Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is one of the long list of people that may be considered to be Mitt Romney’s choice for a running mate in the presidential election this year. However, he may have ruined his chances at a vice-president nod with a brazen act of rebellion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare” as constitutional.
Jindal took to the stage Thursday to valiantly proclaim that Louisiana will not be taking any actions to implement Obamacare. Even with the Supreme Court validating the law for now, Jindal says that his state will not take any steps to put the law into motion, including applying for grants the federal government is offering for states to put the plan into action. The law requires states to set up a program by January of 2014 to implement the necessary changes according to the new law. Jindal says he is pinning all of his hopes and prayers on Mitt Romney winning the election and successfully repealing Obamacare when he gets to the White House.
That’s a bit of a long shot. There’s two big “if’s” involved here. First, Mitt Romney would have to defeat the incumbent President Barack Obama to claim the presidency in November. Then, he would have to successfully convince both houses of Congress to repeal the bill, which is a bit of an uphill climb since they are the ones that approved it in the first place. To pull that off, Romney would have to get a few extra Republican seats in the various houses as well. That’s a lot of dominoes that need to fall in line to make Jindal’s wishes come true.
This is a bit of a slippery slope for Jindal. He is very much on the map in the national realm of politics, but a sensational move like this could either propel him to greater heights or leave him ruined. And we can’t help but wonder what happens if President Obama is indeed re-elected. Will we see a “stand in the schoolhouse door” reminiscent of George Wallace? Will President Obama have to mobilize the military to get Louisiana to fall in line with federal law? Just how far does Jindal’s rebellion go, and at what point will he admit defeat?
For the record, Common Sense Conspiracy has repeatedly warned our readers about the dangers behind a bill like this. As usual, it’s not so much about what it will do, but what it might open the door to in the future. It allows the government to get its’ hands in a lot more things than before, and we all know that once the government gets in the door, it’s not very easy to get them out. Jindal takes the approach that it’s easier to not let them in to begin with, and many Americans agree. However, Louisiana is a state in the United States of America. There are state laws and federal laws, and federal laws obviously outweigh their state counterparts. In this case, the Supreme Court, the final say in our nation, has said that the law that was passed is constitutional. That means that Louisiana is now bound as a member of the union to comply with the law. This is an interesting situation. Would Jindal face federal prosecution if he stays his course? Will he back down? And how dramatic would this get if Jindal actually did become Romney’s running mate? If Romney did select Jindal as his vice-president candidate, he would be basically placing all his eggs in one basket by banking his entire presidential bid on the repealing of Obamacare.
Funny thing about that is the basket might just be big enough. But are there enough eggs?