Dan Holler

Some “Washington Beltway” types viewed his speech as a “repudiation of Paul Ryan[’s] approach” and of the “DC tea party groups that obsess about the budget [and] deficits.”

For a speech focused on how to talk “like adults” and the need to “stop insulting the intelligence of voters,” its framing was bizarre. Balancing our nation’s budget and empowering individuals, creating opportunity and promoting growth go hand in hand. An imaginary – and needless – division, it is ripe for exploitation by proponents of bigger government.

The choice is not between “managing government” and embarking “toward the mission of growth.” Growth cannot occur when the federal government behaves with such recklessness it stifles the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans.

While I dedicated 550 words to quibbling with Jindal’s vision, I’d be remised if I didn’t clarify that, on the whole, his speech (here) is worth reading, and re-reading.

One of his most compelling moments was when he declared, “We must quit ‘big.’ We are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, or big anything.” These are all protected classes in America’s political system, and that must change.

As Heritage Action’s Mike Needham and Tim Chapman wrote in October 2011, “This corrupt nexus is at the heart of the dissatisfaction across the country towards Washington… The collusion between the Washington Establishment and “The Bigs” is now apparent to average Americans.”

For conservative ideals to prevail, the Republican Party must shed the “big” label and the impression that they too are creatures of this corrupt nexus. And they must win the argument on growth and balance.

Governor, my challenge to you is to unite these visions, not create divisions.


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.