Bobby Jindal: Paternalistic, big-government liberalism is the biggest loser here

posted at 6:41 pm on May 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As Ed argued earlier this week, all of the scandalous details — ranging from the eyebrow-raising to the downright frightening — leaking out of the White House recently are kind of an enormous crimp in the progressive argument for a larger and still more activist government. President Obama might want young people to take his word for it that they need to “reject those voices” that “incessantly warn of government” and tyranny lurking “just around every corner,” because all of those people are just a bunch of irascible scaremongers, haters, and naysayers — but his own administration is doing a rather poor job of demonstrating why it is those people are oh so very off base.

For some solid Friday op-ed reading, Louisiana Governor Bobby J chimed in on Scandalmania, and why a robust skepticism for big government is a very healthy thing for a society to have:

The latest problems with the IRS witch hunt, the seizure of phone records from The Associated Press, the conflicting Benghazi stories and disastrous attempts to enforce Obamacare may all seem unrelated, but they are not.

Each of these events is the direct byproduct of two central philosophies of the Obama administration — the massive expansion of the size and power of the federal government and a lack of trust in the American people. …

We don’t know what the president knew of these matters before they became public, and it strains credulity to suggest that his top political advisers were in the dark. But again, when you grow government this big, these kinds of scandals are inevitable, and he bears the responsibility for that. …

The Obama presidency, and liberalism in general, are based on not trusting the American people — a belief that big government is better for people. The latest scandals show why liberalism and big government don’t work. …

Many are wondering aloud if these scandals will tarnish Obama’s legacy or weaken his presidency or cause his popularity to drop. Some of that will probably occur, but it’s not the ever-charming Obama who will suffer the most from these scandals. No, fortunately the biggest loser here will be the paternalistic big government liberalism that Obama has foisted upon us.

Whether it’s from incompetence or a lack of accountability or too much complexity or — dare I even write it — something perhaps more sinister, the layers of a large bureaucracy conveniently provide too many available smokescreens for mistakes and abuses. I doubt very much that we’ve seen the last of these types of big-government engendered injustices coming out of the Obama administration, and none of it makes a very compelling case for growing the government still further.


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Preach it brother. The Founders were no dummies. They understand that leaving things up to man would ultimately lead to disaster. But we have moved so far from the original meaning of the Constitution that we have allowed man to rule over us with the predictable results.

NotCoach on May 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Whether it’s from incompetence or a lack of accountability or too much complexity or — dare I even write it — something perhaps more sinister, the layers of a large bureaucracy conveniently provide too many available smokescreens for mistakes and abuses. I doubt very much that we’ve seen the last of these types of big-government engendered injustices coming out of the Obama administration, and none of it makes a very compelling case for growing the government still further.

Better watch who you call or text or email now, Erika. And, stay off those adult websites, by all means. Big Brother’s awatchin’. ;-)

TXUS on May 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Whether he was involved in these scandals from the beginning or not, one thing that is certain: his subsequent behavior in protecting, lying, stalling, etc makes Barack Obama the direct owner of them.

Rich H on May 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I doubt very much that we’ve seen the last of these types of big-government engendered injustices coming out of the Obama administration, and none of it makes a very compelling case for growing the government still further.

Your problem, Erika, is that you are a reasonable person looking at the issue in a reasonable way. Unfortunately, there is a critical mass of people who are not reasonable and believe that the problem is that the government is not big enough and is not spending enough money.

catsandbooks on May 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I always wondered how Germany fell for Nazism in the 30s. How could they be so stupid?

Ouch.

faraway on May 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Each of these events is the direct byproduct of two central philosophies of the Obama administration — the massive expansion of the size and power of the federal government and a lack of trust in the American people. …

Bobby, I love ya man! I voted for you when you first ran for Congress. But you’re wrong here. It isn’t a lack of trust in the American people it is contempt for the American people. An attitude that the American public isn’t intelligent enough to know what is good for them.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The Big Crime Syndicate of Obama should be the biggest loser.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Good stuff Bobby. Keep honing that message. Hoping for big things from him in 2016.

can_con on May 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The Obama presidency, and liberalism in general, are based on not trusting the American people — a belief that big government is better for people. The latest scandals show why liberalism and big government don’t work. …

Bobby must have been listening to Rush this week, because he said much the same thing: trying to pin it on Obama is not working; instead, it all shows the failure of liberalism and big government writ large.

It isn’t a lack of trust in the American people it is contempt for the American people.
Happy Nomad on May 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

This is it exactly. Contempt. These government types are those who wouldn’t bat an eye to hustle us all off to “reeducation camps.”

