Vice President Jindal?

With the Republican National Convention just around the corner this summer, much talk has been floating around as to the Republican nominee for Vice President, to run alongside Senator McCain. Last Friday, May 23, 2008, Senator McCain held a dinner for many political personalities, business CEOs, and friends. Among the attendees were people such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and MInnesota Governor Tim Pawlety were also invited but turned down the invitation due to previous family engagements).

The one guest the media and others are speculating will receive the nod as Vice President is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Bobby has been the governor of Louisiana since being inaugurated in January of this year. Previously he has served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, executive director of the National Bipartisan Committee on the Future of Medicare, president of the University of Louisiana System, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, United States Senator, principle policy advisor to the secretary of Health and Human Services, United States Congressman, on the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Resources, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks.

Governor Jindal has a record of being a strong Conservative. He is pro-life, anti-stem cell research, pro-intelligent design teaching in schools, pro-copayments in Medicaide, and pro-PATRIOT Act. While in Congress he voted with the Republican Caucus 97% of the time.

Overall, Bobby Jindal is just the Conservative Republican McCain needs to unite the party this November. With McCain’s record of voting in the Senate and being more of a liberal Republican, many people have speculated as to his ability to get the much-needed conservative vote. But with a strong conservative such as Jindal running alongside him, he can pull votes from both sides of the party.

Another aspect of having Jindal as his Vice President is the age factor. While McCain has often been ridiculed and questioned because of his age, Jindal would bring youth to the White House at a mere 37 years of age. While his youth is refreshing, it does not come without experience. As mentioned earlier, Gov. Jindal has already had experience in the House, the Senate, and in local politics in Louisiana.

The race factor also comes into play with Governor Jindal. Bobby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after his parents immigrated from India to complete work on their master’s degrees (his mother went on to become the information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor). Jindal was of the HIndu faith but converted to Roman Catholicism in high school. He later went on to Brown College and graduated with a degree in biology and public policy. He then received a master’s degree in political science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

As a strong conservative Republican, I support Bobby Jindal and believe he would be a great addition as Vice President to any President. He has a proven record and I know he will stand strong for our republican beliefs.

AGAIN?!?

Can someone please inform the Obama campaign that they cannot be campaigning at polling places? This is the second time an Obama volunteer has been caught influencing voters as they were entering a building to vote.

This is completely illegal and has been outlawed in most if not all states. It should be punished, especially since they have been warned before.

Clinton/Obama Ad

As a spoof of the NBA playoff commercials, here’s a Clinton/Obama ad:

Answer Me This

In my last post I introduced the website CanWeAsk.com. This is the Republican National Committee’s website for Americans to voice their questions to Senator Obama about practically anything. So when I heard about this website, it got me thinking. What if I could ask Obama a few questions, what would I say? So I took a few minutes the other day, sat down, and read through his stance on the issues as posted on his website. I copied and pasted a few paragraphs from what I read and commented on them. So here are my questions I have for Senator Obama:

His website statement: Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.

My response: What will this do to companies such as H&R Block and Hewitt Financial? This all but destroys them.

His website statement: Improve Our Immigration System Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.

My response: Since when are employers struggling to meet the demand for jobs? Last I checked, American college graduates were the ones struggling to find good jobs in the workforce. And how is bringing in more immigrants, legal or not, going to help the current situation?

His website statement: Obama will launch the most aggressive diplomatic effort in recent American history to reach a new compact on the stability of Iraq and the Middle East. This effort will include all of Iraq’s neighbors – including Iran and Syria. This compact will aim to secure Iraq’s borders; keep neighboring countries from meddling inside Iraq; isolate al Qaeda; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction.

My response: How do you plan on isolating a group that has infiltrated just about every continent on planet Earth?

This is only an abbreviated version of my original list (I spared you all some ranting and raving). I know these questions will not be answered but in the spirit of free speech, I listed them here.

Senator Obama, you are constantly screaming for change in America and promising that you are that change, but from what I see in your policies, a) you never say what your plans for change are in your speeches and b) you have the same ideas Democrats have had for centuries; how is that change?

You spend more time attacking other candidates, cleaning up after your pastor, explaining away your lack of patriotism and outright disrespect for our nation, and smiling. How about an explanation of why we as Americans should choose you for President when you’ve never passed legislation in the Senate, never been re-elected, and never outlined any policy positions. Answer me that.

Can We Ask?

The Republican National Committee recently launched the website CanWeAsk.com. This is a site where Americans can text or type in their questions for Senator Obama. While Sen. Obama does not truly read and respond to these questions, this is a place for Americans to air out their thoughts about Sen. Obama and raise some important questions about his campaign. Here are a few of the questions that were asked:

(Anonymous) Sen.Obama:”Could you give us a clue to what you stand for? Thank you………

(Anonymous) You said you would take a pro choice approch because you feel that your daughters should have the option available. Well what is your opinion for keeping the parrents informed in other words should a minor be allowed to get an abortion with our their parents ever knowing about it?

(Robert – Rockville, MD) First let me clearly state that I AM a Democrat and that if you (Sen. Obama) are on the ticket coming November I will vote for Sen. McCain. Now, the question; can you PLEASE tell me why is it that in every single debate you’ve had with Sen. Clinton you seemed to always also take ownership of her ideas when it came to the issues?

So America, what question would you like to ask Sen. Obama? What section of his stance on the issues are you just not quite sure about?

In a post to come, I will lay out my questions for him.

A Soldier’s Diary of Iraq

Major Joe Pullen over at Sand Box Adventures left me a comment on one of my posts and after reading through his site, I decided to add him to my blogroll and write a short post about him. I do not know him personally, nor does he know me. But I do know he is risking his life for me. And for that, I thank him.

Joe has been in the Army for 17 and is being deployed to Iraq next week. He has a wife and young son whom he will be leaving behind. While in Iraq, he will be keeping a diary on his blog about his time there.

Thank you Joe and Katy for all you are doing for our country. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers over the next several months.

I know he and his family would covet your prayers during this time.