Bobby Jindal: Send IRS Officials to Prison
He tells fellow Republicans that Obama's big government is real culprit
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, talks with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Virginia Republican convention in Richmond Friday.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Probably a good sign that Republicans see the IRS controversy as very fertile ground politically: Bobby Jindal—who famously warned the GOP not to be the "stupid party" of unhinged attacks—is going after the scandal hard today, reports Politico. The potential 2016 challenger plans to tell Republicans in Virginia that those responsible for the "un-American" plan of singling out conservative groups for scrutiny should go to prison.

  • “You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom," says the Louisiana governor's prepared remarks. "When you do that, you go to jail.” (That echoes a comment made by John Boehner.)
  • Any investigation must "go from the top down," Jindal says. "It won't do to have a few lower-level staffers in the Tucson field office lose their executive washroom privileges. This is much bigger than that.”
  • And finally, he brings it home to President Obama and liberalism: “When you grow government this big, these kinds of scandals are inevitable, and he bears the responsibility for that."

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May 19, 2013 2:36 PM CDT
Not a fan of Jindal, and whether or not he's pandering for political brownie points, I agree with putting these corrupt IRS agents in prison. They would put us in prison in a New York minute when given an excuse.
May 19, 2013 1:07 PM CDT
That is if laws were found to have been broken..... same grey area here with the banks and CEOs. A lot of calls for jail however prosecutors had a hard time finding out if any crimes were actually committed.
May 19, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
Louisiana is the world's prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana's incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran's, 13 times China's and 20 times Germany's.