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.