Jindal’s Response



Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union, pointed out the major deficits within the recently passed Stimulus package and the multiple bailout plans proposed by this Administration, while at the same time laying blame on Republicans, and pushing them to find conservative solutions to the country’s problems.

Jindal harshly criticized the stimulus package as wasteful, and likely ineffective.

To solve our current problems, Washington must lead.  But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in the hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you, the American people, because we believe that Americans can do anything…

Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy.  What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt…

Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It’s irresponsible.

Jindal also said that he would like to work with the President when possible, but that the Republicans would continue to be the loyal opposition, and not sacrifice their ideals to blindly support bipartisanship.  “So where we agree, Republicans must be the president‘s strongest partners,” Jindal said. “And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward.”

Jindal, as well as others, are starting to give a voice to the disaffected Republicans that are hiding in the shadows.  Many of us disagreed with many of former President Bush’s expansion of government, and to our own fault stood quietly on the sidelines while that expansion was happening.  We must take blame for that, because we did not speak truth to power, simply because the power resided on our side of the aisle.  Jindal is the first voice in proclaiming the new Republican Party is starting to from.

Some liberals attacked the speech immediatedly, Paul Begala and Juan Williams among them.  First, Jindal was not announcing his candidacy for President; he was simply laying the foundation for the Republican Party’s reincarnation.  These announcers wanted him to be the next coming of Barack Obama; that wasn’t going to happen.  Additionally, if you go back and look at other opposition responses, such as Bill Clinton in 1988, they were not so specatacular either; there is no way an opponent can match the glamour or prestige of the President of the United States standing in front of a cheering Congress.  Jindal didn’t even try to.  He was just simply, in his southern drawl and folksy way, telling Republicans what we should be standing for.  And for that, he was successful.

36 thoughts on “Jindal’s Response

  • February 25, 2009 at 6:54 am

    The problem with JIndal’s speech and the Republican agenda is that it lacks credibility and focused creative bold ideas to slow the downward spiral of the economy. We know the deficit is too large and growing. Where were the Republicans when George Bush failed to balance a single federal budget? Where were the Republicans and the Democrats where there was virtually no transparency on spending on the war in Iraq? Why did the GOP suddenly wake up after Bush’s failed TARP stimulus venture with little or no oversight? The Republicans have a long way to go to rebuild credibility. I hope they succeed. We need an actionable, and intelligent bipartisan government to govern this country. Democrats in Rhode Island where I live, are an example of why the country should never, ever allow irresponsible, corrupt Democrats run the country or state into tax hell, barely functional bureaucracy and low performing agencies.

  • February 25, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Well, that was Jindal’s problem. Where do you start when you are representing the discredited party? Well, you have to start from somewhere. While Bush was running up deficits, there were several Republican Governors, including Jindal, who were balancing their budgets while cutting taxes. So you are right. But the Republicans must start their climb back somewhere. And I think Jindal took the first step. That is all he was asked to do last night, and I think he met that goal.

  • February 25, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Some thing called volcano monitoring? Come on Jindal. We can search the pdf. Why can’t you?

    For an additional amount for ‘‘Surveys, Investigations, and
    Research’’, $140,000,000, for repair, construction and restoration
    of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades including stream
    gages, and seismic and volcano monitoring systems; national map
    activities; and other critical deferred maintenance and improvement

    It refers to repairing and updating systems for natural disaster warning. Once again Jindal has shown the shallowness of the GOP regional party. Maybe if you had volcanoes and earthquakes in Louisiana you’d understand.

  • February 25, 2009 at 7:16 am

    The only question is whether this deserves to be is a STIMULUS BILL. It may be worthwhile…but I question the stimulative effect of this kind of spending.

  • February 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Actually the funding of the USGS will employ people such as grad student and young professors who might not be able to get a job anywhere else Most of them will be buying all that high priced climbing, and camera equipment.

    Not to mention, it will help fill the educational requirements of those people… that seems stimulating to me.

