Jindal: debt is bad when we say it is

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Freddie

Freddie deBoer used to blog at lhote.blogspot.com, and may again someday. Now he blogs here.

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  1. Well, self-identified liberal boy, the argument against the uberliberal Yglesias would start and successfully conclude with the somehow forgotten in the annals of sounding so incredibly smart and snarky why, precisely, it is the job of the federal government to pay for people’s food, their unemployment monies, and the rest of the lot of unexamined assumptions that liberals, and many conservatives, continue to lug around. There are other levels of government besides the federal: the state levels, the county levels, the city levels, the neighborhood levels, the civic association levels, the family levels, the individual levels. If you have read _In Our Hands_ by Charles Murray, you would know that non-federal levels in America used to be incredibly vibrant, and incredibly helpful towards people in need. I would forward that the only way America can ever refocus towards non-federal levels of government is to cut and cut and cut federal taxes.

    And regarding Jindal: I take it you have examined his record, really scrubbed it, to be able to come to your oh so smart sounding conclusions about him? Care to provide evidence of that scrubbing?

    Or, are you just parroting the Sullivan-led groupthink that no one who isn’t a liberal has any credibility right now.

    Hmm. I suspect the latter. Sullivan’s medium is, after all, the message.Report

  2. Avatar Cascadian says:

    I would forward that the only way America can ever refocus towards non-federal levels of government is to cut and cut and cut federal taxes.

    Ok, the Feds are broke, the economy is coming down on their artificial growth and yet we are as centralized as ever. Raich and No Child leap to mind. What exactly has improved on the Federalism front recently?

    So, what’s the deal with Jindal? Put up some links. Provide a defence. Don’t go screaming down Freddies throat because he can’t believe there is one. I have a hard time believing it myself. Unless your name is Ron Paul, you’d better have a pretty good alibi if you’ve been a Republican even close to power for the last decade.Report

  3. Don’t forget, Jindal was in Congress when the Republicans were running up deficits like crazy. So he’s your typical hypocritical Republican.Report

  4. Avatar Rortybomb says:

    Freddie, everytime someone comments “If you have read…by Charles Murray” an angel gets its wings.

    In defense of Jindal, giving the retort speech is always a terrible thing to do; it’s the political equivalent of playing the Globetrotters. I’m surprised Jindal signed up for it.Report

  5. While I am sympathetic to Jindal having to follow-up Obama’s speech…his was really, really bad. During the first couple of minutes I was fighting the urge to switch channels. I gave up right after the story about boats and the sherriff (his point was good, but the delivery was awful).

    I quit paying attention to Jindal when he came out in favor of ID. I refuse to support any GOP politician that takes that stance. I really think all they hype is about his skin color and that just isn’t enough.Report

  6. Avatar Bob says:

    Matthew asks, “…why, precisely, it is the job of the federal government to pay for people’s food, their unemployment monies, and the rest of the lot of unexamined assumptions that liberals, and many conservatives, continue to lug around.”

    Well it’s the federal governments job because the voter in election after election after election have sent men and women to Washington that have created the policies you so dislike. It’s called representative government.Report

  7. Avatar raft says:

    jindal is to obama as Shia Leabouf is to Optimus Prime. just not, not in the same league.

    if he’s the best the Republicans have to offer we might as well just call the 2012 election now.Report

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