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
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  1. me

    well mr. Jindal.. thanks for helping prove (witht he recent debt ceiling debate as the main example) why James Madison was worried in Federalist 10 about party politics. When you have both parties constantly fighting for power and to say which side won on which issue only proves that there will be only one loser: the American people and the common good

    I think the citizens of the United States needs a new social contract with its government. Democrats can be successful if they can replace trickle down economics with something more moderate and appeals across a broad spectrum... unfortunately moderate republicans haven't been able to separate themselves from the extreme tea party view.. extremism in all forms is bad from political ideology to too much alcohol or food.. we need a moderate middle ground apprach to deal with our countries issues with more emphasis on improving the lives of every american citizen

    August 4, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Joan

    Well, Mr. Jindal, since the Bush tax cuts were kept last year and the Republicans have been cutting, cutting, cutting, the economy is starting to tank just like it did under Bush. The Tea Party and Republicans made gains last fall saying they would turn the economy around and create jobs. Under Pres. Obama's first couple of years things were slowly turning around, a depression was averted, stocks were climbing and although jobs were not as plentiful as desired, at least they weren't being lost at 700,000 per month as they were at the end of the Bush era. Now that the Republicans are forcing their agenda on the country it is starting to weaken again and they totally ruined the reputation of their party with their tantrums last week. They have helped everyone lose confidence in America and its government. Shame on them. The ball is in their court now. They promised jobs and a stronger economy if they got in last year but they have done just the opposite. Do you really want these people running the White House next year? That could lead to a depression.

    August 4, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Errm

    Wow. Why to be an adult, Jindal. Sorry, but part of being mature is knowing how to compromise. You NEVER get everything you want. That's the thought process of a toddler.

    August 4, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Errm

    Way, not why

    August 4, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    DOW down 350 pts. today and has been steady declining all in the name of COMPROMISE. These people are beyond ridiculous. They are terminally insane. I can't wait to vote against them all in 2012. They are actually boasting and having a good time while the American people are suffering. Each day my 401(k) dwindles, I remind myself of the vengenance I have against the [R] party. These people need to go!

    August 4, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. jma58

    Gridlock is not a viable way to operate a government. Jindal is stupid.

    August 4, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another opinion of obstruction from a member of the "party of NO". This is not news???

    August 4, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Sandy

    Oh my god! How in the world does cutting programs and laying off people create jobs!

    August 4, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    That's right Jindal. When Republicans blackmail and betray the American People – corporations do win. They hire no one – they are not "job creators" as Republicans lie to you. They are laying people off right now. They are sending our jobs overseas. They are paying ZERO in taxes, getting billions in our taxpayer money in govt subsidies, and the wealthy pay the same tax rate they paid in the 1950s – while we pay more than the CEO of every major corporation.

    Yes, corporations win when Republicans cheat, lie, and betray the PEOPLE they swore an oath to serve.

    It's time to stand up to these domestic terrorists who are destroying our country and vote out every single Republican on the local, state, and national level in 2012. Republican House Leader Cantor just admitted today in the Wall St Journal that Republicans WILL NOT keep their promises they made to the PEOPLE. That means they are going to kill Social Security, Medicare, Veteran benefits, kill jobs further- not create any as they promised, kill our economy, and kill every public safety agency that regulates food safety, drug safety, water and air safety, airport and flight safety, protection from corrupt banks who killed our financial system, and the list goes on and on.
    If you do not stand up and call Republicans liars and hypocrites and vote against them – they will finish destroying America.

    August 4, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. DumbasRocks [R]s

    This guy apparently wants to be the King of Idiots. Routing to stay the course for ithe sake of deological dogma, no matter what the cost to America, is so stupid that it is indeed quintessentially [R].

    The DOW since the debt agreement says it all. The American economy was held hostage by a bunch of [R]etarded political terrorists to get a debt-ceiling deal that is terrible for America. The first people to have meaningful comment on the deal are 'investors' in America. They know the deal is terrible for putting people back to work, and therefore terrible for the American economy. They are the ones 'putting their money where their mouth is', and their judgement is CLEARLY the [R] debt deal is BAD for America.

