Dismissing compromise, Jindal says 'it pays to be stubborn'
August 4th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
8 years ago

Dismissing compromise, Jindal says 'it pays to be stubborn'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - In the wake of a debt ceiling agreement that chafed elected Republicans and conservative activists alike, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urged his party Thursday to avoid future compromises and embrace the politics of stubbornness.

No matter how unpopular it may be, the Republican explained, drastically reducing the size of government is the only pathway to economic freedom and job creation.

"It pays to be stubborn," Jindal said during a speech to the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in Tampa. "The press is constantly urging compromise. They root for it like it is the highest possible virtue, the sign of true maturity and achievement in life."

Jindal was the headline speaker of the RNC meeting, and he used the opportunity to deliver a lengthy and scathing critique of President Barack Obama's economic record. The president has pushed the country to an economic "tipping point," he said.

But in the course of calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and an "all out push" to restructure government, he also appeared to criticize Republicans in Congress for losing sight of their conservative principles.

"I served in Congress for a few years," Jindal said. "The idea that Congress will ever get our economic house in order without brute force is silly."

Jindal chided leaders in Washington for elevating the debt ceiling debate into a pivotal economic moment without doing more to confront current levels of spending and borrowing.

"It's easy to lose your perspective in government, to get lost in the endless deals and negotiations so that you end up losing the forest though the trees around you," he said.

Threats of a credit default and economic calamity were overblown, he said.

"As surely as the sun will rise, liberals will always say that curbing government spending is heartless, cruel, wrong, dangerous and will lead to default," he said. "You can count on it."

"And the guys on Wall Street will always say we have to increase the debt ceiling," Jindal added. "They are going to do it again next time. There will never be time when they they don't say it is crucial to our survival. Default, this and that, credit rating, stock markets, full faith and credit. You can count on them to say it all again next time we have to borrow another gazillion dollars to keep up with these spending habits."

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  1. Gemini Girl

    Three hours and nobody's bothered to post anything on Piyush Jindal? Yes, that's his real name, not Bobby. And where have you been all this time? You somehow crept away after that infamous "Mr. Robinson" walk & talk several years ago, when you gave the Repub response after the Obama's State of the Union speech, I believe. And why don't you guys ever mention REVENUE? Is that a dirty word to you guys, just like COMPROMISE? So it pays to be stubborn? What if the Democrats had been stubborn like you all were? Where would we be? Why don't you throw your hat into the crazy-clown Republican ring? The more the merrier I say...!

    August 4, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. ijreilly

    The party of "No" is now becoming the party of "No Compromise". Great leadership strategy when it comes to dealing with 300 million people.

    August 4, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. C. Howe Yulikit

    Jindal is a complete tool. He can be a parrot in his next life. No ideas, just parroting back bad ideas from other loud mouths.

    August 4, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    No matter how unpopular it may be, the Republican explained, drastically reducing the size of government is the only pathway to economic freedom and job creation.
    This is one of the few things government can do to significantly impact the economy in a positive way. The other large contribution would be free trade agreements. Right now, considering debt at 100% of Gross Domestic Product, it is easy to see that government is much too large for the economy. Our economy's greatest hope for recovery is to reduce the size and cost of the government. Bobby Jindal has it exactly correct.

    August 4, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Judas

    "It pays to be stubborn,"

    Mr. Jindal, this is EXACTLY the reason why we need to clean the entire Washington DC house and senate and bring in level headed and sensical people. You're preaching extremism with that statement. IDC if you're left or right wing. When you become so convinced that it's your way or the highway, more people lose than you have supporters.

    Religious extremism is poison...and so is extremeist politics.

    August 4, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    once again I guess the Republicans know what's best for the American public. Poll after poll showed that we wanted not only compromise but for both parties to work together to reach an agreement. Not for one party to hold it's breath and stomp it's feet until they got what they wanted. And to blame all this on the president is absurd seeing that in the past Congress has always raised the debt ceiling on a up and down vote, 7 times under Bush alone. The Tea Party may have won the battle but IMO lost the war since Americans see they are willing to put the nation at risk just to get their way. Check out their latest approval ratings if you think I'm wrong.

