Bobby based on the youngest son on The Brady Bunch. He was constantly touted in the media as the new face of the GOP and was believed to be a 2012 front runner for their nomination (barring the 2012 apocalypse), having since declined to run. A former Hindu, he converted to Roman Catholicism and took the Church's stance on birth control and abortion. Many Americans got their first look at the governor when he addressed the nation after President Obama's speech trying to sell his recovery plan to the American people. Jindal is certainly a part of the War on Science since he believes that volcano monitoring is a form of political pork. He has also publicly expressed support for Intelligent Design. He ran on a reform ticket, and so far, has not done much. There was a recall petition against him.[1] Some attribute its lack of success on the fact that the Lt. Governor at the time was Mary Landrieu's brother. He was reelected in 2011 with over 65% of the vote.[2]

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[edit] Political and social views

Jindal is against all forms of abortion, including cases of rape, incest, or saving the mother's life. The only exception in his eyes occurs if a woman needs a medical procedure to save her life, and the fetus is indirectly terminated.[3]

In 2008 Jindal signed into law a bill which prescribes mandatory chemical castration for second offense sex criminals.[4]

Also in 2008, Jindal signed into law the Louisiana Academic Freedom Act, a very thinly veiled attempt to introduce creationism into the classroom. Under the law, teachers are protected from "discrimination" or job loss if they independently decide to introduce material on controversial topics, specifically evidence against evolution.[5][6] Oddly, this got fellow Catholic Republican Dan Claitor, a state senator, worked up enough that he tried to repeal it. He failed.[7] More recently, a voucher program intended to allow students to transfer to private schools from under-performing public ones was accused of steering students to schools that emphasize creationism according to LAFA repeal organizer Zack Kopplin and newspapers including the Alexandria Town Talk, the Lafayette Independent Weekly and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.[8]

Louisiana is currently suffering from a budget crisis due to Jindal's cutting of income taxes, without raising the sales tax to compensate (the income tax rates were raised back in the day when sales taxes were reduced). The solution? Cut higher ed. And privatize pretty much everything: health insurance,[9] prisons,[10], even the Office of Student Financial Assistance[11] and education (in a fairly shameless attempt to fund jackfuck insane Bible schools).[12] In early 2013, Jindal started a push to eliminate the state's income tax and corporate tax, replacing them with a much higher (and more regressive) state sales tax.[13] In December 2012 Jindal attempted to end all Medicaid hospice care, but backed down under pressure.[14] Jindal has also been accused of roadblocking proposed redistricting that would put a second majority-minority district in LA, as he demands 2 North Louisiana districts. [15]

[edit] Outright wingnuttery

Jindal openly claims to have personally battled a demon while a student at Brown University.[16][17] A member of his prayer group who was suffering from emotional distress after the suicide of a close friend and her own skin cancer diagnosis was allegedly surrounded by "sulfuric smells" and acting very strangely. During a prayer meeting, the woman collapsed into a seizure. Instead of seeking medical attention, the students began to perform an exorcism on her. She tried to flee two separate times during this ordeal and was physically restrained by the group. Jindal claims that not only was the demon exorcised but the woman's skin cancer was miraculously cured.[18]

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