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Jindal tax edition

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  "I'm not going to pout. I'm not going to take my ball and go home." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, announcing that he would "park" his plan to swap state income taxes for the highest sales tax rate in the country (see Cover Story, p. 17).

  "It doesn't bode well for a governor's leadership skills just to ... throw his hands up and say, 'I don't want to have anything to do with it, but if it passes I'll take credit for it.'" — State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Jefferson, one of the Legislature's "fiscal hawks," to The New York Times' Campbell Robertson.

  "Monday's announcement by [Gov.] Bobby Jindal that he was 'parking' his tax swap for the 2013 regular session was not a strategic withdrawal. It was a reaction to an old-fashioned ass-whipping laid on him by the people of Louisiana." — Attorney and frequent Jindal critic C.B. Forgotston.

  "Just about everyone dislikes this plan. It's been roundly excoriated, frankly. And all of this has taken a toll on [Jindal's] popularity, which is at a historic low heading into the legislative session when he needs to have higher popularity than he's ever had." Pearson Cross, a professor of political science at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, to Benjy Sarlin of Talking Points Memo.

  "Two years is a long time. It is time enough for (Gov. Bobby) Jindal to convert this debacle into a narrative about how national political elites came to despise him. ... Republicans have nominated governors before who were vastly unpopular in their home states. Have I introduced you to Willard Romney?" Charles Pierce in Esquire, saying Jindal shouldn't be counted out of the 2016 presidential sweepstakes.

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