As I’ve said before, if picking the candidate for Romney’s running mate were up to me, you can bet your bottom dollar that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would be at the top of my list. He’s been a vocal and effective critic of President Obama’s many failed endeavors, and the man is just flat-out brilliant — he somehow found the time to fire off this awesome missive of an Independence Day message along with his governing duties.

Slowly but surely, the Obama administration has repeatedly undermined the American ethic of self-reliance and personal freedom with policies that seek to make us more dependent on the government instead of setting us free from the burdens of bureaucracy. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and if we don’t quit engendering this humiliating gimme-more culture, we’ll shortly find ourselves in the exact same boat as Europe:

Amazingly, facing the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression, President Obama chose to create a new entitlement program when we cannot afford the ones we already have. Republicans like to go on television and say we are borrowing from our children’s and grandchildren’s future. We can throw those talking points out; we are hurting ourselves now. You know we are in trouble when the German Finance Minister rebuffs President Obama and basically tells him to clean up his own mess before offering advice to others. Even the Europeans feel they have the moral high ground to tell us to tackle our own debt problems; that’s like the town drunk telling you that you have a drinking problem.

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