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

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Debt • RNC
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Ed Texas

    It also pays to be an idiot. How else could you explain the rise the majority of GOP political figures out there.

    August 4, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    This guy still around? I thought he got stuck in the muck during the oil spill. Oh well, maybe another time!
    Yes, "bobby", just what we need for religion in government.
    " heartless, cruel, wrong, dangerous and will lead to default," he said. "You can count on it." How did that teabagging no increase of a debt ceiling work for you? The market is down over 500 points.
    Then again, the rich won't be bother by it. It's just the little people and the seniors. Who cares about them, right?

    August 4, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Says a guy who is trying to raid the LA pubilc employees' pension for $500M...

    Booby Jingle is just like the rest of the GOP and Teatrolls: hellbent on creating a corporate plutocracy that divides Americans into 1% who controls and rules via their wealth and 99% who slave for them in order to be able to eat and are then discarded as quickly as possible when their useful labor life is over.

    August 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    I agree with Howdy Doody. There is a price to bo pay for being ignorant AND stubborn.

    The tea baggers in the GOP House are costing us 1 billion dollars for the month they will be in recess and NOT collecting taxes from the airline, not to mention unemployment costs, food stamp assistance, etc.

    Then of course, there is the "cut spending" in the midst of a recession, and we saw the effect of that "wisdom" today with a 500 point drop of the DOW.

    Jindal is just another GOP moron like Herbert Hoover.

    August 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    Someone gag this financial terrorist. This is the kind of thinking that causes gridlock in Congress. You can't have everything your way Osama Bin Jindal.

    August 4, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The idea that Congress will ever get our economic house in order without brute force is silly."

    Actually, I agree with him here, but he's not correct in the way he thinks he is. Taxes are going up on the rich, revenue is getting increased and we're resolving this in a manner that doesn't destroy the middle-class or the plutocrats are going to find out just what brute force really is.

    August 4, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Ohioan

    He's lost my respect.

    August 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    Go back to India and jump into a pot of curry moron. Try your economic philosophy there.

    August 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Beware what you wish for, you might just get it. The stubborness game plays both ways. Democrats may employ the just say NO game when the GOP/Tea Party controls the White House. Political kabuki theater at its worst....how childish and irresponsible.

    August 4, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Brian

    It sure didn't pay off on the stock market today, idiot!!

    August 4, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. LouAz

    . . . if your a four year old. You betcha Repubs !

    August 4, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. ep_vet

    I'm sure that your many unemployed agree with you. Also, prepare your already substandard schools for more draconian cuts as the federal government supports 1/3 of LA's state budget. Your many many poor? forget abour Medicaid. Instead, they will use the emergency rooms and others will pay for their medical care with higher rates. Also, that ongoing Katrina re-building, SORRY, the federal funds have just dried up.
    I thought you were different.. smart, practical, inventive. This is MADNESS. You are pandering to rabid political extremists who will ultimately do more damage to the US economy than Al-Qaeda did on 911.

    August 4, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    You can't compromise with leftist Democrat terrorists that want to run this country off the financial cliff with their taxing, borrowing and spending. They refused to get the message in 2010 and will get the massive pink slips in 2012.

    August 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    Pashtu is Indian, raised by Indians. They are a rigid , inflexible people. They have little empathy for those below them in the Caste System.

    August 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Denise

    "It pays to be stubborn," Jindal said ....yeah, the next election will confirm whether or not that is the case. All of you Republican congressman should be recalled. Your incompetence and mafia-esque strong arming is only outweighed by your attitude of entitlement. Are you somehow morally superior because you are rich and in a position of power? Do you think you can continue to wreck the lives of the people of this country? We need a government that is functional and works for us and you and your ilk are not that government.

    August 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. fairtrade

    Of-course – another Republican saying don't compromise. They truly believe the only ones with intelligence on the planet is them, so don't bother listening to the other side or from people who disagree with you.

    August 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. berry

    You moron? You even look like Cantor?? Your a facist,Evangelical Extremist! Your brains are boiling in the Louisiana humity? Go jump in a Swamp,and be eaten by Carp,mosquitoes,chiggers,and bitting Deer Flies! Thats were you belong?And try not to suffer so many Heat Strokes,it,s becoming a danger to your sanity sir???

    August 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. annie s

    Democrats don't say that "cutting government spending is heartless, cruel, wrong, dangerous"; we say that cutting government spending is heartless, cruel, wrong, dangerous when its done on the backs of seniors and the poor while the rich aren't asked to contribute anything and corporations continue to get subsidies and breaks they don't need or deserve.

    August 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. nvk_mtt

    Bobby Jindal is the reason why my LSU is becoming increasingly expensive... Damn Republicans making college too expensive... All the Republicans, Jindal incuded, are all trust fund babies that have never had to pay for schooling...

    August 4, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Julie

    Really, Jindal? Take a look at the market today and over the past several weeks while stubborness was the response of the far right. How can anything be settled when you have a group of people in decision making positions that think compromise is a bad word. Or think that they know more than everyone else about everything. Stubborn is the right word, Mr. Jindal, and we are all going to pay for it.

    August 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Huubris

    Okay, let's start reducing spending by stopping all federal dollars to Louisiana and see what happens.

    August 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. GrogInOhio

    Hmmm... so. Is "Bobby" Jindal pandering or simply ignorant?

    August 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Bill

    Hey Jindal – The next time your state gets hot by a hurricane, make sure you do not seek one dime of federal aid.

    August 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Dear Bobby, the Dow says "hi". Next!

    August 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Luke Brown

    Great advice Bobby ... if you live in a glass bubble.

    Did you happen to see what happened to the stock market this week in response to your party's being "stubborn" on the debt ceiling vote?

    My advice to Republicans is to be "responsible". "Stubborn" is the height if irresponsibility.

    August 4, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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