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:00 am

    “The only question is whether this deserves to be is a STIMULUS BILL. It may be worthwhile…but I question the stimulative effect of this kind of spending.”
    The answer may be a little abstract, so bear with me: A company that wins the contract will hire workers to repair, construct and restore facilities; equipment and upgrade existing equipment. In other words, it will stimulate hiring!

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:00 am

    True. I think Jindal is a bright guy but throwing out “volcano monitoring” was misleading. Gone are the days of using shoddy or old equipment until it breaks and then waiting until a part for an outdated piece of equipment comes it.

    I think the big debate is the opposing opinions of definition of stimulus. Then again this is your blog and you can define it anyway you see fit. So if “stimulus” is defined as creating jobs that would include “construction, equipment replacement and maintenance” then the real question is to actually find out if these activities do this.

    In my line of goverment work dealing with environmental issues (labs, field testing, equipment), we bid these out to private contractors, whether it be new software, testing or replacement parts. Of course it would be stimulative, but it would have to be monitored closely to make sure that the money isn’t just rolled back into “government only” jobs. In the end, remember that these are authorizations at this point and not expenditures, and must be justified.

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Bobby Jindals response was horrible. There were many contradiction and hypocrytical statements made. I am a native of New Orleans La and am embarassed that he represents my state. He stated that the republican party would push for less government control if they were leading the pack right now, but as we all know; the republican party lead the pack for 8 years and only helped this economic tragedy get worse. His speech yesterday proved nothing, and only made the republican party look more desperate and confused. They seem to be grabbing at straws with no hands. They are jealous children begging for attention from anyone who will entertain them. When will the GOP get it! They are trying everything under the sun to look like they have control of their party, when in all actuality they really don’t. It’s like they are driving to a destination without direction and no one knows how to find the location. Its like they have forgetten that technology has provided a way for them to research the information to find out how to get to their destination. GET A CLUE GOP and stop trying to make it seem like your way is best, because we all know you had your chance and failed miserably, 1trillion dollars miserably and on top of that at the tax payers expense.

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Jindal says no one read the stimulus bill so how does he know whats in it?

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Seems to me the Republicans are trying a new strategy to come against the Dems in the next election. Asian Indians in America so dislike African Americans that some of them will kill their daughters and disown their sons when they marry one. Republicans know that their ability to win the White House is becoming more and more slim. This Jindal play will backfire on them. People are already talking about Jindal as a wannabe Obama. There will only be one Obama in this century, anyone attempting to “mimick” him will most certainly fail! Jindal does not even come close! This only proves that the republicans are in serious trouble as a party. By the way, I would be a Republican if it was not for the racist nature of the party. Watching the Republicans play up Jindal against Obama saddens me, It means that they are still up to their old racist tricks and conservatism will lose again next election.

  • February 25, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Gov jindal’s attempt to justify a preconceived judgement by using isolated,disjointed sentences and ridiculous examples failed miserably last night.
    He should take a chill pill for now…

  • February 25, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Couple of points:
    1. At some point, Republicans must move away from the mistakes of the past. Democrats can continue to blame them for past mistakes for only so long. Yes, Republicans made a huge number of mistakes. Jindal admitted that. But ultimately, Republicans must move forward.
    2. Most Democratic leaders themselves admitted that they have not read the bill. I have several quotes in previous posts that show that.
    3. As for DisAmVet’s post, I was tempted to delete it. It is a borderline racist post. Asian americans are no different than any other group of americans. They have good and bad characteristics. Any blanket statement of how a group reacts to anything usually is prejudicial. I am Indian American as well, and have a cousin married to an African American. It isn’t an issue. To make any of these issue racial shows your own prejudices, sir, not any so called prejudice of the Republican party.
    4. Jindal cannot and will not be a Obama mimic. Obama is a unique politician. Who would have thought we would ever find a smoother politician than Bill Clinton? That said, Obama will go forward based on his own success and failures, not his rhetoric, no matter how excellent his speeches are.

