Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hey Obama! There's Ample Time for Campaigns Down the Road!

Governor Bobby Jindal appeared on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss why he was refusing a portion of the stimulus 2009 Obama Spending Package. And I thought he presented his reasons for not taking the money pretty well.

Barack Obama responded to Jindal and others who argued against the stimulus 2009 Obama Spending Package in a speech given to the National Governor's Association. The end of the speech appeared to be specifically directed toward Jindal considering his interview on Meet the Press was on February 22nd and Obama was speaking on the 23rd. This is an excerpt of his speech (emphasis mine):

And so if we agree on 90 percent of the stuff, and we're spending all our time on television arguing about 1, 2, 3 percent of the spending in this thing and somehow it's being characterized in broad brush as wasteful spending, that starts sounding more like politics -- and that's what right now we don't have time to do.

So I will always be open to honest disagreements, and I think there are some legitimate concerns that can be raised on a whole host of these issues. And you're responsible at the state level, and if the federal government gives you something now, and then two years later it's gone, and people are looking to you and starting to blame you, I don't want to put you in that position. And so you need to think about how this money is going to be spent wisely.

What I don't want us to do, though, is to just get caught up in the same old stuff that inhibits us from acting effectively and in concert. There's going to be ample time for campaigns down the road. Right now we've got to make sure that we're standing up for the American people and putting them back to work. All right.
Jindal was already scheduled to give the Republican rebuttal to Obama's not-State-of-the-Union address on Tuesday, February, 24th. Although it wasn't the best presentation, Jindal superbly illustrated the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the government's role in people's lives and how funds should be spent.

Apparantly, someone in the Obama administration still feels threatened by Bobby Jindal because they sent VP Joe Biden to offer a rebuttal to Jindal's rebuttal.

Here's the problem: When you need to go after someone (who's not in a wheelchair), you don't send Joe Biden to do it.

From KSLA:
"But what I don't understand from Governor Jindal is what would he do?," asks Joe Biden while on the Early Show.

That rhetorical question to Governor Jindal on the Early Show, was followed with this."in Louisiana there's 400 people a day losing their jobs, what's he doing?" asks Biden.

But that claim is wrong, if you look at the numbers from the Louisiana Workforce Commission...

The latest stats show this - from the week ending January 17th there were 4,527 claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana, for the next week, that number receded to 4,179.

The truth is that Louisiana gained 400 jobs.

This is the same Joe Biden who is in charge of making sure the stimulus 2009 Obama Spending Package is spent responsibly but couldn't remember the "website number" for, the website designed to make sure the stimulus 2009 Obama Spending Package is spent responsibly.

So, President Obama, if there is "ample time for campaigns," then let Jindal speak without feeling compelled to give a retort every step of the way.

But if you must campaign, might I suggest you send someone besides Joe Biden to do it because, as you said in your speech Tuesday night, "Nobody messes with Joe." And I would add, "Except Joe."

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