A 2012 Preview? Barack Obama vs. Bobby Jindal

ImageTonight we will see a conflict of perspective, as President Obama will lay out a realistic but optimistic view of the American economy, while Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver a Republican response that will call for more tax cuts. The two speeches could provide a preview of the 2012 election.

The President will say, “The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

While Gov. Bobby Jindal will focus on spending and tax cuts, “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 hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you – the American people, because we believe that Americans can do anything.”

Of course, Jindal’s answer, just like John McCain and George W. Bush, is tax cuts, “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. And it’s no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children.”

This is all posturing by Jindal in the hope that he will become the top contender for the Republican nomination in 2012. In fact, most of the positions taken by the Republicans so far are nothing but positioning for 2010 and 2012. Jindal is not going to impress the American voters by becoming a darker skinned version of John McCain. If the Republican for 2012 is to argue that we should cut taxes after Obama has already delivered the biggest tax cut in history is foolish at best.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed out today that for the governors that oppose the stimulus, accepting the federal money is an all or nothing kind of deal. Jindal has been saying that he will turn down the unemployment compensation part of the stimulus. In fact, he has been lying to the unemployed. What we will see tonight is that Jindal doesn’t match up well with Obama. I expect him to give the kind of flat performance that he usually delivers on television. The Republican Party is trying to push Jindal as the anti-Obama, and to a degree his is the anti-Obama as he lacks the vision, talent, and skills of our current president.

3 Replies to “A 2012 Preview? Barack Obama vs. Bobby Jindal”

  1. Obama’s speech was dead on, pure domination. He said what needed to be said in the way it needed to be said. His message and tone was spot on and he brought back some hope to a bleak situation. I love that man.

    Jindal, on the other hand, sounded like a culpable parent who wrongly punished his 6 year old child to a time out and was begging for forgiveness, but nonetheless spoke to the country as if we were children. He was so canned and pre-packaged that it made me want to vomit. “Americans can do anything,” was repeated so much it reminded me of the mother from Nutty Professor, “Sherman, you can do anything. Sherman, Sherman, Sherman.” If he is their rising star, we can feel safe that those hypocritical sycophants that do nothing but say no in a time when we need cooperation will be out of power for election cycles to come. Jindal shuns the recovery plan but wants to take 99.9% of the money promised to Louisiana. Their whole party is a walking contradiction. Let’s have individual rights with limited government but let’s support constitutional amendments to ban abortion and gay marriage. They disgust me. Politically, they have nothing to gain from agreeing with Obama, but as elected representatives of a nation that is hurting, how can you sit back and stall?

  2. Great assessment, CJ. I guess since the GOP can’t take on the Democratic view, in order to be different they have to take the opposite and suicidal view, which lost them the election the last time, and, as you say, will lose it for them in future election cycles. They are so very fortunate that President Obama threw them a lifeline after their amazing defeat. Had they won, the Democrats would be shut out — completely. Instead, Obama met with their columnists, and held a closed-door session with GOP leaders. They (the GOP) are the ones determined to obstruct and not to cooperate. I’ve never seen such crazy behavior. They could have a different persona now, but instead they think to dig in their heels with their sick policies will win them votes. I guess they didn’t see back in November that they didn’t have enough supporters to win the White House, nor any other office, so their way of reasoning is to do more of what caused them to lose the last time. The GOP ALWAYS empties the coffers of the U.S. Treasury; they are bloated with greenbacks, so they — the party leaders — don’t need any money. It’s the only reason they can refuse the unemployment portion of the stimulus. GOP party leaders are not broke, but their constituents back home are unemployed and need help now. But, do they care? Speaking of future generations, grandchildren and great grandchildren — if we don’t save their grandparents now, they won’t even be here to be saddled with our debt!

  3. A true assessment of why the republicans lost the white house was the continual smear via the media of President Bush and his party which was translated into the smearing of McCain/Palin . Obama won for several reasons. Money, money and money, The liberal establishment knew they had no chance of winning without Obama going back on his word about public financing. The liberal establishment and the Obama team had almost spent 3dollars a vote compared to McCain’s 1 dollar . Do the simple math with the popular vote count. The other reason was the first Bailout the “October surprise effect.” The only person who was truely bailed out was Obama. McCain was up in the polls before that whole suspiciously timed event took place.

    The democrat party is completely dominated by the the liberal establishment. This establishment has been working for quite some time now to wreck the American capitalist system. With Obama in office they are realizing their goals. The economy seems to be the Achilles heel for the country. The liberal establishment’s game plan is to cause the problem within the capitalist system then blame the system itself. This establishment will pretend to have the solution to fix the problem the establishment created. The establishment’s solution will always be government growth that thwarts economic growth further exasperating the economic problem.
    Bigger government can never be a solution for capitalism. The liberal establishment knows this and will continue to grow government.
    Obama is a total puppet. He has been groomed by the liberal establishment to be the puppet they need to bring down this evil capitalist country. Obama’s ideology has always been straight liberalism. If Obama was a conservative he would never have been president. Look at the treatment of America’a first black supreme court justice.

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