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article imageLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Says Presidential Run is Unlikely

By Jason Corley     Dec 11, 2008 in Politics
Governor Jindal delivered a blow to Republicans when he stated that a 2012 Presidential run is unlikely. Instead, he expressed his desire for reelection in the Bayou State in 2011.
Just recently as November Governor Jindal was causing curious chatter among Republicans that the talented, boy wonder Governor of Louisiana, may be testing the waters for a Presidential bid in 2012. Jindal spent time in Iowa in late November along with former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Jindal told reporters he was there to help raise money for the conservative Iowa Family Policy Center but others thought he was planting the seeds for his future run.
However, when asked yesterday if he was interested at the chance for president he said "No." He stated Americans should not be troubled with presidential talk especially after the longest and most expensive one in history.
"I think anybody who is even thinking of running would be well served to roll up their sleeves and support our new president," Jindal said. "I told our people, 'It doesn't matter whether you're Republican, Democrat or independent, it doesn't matter whether you voted for him or not, President-elect Barack Obama is our president.'"
It is understandable why so many are interested at the prospects of a Jindal launch. He has set a blaze since the presidential election on the prospects, problems, and direction of the Republican Party. He has pointedly said that the GOP has to reform itself if it is to regain its credibility as the reform party and the party of principles. But, what makes him so appealing -- to a lot of observes across the political spectrum -- is that he leads by example. He has used the state of Louisiana as a testing ground for his ideas and vision.
Mr. Jindal recently announced last month that the state would renovate health coverage for the poor and uninsured. This has not been a popular topic of concern among those in the GOP. Louisiana ranks consistently towards the bottom in health. However, instead of adding more government and bloated budgets, Jindal is applying his conservative philosophy of allowing the markets to work in their natural roles. Instead of using it as a talking point, he is actually putting the idea to use.
The plan calls for efforts that will bring the working-poor Medicaid recipients off the current program where the state pays a fixed rate for all health-care charges. The new plan will create a variety of private health-care plans to choose from according to the individual's needs. The state will still assist at a lesser fixed amount depending on the risk. Essentially, he will take a government controlled program that is vastly limited in many ways and reallocate the funds towards a private insurance account. The plan will enable the individual more power and choice in the market and will reward doctors and hospitals for their services per outcome instead of volume, which will greatly increase quality of care. This new plan is projected to free up millions of dollars in Medicaid that will enable the state to expand eligibility.
This is but one of the bold ideas and that he is actually putting into motion. Where others rail against too much government, with too big of price tags, and do nothing to offer an alternative, Gov. Jindal leads from the front by offering real ideas and solutions, not opposition. With a towering intellect -- he was a graduate of Brown University and was accepted to Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School before deciding to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar -- Jindal loves policy and likes to articulate and put forth his vision for solutions and positive change. He has taken a state that many pundits watch for entertainment and amusement, and has practically revolutionized the tax structure, government transparency, economic development, healthcare and education. He’s gotten more done for the citizens of Louisiana and for the security of the state in one year than has been seen in decades.
As he has said repeatedly, the GOP has to be more than the “NO” party. The Republicans have to be the party of big ideas and solutions to problems, not just a spirited opposition group. They must demand better accountability within their own ranks and address the 21st century economic problems with 21st century solutions. Solutions that empower the American entrepreneurial spirit and restore confidence in the markets.
The conservative leaning independents and Republican alike should not be too depressed over missing out. Governor Jindal is young, 37, and has the luxury of time on his side that will give him opportunity to add to the list of accomplishments he has stacked up thus far in his young career. It is safe to say he is not through being governor just yet. And when he is through, he will let everyone know.
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