  • February 25, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Jindal may be the new voice of the Republican party, but I’m sorry, it just bothers me that now after all that has happen it’s the Dems that are irresponsible. I know you say he has to start from some where but maybe instead of calling the Dems irresponsible he should have just offered other alternatives. I’m tired of the blame game because quite honestly regardless of Jindal’s Republican ideology there’s a ton of blame to go to the Republicans at this point. It really seems like the pot calling the kettle black.

    I also tire of the Republican tactic to repeat it 50 times becuase apparently we’re not smart enough to get it after 5 times that “We can do anything”. It demends the American people and also Jindal. I do believe he is smarter than this, at least I hope so.

  • February 25, 2009 at 9:41 am

    As an Asian Indian American you know full well what the “Cast System” in India has done to the minds of Indians Coming to America, as do the Republicans(and do not pretend you do not). My comments are concerning how the GOP will try whatever to win. Even use race against race, If you can not see it then look closer, you will. The Cast system is a REALITY! and every time it saddens me see it show itself here in the USA. You know of what I speak! It will be used by the GOP in the coming years. Unless they can divide the country by race the Party has No Chance of winning again. This dialog between us is proof of the power it can have, unless the truth is shone through and people understand we need to be TOGETHER instead of torn apart by hatred and race. My comments are not against Indian Americans but the “Cast System” of India!

  • February 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Jindal’s response was a joke. That being said, I cannot see how Bobby can even think about being a credible contestant against Obama in 2012. The only credit I will give him is that he recognizes that the Republicans blew the last 8 years with George. But I do not think Bobby was the response the Republicans or the country needed. He tried to sound folksy, but he came off sounding under-educated for the particular situation. The Republicans are uncooperative and they cling to their useless ideas that this 300 million member country can actually cooperate without a strong lead. For years I considered myself more a Republican than a Democrat. But George changed that. Since the Republicans used George as their standard bearer and let him continue, I have no use for them. I would strongly suggest that the Republicans actually face up to reality, that being that they do NOT have the ability to lead this country. The Republican party needs to be replaced by a party that actually understands what this country needs.

  • February 25, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I have 3 words to describe Jindal’s Republican Response, OUT OF TOUCH.

  • February 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Did Jindal say when he parents arrived in Baton Rouge, his mother “was 44 and a half months pregnant?” Holy cow! 🙂

  • February 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

    By that argument, every dollar spent by the government is stimulus. So why not fund condoms, like Nancy Pelosi wanted? Somebody makes and sells the condoms…
    The reason is, and even Obama admits this, that some types of spending ‘snowballs’…thus, $1 of spending can actually cause greater than $1 of stimulus. The type of spending you are pointing out is only 1:1…that is the difference.

  • February 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

    If Jinal from (Louisiana) doesn’t like “volcano research”, what are his thoughts about “wasting” money on hurricane research/tracking…

  • February 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Bobby Jindal represents everything that got us into this economic mess. He’s towing the Republican line without the possiblility of admitting that his own form of reasoning (don’t spend on the Arts or the Poor, de-regulation & give the wealthy tax breaks)is what has gotten us into this mess. I think his preening demeanour and the fact that he won’t accept monetary help for those constituants of his who rank the poorest in the nation is blatantly irresponsible. Did the people of Louisiana really vote this guy in???

  • February 25, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Listening and watching Bobby Jindal last night made me think I was watching a republican Mr. Rogers channeling Mr. Mackey on South Park….

    Big government is baaaad, okay?
    Raising taxes is baaaad, okay?
    You can’t trust the federal government, they’re baaaad, okay?
    The stimulus bill is baaaad, okay?
    Bureaucrats are baaaad, okay? (this in reference to the story about the sherrif – did we forget that he is also part of a local government bureaucracy and has a rather racist history?

    Where are all the new fresh ideas?
    Mr. Mackey might even be better.

