Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: GOP should change 'just about everything'

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    Cardston, Alberta
    How about finding ways of curtailing all the massive voter fraud perpetrated by Dems.

    3:45 a.m. Jan. 27, 2013


    It wouldn't change anything - even if it was real.

    Obama won by a land-slide.
    Romney and the rest of the GOP got their hats handed to them.

    Supposed Voter fraud only matters in razor thin elections.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 27, 2013 3:45 a.m.

    How about finding ways of curtailing all the massive voter fraud perpetrated by Dems.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:26 a.m.


    You are correct that congress specifically the House controls spending not the President. If you want to give the Republican controlled House under Bill Clinton credit for reducing the debt in the 90's then you must give the Republican controlled House the blame for increasing the debt the last two years.

    I would also suggest that we should remember how we got to a balanced budget in the 90's. First we used some neat accounting tricks, second we increased taxes, and third we got lucky with the .com industry.

    I can't imagine that Newt Gingrich was any happier about raising taxes than John Boehner would be, but as opposed to the current republicans in the House, Mr. Gingrich and his colleagues realized at the end of the day that they had to work with President and the Senate, not draw lines in the sand.

    The other problem the republicans have is they only want to deal one piece of the pie that is unsustainable, that is entitlements. The money we are currently pouring into military spending and the money the republicans want to add is equally unsustainable.

    Honesty would indicate neither side really want to solve the problem.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    I am not liberal. With said I agree with Jindal. Try to defend Obama on anything here in Utah and you better run for the hills. I know I tried it in a church setting. From now I don't say a thing when Obama comes up. The right has a fanatical hatred of the president. The other day Hannity was criticizing the ACA for penalizing smokers. I totally disagreed with him. In fact it makes sense to allow health insurers to charge higher premiums to smokers. The truth is many parts of the hated ACA were originally proposed by conservatives in the 90s. Republicans should embrace immigration reform or they will never have support from the hispanic voters. A mass deportation is not going to happen. Find other more humane ways to deal with illegal immigration. Finally stop blaming everything on Obama. Deficit spending is something Republicans have embraced for decades. Learn from Romney's mistakes. Stop attacking the poor, minorities, and union workers. Finally which party is engaging class warfare with it's never ending attacks on the 49%. Wouldn't have to do with the tax code would it. Didn't think so.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    This could be a historic opportuninty for the Republicans.

    My advice to them is:
    1) No Karl Rove or Newt.
    2) There is a big hole in US politics where the party of Kennedy and Roosevelt used to be. Jump into that hole.
    3) Be the party of the poor and disadvantaged, not the party of the rich (like you are now), not the party of the affluent (like the Dems).
    4) Don't cut benefits to the poor. Like taxes on the rich, benefits for the poor aren't enough to make a dent in the debt.
    5) Raise taxes, not on the rich, but on more than the first $300K of mortgage deduction. That will encourage smaller houses, less greenhouse gas emissions.
    6) Preserve SS and Medicare for the elderly poor. Do this by means testing for social security and medicare so that those with too much month and not enough paycheck are not subsidizing the AARP's Modern Maturity life style (bike tours in Holland, lobster recipes). Raise the retirement age.
    7) Raise taxes on the rest of us to pay down the deficit.

    When the Dems howl after you go after their sacred cows (the affluent), demagogue them.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Fred 44,

    The GOP controlled Congress in the 90's when Clinton was president and budgets were balanced. Remember, it is Congress that controls the budget. Clinton often gets credit, but it was Congress that actually passed the laws. The GOP have had a balanced budget in their sites for a long time. Remember, it is Hatch that has sponsored a balanced budget amendment for decades, a Republican.

    You are correct to point out that under GOP control during Bush years budgets were not balanced. Many GOP voters are not happy with their party's performance during that time.

    Politicians, ideally, respond to the voters desires, thus we have a representative form of government. If they don't represent us well, we have the power to vote them out.

    The GOP's refound emphasis on balanced budgets is a result of political opportunity to regain power, a result of a breaking point with debt, recognition that entitlement spending must be changed (over $60 Trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities that will bankrupt our country, and recognition that a balanced budget it what GOP voters are demanding, more so than in prior years.

    Dems behave with blinders on, and in denial on the debt topic.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting Thursday that Republicans also need to develop a sound strategy for confronting the Obama administration, suggesting House Republicans could use hearings to expose waste and promote better ideas."

    I agree with Gingrich. May I be so bold to promote a better idea. No Newt Gingrich! A sound strategy? No Newt Gingrich.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:31 p.m.


