For months now legislators have accused Jindal of kowtowing to Norquist's "no tax pledge," which stipulates that taxes cannot be raised unless they're offset by spending cuts elsewhere. And this weekend they'd had enough. A group of self-described "conservative" Republican state representatives took their complaints to Norquist himself, asking him to give them some wiggle room on raising taxes and to shoot down some Jindal-backed legislation that they say would set a "dangerous precedent" in how government could mask revenue hikes. [...] Sunday's letter -- signed by Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Joel Robideaux (R) and 10 other state Republican representatives -- asked Norquist to take into account the previous tax cuts Louisiana has passed in recent years and the effect they will have in the future when assessing whether the state is in compliance with the no tax pledge.
[I]n Jindal's administration, the buck stops with Norquist. I'd be embarrassed, me, if I called myself the governor, and I had to check with somebody else regarding my state's fiscal policy. It's an abdication of power and of respect. Consider the absurdity of Republican lawmakers consulting Norquist on tax policy in Louisiana. Is Jindal aware of how this makes him look? As he prepares to run for president, as he throws his hat into the ring to try to run the country. Does he really want it to look like he hasn't really been the man running Louisiana?