  • February 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

    If this is the “Future” of the Republican Party, all I can say is “THANK YOU JESUS!”.. guarenteeing an 8-year term now. After all the Hype and comparrisons to Obama, he’s not a pimple on the behind of the sitting President. Instead of channeling Reagan, he channeled Mr Rogers, (only thing missing was the sweater). If you only pander to the Base at 30%, then that’s all the votes you’ll ever expect to get. It’s time the GOP started Playing Ball and getting something done instead of betting and almost “wishing” for America’s Failure. Right now the only perception they’re generating is the Party of “No”. 2010 is going to be another landslide for Democrats. Either be part of the solution or get out of the way…

  • February 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Ok, if this is such an intellectual site, then why are you misspelled his name? JINDAL not JINAL.

    Now, as much as I am pleased to see other races running the office, I’m just wondering why Gov. Jindal always looks as though he is perpetually constipating? Why not someone give this guy some laxative?

    Having said that, I hope Gov. Jindal does not forget that who got us into this mess in the first place!

  • February 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Because I am an idiot…and don’t use my spell checker.

  • February 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I understand why many of you want to focus on the Republican mess of the past 8 years. Republicans also must come and face the mistakes they made. But you can’t use that to invalidate every Republican idea, just because of the past. That is a trap.

    Ultimately, policies should be based on rationality, experience, and logic. Republicans forgot that over the past 8 years. And though many of you can’t know this, but I spoke out against many of the Republican messes in the past administration. Democrats, I hope, do better. I really do. I hope Obama does well.

    My problem is not with Obama, but many of the policies he is suggesting. When people tell me all spending is stimulative, my first response is, then great, the $1 trillion in Iraq was well spent. We all know that is a fallacy. There is good stimulus and bad stimulus. And unfortunately, there is a fair share of bad stimulus in the recent bill.

    That said, I hope Obama takes MORE control of his own legislation. I think the biggest problem he had was that he turned over too much of the control to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who are frankly not all that smart. Obama should have written as much of the bill as possible in the White House. I will wager, to my last breath, that any Bill that Obama himself would have written would have been very liberal, but atleast would not have been purely wasteful. I trust Obama much more than I trust Democrats in Congress.

  • February 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I was so disappointed in the Republican’s response. I found myself asking what is he talking about? For this Governor to say he will not accept any money for unemployment benefits is so selfish and it shows he only is thinking about himself and his future career goals. I believe the people of Louisiana should consider asking his to step down. Put him in the unemployment lines and see if he would want the federal government help. I am sooo tired of hearing what is wrong with this stimulus plan, would someone on the GOP side tell us what they have in mind for their plan. Pass it out to the media, put on line so we can look over. Stop doing nothing but complaining and show us some of your ideas.

    The sooner both side of the government realize it not about one party but it is about all of us working together to get our economy back on track the better off we all will be. So if this who the GOP has in mind for running in 2012, than I feel sorry for them and the GOP party.

  • February 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Where is the stimulus? Spending money to develope technologies that no one wants to buy like hybrids and all those green appliances is hobby funding not stimulus. Tax chacks to SSI recipients is welfare not stimulus. Paying mortgages for people who still cant afford those homes is further depressing the housing prices . This guy has sat on his hands silently since November and this is the best he can come up with?

  • February 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Does anyone realize that Louisiana is in shambles?

    Jindal’s proposal as Governor was to invest nearly 1.3 billion in off shore drilling, and the state has lost tragically as a result. Every one one dollar drop in oil prices, Louisiana loses 13 million in state revenue.

    Louisiana is in serious debt.

    Also, Jindal has NOT REVIVED EDUCATION IN NEW ORLEANS. In fact, several of those cuts he made were in the area of PUBLIC EDUCATION! The schools are in a worse state than they were before Katrina.

    Jindal has given the citizens of Louisiana a FINE prescription for failure.

    Bobby Jindal is a travesty. He is a smart man, but he is not clearly skilled enough to hold an executive role as governor and DEFINENTLY not President.


    If he has put Louisiana in tremendous debt, why should he feel obligated or even compelled to offer his slipshod opinion?

    As a citizen of Baton Rouge and a fellow high school alumn from the same school Jindal was educated, he truly disappoints me.

