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He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Friday
Feb202009

Playing with fire

Louisianna Governor Bobby Jindal, the only a Republican rising star and potential 2012 candidate, is rolling the dice ... bigtime.

He announced today that he was going to decline a portion of the stimulus money because of the "strings attached."  His reasoning:

“The federal money in this bill will run out in less than three years for this benefit and our businesses would then be stuck paying the bill,” Jindal said. “We must be careful and thoughtful as we examine all the strings attached to the funding in this package. We cannot grow government in an unsustainable way.”

Several other Republican governors have hinted at doing likewise, though Jindal is the first to announce.  It's a bold move with big potential upside and downside.  It will certainly make him an even bigger darling on the right, as conservatives look for a new Reagan torchbearer.  He's already considered one of the frontrunners for 2012, and this will do nothing to slow him down among the party faithful.

Unless, of course, the recession deepens, and people continue to suffer.  There could be a backlack from voters if things worsen and he's seen as putting politics ahead of policy. 

He'll have a chance to explain himself on Tuesday evening when he gives the rebuttal to the President's state of the union address.  It'll be his first foray into national politics, and he'll need to make a strong case for why he's turning down the government's dough.

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