Solving the perception of corruption.

Over on, I showed where Bobby Jindal claimed that most of Louisiana’s ethics problems nationwide are because of a “perception” problem then because of “reality” (even though he campaigned against the “corrupt crowd” and had all these grand plans to solve Louisiana’s ethics problems). Now, Jindal’s deputy chief of staff is also discussing fixing the perception of unethical behavior instead of actually solving the problem of unethical behavior.

He said that:

one of Jindal’s goals is to do away with the perception around the country that Louisiana is corrupt

It seems to me that the best way to solve the perception that we are corrupt is to stop being corrupt. But no, in order to do that, Bobby Jindal would have to push for things like campaign finance reform that eliminates corporate contributions to political candidates. However, if he did that, it would make it harder for him to raise funds for his next election. And we all know that Bobby Jindal is not going to push for any legislation that makes life harder for him. And it seems as if he doesn’t want to solve any actual corruption problems in the state. He just wants to make it so that states don’t perceive us  as being corrupt without taking the actual steps to solve corruption. So much for “we can change, we must change, we will change”. I guess the appropriate response to that is… the more things change the more they say the same. Pick your cliche’, but the bottom line is that Jindal is not serious on ethics reform and it disgusts me to hear the people who backed him so strongly in the election are now seeing the light… too little too late.

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3 Responses to Solving the perception of corruption.

  1. Mike Dugas says:

    The statement about “perception” is political speak. Bobby Jindal is VERY serious about ethics reform but he can’t do it on his own and he won’t get any cooperation from other state politicians if they think he’s calling all of them corrupt. It’s already obvious what a hard time he’s going to have when even people such as yourself won’t give him a chance.
    I mean really, you must be a mind reader to make accusations like this “And we all know that Bobby Jindal is not going to push for any legislation that makes life harder for him. ” without having ANY facts to base it on. You should give him a chance before you tear him apart, at least be fair. I don’t see how he could be any worse than Blanco.

  2. Daniel Z. says:

    Of course the statement about perception is political speak. He is being a typical politician and going back on what he said in his campaign. In his campaign he wanted to fight the ethics problem of our state. Now he is wanting to fight the “perception” of ethics problems in our state. It is a huge difference between the two. One allows people to continue being unethical.

    What proof do you have that Bobby Jindal is “very serious” about ethics reform?

    The “give him a chance” argument is flawed for two reasons. First of all, anyone who does not believe Jindal is authentic and genuine when it comes to ethics reform will not prevent JIndal from going after true ethics reform if that is what he really desired. Secondly, he had a chance. He had the chance to present meaningful ethics reform. However, he did not. He presented a window dressing to try and shield the ethical problems from view instead of actually trying to solve the ethical problems we have.

    And I must have been a mind reader because Bobby Jindal did not enact ANY ethics legislation that would change the way he has to campaign for his next election.

    The facts I base my observation on is his record as a politician to date. From his vote to weaken house ethics standards for Tom Delay to his hypocricy on free tickes and many other examples I have listed both here and on I have clearly laid out why Jindal is a hypocrite, weak on ethics, and not the person his campaign claims him to be. It is all there in black and white for all those who want to see it.

    And the Blanco comparison is flawed for two reasons as well. One, if you think Blanco was the worst Governor we ever had then comparing Jindal to her would be setting the bar low, wouldn’t it? Two, Blanco did not run. How many times are Jindal supporters going to run to the “Blanco Comparison” well before it dries up? Jindal should be judged on his own merits, or lack therof.

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