  • February 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The last time I looked, the Fed has spent close to $175 Bil to clean up and rebuild communities affected by Katrina. I wonder if Jindal has turned down any Katrina’s Fed money or criticized the role of government has played in Katrina’s aftermath. We are in crisis now and only the Fed can help us to get out of the mess created by Republican’s ideology. It is hypocritical and petty for Republicans to complain about some minor items out of a huge stimulus package while offering no fresh ideas other than “trickle down” tax cut mantra and same old health-care suggestion. I suspect the Republicans are using Jindal as a puppet just like how Bush used Condi Rice to play the race/gender card. Jindal will just play along since it will help to boost his star-power and his political ambition. Whether he has any guts to stand up to the wrongs from the like of Limbaugh or Linsey Graham is remained to be seen.

  • February 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I think jindals talk was a pale candle to Obama’s shining light. If this is all the republicans can come up with they are toast. I turned his speech off somewhere after he started bashing seismic sensing upgrades, and boasting about saving Katrina victims. I say good riddance to him and his party.

  • February 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Jindal is an example of pseudo-intelligent Indian who likes to grandstand

  • February 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Jindals a Muslim and he should take to heart the words his supreme leader rush limbaugh said back a few years back

    When you win the election, you pick the nominees. Until then, shut up! Just shut up! Just go away! Bury yourselves in your rat holes and don’t come out until you win an election. When you win an election, you can put all these (Fascist) wackos, like (Antonin Scalia) and (Clarence Thomas), all over the court, but until then, SHUT UP! You are really irritating me.

  • February 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    The guy was a Rhodes Scholar, ran the LSU University system before he was 30…I don’t think there is anything pseudointelligent about him.

  • February 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Was anyone else scratching their heads as Gov Jindal spoke….? I know I am been a bit critical of the speech and all, but what was the point of the grocery store story? “As we looked at all the variety of food, my father said Americans can do anything.” That is a real motivator… Americans should be proud of the fact we make a big verity of canned food. I, as well as the rest of America, am very sad of what transpired during the Katrina disaster, but according to Gov Jindal it was the short comings of the government that lead to the disaster. Well if memory serves…. It was your party’s leadership that failed your state Mr. Jindal. The true question should be, was the federal government to small to handle the events? Or was it the incompetence of your leadership who failed to have proper resources available to help your state. The GOP has lost their identity and apparently Gov Jindal is someone who will help them regain it, if this is the case I feel sorry for this nation if the GOP ever regains any power in this country. I am not even sure if the GOP believes what they say at times. It’s like they want to take the counter point of view of every democratic talking point instead of thinking it through to completion. The market is in a free fall, your party was there when it started, and people have no jobs, homes and/or hope. You need a bit of a stronger central government to help out those people and states till the recession ends. Cutting taxes to the riches companies will do nothing but fill the wallets of the CEO’s who put this market where it is. Parts of me are very GOP, I believe that welfare should be cut, government hand outs should be cut, and there should be a free market (with oversight). But if Gov Jindal is what the GOP has become or will have to look forward to…. I might as well vote for the green party at least their message has been consistent…

  • February 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Despite efforts to make this less pitiful than it is (ie: describing Jindal as a step forward for the GOP), you gotta face it: They suck. Tehy truly do.

    Since Bush left, the GOP has no solid leadership, no new ideas, and no creditability. All we ever hear is their hypocritical complaints about the stimulus. And no, neovatara, apologizing for their past transgressions doesn’t make it any less hypocritical. I’m not gonna stand here and proclaim this thing as a magical cure, but at least he’s trying something constructive.

    Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980’s. His ideas were in the 1980’s. Quick question: Why do they still cling on to those ideology? It was funny the first couple years, but now, after almost 30 years, it’s just stale. Trickle down economics is not a timeless solution. The only timeless quality that theory has is its ability to incense people who can’t afford corporate jets or golf retreats.

    And listening to the garbage from Limbaugh doesn’t make it any better for them.

    They need to let go of the distant past if they want any part of the future. They need to change, and too bad they’re conservatives…those people hated change. So I call upon the moderate Republicans to take control from the hard liners. If they don’t, this could be the end of the 2 party system.

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