Will Berger, Rucho learn anything from the collapse of Jindalnomics?

Bobby JindalThe political freefall of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is interesting on multiple levels (Chris Fitzsimon will have more on this subject this afternoon). Notwithstanding the man’s infamous deer-in-the-headlights state of the union response from a few years back, conservatives were still touting him as a rising star and potential national candidate not that long ago.

That he would now have trouble getting elected dog catcher in the Bayou State and be forced to abandon his signature tax plan is emblematic of a remarkable  political collapse — especially for a politician without any apparent immediate problems with prosecutors or prostitutes. (Of course, it should be noted that current Louisiana Senator David Vitter admitted to the latter problem with no lasting ill effects).

What the fall of Jindalnomics would seem to say most clearly is that the extreme, Norquistian idea of eliminating corporate and personal income taxes and making an already regressive tax system even more regressive is not just nutty from a policy standpoint, but extremely nutty politcally. Ultimately, it only serves to confirm in the minds of voters that conservatives are first and foremost about making the rich richer. And even in Louisiana and North Carolina — places in which people of modest means generally shy away from stances that smack of class warfare — this is simply a politically suicidal position.

The question now for North Carolina’s conservative political leaders — all of whom have embraced Jindalnomics to one degree or another (especially the state Senate under the leadership of Phil Berger and Bob Rucho) — is whether they really want to push ahead with their own ultra-regressive plan to slash (or even do away with) corporate and personal income taxes.  

As of this morning, such a hardline position appears to have gotten a great deal riskier.


  1. Doug

    April 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Why is deer in the headlights even used as a descriptor? There are members/founders of your own web site that have their own significant tics when on a TV show……just sayin’ maybe you should just stick to facts rather than trying to degrade someone in a fashion resembling middle school taunting. Let your commenters do that dirty work.

  2. Matt G.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’m guessing the proposed tax changes, including the service tax, will generate a lot of attention from citizens who are normally oblivious to the NCGA and that’s a good thing. Money has a way of doing that. I think the legislature’s approval rating will fall proportionally as that awareness grows. I believe otherwise disengaged people will start realizing how out of step this legislature is with public opinion on issues like restricting voting hours (to name one of very, very many).

  3. Frances Jenkins

    April 10, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I hate to steal your candy Matt but I have seen more growth in the Republican Party since January then every before. At most county conventions across the state, attendance has doubled. The ACA is killing business.Insurance cost have risen by 13% for individuals on private plans and it is expected to go much higher. Outside of Raleigh and the thinking of the Raleigh elite, citizens hate the Perdue-Dix Power Grab. More than 70% of citizens in NC want voter ID because they know first hand of voter fraud.

  4. david esmay

    April 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Insurance premiums have been out pacing rates for economic growth, inflation, and wages for decades because of greed, not the ACA. Private insurance companies enjoy massive profits by denying claims, only a few pennies of each premium dollar actually goes to health care, most ends up in the pockets of executives who enjoy inflated salaries and bonuses. Frances is hitting the pipe hard today.

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