Bobby Jindal

jindalWould Bobby Jindal be a responsible candidate for President? Jindal completed majors in biology and public policy at Brown University graduating in 1991 at the age of 20. Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar, was accepted by Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, but studied at Oxford instead. He received a M.Litt degree in Political Science with an emphasis in health policy from Oxford in 1994. He is currently the popular Governor of Louisiana. Let’s review his position on the issues.

  • Abortion–Jindal opposes abortion, but accepts medical procedures aimed at saving the life of the mother. He has voted against expanding public funding of stem-cell research.
  • Climate change–Jindal puts energy development ahead of any  concern for climate change. He supports the Keystone Pipeline project.
  • Same-sex marriage–Jindal opposes legalization of same-sex marriage.
  • Firearm Legislation–Jindal says he supports the right to bear arms. He has opposed efforts to restrict gun rights and is endorsed by the NRA.
  • Education–Jindal has supported Common Core which Louisiana adopted in 2010. More recently, “We cannot retreat from rigorous standards,” said Jindal, “However, I am absolutely opposed to any kind of Federal takeover of a curriculum or Federal Government involvement in dictating to us our curriculum.”   He has proposed budgets that impose cuts on higher education funding in Louisiana. Jindal’s proposed education reforms include vouchers for low income students in public schools to attend private schools.
  • Illegal immigration–Jindal has criticized illegal immigration as a drain on the economy, and as unfair to those who entered the country by legal means. He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens.
  • Health care–Jindal supports increased health insurance portability, laws promoting coverage of pre-existing medical conditions, a cap on malpractice lawsuits, an easing of restrictions on importation of prescription medications, the implementation of a streamlined electronic medical records system, an emphasis on preventative care, and tax benefits aimed at making health insurance more affordable for the uninsured. However, Jindal favors repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Unlike some other Republican governors, Jindal has refused to expand Medicaid in Louisiana to provide care to low-income residents.
  • Minimum wage–Jindal says: “I think Louisiana should continue to comply with the federal minimum wage.” (Really Gov., could they not?) He says he voted in Congress for a minimum wage increase, so he is not uniformly opposed to ever raising it. However, he would favor using tax credits or other incentives to help low-income people keep more of their pay.

Jindal, writing for National Review, wrote:

 “In recent weeks, President Obama and his allies have emphasized his willingness to go it alone and use his executive power to achieve his policy aims. … The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the administration’s own actions have in recent weeks confirmed what most of us in the rest of the country already knew: President Obama’s agenda creates disincentives for Americans to work, incentivizes employers to hire fewer people, and exacerbates the inequality the White House denounces. The American people deserve a better economic-growth agenda from Washington. And if President Obama wants to give them one, he can. With the power of the pen and the phone, he can roll back policies which are creating barriers for innovation, implement policies which encourage investment, and build toward the future with reforms that will help prepare Americans for the challenge of tomorrow’s economy.”

Here President Obama can’t win–he is criticized for using his executive power to do what he thinks best and criticized for not using those same powers for what Jindal would have him do, notably “roll back.” Here Jindal’s views smack of “trickle down.”

Has Jindal’s excellent education really been trumped by religious belief and political ambition? Is Jindal a RINO, a Wacko, or some of each? Would his views be acceptable to Nativists, Birthers, and Right-to-Lifers? Could he be nominated for President; if nominated, could he be elected? If elected, would he be a uniter or a divider. Could he bridge the gap between left and right? It will be interesting to see what happens.

© William Hungerford – March 2014

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6 Responses to Bobby Jindal

  1. whungerford says:

    Bobby Jindal said:
    “Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.”

    This is baloney. Here is a better version:

    “Because the wackos want: The government to implode; to shortchange everyone; to hire no one; they believe that money is gold; the earth is flat; the pre-industrial age, agrarian government is a cool new thing; there is no difference between the national debt and private debt; all people of faith are all bible-thumping evangelicals; life begins at conception; pornography is fine; non-traditional marriage is immoral; 32 oz. sodas are good for you; a chicken in every pot; rich people are God-like unless convicted of a crime, the Israelis are reasonable; trans-fat is a Constitutional right; kids trapped in failing schools should transfer to for-profit private schools; rising sea levels are no problem; moral standards are passé; private health care is always high quality; the IRS violates our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi couldn’t have happened if Sarah were President; the First Amendment is outdated; and the Second means whatever I think it means: to hell with the Supreme Court.


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    A much better version for sure!


  3. whungerford says:

    I admire Jindal’s speech. It hardly matters that it isn’t factual–it rings and resonates with his audience’s views. They know what he means–barefoot, pot smoking hippies are no good. I guess the audience loved it. Jindal would be a good candidate for the GOP, perhaps. Who else they got?


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    he should team up with Martha, they could do a rehash of Green Acres


  5. Barbara Griffin says:

    Very entertaining response from whungerford! Considering the choices for Republican candidates, I don’t think the party really wants to win the election…primarily because they can come up with no working solutions to the problems this country is facing. They can criticize and obstruct, but their policies benefit only the wealthy and promote the ideology of the far-right Bible bangers. I’m pretty sure that’s why Sarah Palin was nominated for Vice President. No intelligent person would have voted for her.


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