Dismissing compromise, Jindal says 'it pays to be stubborn'
August 4th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
7 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."

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

    What an idiot. It isn't worth debating because he isn't willing to listen to anything. This is irrational governing and it leads us nowhere. Jobs don't come from less government. Surplus doesn't come from less taxes. It's not about the budget. It's not about jobs. The list that the right isn't about is growing.

    August 4, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. SilverHair

    Bobby has been eating too much Tabasco from New Iberia.

    August 4, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. G OLD Party

    Leave it up to the right, first you look down on people that are educated, then you look down on people that think for themselves and don't tow the party line lock in step, now compromise is looked down upon? Nothing like tyranny from the right.

    August 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. U. S. A.

    I guess Jindal does not want help from the federal government when his state has a disaster.

    August 4, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Tex71

    Well, I suppose it is civil of Jindal to come right out and identify himself as part of the problem.

    August 4, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Paul

    Yea Bobby! We can see the great results of this approach by the stock market today. Keep going Bobby put us all in bankruptcy. The republicans get 98% of what they want according to the Speaker and the markets respond by tanking. Thanks

    August 4, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. peter

    Once again, Republicans twist things around to their advantage. Yeah, reduction of the debt is good for all the things Jindal mentions, but the question is: Who will carry that burden? Will it be done on the back of the most vulnerable, or will the people who created this debt in the first place (Republicans) step up to the plate and agree to reasonable increases of tax on them? In doubt about whether Republicans or Democrats created this debt? Check the facts. Carter is the only president since his time to give us a net reduction of the debt by the end of his term. Reagen TRIPPLED the debt, Bush Sr. increased it by 32%, and Bush Jr. increased it by a whopping 145% (a much higher dollar amount than Reagan's 208.7%). Clinton raised it by a comparatively small less than 13%. The stubbornness that Jindal refers to is stubbornness to give an inch for Republicans to help solve this problem of their creation, but he makes it sound like it's stubbornness to fix the country. Baloney.

    August 4, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. jk from MN

    Governor, it pays to be stubborn as long as your state doesn't encounter a major natural disaster that you would expect the Federal Giovernment that you seem to despise so much to drop everything and send you all the aid and supplies that it can. Just another of the type of politician that America really can do without.

    August 4, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Jindal has the liberals pegged on spending. It's always going to starve the poor and keep grandma from healthcare. But their plan to keep the poor dependent on the governmant and always vote for the liberals has been a blight on the nation for decades. LBJ's great society lead to generations of welfare dwellers.

    August 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More utterly ridiculous propaganda from another GOBPbaggin' teatard who wouldn't know a fact if it bit him in the butt. He mouths the magical cult words "economic freedom" without defining what that means or how the size of the government had any connection at all. The cult of corrupt corporatism also refuses to acknowledge that as the country gets bigger, government itself must adjust accordingly (bigger). This is basic math and econ. More goods or services needed = more workers and expenses to handle the increase. Basically, these nutjobs want government to stop growing along with the population. Those of us who understand how utterly destructive that view is.

    August 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Beverly

    Translation: he is planning to run for President?!

    August 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dismissing compromise, Jindal says 'it pays to be stubborn'
    Actually Jindal I agree with you. In this latest little 'mano a mano' between the Thugs and the President I and so many others would've looooved to have had the President send your little Teatarded minions packing. A loudly shouted " Screw you!" and the finger to match coming from Obama would've tasted like manna from heaven to some of us.
    Alas, though, cooler heads prevailed....and you can see how well that worked out for everyone. Not.

    August 4, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    There is a time and a season for everything, including tightening the belt. Heck, people have been doing it for a long time. But to propose cuts to the population that has very little going for it at the moment, is irresponsible, ignorant, and wrong! I am certain that none of the Congress members or Gov. Jindal will feel the cuts they so avidly pushed for and support. But ask a random person on the street, and you will get a true story. Why weren't these cuts inacted during the 8 years Bush was in the office? He started two wars, and signed tax cuts into legislation. Well, my dear Republicans, you can't keep spending without generating revenue! I wish you woke up in 2004! Don't get me wrong, I don't like paying all those taxes! I work hard for my money and feel I should keep more of it. But things don't work that way!

    August 4, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. AEK

    Wow! Another intransigent Republican politician, go figure. Where was all this outrage when President Bush was running two wars "off the books?" I don't remember any controversy about debt limits then either...curious!

    August 4, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Mike

    I admire any individual who stays with their principles. What I have a problem with are those who will oppose everything this president wants to do simply because they want him to fail. If the presidnt fails, so do Americans. The republicans want to regain the Wahite House so bad that they're willing to sacrifice our economy to do so. They are sefish and greedy. Bad things await those who put money and power above human well being.

    August 4, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Bobby Jindal has cut everything in Louisiana. He hasnt made this state on bit better. All agencies have been cut, except for the state agency his mother works for. He doesnt want to compromise but cannot deliever in his state. I am glad me made a fool of himself on national TV a few years ago, 4 more years and he will be out of out hair

    August 4, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Yep – it pays the wealthy and corporations.

    Where's your long form birth certificate Jindal? Where are the long-form citizenship papers of your so-called parents?

    August 4, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Embarrased Conservative

    No comprimise Jindal? What kind of example are you setting for our kids?

    August 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Joe

    Sounds like Jindal needs a civics lesson. We're a democracy, not a dictatorship. No party or ideology has a monopoly on good ideas or patriotism, and we're not a homogenous society either. The Tea Partiers and people of Jindal's myopic ideology can't have it all there way either.

    August 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |

    Pandering, as usual. I didn't vote for him but I'm stuck with Gov. Rick Perry. The state of Louisiana is stuck with this Gov. Jindal, an elected official who thinks compromise is evil. Then again, that's the whole GOP ideology for you.

    America: you get what you vote for. How are you liking the Teabaggery nonsense thus far?

    August 4, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Maybe the US should have paid less on the oil clean-up and let Louisiana (small government) pick up the tab. And maybe the next Texas fire should be handled by small government Texas. And Florida? How many hurricanes will the small government Florida have to pay for??

    The list is too long. And don't forge the roads, bridges, etc. Oh – and those Levies? TUFF.

    August 4, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Jim in San Mateo

    These Republicans seem to live in an Ivory Tower. It's easy to lose site of what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck and to scrape your pennies together so that you can afford your medication and still have some money left over for food. The wealthy are going to get their comeuppance because the stock market is going to sink like a stone (500 points plus today alone) and all that paper wealth is going to evaporate. They have virtually guaranteed a double dip recession. Of course, they will not be responsible and will try to pin every bad thing on the President and take all the credit for any good that comes.

    August 4, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Ron

    There you have it Louisiana. This is the loser who is going to be the next govenor. Whoopee! Maybe, he should focus on education, diabetes, or infant mortality rates in Louisiana before giving advice to anyone else?? If he wins re-election, Scott Walker will seem like a pussy cat compared to where this moron will try to take Louisiana!!!

    August 4, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Mike kerns

    Destroy the economy if you have to got to protect those low tax rates and loopholes for the Mega rich!

    August 4, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Tea Party is Pledging to one MAN - Grover Norquist to Hold America Hostage...My Way or NO WAY!!!!

    seriously what is this guy saying?....just another talking head elected into office!

    when are we going to deport this IDIOT to India!!!...there are already US outsourced JOBS there that he can work on!!!!

    August 4, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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