Jindal lauds Perry's tax plan
October 25th, 2011
07:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Jindal lauds Perry's tax plan

(CNN) - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who won re-election Saturday in a landslide victory, praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry's flat-tax plan Tuesday as a measure that would free up the private sector.

"Governor Perry understands we have to shrink government, and we've got to stop punishing success," Jindal said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"If you want less of something in this country, tax it. For too many years, we've taxed success."

In South Carolina Tuesday, Perry laid out a plan that would allow Americans to choose between keeping their current tax rate or taking a 20% flat tax.

The proposal also calls on lowering the corporate tax from 35% to 20% and eliminating the estate tax, as well as taxes on capital gains and dividends.

And while those making less than $500,000 would get to keep current deductions, such as state and local taxes, mortgage interest and charitable donations, those making more than half a million would not get the same exemptions.

When pressed by CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer on whether Perry's system is fair, Jindal said it was better than the present tax code.

"Compared to the current system, absolutely," Jindal said. "Instead of paying what you do now and wasting money on accounts, the only people that should be against this are the people making a fortune helping people avoid paying their taxes."

Jindal, a vocal Perry backer, won re-election to a second term as Louisiana governor with 66% of the vote on Saturday.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry to meet with S.C. governor

Perry on Obama: 'It's fun to poke at him'

Perry to meet with DeMint

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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Rick Perry • Taxes • TV-The Situation Room
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    and we're supposed to be impressed by this? Wrong choice "Bobby." You endorsed the plan of a loser who will quit the race in a few months

    October 25, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Tom

    "We've got to stop punishing success." Instead, let's punish failure. If you don't make much money, let's raise your taxes.

    October 25, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Does the Louisiana Zombie Jindal really think the American can't see this flat tax plan for what it is? As usually it would benefit the wealthy a lot more than the working people.

    October 25, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Tony

    Perry's flat tax plan will give corporations more tax cuts on top of the trillions they are already sitting on. They have not created jobs in the 10 years since Bush enacted his tax cuts. Why would they start now?

    October 25, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Dale

    Back in the 80s Gov. Jerry Brown of California, probably the most liberal Democrat ever to be elected to public office ran for president on the flat tax platform. Back then Republicans hated it and labled it a liberal trick. So tell us, what has changed? I love how the Republicans rip off a Democrat idea and try to make it thier own.

    October 25, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Remember

    How much would it cost to pay you to lie to the populace and say it's Ok.K to screw the middle class and the poor? I'll take 100 million, for that, I'd lie to you all. Less than that and I'll stick to the fact that the GOP is not helping 99% of the US.

    October 25, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    You may as well hang up the knee pads Howdy Doody, the GOP would never pick a ticket where both the nominees were from the South.

    October 25, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Dave Jaipersaud

    I hope the American People notice how all of the Rebublicans tax plan announced thus far cut tax for the rich and increase it for middle class and poor people. So if you are a Republican and middle class or poor and tax is your big issue, you have no reason to vote Rebublican, unless you like being a hypocrite

    October 25, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Tex71

    Dear Gov. Jindal and fellow Republicans: If you really want to stop punishing success, you would be pushing for a VERY SIMPLE tax plan: a FLAT 50% tax on capital gains ONLY. This would reward all the hard-working people who deserve to keep what they have earned by the sweat of their brow, and would hurt no-one, as it would only be reducing the amount of money made by simply having money.
    (crickets chirping as Jindal imagines actually allowing people to succeed who really work for a living)

    October 25, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Yes, I am sure the corporations that already used loopholes to pay no more than 15% in taxes, and in many cases, none at all would care so much about the toothless corporate tax being lowered from 35% to 20%...

    October 25, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Reggie from LA

    Forget it "Jingles". He's not going to segue you into the White House. Yes you still have your eyes on it. You'd like Perry's help to get you there. Way to politic.

    October 25, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. LA voter

    Shrink government. As in passing a Constitutional amendment defining personal marriage? These Teapublicans are the epitome of hypocrisy.

    October 25, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. otermbachmann

    Jindal bells got reelected. Wow. That's what u call a no-brainer.

    October 25, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Marcel

    Jindal doesn't have an idea of exactly what he's saying. In a nutshell, he simply suggest that it's good to tax the middle class and give tax breaks to the millionaires and billionaires in the country. He's just a typical republican. What's new?

    October 25, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Charlie

    Jindal also said Perry's plan would 'balance the deficit.' Think about it, he was just spewing Republican talking points with no regard for whether any of it made sense. These flat-taxers are all alike–no reality at all. Any sweeping transition to a flat tax would wreck so much havoc that 2008 would look like a day at the beach. A practical long-term approach to tax reform is the only way to make the needed changes and none of the current crop of DC 'leaders' has the political courage to lead the way. And Bernie Sanders is the only one who's willing to tell it like it is.

    October 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. REG in AZ

    The current Republican campaign cry ... “We can take this country back!” What they mean to say is that ... “We can take this country back to more of the same, Bush-Cheney style, and once more completely cater to the very wealthy few while we continue to just take the majority for granted”. As if the arrogance and cockiness isn’t offensive enough, there also is that insulting continually taking the people for granted. Just like with every one of their tax proposals which always stubbornly protect the very rich and try to raise the contribution from everyone else, obnoxiously trying to sell that as “fair”, they constantly try to con the people into faulting Obama for everything and to manipulate public opinion into supporting their self-serving positions. Anyone who can be honest with themselves can see the gross dishonesty in what they say, and if the majority doesn’t, then we are very apt to be returned to “more of the same” and again suffer the severe consequences of that. Yes, they want “to take us back” ... but just not to where we should want to go!

    October 25, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Portland tony

    Bobby, being just reelected and all doesn't give you the right to be stupid ...That's Steve Forbes tax plan!

    October 25, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Ron

    Poor Pyush. Back to his old games again. Once again, you've managed to put your foot in your mouth without thinking. Perry's plan is almost as big a fraud as is he. OBTW, where's your birth certificate?

    October 25, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Angy

    jindal is a joke!

    October 25, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Data Driven

    Poor Bobby: having hitched his horse to the wrong post, he now finds himself "lauding" a tax plan that, incredibly, would make paying your taxes even more stressful by adding a whole second layer of complexity. Don't worry Bobby, the GOP faithful will forgive you for all this. Texas neighbors Louisiana and all - they get that. Just keep your head low and avoid political reporters. The torture will be over in a few months.

    October 25, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |