With the headline, “Conservatives seek gov’t solutions after oil spill,” reporter Emily Wagster Pettus’ article starts out quoting a conservative who says there is “nothing inherently contradictory.” The rest of the article attempts to prove a small-government conservative can’t call on the federal government for aid.
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The article specifically targets Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fiscal conservative who very publicly rejected some of the federal money available under the “stimulus’ bill.
Pottus and Goidel don’t mention that federal laws could be forcing Jindal to rely on the federal government’s assistance with the oil spill. Recently, the governor has clashed with federal bureaucracies like the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency over their delays and obstructions in building barrier islands. Jindal has said that if the federal agencies don’t provide the material for the barrier islands, then he would order the construction himself, in violation of federal law.
The legitimate conflicts between state and federal interests don’t seem to be of interested to the AP when there are conservatives to be bashed.
The article also characterizes Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as a hypocrite. But, it’s worth noting, Barbour is mentioned not for complaining about a lack of federal initiative on the oil spill – he has specifically decline to criticize the federal response – but for lobbying for federal money in the cleanup of Hurricane Katrina nearly five years ago.
Beyond Jindal and Barbour, Pottus had to look deeper into state politics to find examples with even a whiff of hypocrisy. She named Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, Mississippi State Rep. Steven Palazzo, and Alabama State Sen. Ben Brooks.
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