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Like many Republicans, I was heartened to learn that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana had been tapped to deliver the GOP response to the President’s address to a joint session of Congress. In tapping Jindal, “GOP leaders are acknowledging that without a majority in Congress, the big ideas necessary to rebuild their party are likely to come from state capitols.”
Even when we had a majority in Washington, it was Republican Governors (and even a Democrat or two) pushing reform consistent with conservative principles.Â Elected in 2007 and having barely served a year, Jindal has joined their ranks.Â He has taken on the corrupt establishment of one of the most broken-down state governments in the country.
Not just that, less than a month after the party elects an African-American man to chair our national committee, it is showcasing this the “first American governor of Indian descent” as an emerging leader of our party.Â This will make it increasingly clear that ours is not just a white man’s party.
Jindal is more than just a reformer with an immigrant background.Â A Rhodes Scholar, he is one of our party’s big thinkers.Â Unlike the man to whom he’ll be responding tonight, accomplishments not rhetoric have marked his rise to national prominence.Â He actually had executive responsibility before taking the helm of the Bayou State.Â He was the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system.
He also headed headed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals and has served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.Â In short, he’s the ideal man to respond to a president who wishes to make health care reform a national priority.
While those focusing on the nation’s capital for the better part of the past eight years might think the GOP is bereft of new ideas, those who turned to the states would now that most of the new policy ideas being offered came from Republican governors.Â Bobby Jindal is chief among them.Â Thus, I am delighted that he’ll be responding to a Democratic president who signature achievement in office has been enacting a “stimulus” which is little more than a warmed over wish-list from the files of frustrated Democrats these past forty years.
As many of you know, the Conservative Political Action Conference, better know by its acronym, CPAC, begins this Thursday in our nation’s capital.Â I had very much hoped to attend, but with my (adopted) home-state legislature hiking my taxes, I’m not sure I can afford it.
It would have been nice to attend as an openly gay blogger and continue the “experiment” I conducted last September at the Republican National Convention, to see how leading conservatives as well as rank-and-file Republicans, react to a gay man harboring right-of-center political views in their midst.Â And it would be nice to hobnob with my fellow conservative bloggers whom I primarily know as pixels on the screen.
For the record, I want to point out that the organizers of the conference had invited me (along with other bloggers) to attend the conference with media credentials giving me access to all events.Â Once again, a conservative organization sees gay bloggers as part of their coalition.
And it’s not just gay bloggers.Â Four years ago, the organizers allowed Log Cabin to cosponsor the confab.Â Evidence continues to accumulate that mainstream conservatives are reaching out to their gay confrÃ¨res.
The Wasington Post leads its Style Section today with an article on how gay bloggers are influencing politics.Â What caught our attention was that the only blogs mentioned had a liberal slant.Â Over at Newsbusters, a right-of-center media watchdog, Ken Shepherd took note, “Yet nowhere in his 20-paragraph profile does Vargas look into the generally conservative bloggers who maintain GayPatriot.net, a site that describes itself as “the Internet home for the American gay conservative.”
After generously quoting me, Shepherd observes, “Perhaps finding and reporting on generally conservative gay bloggers also upsets the Washington Post’s preferred narrative.”
Michael Barone on one of the factors facilitating the decline of the Golden State:Â “Affluent California liberals are seeking through politics validation of their lifestyle choices even though they’re mostly irrelevant to state public policy.”
Read the whole thing.Â It helps explain why so many gay activists are so upset over the passage of Proposition 8.
Multiculturalism is when people of all races, colors, and creeds join hands in a common effort to blame the Jews.
(Proverb of Columbia University professors)
(Via The People’s Cube)
Sonicfrog wonders if when Secretary of Clinton Hillary Clinton asked China to buy US Debt, if this were “the first time this has happened since the American Revolution.”
Good question.Â And I agree that this is embarrassing.
So much did the folks at Pajamas like my piece, Bill Moyers: The Power of Outing, they asked me to write followup piece for their web-page.
As i was researching it, I shared a gems from his own programs and ramblings, a along with my own observations about his prominence and media bias.Â As I worked, I concluded that the driving force behind Bill Moyers’ work for the politically ruthless Democratic President Lyndon Johnson and his “journalism” was to undermine his political foes, all of them to the right of the American political center.
My piece is now up at Pajamas. It only scratches the surface of his malice, hypocrisy and sanctimony. Let me whet your appetite with the first few paragraphs.
On August 17, 2007, Bill Moyers closed his Journal, his weekly show on the taxpayer-subsidized Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), bidding farewell to Karl Rove, a top aide to President Bush, then leaving his job as Deputy Chief of Staff at the end of the month:
Using church pews as precincts Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat — a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions, especially at gay people.
Interesting how that former Democratic White House Press Secretary singles out an aide to a Republican president for using gay people as political fodder.Â When he occupied a similar position for Lyndon Johnson, a president far more eager than Rove’s employer to destroy his political opponents, Moyers did not hesitate to use sexuality as what he might call a “weapon of political combat.”
And not just political combat.Â Moyers e even tried to find out about the sexuality of a number of aides to his Democratic boss.
Read the rest here.
UPDATE:Â Jack Shafer at Slate notes why this story remains relevant forty-five years after the fact, “my beef with Moyers isn’t what he did in the mid-1960s but his refusal to acknowledge in a straightforward manner what he did.”
Say, a guy takes all his friends and business contacts out for drinks, opening bar tabs for his most favored clients. Say that at the same time, he asks liquor stores and drinking establishments to keep those clients supplied with booze at various times over the next few years.
Now imagine that a week later, he holds a meeting and vows to promote sobriety. But, he keeps the tabs open at the liquor stores and bars.
Are you going to believe his new-found commitment to sobriety?
Of course not.
So now you see why I didnt believe the president at his “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” yesterday he pledged “to cut the nation’s $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his first term.” Amazing that, after increasing federal spending by record amounts, he could, with a straight face, talk about cutting government waste and ending duplicative programs as he did during the campaign.
A week after signing legislation which, according to one estimate, dded thirty-two new government programs, the president pledged to eliminate “programs that don’t work to make room for ones that do.“Â But, I couldn’t find any evidence that the “stimulus” eliminated thirty-two failing programs?
No sooner does the preisdent sign legislation spending hundreds of millions of dollars the federal government doesn’t have, than he announces his “pay-go approach,” claiming it
. . . is based on a very simple concept: You don’t spend what you don’t have. So if we want to spend, we’ll need to find somewhere else to cut. This is the rule that families across this country follow every single day — and there’s no reason why their government shouldn’t do the same.
Mr. President, will all due respect, in the signature legislation of your first month in office, you didn’t find any spending to cut.
No wonder even the AP finds that your deficit goals count on rosy assumptions.