Monday, July 27, 2009
I Like Jindal for President But . . .
“Our federal government is currently just flinging stuff against the wall, in trillion-dollar chunks, to see what sticks. Congress’s own budget office has said the current “federal budget is on an unsustainable path” and that the Democrats’ health plan does not reduce “long-term health costs facing the government."“ Is what Bobby Jindal said a week ago. I like Bobby for president but when he made a big statement about health care a couple of weeks ago I cooled a little. He seems to know health care issues from much contact and study. But that can also weaken him since it can tend to adulterate one’s conservative values. Spending so much time and effort studying government interventions can get someone to thinking too much about how to improve those interventions rather than critically looking at whether they are sensible and constitutional at all. There is always a danger of becoming a right wing member of the establishment. But I’m looking for a leader who sees himself as part of the overall American tradition of limited government and individual rights and liberties rather than part of a competing tradition that mainly dates back to the failures of FDR.
I suspect that Bobby Jindal’s heart is in the right place. I just wish it was more obvious exactly where he stands.