    Grease up and bend over America, the [R]s got their way again. And that has NEVER been good for America.

    August 4, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. 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 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who cares what Jindal says, Louisiana is one of the poorest States and it would serve him well to focus there or get out of town.

    August 4, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Paul Ernest Show

    It would be nice for Louisiana state congress to try the non-compromise and stubbornness first in Louisiana . Maybe Jindal will understand the need for compromise in politics. These GOPers are sounding like Islamic extremists. I feel like I am in Iran or Lebanon.

    August 4, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    This guy is a real tool. He spent BILLIONS of US Dollars (not state dollars) building a failed barrier from the oil spill. Then he unleashed billions of gallons of fresh water into the gulf to stave off flooding which caused billions of dollars of losses to the shrimp and oyster industry. This man has FAILED policies. He should talk! What a loser.

    August 4, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Melo-D

    Great, another out of touch conservative. Most of the country supports compromise in DC, however, the GOP has no clue what the country really wants or doesn't care. They still think the American people are buying the BS the tea party is selling. However, at this point most American realize the mistake it was to send these know-nothings to congress. I have a feeling we will correct that mistake in 2012.

    August 4, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Ralph

    Yes, republican extremists like Bobby Jindal, along with the Tea Party Zealots have made a difference; all of it Negative.

    For example, the stock market is down more than 1,000 points since July 21, and is STILL falling. Rating agencies like the new Chinese credit agency, has downgraded the USA crediting rating today to "A" as a result of the congressional gridlock caused by the Tea Party Brinkmanship. The markets in Europe also look increasingly bleak, in no small part due to the ramifications of the selfish Tea Party obstruction.

    So thanks to all the selfish Tea Party members who either didn't care about the consequences of their obstruction, or, were quoted to say they didn't believe there would be a consequence to the federal deficit if the debt limit wasn't raised.

    So as the ramifications of higher interest rates quickly manifest itself and filter down, just watch and see how everything will get more expensive for everyone. Up to and including making the federal deficit larger without spending a single penny more!

    Sadly, I doubt the Tea Party members care about the consequences of their Brinkmanship to the USA. Indeed, I believe the Tea Party is proud of what they have done.

    The Tea Party, and extremists like Bobby Jindal, are NOT Patriots, but are actually TRAITORS to their neighbors, and the USA.

    August 4, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jindal wasn't born in the USA, check it out and read it carefully.

    August 4, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. triletter

    It's official, the Republican Party in now confirmed as the Party of No. Surprise! Unemployment will go up with the resulting layoffs, people won't be able to spend the money they don't have and the economy tanks. Then those who have more will have even more and say "Let them eat cake." Rule by oligarchs and fools as we repeat history. Rise up now and throw the idiots out before they have a chance to do any more damage.

    August 4, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Thankfully Independent

    Real leadership is when one places what is good for the country over that of his or her political party. Obama has it, but most of the Republican-Tea Bag front runners don't.

    August 4, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. thomas

    The wonder boy finally comes out of the Bayou !

    Did BP pay you yet ?

    August 4, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Jack in Florida

    Therefore, the party of NO continues. What a joke......they don't get it. Being a moderate, middle of the road Republican will get you much farther than the right wing, nut job.

    August 4, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Flappy

    Throwing a tantrum until you get your way is always the right thing to do. Screw everyone else.

    August 4, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Tony

    What a lightweight!

    Governing is totally about compromise. In fact, most relationships of any kind are about compromise. Was this man so completely spoiled as a child that he believes that everything is about him, and nobody else?

    He must be a real joy to be married to if he doesn't believe in compromise.

    August 4, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. GaryOwen27

    The Red Neck Right is sending the USA back into the Stone Ages.

    August 4, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Rob

    I think Jindal's fellow Republican Mitch Daniels had the perfect reply: "Purity in martrydom is for suicide bombers." By all means, GOP, please listen to Jindal and drive this country into the ground with your refusal to compromise. November 2012 isn't that far away. We can wait.

    August 4, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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