Bold, New Republican Party Wants to Do….The Same Things They’ve Wanted to Do Since Goldwater

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Republican rising star Bobby Jindal has a quartet of bold, new ideas so fresh they’ll practically moo if you try to eat them. Check them out:

  • A federal balanced budget amendment.
  • Place a cap on discretionary and mandatory federal spending.
  • A supermajority to increase taxes.
  • Term limits.

But that’s not even the best part. The best part comes in the very next sentence: “Now that I’ve offended everyone in Washington….” Yeah, baby! See, Jindal’s speaking truth to power, and power isn’t going to be happy about it. But Jindal can take it, because fresh, bold, innovative thinking is what the new post-2012 Republican Party is all about, and they don’t care who knows it.

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