Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Honestly, I Am Not Snickering ...

...No, really. I am always pleased when the youth of our nation finally effin' GET IT.

Young Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, the guy who gave a mostly dull speech on limiting the size of government as the GOP's response to President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, has come out swinging on the Gulf spill disaster.

He has been in motion non-stop since the disaster started unfolding, pestering the federal government for supplies and assistance and personally visiting the scenes of the disaster. He has also touted plans to trap the oil before it fouls the beaches and estuaries along the coast.

The "burrito levee" and the "boudin bag" are part of a vast effort, overseen by Jindal, to hold back a slick that is already spitting tar balls onto the state's coast. He also has a plan to create more Louisiana, building new barrier islands in the oil's path.

"It makes so much sense. It's so obvious. We gotta do it," Jindal said into his headphones. His call for a major government response stands in apparent contrast to his previous calls for small government.

That's also quite a contrast to the position held by Haley Barber, another governor in the path of the oil spill. Gov. Barber doesn't see any problem and invites people to come down and, well, water ski in the water now fouled by the oil.

Now, I suppose one could argue that Gov. Jindal is simply doing a little bait-and-switch, that when the excrement hits the fan in his state, he's perfectly happy to have big government take care of the problem caused by the excesses of unregulated capitalism. I'm not so sure about that. I think he's finally beginning to see the larger picture:

As they flew, Jindal laid out the state's plans -- the boudin and the burritos and the sandbags -- to a collection of local officials strapped in around him. After he had finished, [New Orleans Mayor Mitch] Landrieu spoke up.

"At the end of the day, they've gotta cap this well, period," he said. "And they better hurry."

"Amen," the governor said.

Welcome to adulthood, Bobby.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

just as long as it's not for volcano research. That's just pork.

4:48 PM  

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