Louisiana Gov.told fellow Republicans on Thursday that they should rethink the direction GOP is moving in and should stop being a "stupid party."
In a striking contrast to his response to President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, back in 2009, Jindal ripped his own party just a couple of days after Obama celebrated beginning his second term in office.
"We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults," he said. "We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."
In his 25-minute speech, Jindal rebutted Obama’s stance for a robust and active federal government and presented his own philosophy to help grow private businesses around the country without depending on the federal government to fuel it.
"We must lay out the contrast between liberalism’s top-down government solutions and our bottom-up real world philosophy. We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity," he said. "We should let the other side try to sell Washington’s ability to help the economy, while we promote the entrepreneur, the risk-taker, the self-employed woman who is one sale away from hiring her first employee. Let the Democrats sell the stale power of more federal programs, while we promote the rejuvenating power of new businesses."
At a time when the GOP is disoriented and leaderless, Jindal appears to have grabbed the opportunity to present himself as the alpha dog in the party. He criticized Obama over his insistence to increase taxes on the wealthy, his foreign policy and his stance on gun control.
Jindal said that because of Obama, the conservatism today is occupied with sorting out the mess created by the president in the forms of federal budget, increasing deficit and a shortfall in the entitlement programs. He warned fellow Republicans that Obama is playing a dangerous game and the GOP should not be a part of it.
“We as Republicans have to accept that government number-crunching—even conservative number-crunching—is not the answer to our nation’s problems. ... Balancing our government’s books is not what matters most. Government is not the end all and be all," Jindal said.
Continuing his speech, Jindal told his Republican colleagues to prioritize economic growth over cutting federal spending.