"You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility, Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Our party is determined to regain your trust." -- Bobby Jindal
Here is why I like Bobby Jindal. Watch him take two minutes to stake out the kind of economic policy territory I could back.
According to a January 27 press release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only one state in the entire union recorded an increase in employment in December: you guessed it, Louisiana.
"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.…"
His awesome on-the-fly management of the response after two major hurricane one as a congressman who clearly outperformed the mayor and the past governor, the next as governor himself shows he has a quick mind, a strong will, a good heart, and a gut-level competence with can do mentality.
Nonetheless Jindal is still has a ways to grow. A very good work in progress. While his speech did not live up to his "superstar" billing, he provided some necessary correctives to Obama's speech, along with some hope for the future.