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In an interview last Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 at the governor’s mansion, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal commented on what fixing the GOP entails:
“The party must consistently do what it says,” Jindal admonished. “You can’t be the party of fiscal discipline and tolerate the kind of spending that our party has accepted in the last several years, especially in Washington. … If the Democrats had proposed many of the spending initiatives and projects that Republicans ended up approving, we would have been the first to criticize them.”
“We’ve got to consistently oppose corruption in our own party,” said Jindal. “It’s not enough to make excuses that ‘the other side does it.'”
Big, New Ideas … But the Right Ones.
“We have to apply our ideas to the problems Americans care about. I oppose greater government intrusion into our lives, but on health care, for example, for too long the Republican answer to this problem has been dumb.”
Calling for the GOP to again be the party of “ideas and solutions,” Gov. Jindal said, “Too often the rhetoric from the party has been ‘vote for Republicans because the other side is worse’. That doesn’t motivate or excite voters. You have to have a positive, proactive agenda for America.”
Louisiana …. Setting an Example:
Fiscal Conservatism at work:
Louisiana is constitutionally required to balance its budget. Jindal claims to be saving $341 million in the state’s fiscal ’09 budget. “We will continue to pursue policies to move Louisiana forward while we tighten our belts in government and ensure we are living within our means,” said Jindal, which, he criticizes, is something Washington is not doing.
Accountability at work:
“We are one of eight states that put all of its spending online. We’re the only state that links it to performance outcomes. So you can go online and see where your tax dollars are going and you can link it to accountability.”
What Must the GOP Change Most?
“The Republican Party needs to do two things: One, we need to stop worrying about the Republican Party and start worrying about our country. Second, we need to stop worrying about the messenger and start worrying about substance. We will deserve to be a majority party again when we show the American people we are competent, we truly believe the principles we espouse and we’ve got relevant solutions to the things they care about, whether it’s the economy, health care, international terrorism.”