In Timmy Teepell’s recent letter to The Advocate, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former chief of staff attempted to defend Jindal’s eight disastrous budget years. Teepell’s letter was as delusional as Jindal’s quixotic quest for the presidency. The facts are (1) that Jindal enacted his conservative economic policies as his platform for his presidential aspirations, and (2) conservative small-government economic policies have been disastrous wherever they have been tried. (See Kansas under Sam Brownback.)

Taxes are a necessity for having a functioning government that provides essential services for a modern society. The only questions are what the essential services are and who is going to pay for them — the rich such as the Koch brothers, who own Georgia Pacific (among numerous other companies) and received tax incentives under the Jindal administration, or the poor and middle class through increased sales taxes that disproportionately affect them.

Jindal constantly told universities, hospitals and other state institutions to “do more with less.” After eight years, they are in the position of having to do less with less.

Clark Forrest

retired economic development specialist