Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform and the man famous for the line "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub," has chosen the vice presidential candidate whom he believes would be the best bathtub-drowner — and it's Gov. Bobby Jindal.
In an essay for Politico.com, Norquist praised Jindal's overhaul of the Louisiana education system (charter schools, vouchers), as well as his energy policy and fiscal stewardship. "If Romney wanted to provide voters with a clear choice on tax policy, he would be hard-pressed to do better than add Jindal, one of 13 governors committed to not raising taxes, to his ticket," Norquist and co-author Patrick Gleason wrote. "While the president's budget entails historically high levels of spending and taxation, it's also noteworthy because it never balances during any time window. Jindal has balanced a budget every year as governor and never resorted to higher taxes." For his part, Jindal continues to insist he has no designs on the veep's office, even as he continues to tour the country speaking and raising money.
An Associated Press story last week reported Louisiana's deficit is now $220 million, or about $48 for every resident of the state. — KEVIN ALLMAN