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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Congratulations, Bobby Jindal!

Last Saturday, Republican congressman Bobby Jindal (GIN-dle) received 54 percent of the vote in a 12-candidate field to be elected governor of Louisiana. What follows is an account of Trent Hill's encounter with Jindal at a September campaign event. In a day when we celebrate politicians who promise not to raise taxes, isn't it refreshing to hear one say that he actually wants to get rid of a tax? Godspeed, Bobby!

From Conservative Louisiana:

"After his short stump speech, I wanted to ask Mr. Jindal a question. I figured I knew the answer, but wanted to be perfectly sure. When I approached him, the man's calm composure really impressed me. Bobby Jindal is not an idol of mine, but he certainly is a great campaigner. His incredibly calm demeanor was the reason this meeting was going so well.
"I shook his hand and shouted over the cheers, 'When elected governor, will you work to eliminate the state income tax?'
His response was more than enough for me. 'We have to. We've got to try. With a Democrat-controlled legislature it may not be possible, but we need it. Look at Texas and Florida, both prosperous states with NO income tax. There is no reason Louisiana can't compete with them.'"


Blogger Carl said...

Does the Governor of Louisiana have the legal power to remove local officials? If so, I hope he will remove N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Chief Warren Riley and D.A. Eddie Jordan for gross misconduct, incompetence, & neglect.

Wed Oct 24, 11:27:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous VDare reader said...

Thats a very interesting point you raise, Mr. Rankin. Living in the Northeastern U.S. which is the home of high state taxes and economic stagnation, I would have to agree that state income taxes are an obstacle to economic growth.

The explanation of this I've heard is that wealthy individuals simply hate paying state income taxes on top of their federal taxes, and states have to attract them because they're the ones who start companies these days and create jobs. The state income taxation strategy is a relic from the Democratic New Deal era when corporations, whose home offices were often in Delaware or some other corporate tax haven, were the creators of most jobs.

Thu Oct 25, 04:52:00 AM CDT  

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