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

(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."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, talks with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Virginia Republican convention in Richmond Friday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, talks with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at the Virginia Republican convention in Richmond Friday.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Louisiana Governor Bobby at a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire on May 10.
Louisiana Governor Bobby at a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire on May 10.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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