Louisiana's conservative Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has been a dismal failure so far, with little progress on Louisiana's serious poverty problems. With a 19.2% poverty rate, Jindal's state ranks as having the second worst rate of poverty in the entire nation. And with few higher paying labor union jobs compared to many states, thanks to Louisiana's regressive antilabor union right to work laws, family wages in the state lag far below the national average as well.
The median family income in Louisiana is just $35,523, which is thousands of dollars below the average family income for states such as New Hampshire at a far better $57,352. The national average for all states is far higher than Louisiana as well at $44,473.
Now comes word that Jindal plans to not allow his unemployed and poverty stricken citizens to have their fair share of the unemployment extension benefits included in the recently passed federal economic stimulus package bill. Now tens of thousands of families will be forced to rely on food banks or churches to feed their children as their unemployment benefits expire. Many families will join the homeless as they can no longer pay their rent or home mortgage and banks take back their homes thanks to Jindal. What in heck is this guy thinking?
Jindal has no problem accepting the federal highway funds portion of the bill. He just objects to unemployed citizens getting a short extension on their unemployment to feed their families. Apparently Jindal's family values just don't value families.
Ironically, the nation's first elected Republican conservative Indian-American governor is keeping many of his own citizens in poverty conditions more similar to Mumbai, India than anything.
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