February 24th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Jindal to criticize stimulus, say GOP 'lost trust'

Jindal will give the official GOP response to Obama.
Jindal will give the official GOP response to Obama.

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will offer a spirited criticism of the Democrats' stimulus plan while stressing the need to forge bipartisanship in Washington during the official Republican response to the president's address to Congress Tuesday night.

“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," Jindal will say according to advance excerpts released by the Republican National Committee Tuesday.

But the rising GOP star will also hit on similar themes President Obama campaigned on last year, including the need for Washington lawmakers to come together.

“Republicans are ready to work with the new president to provide those solutions," he will say. "Here in my state of Louisiana, we don’t care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people. We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation’s capital."

Jindal is also set to say his party has recent failed when it comes to fiscal discipline.

“In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear – because our party got away from its principles," Jindal will say. "You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust – and rightly so."

Excerpts after the jump

“As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country – and they instilled in me an immigrant’s wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: ‘Bobby, Americans can do anything.’ I still believe that to this day.

“Republicans are ready to work with the new President to provide those solutions. Here in my state of Louisiana, we don’t care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people. We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation’s capital. All of us want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper. So where we agree, Republicans must be the President’s strongest partners. And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward.

“The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and enterprising spirit of our citizens.

“To solve our current problems, Washington must lead. But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you – the American people. Because we believe that Americans can do anything.

“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.

“In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear – because our party got away from its principles. You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust – and rightly so.

“A few weeks ago, the President warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said ‘we may not be able to reverse.’ Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don’t let anyone tell you that we cannot recover – or that America’s best days are behind her.”


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soundoff (348 Responses)
  1. Zion

    For all the Republicans against the stimulus, Bernake today said, the recession is set to end in 2009. Remember, you did not support it. That includes Jindal.

    February 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Judy

    He accuses the Dems of "saddling future generations with debt." Duh...what the heck does he think Bush and the Repubs did for the past 8 years?! Maybe he thinks people will believe anything just because it has "more taxes" in it.

    February 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Alan

    Once again it appears the GOP will be spewing forth criticisms with NO ANSWERS.

    I'll gladly shut it off as soon as Jindal starts quacking.

    February 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. A tired American

    "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? "
    Better to do this than just throw the money away in a sink-hole in the Iraqi desert. Oh, I forget, Bush and Cheney's buddies can't get rich on Obama's plan. They made out like bandits under Bush's plan.

    February 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. jo jo

    Poor Jindal! I thought he would at least have something different to say after the Katrina mess. Now he has decided to play politics by not accepting stimulus money. If I lived in New Orleans, I would march right down to his office evey day and demand he take the money. This is no time to be playing with other people's lives. America is in bad shape and the Repubs are still not getting it. America wake up, the change we really need is to get rid of all the old, stiff and clueless in congress. The majority of REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!!

    February 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Ok, leaving aside the fact that the republicans got us into this disaster just what is this better stimulus plan they supposedly have and where was it when Bush was still in office?

    February 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. please

    I love how the Repubs keep crying about he waste of money the stimulus is. WHAT ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR, where were they then? Remember, when your fearless leader went to war for not reason and lowered taxes!!!

    I may disagree with some of the projects in the stimulus, but at least it's money that is being spent in THIS country. Seriously, I wish the GOP would move to Alaska with their protege, and succeed from the Union. then you guys can cut taxes, strip freedoms, treat people like Sh$t, and we don't have to be bothered by you.

    February 24, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. MATT

    The Republicans are "using" Jindal. Poor boy don't know it, but they love his skin color.

    February 24, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Mama

    We need the stimulus package! People are suffering. Does Jindal have a better way in reviving the economy??? Show us the beef!

    February 24, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Ron

    Does everyone realize that the republican party is jumping up and down telling everyone that will listen that the stimulus bill is a spending bill full of pork because they don't like what amounts to 1% of the entire amount, are you kidding me. Jindal said no to the bill and telling the idiots at fox and the moron republicans that he is not accepting the money for his state but really he is taking 98% of it.

    Mr Jindal, what color is the sky in your world. Step away from the kool- aid your party hates you. If they didn't need to use you, they would have your name on a little monkey tied to a string.

    February 24, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Kyle R. in Colorado

    Jindal IS a wolf in sheeps clothing!!!

    February 24, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. DIZIZI31

    SHUT UP ALREADY – PUT YOUR MOUTH IN ACTION MR. JINDAL!! OH YEA, DID YOU FORGET YOU'RE GOVERNOR NOT THE PRESIDENT. SAD TIME FOR REPUBLICANS... STEELE CAN'T CUT THE MUSTARD AND NOW JINDAL IS HAVING A GOP CARROT DANGLED.
    YEAH FOR THE INDEPENDENTS!!

    February 24, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    Jindal says: 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.

    HOLY HELL! WHAT DID THE REPUBLICANS DO FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS!

    February 24, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Tyran

    The governors speech should be about reforming the Republican party. He should also offer his support for the President. The Republicans need to get beyond the Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity "demonization" game and offer REAL alternative solutions to get America out of this economic crisis. Start by showing the American people how we can fix infrastructure, education, health care, the banking system, and the mortage system without barrowing money from the taxpayers and/or how they (the Republicans) can do it for a lot less. SHOW US GOVERNOR!!! We KNOW you hate Obama, but show us HOW your soultions are BETTER than his!

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Edward

    Just another Republican, same failed ideas, same failed ideology.

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Dianne

    The GOP "Grand Obstructionist Party" will have to do more than criticize President Obama. The GOP is fast becoming irrelevant and the Party of NO who clearly has NO ideas.

    Hail to the Chief! The "People's" President, Barack Obama!

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican

    Who needs terrorists when you have the GOP?

    February 24, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Kim

    Rising Star? I doubt it. It's funny how after Obama won, the GOP is all of a sudden throwing out people of color into the media. What happened to all the old white rich men? The GOP is just scared because they want to keep the poor people as poor as possible. Too bad, America has seen the GOP for what they really are.

    February 24, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Edward

    I want to see how Republicans defend voting against the stimulus package without coming up an alternative idea in 2012. The only thing they know how to do is cut taxes, that's their answer for EVERYTHING.

    February 24, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Marge

    This is guy is representative of the republicans they are obstructing everything being done to help the economy while jindal ran around the house floor showing his purple thumb during the Iraq vote....I think he and his kind should be barred from this country. Just to hope obama fails they want the rest of the country to suffer.

    February 24, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. tee

    Karen in Florida
    The repugs spent our money with no regard for our kids and grandkids.
    Stop beating that dead horse.

    February 24, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Mark Hohn

    I find it interesting that all the "open" minded liberals have to refer to Jindal's race. What a bunch of racist!

    February 24, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Jude

    I don't like to sound corney, or compare President Obama to a princess, but he really is the "People's President"

    February 24, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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