Bobby Jindal: We Can Either Go Down the Government Path or the American Path
Tonight, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to the Republican National Committee. Prior to the speech, which was carried on C-SPAN (I'll link to it as soon as I can find it), he said he'd refute Barack Obama’s liberal vision for America and would outline a direction for the new Republican Party. I followed it on Twitter, where Jindal shared the core messages of the speech:
In America, government is one of those things you have to have, but you sure don’t want too much of it.
We have to accept that government number crunching – even conservative number crunching – is not the answer to our nation’s problems.
Instead of worrying about managing government, it’s time for us to address how we can lead America
Our objective is to grow the private sector. We need to focus our efforts on ideas to grow the American economy, not the govt economy.
We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth.
We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives – our principles are timeless.
We do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives – in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.
We can either go down the Government path or the American path.
We must shift the eye line and the ambition of our conservative movement away from managing government and toward the mission of growth.
I've got to say I like it.
For good measure, here's how Byron York tweeted out Jindal's speech:
Jindal at RNC: 'We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.'
'Republicans have to accept that gov't number crunching – even conservative number crunching – is not the answer to our nation’s problems.'
More Jindal: 'We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth.'
Jindal: 'If our end goal is to simply better manage the disaster that is the federal gov't, count me out…It’s not a goal worth attaining.'
Jindal: 'Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the USA? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.'
Jindal: 'I am not one of those [Republicans] who believe we should moderate, equivocate, or otherwise abandon our principles.'
Jindal: 'America already has one liberal party, she doesn’t need another one.'
Jindal: 'No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles, but we might need to change just about everything else we do.'
Jindal: 'We must stop looking backward...Nostalgia about good old days is heart-warming, but battle of ideas must be waged in the future.'
Jindal: 'It's no secret we've had a number of Republicans damage the brand...with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.'
Agree? Disagree? Favorite lines? I love that some folks are realizing that the playing field of government growth is a losing playing field. Fortunately for those of us who abhor big government, pretty much every other playing field is a good one.