    Since when did the republicans start BELIEVING in a balanced budget. They talk about it, but they don't believe in it. Ronald Reagan ran up the debt, George W. Bush ran up the debt. There was a time in the Bush presidency when the republicans had the House the Senate and the White House and they still ran up the debt.

    Is this balanced budget thing like a 2013 New Years resolution?

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    LDS Liberal--Conservatives are willing to compromise, solve big problems, and lead. But some liberals definition of compromise sounds like "You can come along for the ride, but you're going to have to sit in the back of the bus" (Barack Obama).

    That isn't compromise. That comment reveals liberals true approach to solving problems: Do it our way or get out of the way.

    Again, Obama didn't win because he is smart, or because his ideas and goals will strengthen America, or even help the poor. He won because too many Americans don't read the newspaper, study the issues, understand law and the constition, and how the US Government is supposed to work. He won because the media completely fails to hold him accountable and to really report and inform.

    Again, for the GOP to win, they must rethink how to present their message. The conservative ideals of balanced budget, individualism, freedom, separation of powers, limited powers of the presidency & federal government...those ideals and goals have kept this country strong for centuries. But our current path is weakening our country. That is how we see it.

    Compromise is good when you have a good partner.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Thank you --

    Centerville, UT
    Cedar Hills, UT
    Bountiful, UT

    and others.

    It's your whining that the GOP is too
    Socialist, Left-leaning, RINO, not Conservative enough, etc., etc., etc.

    Is precisely WHY the GOP got shallacked last election.

    And unless changes aren't made 180 degrees Opposite of what you Tea-Totalers believe,
    meaning - compromising, meeting 1/2 way, listening to the 86% of Americans who disagree with you, and think that Congress and the House of Representatives are a bunch of idiots --

    The House, the Senate and the WhiteHouse will all be firmly Democrat in just a few 16 months.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    A main reason so many minorities, who often don't vote, decided to vote against the GOP this time around is that the 'tea party' rose up and said and proposed so many offensive things and , then many of the rank and file GOP bowed to them to get their votes, (Romney for example).

    These 'tea party' were able to change the dynamics of their own party, but they didn't take into account the same thing the Japanese before the Pearl Harbor bombing didn't take into account.

    A sleeping Giant.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 24, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    @JoeBlow--I actually agree with some of your post. I don't think we should be engaged in wars, unless it's self defense. But I don't think it's unfair that a person with a masters degree is paid more then a HS drop out, or be responsible for his up keep.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Jan. 24, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    What new ideas it sounds like the same garbage they have been shoveling for decades.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    Our best days of a country are still ahead of us. America is a smarter, more compassionate country than it once was. With those two qualities we will thrive as a nation. But our history books will mention how we overcame the bitterness and divisivness that the Tea Party brought upon our nation during this current time.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    FT-A majority of Americans do not believe their taxes should be raised, just someone else's taxes, specifically the rich. But a majority of Americans also believe the federal government spends too much. A majority of Americans believe the deficit is too high. What did Obama propose specifically to address those problems.

    Romney did not lose because of not being specific enough. What specifically did Obama promise other than to raise taxes on those making over $200,000? That was the major difference between Romney and Obama.

    Obama won because of media support, media favorability towards Obama, and the hurricane that changed the momentum that Romney had. Additionally, Obama won because Americans are becoming more selfish and less informed, as I stated earlier.

    Really, how can the country be strong when 49% pay no income taxes, and when more Americans are drawing upon food programs, medicaid, unemployment and other entitlement programs than ever before?

    The problems remain the same despite Obama's win. The GOP does need to change in order to win office and save this country from the LIberals, Progressives, and Socialists.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    A note to Bobby - the majority of the American people are socialist - communist at least at heart so any sort of ideology that speaks of freedom or accountability goes over like a lead balloon in today's America. Remember Barack Obama got elected twice - that speaks volumes as to the sorry state of this country. America has no future - our children will only have history books to remember what the American dream once was.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    "The GOP will have to create a way to communicate to the voters that are information deficient".
    This attitude by the GOP is the reason why they are in their current state. When the GOP wins, you assume voter are informed. When they lose they don't understand the issues? Stop trying to tell voters what the issues are, listen to them and then offer solutions. For instance, the overwheliming majority of Americans believe taxes should be raised, and spending cut to balance the budget. But the GOP refuses to embrace that position because of their refusal to raise taxes. Romney would have got a lot more votes than he lost if he would have offered details to his economic plan and said he supported a combination of tax increases and spending reductions.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    They'd do well to espouse leadership, good government, limited government, and sound ideas. Get away from the Tea Party, the ideology, the religion, all that stuff. Recognise that America has changed, and let people be who they are.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    Regan tripled the debt.