PatriotGal2257 on May 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Even small government would be bad if run by criminals. Jindal seems to have tunnel vision.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Jindal seems to be implicitly saying that government is so big it got out of Obama’s control. Bull.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Even small government would be bad if run by criminals. Jindal seems to have tunnel vision.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I’ll take a small government run by criminals any day over the bloated and corrupt mess we have now.

NotCoach on May 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Bobby must have been listening to Rush this week, because he said much the same thing: trying to pin it on Obama is not working; instead, it all shows the failure of liberalism and big government writ large.

PatriotGal2257 on May 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Then they are both simply Obama apologists.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I’ll take a small government run by criminals any day over the bloated and corrupt mess we have now.

NotCoach on May 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

And take being shot with a .22 over being shot with a 30.06. I prefer neither.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Obama is a much bigger target than big government. Only fools can not see this.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I thought Jindal was just saying we needed to stop arguing about big government because it was a loser? Pfft.

echosyst on May 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

We will always have big government. Even under Reagan we had big government. He didn’t/couldn’t even get rid of the Dept of “Education”. Now is not the time to turn all batteries at big government. At least 5 of 6 guns should be aimed and firing at Obama. If Limbaugh and Jindal are not up to the task, they should get the hell out of the way.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I always wondered how Germany fell for Nazism in the 30s. How could they be so stupid?

Ouch.

faraway on May 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

…you’re not faraway at all!…you’re right on!

KOOLAID2 on May 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

VorDaj, saying that Rush n Jindal should “step aside” simply becuase they dont go far enough, INHO, isn’t reason enough. Besides who else out there do you think has the platform or the common sense governance to at least get ‘our’ side of the conversation out there, esepcially to those that we’d like to convince? If you got a candidate in mind, im sure we could find a few holes in *thier* Geopolitical theory also.

BlaxPac on May 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I won’t go into details about my 44 years Military and Civilian experience with Viet Nam and Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American Society. I do agree that the Democrats, who were responsible for getting into that war and after killing a few million S E Asians and including non combat deaths over 100,000 Americans, betrayed our Vietnamese and Cambodian allies and sabotaged the South Vietnamese War effort insuring the defeat of South Viet Nam in 1974 and 1975. Yes, I was there at that time.

That said, over the last 30 years the current Vietnamese has been struggling to dismantle what was a very authoritarian Communist Government. From my first post War visit in 1995 till now(I’ve retired here), Viet Nam has made astonishing progress in dismantling the old regime. Except for Reagan, we Americans have mostly gone the other way.

Think about it.

Linh_My on May 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

And take being shot with a .22 over being shot with a 30.06. I prefer neither.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

False equivalency. A better one is a million .22s vs. 1 30.06. I’ll take my chances with the single 30.06. Not only that we can better respond to and destroy the single 30.06.

NotCoach on May 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Even under Reagan we had big government. He didn’t/couldn’t even get rid of the Dept of “Education”.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

and that was before it really got entrenched—5-6 years into it.

arnold ziffel on May 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

test

RickB on May 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

F. Hayak wrote in his book “The Road To Serfdom” that Hitler was voted into power by large numbers of “docile and gullible” people who believed the lies (propaganda)told by Hitler and his elites.

Sound familiar? History repeats.

nofreelunch on May 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

F. Hayak wrote in his book “The Road To Serfdom” that Hitler was voted into power by large numbers of “docile and gullible” people who believed the lies (propaganda)told by Hitler and his elites.

Sound familiar? History repeats.

nofreelunch on May 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Lord have mercy, here I am defending or explaining Germans.

Adolph Hitler never got a clear majority in an election. He sorta grabbed power by exploiting deals, tricks, vacuums and technicalities. That aspect may now in replay before us.

Howover, I never heard of any elite behind him.

He was a thug, soldier and street fighter.

Unless OFA takes to the streets and Obama starts looking to build a vengeful, word dominating America, the two have little in common except a love of government power.

IlikedAUH2O on May 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM

the two have little in common except a love of government power.

IlikedAUH2O on May 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Well that in itself, and there are other things, is an awful lot.

VorDaj on May 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

You know. My maid understands this may be one of the most dangerous, egregious, undermining of The Constitution since the Japanese internment. But neither Congress, The Senate, nor Obama seem to get it. This can destroy the nation.

pat on May 25, 2013 at 2:16 AM

An attitude that the American public isn’t intelligent enough to know what is good for them.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Well, they did vote for Øbama – twice. Maybe there’s something to that. :)

At least 5 of 6 guns should be aimed and firing at Obama. If Limbaugh and Jindal are not up to the task, they should get the hell out of the way.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The last I checked, Øbama is not up for reelection. We certainly need to pound him but also those who think like him (you know, big govt types).

