The Governor has grown up since he first came on the scene in the early 1990’s. He has matured a lot during the years of his public life. His temples have touches of gray. His eyes are tempered with time.
So are his political realities.
Jindal, the candidate, who claimed he was against the use of one-time money, who told the world that he was against raising taxes is now being accused by some as doing just the opposite.
There also seems to be a remarkable disconnect between his infamous speech when he faced the nation after President Obama gave his State of the Union speech post-“stimulus” vote.
At that time, Jindal said, “To solve our current problems, Washington must lead. But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and not to just put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you, the American people. Because we believe that Americans can do anything.”
With the Louisiana House of Representatives wanting to cut the budget well beyond what Governor Jindal has proposed, with Speaker Jim Tucker recently claiming that a Jindal-proposed fee amounted to a tax, with members of the legislature wanting to jump into the total elimination of state income taxes, Jindal is surely and sorely taking hits from his political right and left that question his effectiveness. The process shows that the Governor has indeed weathered his politics with time.
Young adult-Bobby Jindal has grown up into the older and wiser, Governor Bobby Jindal. He now knows that wild-eye claims to cut government spending have consequences. People will lose jobs, hard-working former government employees will go on unemployment in a market where jobs are incredibly scarce. Jails could be shuttered. Our kids, who are light-years behind others in the industry of education, will get less food for thought as we further cut back on our schools and colleges. Louisiana, which is dead last in a respectable survey comparing U.S. States “state of health” will have few dollars to spread around to heal the sick and to comfort the needy.
On Jindal’s 40th birthday, the Governor must now know that “we believe that Americans can do anything” is a false belief. It takes many days of failures to realize that sometimes believing is not reality but is simply rhetoric.
If Louisiana must “do anything” at all right now, it simply is to do more with less but not to destroy hope and stability.
The boy, who would be governor, is now understanding that there is more than throwing out slogans in leading. To be Governor, one must govern.
Happy 40th birthday, Governor Jindal.