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. mark whitt

    yea keep doing this and you will be voted out in the next election! if it was up to these people the country would fall instead of them doing what is right for the country!

    August 4, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Dan

    Exactly what's wrong with Washington.

    And to ignore the major role W. Bush played in this mess is typical lying crapola on the Republicans' part. Yeah, Obama is the one and only cause of this mess. Sure, whatever, Bobby...

    And still no admission that tax cuts for the rich and corporations have also played and will continue to play a major role in this mess. No, it's hot lunches for poor schoolchildren that are all to blame.

    August 4, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Logan

    Was it not Bush (a repub) who started the stimulus packages, started 2 wars, while cutting taxes to it's lowest rates? Was it not Bush who the recession started under? The repubs really like to ignore the 8 years between Clinton and Obama...I wonder why...? How about this for economic policy – let's not get involved in stupid wars? Let's not overspend, then cut taxes, then blame it on the current president 8 years later when we have massive debt for spending more than our revenue. It's not about being stubborn or smaller government, it's about making smart logical choices. If we are going to start 2 wars in the name of American freedom and security, then Americans are going to have to pitch in for that war.

    August 4, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. S.positive

    America voted for this tea baggers and unfortunately, they are finishing off where they left off in 2008. Same hating crowd

    August 4, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. S.positive

    Give the tea party more power and you get more of the same destruction...

    August 4, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. James in Dallas

    And he shows exactly why he's not presidential material...

    August 4, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. roscoe

    Tea Party-itis is spreading. It attacts your brain and turns you into a Palin or Bachmann. The USA may become the home of the largest number of idiots on the planet.

    August 4, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Sgt. Joe

    I know one way to drastically reduce the size of government...take away their free health coverage and all the other perks that go along with their cushy jobs. Heck, It would be great to get paid to just be "stubborn" and do nothing. Thanks for tanking the stock market today, GOP! Of course the big corporations who are holding on to all those profits and are too "scared" (actually the better word is "greedy") to hire people will remain safe. The rest of us in the middle class will be buying less, so eventually they'll feel the pain too.

    August 4, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Seeing how all our jobs are helping out his homeland.

    Yeah....I guess he is for big business and small government.

    August 4, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Tommy Jonq

    in other words, "everybody knows" it takes two dips to turn a teabag into a 50-state obama chai latte.

    August 4, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. bob bolin

    Please take our governor, Bobby Jindal, and find a nice do-nothing job for him in the Republican bureaucracy. Even better, let him lead the wingnut right – his leadership will destroy them forever...something I'm sure we all agree would be a good thing.

    August 4, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Trent

    Mules are stubborn. Humans were given brains and empathy to get along with each other, too cooperate for survival. That takes compromise. Denying this is a sign of childish intelligence. Or even mulish intelligence.

    August 4, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Tammy Lambert, Arizona

    Why! Why are Republicans saying this now?? Government was big before Obama took office. Nothing has changed except where monies are allocated." The government is too big cry" always sounds foolish. In 2012 if A Republican takes over it will continue to be big. Jindal seems out of touch.

    August 4, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Brando

    This is the same jerk that has turned a budget surplus in Louisiana into a massive deficit with his idea of cutting taxes mostly for the wealthy. Google "The Stelly Plan" that he gutted. Now he is going after the public sector workforce and privatize most government in Louisiana. He ran on the principle of transparency in government, and now it practically takes a subpoena to get any info from his administration. He recently was rated the least accessible governor in recent history by his peers in state government. He spends more time out of state raising money to further his political ambitions (POTUS). Yesterday he spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council in New Orleans. ALEC is a group funded almost entirely by the private sector. and is dedicated to funneling special interest legislation through state capitols throughout the country. Everyone in this country needs to see that ALEC is trying to replace our government with a corporate run entity.

    August 4, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. J3sus Sandals

    Ok, let's reduce the FEMA budget. I mean they only provide an esseential service for the occasional crisis. It's a no brainer, right? Then let's see how much of a stubborn re-pube-lican you are, Piyush.

    August 4, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. lgny

    Sigh... another Republican fighting the wrong fight. You cut spending in the budget battled - not the bill to honor existing commitments by raising the debt ceiling. The time to argue over funds is when building the budgets - not when approving payment of existing contracts.

    Yes, there is exough income for the govt to pay interest on the outstanding bonds, but failing to raise the debt ceiling would have defaulted on over 40% of the existing commitments. Infrastructure construction jobs canceled abruptly, Staff immediately fired, purchase orders unpaid, .... That's also a form of default.

    August 4, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Jason

    Proof that Republicans are more concerned about their party ideals than they are living with there fellow citizens whom may have differing views. I assume they will tell those of us who don't like things their way to "move to another country!" That's what all the red necks shout at me when I drive around with my Obama bumper stickers on my truck. Compassionate conservatives, the whole lot.

    August 4, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. davec

    All the leading economists and business leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike, say that U.S. defaulting on its debt would be a catastrophic blow to the U.S. and world economies and should be avoided at all costs. But good ole' Bobby Jindal knows better: it's all 'overblown' and just a nefarious tool for 'liberals' to get their way. Liberals like the Wall Street Journal and the Chamber of Commerce. I guess the education system in Lousiana is much better than I thought since it apparently produced an economic guru who knows so much better than all those pesky experts. Of course, for him it is overblown: he can't be fired for the next couple of years, gets a nice house, and medical care.
    And of course compromise is a dirty word: why try to work out differences with people who honestly disagree with you when you can demonize them and then threaten to hold your breath until you turn blue? Or more realistically – threaten to blow up the house unless you get your own way 100 % of the time.

    August 4, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. pn

    Translation: we are better at playing chicken than our opponents.

    August 4, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Jilli

    Let's see if old bobbie is singin' the same tune when the tea baggers are sent back home and the republicans take losses. The majority of Americans want compromise – their hostage taking won't be rewarded. Adults negotiate and compromise every day...it's time the tea baggers and republicans grew up and acted like adults.

    Jindal – did you watch the dow dropping today? Still think the warnings were overblown? Go build a few more berms bobby, your opinion on economics has as much validity as your ideas on flood control.

    August 4, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. L4Legend

    That's why his future is sealed and that's not to say he's going any higher. He proved that he's a failure more than a year ago. America, don't listen to this nut.

    August 4, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. MikeB

    In college, Bobby Jindal performed an exorcism on a woman he was convinced had been possessed by the devil.

    August 4, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. 2012liberal

    I want every rethug govenors 2 return the stimuluis money they took last year & never take one more drop of federal money. Not stimuluis, natural disaster moneies etc... Then maybe they would actually look like they have creditablity when they start spouting bulls...t. At least gov scott n florida didnt need 2 put people 2 work there on the rails!

    August 4, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Someone

    Okay, someone explain to me why job creation and reduced government spending are linked. Yes, the national debt is bad – but simply eliminating government is not going to make the economy magically robust. Companies are still going to off shore and pare work forces down to the bare minimum to operate. Salaries will always be under downward pressure with globalization – this includes benefits. So simply eliminating taxes is just going to let people get by a little bit easier – it isn't going to guarantee prosperity and growth.

    If you want to cut spending, then switch our economy from one that relies on off shore supplies to more on-shore sources. This will allow us to cut our military, which frankly is there to defend us from having our supply of off-shore labor and goods threatened than defending us from a bunch of invaders.

    August 4, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. DA

    OMG, these guys don't get it. They almost tank the economy but it pays to be stubborn. REALLY?
    I sure hope folks see now exactly, what they got when they voted the GOP in last year!!! NOTHING!!!

    August 4, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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