Odysseus on May 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Lots of blah, blah, blah…because in the back of the Republican’s mind is that some day they will be back in the White House and they will do everything Obama is doing. Any criticism will be met with “Obama did the same thing and no one cared, so we can do it, too.”

albill on May 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The last I checked, Øbama is not up for reelection. We certainly need to pound him but also those who think like him (you know, big govt types).

Odysseus on May 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Beyond that, Obama has benefited from a lot of unethical behavior by liberals in general (and in government specifically). He is more post turtle than mastermind. His culpability is probably mostly in implicitly endorsing this kind of behavior in his speeches. He has a history of turning a blind eye to what others do to win his elections for him.

Count to 10 on May 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Bobby “BJ” Jindal: blah, blah, blah, big government is bad, blah, blah, blah, American flag, blah, blah, blah, Obama sucks, blah, blah, blah, the people, blah, blah, blah. This guy NEVER says anything new. Suck it, BJ.

HiJack on May 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Lots of blah, blah, blah…because in the back of the Republican’s mind is that some day they will be back in the White House and they will do everything Obama is doing. Any criticism will be met with “Obama did the same thing and no one cared, so we can do it, too.”

albill on May 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Absolutely, positively. We can bank on it.

HiJack on May 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

“…none of it makes a very compelling case for growing the government still further.”

You’re missing the point Erika Johnsen: Takers gotta take. They don’t need no ‘compelling reason’as long as they’re on the receiving end. It’s why they vote democrat.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

People are so afraid of calling Obama Cheat, liar, crook or whatever name that’s appropriate. If people had been this kind to Richard Nixon his face would be on Mt. Rushmore by now.

Herb on May 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Calling this government paternalistic is cowardly. This government is authoritarian and moving toward tyrannical.

The media are not in bed with the left; they are the left. They are the same people.

InterestedObserver on May 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I always wondered how Germany fell for Nazism in the 30s. How could they be so stupid?

Ouch.

faraway on May 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

We’ve killed 55,000,000 of our children.

We’re not much better than the Nazis.

itsnotaboutme on May 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Was she “compelled in a criminal case?” Well, she was compelled, as a subpoena was issued for her to appear and testify. But this isn’t a criminal case… at least not yet. It’s a congressional hearing. Lerner hasn’t even been charged with anything.

Jazz, the problem is that anything she says can be used by prosecutors as an admission. Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, any unprivileged statement that she makes is admissible in a subsequent criminal trial. The traditional hearsay rule does not apply for testimony made by a party in litigation. Essentially, she will be in the middle of a criminal trial testifying against herself for the rest of her life, absent congressional conferral of immunity.

[I do believe that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights though by talking.]

blammm on May 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

We’ve killed 55,000,000 of our children.

We’re not much better than the Nazis.

itsnotaboutme on May 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Our claim to civilization is hanging on by a thread.

We don’t ‘marry’ (sell) off our daughters for cows or goats and no longer for cash bribes. But we let underage children get abortions without parental consent and encourage rampant promiscuity from which women are hurt the most.

We’ve put aside petty tribal squabbles settled with spears and arrows…except in the areas where such things are now settled with Uzis and knives.

We have gadgets galore but haven’t even revisited the moon in an age where the $90 graphing calculator your kid gets for his algebra class has more power than the entire Mission Control at NASA did in the 60′s.

We don’t rely on medicine men, but ‘civilized’ parents are trusting tinfoil-hat fruitloops they don’t know over qualified doctors.

We used to laugh at the tribal who worshiped rocks and trees…now a good portion of America does the same and then some.

MelonCollie on May 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

How about stemming the unfettered tide of immigrants from Arabia? How about sending a bunch of them back home?

Odysseus on May 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

First time that’s happened to me. Hmmm.

Odysseus on May 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I always wondered how Germany fell for Nazism in the 30s. How could they be so stupid?

Ouch.

faraway on May 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

It’s quite easy to figure out: their faux messiah told them the exact lies that they wished to hear. Does that look familiar?

Don L on May 28, 2013 at 4:27 AM

I’ll take a small government run by criminals any day over the bloated and corrupt mess we have now.

NotCoach on May 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

And take being shot with a .22 over being shot with a 30.06. I prefer neither.

VorDaj on May 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

It’s not the size of government: big or small; but the audacity that government dare encroach upon our freedom. Think of those basketball games where the kids can’t play because the ref is dominating every move they make with his whistle every second–that’s what America has become–and we’re afraid to keep those kind of refs from ever refereeing a game. the teams that can play well love those refs the way our parasite class love corrupt busybody law that favors their moral illness.

Don L on May 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM