At White House, Jindal Will Lead GOP Governors’ Call For Action On Jobs

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks after the National Governors Association meeting at the White House in Washington February 25, 2013.

Republican Governors Association Vice Chair Bobby Jindal will take the lead when GOP governors visit the White House Monday morning for a business meeting with President Barack Obama.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the embattled chairman of the organization, left this weekend’s meeting of the National Governors Association early on Sunday morning to return home for his daughter Sarah’s 18th birthday. So it fell to Jindal, who preceded Christie in the post, to appear on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday to make the case for Republican governors and against Obama.

Previewing an op-ed to be published Monday in National Review, Jindal argued that if the president is intent on using “the pen and the phone” instead of working with Congress, he should use his executive authority to create jobs.

“If he’s going to make those decisions, why doesn’t he do things [on jobs]. For example, let’s increase domestic production of energy, creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs,” he said Sunday. “Why not delay all of the mandates in “Obamacare,” which has become such a job-killer in our economy? We’re at a—in a historic 36-year low in terms of our labor force participation rate. The Republican Party should be the party of growth and opportunity. Why not approve the Keystone Pipeline today?”

In a statement sent to reporters Sunday, Jindal expanded on the theme:

“In recent weeks, President Obama has emphasized his willingness to go it alone and use his executive power to achieve his policy aims. This White House has never been shy about wielding such power, but now the president apparently intends to escalate the use of the phone and the pen to make his agenda a reality.

“If President Obama wants to give the American people a better economic growth agenda, he can. With the power of the pen and the phone, he can roll back policies which are creating barriers for innovation, implement policies which encourage investment, and build toward the future with reforms that will help prepare Americans for the challenge of tomorrow’s economy.

“So if President Obama is determined to use his executive power to the fullest, we ask at least that he will use the power of the phone and pen to free the American people from the yoke of excess regulation, to open up new avenues for investment and education, and to give the economy the jumpstart it needs.”

Christie’s absence comes as he has worked to return to a normal schedule in New Jersey following weeks of controversy over revelations of apparently politically-motivated actions by aides to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge. Nationally, Christie has kept a low profile, appearing only at private fundraisers and ducking the press throughout the NGA weekend. Christie will be announcing his next annual budget in an address on Tuesday.

After the meeting with Obama, Jindal will be joined by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference.

66 comments
BruceStrong
BruceStrong

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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The depths of GOP politicians will sink to never cease to amaze

Bobby Jindal’s office is ‘stealing from the blind’ to pay legal fees over suspiciously ‘sweet deal

 http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/24/bobby-jindals-office-is-stealing-from-the-blind-to-pay-legal-fees-over-suspiciously-sweet-deal/

 The administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is being criticized for taking money from a trust dedicated to legally blind vendors to pay attorney fees in a lawsuit brought against the commission responsible for hiring independent contractors.

jpcali
jpcali

Funny, the GOP voted "no" on every jobs bill that went to congress including the Veterans jobs bill. This "call for action" is a result of their obstruction and lack of action. In 2010 the GOP ran on Jobs and failed to deliver once elected.  This is no more than a GOP dog and pony show.

Where are the jobs Boehner ???

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Just tell your Republicans  colleagues in Congress to get with the program and stop their obstructing policies. Red states needs more helps from the fed than blue states. Be SMART and serve the people in your state for a change....But what the hell you guys are just dumb indians...

TheRza82
TheRza82

The President has tried to boost job production time and time again, through replacing the harmful effects of Sequestration, which the CBO projects will cost between 900,000 and 1.6 million jobs, and through badly needed investments into infrastructure, education, and making sure that extended unemployment insurance doesn't run out for millions of Americans. In 2011, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act. Macroeconomic Advisers, a nonpartisan economic forecasting shop, projected that the plan would create 2.1 million new jobs and increase GDP growth by 1.5% over 2012/13. The President made significant concessions to prompt GOP bipartisanship, like offering up entitlement reform through chained CPI to S.S. and means testing to Medicare, as well as revenue neutral corporate tax reform.

Also, domestic energy production has absolutely soared under Obama.

The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quad­rupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. Including those in natural gas fields, the United States now has more rigs at work than the entire rest of the world.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration upgraded its forecast of crude production in 2025 to 6.4 million barrels per day - 1 million barrels more than were pumped in 2010. (Both statistics come from 2012)

We at least know President Obama's plan for economic growth and job creation. Does anyone know the GOP's jobs plan? Getting rid of Obamacare, deregulation, and more massive spending cuts is not a plan. Cutting taxes for the wealthy also does nothing to prompt job creation.

Bobby Jindal is literally the last person who should be speaking about job creation and economic growth. His refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana is going to have very negative repercussions for the state.

Overall, Louisiana would get almost $16 billion in new health care dollars under the expansion. The federal government is paying 100 percent the first three years. The highest share the state will have to pay is 10 percent.

For that, more than 242,000 uninsured Louisiana residents likely would get coverage.

A study by WalletHub found that Louisiana would lose out on $2.58 in funding for each $1 in federal taxes that state residents will pay for the expansion in other states. The study also ranked Louisiana third -- with $2,091.14 -- in savings residents would get from reduced out-of-pocket health care expenses.

In another study, the Commonwealth Fund found that Louisiana would lose out on $1.65 billion in federal dollars in 2022 alone. The federal government will be paying 90 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion that year. If the state agreed to the expansion, its share would be $280 million.

There are also economic repercussions. An estimated 15,600 new jobs in health care and other fields are predicted for Louisiana if the state accepts the money, according to a study by Families USA and the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition.

On top of all of that, Bobby Jindal's proposed tax plan is literally nothing more than income inequality on steroids through getting rid of state income and corporate taxes and replacing them with significantly higher sales taxes, basically a flat tax system.

Jindal’s plan would have raised taxes on an estimated 80 percent of the state’s residents while cutting taxes by more than $25,000 for the richest 1 percent. The poorest Louisianans already pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than the wealthiest 1 percent, and Jindal’s regressive tax would have added an average of $395 of taxes on the poorest 20 percent.

Republican's acutal job plan: Make the poor even poorer through a regressive tax code, draconian cuts to the Big 3 and the rest of the safety net, ensure they don't have access to health coverage, and all while making the top 1% wealthier, even though their average incomes have grown by more than 240% since 1979, while household income everyone else has stagnated over that same period.

sixtymile
sixtymile

The only way government can create jobs is to hire more government workers. I don't think this is really a good idea nor will it lift the economy.

Pollopa
Pollopa

As screwed up as ever. The GOP can't even decide if they want our Prez to use exec powers or not.

How about talking to congress, and just pass the jobs bill that was put to them back in 2011? The GOP gov's want the President to act since their own party refuses to. Telling.

Pollopa
Pollopa

Bobby, Nikki, Bill and Rick, they do miss their Chris don't they.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Same old BS about extracting energy (we are) and remove ACA. New ideas? Not so much. More like bought and sold.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Hey Bobby,


If you want people to invest in your state, perhaps you can start teaching your kids math and science and stop teaching Creationism. High Tech companies aren't big on hiring people who think Evolution is a lie and the Earth is 6,000 years old

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

You cannot blame Obama for Florida's woes. Obama offered Florida hundreds of millions of dollars to create jobs to repair roads and bridges and light rail. One republican governor chose to shore up his budget with the money. The other republican governor refused the money.

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Meanwhile, the left still clings onto the belief that people can be helped with what? Government programs?

TheRza82
TheRza82

We have lost more than 800,000 public sector jobs since Obama was elected. Every single net job gained under his Presidency has been in the Private Sector. At least 300,000 of those jobs are local Government, AKA Teachers, Cops, Firefighters. Don't you think that with a growing population that we should have more of those instead of less?

The Government can create private sector jobs easily through investments into infrastructure and energy, through corporate tax reform that lowers rates while getting rid of loopholes, and through tax subsidies/incentives to manufacturers and alternative energy.

Not to mention, comprehensive immigration reform will boost economic growth, create jobs, and lower deficits.

Hospital and healthcare workers from every state have been putting pressure on their state Governments to expand medicaid. An estimated 15,000 jobs in health care and other fields would be created in Louisiana if the state chooses to expand Medicaid. Imagine what that number would be in Texas, which will lose out on $100 billion in federal funding, or Florida?

It is simple economics. Right now, because of wage stagnation and high amounts of people leaving the labor force, we have low consumer spending. When consumer spending is low, so is private sector spending, who are left trying to increase profit margins through cutting benefits, and by keeping their workforce as small as possible, without negatively impacting production. So, if both private and consumer spending is down then it is fairly obvious that, in such an economic environment, the Government should step in, in the short term, to help stimulate the economy though increased targeted investments, tax relief for low and middle income Americans, and keeping the jobless afloat through extended unemployment insurance, which has been proven to keep the unemployed looking for new unemployment longer rather than just leaving the labor market altogether.