    W. Bush doubled the debt.

    President Obama, has not done either.

    The current Republican House has voted the least amount of legislation in history. 3%.

    If I was fiscally conservative...

    why would I vote Republican?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    There's only thing more than Republicans can't stand more than Islamic fanatics, illegal immigrants, LGBTs, Young College Students, the Poor, sick, elderly and Women....

    and that's everyone else considered one micron left of extreme-far-uber-right-wing.

    Jindal said it spot on: the GOP should change 'just about everything'’

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Here's a bit of reality that the GOP must address: the nations voters are not as informed as they once were. When the nation is heading towards bankruptcy and weakness (John Kerry, Obama's nominee for Secretary of State, said recently that the nation's fiscal problems are weakening our country at home and abroad)we vote in Obama for another 4 years. Real smart.

    The GOP will have to create a way to communicate to the voters that are information deficient.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Dear gop,

    Please do not make any changes.

    Please keep doing the same thing.

    In fact, please keep doing more of the same thing.

    In fact, please keep doing more of the same thing more often.

    Thank you!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    This is a story of the pot calling the kettle black. The GOP is like a dog chasing it's own tail. Here's some advice. Try looking at Americans as they our, not how they were 30 years ago when Regan was President. You don't understand the majority of Americans values, culture and diversity. You want to conform our society instead of imbrace it. You place to much empahsis on money and power. America needs a multi-party political system and would benefit from the GOP coming out of the Dark Ages and imbracing who America is and working for solutions and compromise instead of absolutism and obstruction.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Want to listen to Jindal? His wife runs a Charity front for Jindal's corruption.

    After Jindal's administration signed off on Marathon Oil's request to increase its oil refinery's output, the oil giant committed $250,000.

    AT&T needed Jindal's signature on a bill giving the company more freedom to sell cable TV services. It committed $250,000.

    Northrop Grumman forged a deal with the government to build a maintenance facility at a former Air Force base. It has pledged $10,000.

    Dow Chemical was under investigation for a spill at one of its plants and, in 2009, the state proposed fining the company. Dow has pledged $100,000 to the charity and thus far hasn't been fined.

    Alon USA, an Israeli oil company, wanted approval to release more pollutants at one of its refineries. It has pledged $250,000.

    D&J Construction has won $67.6 million in state contracts since 2009. It has pledged $10,000.

    Governor Jindal hasn't "entirely distanced himself" from the charity. He's pictured with his wife on the charity's corporate solicitation web page and his chief fund-raiser is the charity's treasurer, according to its tax returns.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 24, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    I consider myself a fiscal conservative.

    I do feel that we need to cut spending. We need to begin to slowly scale back entitlement programs.

    Here is my view of the GOP from strictly a fiscal view

    Cut spending on old and poor.
    Cut taxes for the wealthy
    Jump quickly into wars that can be avoided
    Spend more and more on military

    Between the tax cuts and military spending, the deficits will continue to rise, the rich will accumulate more of the nations wealth and the poor will suffer.

    If we scale back spending across the board, slowly shrink entitlements and tax a bit more than we spend, we can get there.

    I don't see the GOP as fiscally conservative. They choose to war us into debt.
    The Dems are not fiscally conservative either, but money spent at home is far better used than militarily throughout the world.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    Jindal could start in his own state by repealing the ridiculous and Orwellianly misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act, which puts the musings and speculations of Bronze Age shepherds on the same par as modern empirical science. A scientifically literate population is required to compete economically and militarily in this world.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    Agenda items:

    1) Reverse opposition to reforming or dropping the Electoral College now that we lost again.
    2) Find more effective ways to disenfranchise anyone who might vote against us.
    3) Seek more money from corporate people.
    4) Add paranoia germs to drinking water nationwide
    5) Cut funding to NPR and PBS while increasing funding for selected AM radio stations
    6) Find better ways to gerrymander
    7) Research into more effective ways of confusing voters
    8) Find a more effective way to say NO
    9) Buy an even stronger leash for our next Presidential candidate
    10) Rehabilitate Sarah Palin
    11) Defund public education to prevent educated future voters
    12) Legalize fully automatic weapons in hopes they will be used to shoot only liberals
    13) Bow down more deeply to the NRA and other organizations we're afraid of

    Yup. They have a lot of hard work to do . . . .