Bobby Jindal is no GOP reformer

  • Article by: Jamelle Bouie , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 11:46 AM

Yet’s he’s positioned himself as a reformist outsider, despite his clear commitment to the same old right-wing policies.

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Thenry8999Feb. 19, 1312:26 PM

Wow a staff writer from a self professed liberal magazine doesn't like Bobby that is a shocker... Couldn't have saw that one coming...

my4centsFeb. 19, 13 2:45 PM

Jamelle's view of the GOP appears to be quite limited. She begins speaking about "all sides of the GOP divide" and uses Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the book ends. The problem with this assertion is that Cruz and Ryan don't represent the divide at all - they both fall on the conservative end. Jindal truly can be a reformer if he holds to the conservative / libertarian positions and defends them clearly and often. Most libertarian beliefs are shared by a majority of citizens - it's the "establishment-minded" Republicans that turn many of us away.

omnipresentFeb. 19, 13 3:29 PM

Gov. Jindal, an unabashed opponent of government who has spent his entire life in government, urges fellow Republicans not to be the stupid Party which simply protects the well-off so they can keep their toys. We have to be the party that shows all Americans how they can thrive. "We are the party whose ideas will help the middle class, and help more folks join the middle class."

How does Jindal propose helping the middle class? Why, by abolishing the state income and corporate tax! How does he propose making up the lost revenues? Why, by increasing the sales tax! Who will a revenue neutral sales tax increase (from the current 4% to 12%) hurt most? Why, the middle class! In particular, veterans, retirees, and disabled individuals on fixed incomes.

comment229Feb. 19, 13 4:04 PM

I voted for Reagan; I voted for Arne Carlson; but I don't believe there is one republican right now that I respect enough to vote for, with one exception, Christie. And I am not 100% sure that he is a republican, because I am 99% sure he would not sell his soul to any faction to get their support. What a concept.

comment229Feb. 19, 13 4:08 PM

PS... it is time that the republican party looks in the rear view mirror at all the unsuccessful candidates that are laying there in the road and ask what they all have in common. I keep hearing from republicans, that they need to get the message out which is why they have failed. I have news for them, they DID get the message out and that is why they did fail. True change to appease groups such as Hispanics etc? The only thing that will result from that change, will be a republican civil war with the tea party. Good luck.

georgeburdelFeb. 19, 13 6:19 PM

So he is not a GOP reformer.. If it is good enough for the Democrats to keep pushing their tired old self serving agenda, what's wrong with Republicans doing the same? Vote for ANY 3rd party..break the cycle of insanity

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