We should be focusing on growth in the short-term and deficits in the long-term in a slow economy. Instead, we have completely abandoned growth and instead focused solely on deficit reduction through passing $3.7 trillion in deficit reduction, with $2.7 trillion coming from spending cuts. All this despite the fact that nondefense-discretionary spending was set to be at its lowest point in 50 years, BEFORE THE SEQUESTER cuts, which the CBO is predicting to cost us between 900,000 and 1.6 million jobs.

jpcali
jpcali

@sixtymile Wrong sixty, the government created jobs during the first great depression building roads, dams, bridges and other infrastructure projects because the jobs creators didn't.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 Is that one of the questions on a resume? What is your belief concerning how old the earth is and how did we get here, check A or B?

reallife
reallife

@tkulaga  you mean the "shovel-ready" jobs that were not so "shovel-ready"?




ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@GuoLiang  And we are 30 years behind on infrastructure repair and replacement.  The interstate system, is 50 years old so that means the bridges are also 50 years old and many states have not kept their maintenance programs current because the money was spent on additional asphalt lanes instead.

aztecian
aztecian

@GuoLiang damn right and we need more benefits, programs and housing assistance. 

TheRza82
TheRza82

Government induced job creation didn't just happen post great depression.

Massive Keynesian deficit finance carried out during Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations led to a $2.4 trillion increase in federal debt in this time period accounted for 70% of GDP growth during those 12 years.

The GOP always loves to claim that they are the party of small Government and fiscal responsibility. Yet, under the last three Republican Presidents (Reagan, Bush 41 & 43), the federal debt grew by a combined 333%, with 189% coming from Reagan alone. Under the last three Democratic Presidents in Carter, Clinton, and Obama, the federal debt grew by only 133%.

KeillRandor
KeillRandor

@reallife @tkulaga 

If the repairing of basic infrastructure isn't shovel-ready, then maybe the state doesn't deserve such infrastructure to begin with?

manlyman
manlyman

@reallife @tkulaga The shovel ready jobs are still there. Just waiting on the hybrid dump trucks and solar powered cranes. The chinese should have em ready pretty soon. Maybe a dozer with sails?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman @mantisdragon91And what does that have to do with the fact that hightech companies look for an educated workforce? One that does not believe that we once hung out with dinosaurs.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman I've lived all of my 54 yrs in one of the bluest states in the union, if no the bluest. You'd be hard pressed to find creationism taught anywhere. And you'd be hard pressed to find a job. The business heads have been leaving in droves for yrs now. Our population is down 200,000 just since 06. And we're a very small state.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@reallife @manlyman@mantisdragon91 

And some people make coherent arguments, while others LOL their way through a conversation. Perhaps the reason you don't go to a zoo, is the fact that they may detain you as an escaped exhibit.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman @mantisdragon91They also set up shop where they can find an educated workforce. Most if not all don't consider those who think evolution to be a lie from the pits of hell, to be educated.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman High tech companies set up shop where business is treated  best. Not sure if the belief or disbelief in evolution is prerequisite to where they locate.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman @mantisdragon91As opposed to teaching Creationism? Tell you what check with the Hightech companies here and abroad and see which they are more likely to believe.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman @mantisdragon91I don't know what you qualify as. But tell you what take a survey of scientists and let us know how many of them believe that Evolution is a lie or that Creationism is anything more than religious indoctrination.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman Hmm, so I don't qualify as a high tech scientist. Maybe I could sweep the offices and plant the shrubbery in front of the building. Oh wait...those jobs are taken.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman You really need to brush up on your reading comprehension.

Debating you is too easy and a waste of time. I know all your default answers before you do.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman @mantisdragon91Nice change of topic. Of course I wasn't even talking about Climate Change but the idiocy of teaching that evolution is a lie and that Creationism is actually a science.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman I've studied both sides of that argument my whole life. Still not sure what I believe and don't see it as a litmus test.But my common sense tell me that little ol mankind cannot possibly manipulate the effects of the sun which directly affects our climate. But you believe we can, and would undo every accomplishment to date to try and prove it.

Pollopa
Pollopa

With no beat whats-so-ever.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@manlyman @mantisdragon91

Are you saying that listing the earth as the age according to the best scientific tools available will take people back to the stone age?

You 'wingers. It's like watching someone banging two rocks together.

manlyman
manlyman

@mantisdragon91 @manlyman It's not about believing in science. It's about whose science we choose to believe in. You say our science wants to take us back to the 50's. I say yours wants to take us back to the stone age.