Skip to comments.Bobby Jindal's Triumph
Posted on 10/27/2011 7:25:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
Republican Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana last weekend won re-election with a staggering 65.8 percent of the vote in a state that remains heavily Democratic. It is, the governor's office contends, the highest percentage achieved by a candidate since the state's open primary was created. Jindal won all of the state's 64 parishes, increasing by four the number of parishes he won in 2007.
One might expect this to be big news beyond the state, but most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it.
In a telephone conversation, I asked Governor Jindal why? "It runs contrary to the political thinking in Washington, which is about more spending and bigger government," he said. The big media don't want to focus on successes that come as the result of smaller government and less spending because it not only reduces the size and power of government, but the influence of journalists who see themselves co-equal with, if not superior to, government.
Republicans don't do well, Jindal says, "when we are not consistent with our principles." The coming election, he adds, needs to offer a clear choice between "a permanent central government in Washington and a conservative approach" that will achieve what everyone says must be done -- Social Security and Medicare reform, a transformed tax code and smaller government. He calls November 2012 a "tipping point election."
Jindal says Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, whom he has endorsed, can best advance the conservative ideas they share because of Perry's executive experience, energy policies, job creation and commitment to reducing the size and cost of government.
Would Jindal take vice president if the eventual nominee offered him the job? He gives the standard answer, "I already have a job," but given what he sees as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to affect real change, it's hard to believe he would reject the offer should he get the call.
It would be nearly impossible for President Obama to criticize Jindal's record in Louisiana, including his success in turning around failing schools following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. That disaster has led not only to new school buildings but also reconstructed curricula, school choice and improved grades.
While President Obama makes speeches and wants to spend money we don't have in a phony attempt to create jobs, Jindal is succeeding with conservative ideas.
In his re-election campaign, Jindal pledged to overhaul his state's tax structure in order to improve the business climate that was stifling job creation. His office maintains that "he quickly cut taxes that were directly penalizing business investments, which create more Louisiana jobs. He also fulfilled his 2007 campaign commitment to enact targeted tax credits that would lead to job creation in high-growth industries. Over the past three and a half years Louisiana has seen a job creation turnaround, with the state announcing projects that create more than 45,000 new direct and indirect jobs and more than $10 billion in capital investment. CATO's Fiscal Policy Report Card, which weighs revenues and tax changes, gave Louisiana an 'A' in their 2010 ranking because of new tax changes."
Jindal also confronted wasteful spending, which Washington politicians often talk about, but do little to reverse. He reduced the state budget by $9 billion, or 26 percent, in part by eliminating unnecessary government jobs and streamlining services.
For the third year in a row, Southern Business and Development named Louisiana "State of the Year" for attracting business investment and creating jobs. People are migrating to Louisiana after several years of emigration. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, "this is the fourth consecutive year of Louisiana population in-migration."
Bobby Jindal's electoral and economic successes should serve not only as a model, but also as an inspiration to Republican candidates for president and Congress. The miracle of Louisiana can also work in other states and in Washington because Jindal is the latest conservative to demonstrate that conservative principles work and that those principles should not be shied away from, but embraced.
His resume and track record commend him for vice president, whoever the eventual Republican nominee turns out to be.
Jindal’s done a great job in Louisiana. What’s his story with regard to natrual born citizenship? I seem to recall thinking he was not eligible to serve as President because of that. Is that not the case?
Banning cash at thrift stores was a bad idea, probably unconstitutional to boot.
You’d think when the top Democrat gets only 18% of the vote in a Dem state it might be newsworthy.
If he is not eligible to be Prez, then he isn’t eligible to be VP either. The article indicates he is eligible.
Not that it matters, there is no controlling legal authority after all.
This explains last week’s hit piece about a legislators hidden poison pill in the second hand sales law. This also makes clear that there is no Journalism left in America. Even the conservative talk shows seem to have not heard about this powerful win.
Louisiana Democrats are conservative. Hurricane Katrina drove out the most liberal elements from New Orleans. That changed the state’s demographics. The GOP controls the statehouse, all constitutional offices and the legislature. LA came late to the Southern realignment that began in in the 1960s. Arkansas to the north remains the last Southern state to be controlled by Democrats.
I don’t see him as a VP pick...he’s not that great a campaigner..speaker ( remember his disastrous SOTU response?)However, I’d love to see him in the Cabinet as SecHHS..after we dump Obamacare, many reforms and changes will be needed, and that’s his strong suit..he’s fixed LA’s state wide free medical system
there is no controlling legal authority after all.
LOL, a real “Blast from the past”
Who banned cash in the thrift stores? I had not heard that. Has that been repealed? I think it is unconstitutional. I just pulled out a dollar bill. It says just to the left of Geo Washington’s picture:
“This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.”
He does good work.
so I take it 65.8% of the 99% liked this guy?
I think Louisiana did that, it was all over the news last week. Used items cannot be sold for cash, except for pawn shops. Yep, I think the first case in court gets it thrown out.
I had to laugh when I saw that the top Democrat managed to get 18% of the vote. I mean, at what point do you lose ballot status? lol.
No wonder the MSM didn’t want to touch it, it must be quite embarrassing.
I spent election day and the week before in LA.
I never saw or identified a sign for a Jindal opponent.
I saw tons and tons of signs for candidates for Sheriff. Parish sheriff must be a very important position because seemingly untold sums were being spent by the candidates. That included renta mobs beside the road on election day waving signs and shouting messages
Must have been in my neck of the woods. We had a real nasty sherrif’s race that will have a run-off in November unfortunately.
This is the first time in a long time that I remember having a choice even in local elections of voting on a republican. I think there were two races, including the sherrif’s race that I had to vote democrat.
I had not heard of the no cash in thrift stores. Don’t like that.
Jindal's most serious challenge (and it was still a distant threat) came from a white female Democrat. In short, the ACORN crowd didn't bother wasting money and effort this time around.
Makes you wonder who needs the Parish Sheriff to be their own personal rent-a-cop, doesn’t it?
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