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."