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Bobby Jindal's Political Views
Brief Biography of Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal is a Republican politician and former presidential candidate who has served as the Governor of Lousiana since 2008. Before serving as governor, Jindal represented Lousiana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005-2008 and previously worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bush and for the Lousiana State Department of Health and Hospitals. Jindal is only the second Indian-American to be elected to the House, and is the first Indian-American to serve as the governor of a U.S. State. Jindal announced his run for the White House in the summer of 2015 and was one of many candidates vying for the GOP Presidential Nomination in 2016 before dropping out of the race because of a lack of support. This hub will take an unbiased looked at Governor Jindal's political views to determine where he stands on the key issues that will determine the 2016 election. How does he stack up to John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, and other leading Republican politicians?
Governor Jindal on the Issues
1. Budget Deficits and Taxes: Jindal has consistently opposed tax increases during his time in office and unsuccessfully attempted to eliminate income taxes in the state of Lousiana. In his 2013 State of the State speech Jindal stated "My top priority is to overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. This is our moment to eliminate the income tax and unleash major economic growth and opportunity in our state that will keep our sons and daughters here at home to find jobs and raise a family." Perhaps because of his opposition to any tax increases, Lousiana has run consistent budget deficits during Jindal's time in office, a hole which reached $1.6 billion in 2015. Jindal has also signed the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" sponsored by Grover Norquists's Americans for Tax Reform, which states that signees will not increase taxes. Jindal has also called for a consitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget each year, a measure that many experts have dismissed as extremeley unwise since it would prevent deficit spending on things such as wars and economic stimulus during future crises.
2. Health Care: Jindal has been a consistent opponent of Obamacare and has refused to set up a state exchange in Lousiana, joining many other Republican governors in rejecting federal government support for expanding health care coverage for poor and working class Americans. Jindal has called for OBamacare to be repelaled, calling it "immoral", as he stated to a radio show in June, 2015: "His “moral case” for ObamaCare is actually immoral. Spending money you don’t have is immoral. Borrowing more money than you can pay back is immoral. Lying to the American people is immoral, so it’s ironic he chooses to use the terms “moral case” or “moral imperative” to make the case for what I think is a very flawed law. Jindal has called for Obamacare to be replaced with increased state control of Medicare, increased subsidies, and the removal of current tax breaks for business that provide health care to their employees. Jindal's plan has been criticized by commentators from boths ides of the aisle, with Republican politico Ramesh Ponnoru writing of Jindal's plan: "It is too disruptive to existing employer-provided insurance, and it does not help enough people get coverage. Replacing Obamacare with this plan would probably result in millions of people losing their coverage, and I think that would doom it."
3. Global Warming and Environmental issues: Jindal has acknowledged that climate change is occuring, telling reporters in 2014 that he accepts the idea that human activities are causing some amount of global climate change, but "the real question is how much." Jindal has strong criticized President Obama's increased regulations on coal power plants to reduce carbon emissions and has stated that he " opposes measures to reduce the amount of coal or other fossil fuels that the U.S. consumes unless China, India and other developing countries agree ahead of time to make similar reductions."
4. Foreign Policy: Jindal has criticized President Obama's efforts to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, calling them "a bad deal for America and Isreal." Jindal has also called for U.S. Troops to be deployed in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, criticizing President Obama in an editorial in February, 2015 for Fox News: "We demand a leader who is going to spend less time criticizing America and more time hunting terrorists down and killing them."
5. Gay Rights: Jindal has also been a strong opponent of gay rights throuhgout his political career. He wrote an editorial for the New York Times in 2015 explaining his position on the issue, that stated, in part: "I hold the view that has been the consensus in our country for over two centuries: that marriage is between one man and one woman. Polls indicate that the American consensus is changing – but like many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion." Jindal wrote the op-ed in part to express support for a proposed law in Lousiana that would make it illegal to punish businesses for discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Jindal also denounced the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling to legalize gay marriage nationwide, stating "The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body."
6. Immigration Policy: Jindal has repeatedly called for increased enforcement and securing of the border and then the creation of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the United States. As he stated in a 2013 editorial written in the National Review "Once the border is secure, and not before, we should provide an opportunity for those who came here illegally seeking to work for a better life to gain legal status rather quickly, if and only if they are willing to do all that is required." Jindal has also stated the the governor's of border states should determine when the border is sufficiently secure to move forward with his immigration plan.
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