Obama Inspires; Bobby Jindal, the Anti-Crist, Offers Nothing
Then came along Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the anti-Crist, with a speech titled "Americans Can Do Anything." It might well have been subtitled "The Federal Government Should Do Nothing." In a speaking voice I originally pegged as "a guy narrating a Christian children's puppet show" (appropriate, in hindsight, because a significant portion of the GOP is now basically a Christian children's puppet show), but apparently it's been settled he is indeed Kenneth the Page, he offered up a bunch of folksy ideology.
His main little anecdote involved a sheriff who bravely slashed through bureaucracy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to go out and try to save some people. Goddamn you, bureaucracy. Why won't you just let the American people do anything?
And yes, those actions were all failings of the federal (and state and local) government, but we learned how dangerous it is when government fails to act and prepare for the worst.
So, what did Jindal offer as an alternative? Nothing substantive. No plan at all. Not even a suggestion that we meet once a month in our local high school gymnasium to figure out how to get the credit market flowing once again.