    August 4, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Brian Dodge

    Threats of a credit default and economic calamity were overblown; and the 500 point meltdown on Wall Street was all due to Obamacare, and had absolutely nothing to do with the Tea Party playing chicken with the debt ceiling.

    Do you really think that Bush's 750 billion dollar bailout to preserve the jobs of a few Wall Street investment bankers, and the 90 percent of stocks held by the wealthiest 10% of Americans was the epitome of stubborn Republican fiscal responsibility, but the 3 million jobs from Obama's stimulus package has pushed the economy to a tipping point?

    August 4, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. progressive trixie

    Interesting how Jindal has been so quiet. I love how he's all about small government except when he has his hand out asking for help for his state. Typical hypocritical conservative .. with all the talking points in line but none of the truth...

    August 4, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Jason King

    I believe that this is the same strategy employed by 5 year olds. Good to know that the Republicans are looking towards the youth for an example on how to run governemnt.

    August 4, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Survivor4

    So it pays to be stubborn. What about stupid? Thanks to the Tea Party Republicans, this country is headed straight for a recession, if not a depression. Check out the stock markets today.

    August 4, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. usualone

    I hope the President will take on this approach too. He has tried bipartisanship since day one and it is not working at all. The Republicans think this is weakness as do too many USA citizens. Maybe he learned that the opposition will not consider anything he offers.

    August 4, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    What an ignorant anarchist fool, just like all GOPers and Baggers.

    August 4, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Vigla

    The same old schtick... starve the beast and it will magically create jobs. What a crock. History has proven this ideology is an abject failure at job creation. It creates no incentive for anyone to create jobs when all you have to do is make money via capital gains at a mere 15% tax rate! How does anything else compete with that? It's free money! RETURN THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX to 29%! Then, in order to not lost their money to taxes, it will be invested in things that will lower their tax rate, like factory expansion, paying employees, etc. As long as taxes are low, nothing is going to happen as the fat, lazy rich sit on their money and invest it in non-productive investments... How people can't see this amazes me.

    August 4, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. chill

    Economic freedom for the privileged and jobs in China. That's what happens in a purely capitalistic society. That why we have government to set the rules and level the playing field to a degree. Business has one job- to make money. And without rules and regulation, corporations in particular will take it out of the hide of their employees and customers to the extent they can.

    August 4, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. chill

    So what Jindal is saying is that we should be deadbeats, failing to pay for what we have already ordered, That's what failing to raise the debt ceiling is all about. Congress already approved the spending for 2011, the only open question is whether we should pay our bills. Apparently the Governor and the GOP think it's just dandy to stiff people.

    August 4, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    This is exactly why this fool is no longer in Washington and will not be Governor much longer. Being stubborn is being stupid.

    August 4, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Mike in Texas

    You don't downsize when the economy is in this shape, economists on both sides agree to this. You think the economy is bad now.....give the Republicans the house, Senate and Presidency in 2012 and then you will see first hand how much worse it will get.

    Don't raise rates, eliminate all tax deductions expect the standard deduction, raise tariffs on imports (especially American Companies importing products made outside the country) and cut defense pork.

    August 4, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. TBone

    Just another Neo-Con pandering to his constiuents and saying one thing while doing another thing. All I see and hear when I read the title and some of the article is him talking diarhea out of his mouth. If he ever runs for president you can forget about me voting for him. Him and his whole ideologues, as long as they stick to the fantasies of their almighty god, the Almighty Ronald Reagan and his ideological principles of voodoo trickle down economics of the 1980s, just like Tim Pawlenty, I do not think Jindal has what it takes to win my vote. Better for him to remain a governor where he will better effective. I will take Obama over Jindal any day. Good day.

    August 4, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Grow up already...

    Wait, Bobby, until you see how much this screws up your state. Oh you're LA? Uh.. , never mind...

    August 4, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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