There's a lot to unpack in Bobby Jindal's latest op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, including a passing reference that suggests the former Republican governor thinks Obamacare, which he spent years casting as a government takeover that just made matters worse is -- gasp -- not that bad? At least in comparison with what some Democrats are offering now.
"Obamacare's federally mandated coverage, combined with large subsidies, resulted in a lower uninsured rate, yet Bernie Sanders et al. insist the exchanges, Medicare and all private health insurance be scrapped in favor of a fully state-run system," he wrote.
The overall point of Jindal's piece is that liberal politicians like to manufacture emergencies so that they can swoop in and solve them, but I'm not sure Louisiana's own most recent emergency bears that out.
"Politicians get credit for trying to do something, but they're usually out of office before the results can be measured," Jindal asserts without irony.
Yet it was the former governor's anti-tax purity, driven by his own presidential ambitions, that drove the state's fiscal situation into the ditch even before his term ended. And the results of Jindal's fiscal stewardship were measured almost immediately after he left office, when new Gov. John Bel Edwards found himself facing a $2 billion shortfall.
Another interesting measure is in the fact that the Edwards, who has spent much of his term working to stabilize the budget, has an approval rating of 54 percent in a new poll by Bernie R. Pinsonat Inc., even though he's a Democrat leading a Republican state. When Jindal left office four years, his own approval rating had dipped as low as 20 percent.
So it appears that Edwards is getting credit for trying to do something and for the measurable results, even while he's still on the job.
As for Jindal -- well, he's probably going to have to keep waiting.
-- Stephanie Grace is a columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge.