Perhaps Gov. Bobby
Jindal has bitten off more than he could chew. Or maybe people have assumed
the wrong agenda for him all along.
from a number of corners, some of it with merit, much of it driven by political
calculation, over his tax swap plan that essentially replaces income taxes with
(increasingly) higher and broader sales taxation that simplifies the system which together
produce greater economic growth, chances are fading that it will make its way
into law as he intends it. They are reduced further by distracting sideshows
left over from previous bold initiatives of the past year – attempts to have declared
the ways in which education reform were enacted unconstitutional and the restructuring
of health care delivery with the backdrop of ruinous federal policy, and in
this area an investigation apparently into one of the largest contracts let by
the state. So much so far so fast may mean some of it gets left behind for the
lack of enough political resources to get it into law.
The prevailing assumption, often explicated in cynical and
condescending tones, is that Jindal’s public policy is driven primarily by a
desire to achieve higher office. Those with little understanding of the
philosophy behind his general policy prescriptions – privatizing state
functions where it’s best to do so, improving delivery where they should remain
operated by the state, or using both approaches by encouraging private provision
to compete with and improve public sector delivery, and all against a backdrop of
fiscal policy designed to get government out of the way to unleash the fruits
of individual autonomy – assign the specific policies from this as props solely
created to further political ambitions. This entirely misunderstands.