What I listened to last night from Washington, D.C. made me all tingly. No not the excited-about-what’s-going-on type of tingly, the stroke type of tingly. I listened carefully to the entire occurrence, but I came away substantially more skeptical. We collectively witnessed a remarkable argument by the leader of the free world, that governmental oversight in private enterprise, not the open market, is the superior path to rebuilding wealth. That’s an astonishing argument if you consider the power-grab in the works. This economic crisis has become the reason [read: excuse] to extend the Federal government fully into private business, and state and local government. This is what we call “establishing a precedent,” and that, my friends, is a bad bad bad precedent to establish.

What I heard from Governor Jindal was a silky-smooth delivery. He attempted to match the rhetoric coming out of the White House, but in so doing, might have dulled his effectiveness. However, it was a foundation to build the clear distinction between liberal and conservative policies. His most memorable statement was:

“Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt. Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It’s irresponsible. And it’s no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children.”

This distinction will become more important as Americans are held hostage to THE most aggressive tax and spend government EVER installed Washington, D.C. If Americans were fed up with former President Bush’s “irresponsible,” and “dangerous” spending habits, what will be the reaction to this administration’s spending habits? Is this change we can believe in? I think the American people will begin to answer that question in 2010, and 2012. Hope and change, conservatives, hope and change.