Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jindal, Ya'll

The Republican response to President Barry Soetoro’s (a/k/a Barack Obama) remarks to Congress last night was provided by Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Jindal’s speech may have been absent of an exited live audience, the gift of reading a teleprompter, but it was significantly more substantive in content compared to the speech of the President.

On the Stimulus Bill

“. . . Republicans put forward plans to create jobs by lowering income tax rates for working families, cutting taxes for small businesses, strengthening incentives for businesses to invest in new equipment and hire new workers, and stabilizing home values by creating a new tax credit for home-buyers.

“These plans would cost less and create more jobs.

“But Democratic leaders in Congress rejected this approach. Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money, they passed the largest government spending bill in history -- with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest.

“While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a "magnetic levitation" line from Las Vegas to Disneyland . .

“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 . . .”

On Energy

“To strengthen our economy, we need urgent action to keep energy prices down. All of us remember what it felt like to pay $4 at the pump -- and unless we act now, those prices will return. To stop that from happening, we need to increase conservation, increase energy efficiency, increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels, increase our use of nuclear power, AND increase drilling for oil and gas here at home.”

How to strengthen America

“We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, and empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs . .


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