Republican leaders continued their attacks on President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy on Tuesday, calling it irresponsible and certain to increase taxes and federal debt.
Top Republicans said the president relies too heavily on spending, and not enough on tax cuts, to try to revive the gasping economy. They said they want to work with Obama, and sometimes blamed congressional Democrats more than the president. But their criticisms were sharp and plentiful.
"It’s irresponsible," said Jindal, who is of Indian descent and is eyeing a presidential bid in 2012.
In the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, about three-fourths said Obama was trying to be bipartisan, and almost as many faulted the response of Republican officials, which was seen as politically motivated. Despite such findings, Republican lawmakers say they believe they will be proven right in the long run.
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said Tuesday that Republicans want to help Obama find "responsible solutions to the challenges facing our nation, but thus far congressional leaders in the president’s own party have stood in the way."
Boehner, Jindal and other Republicans repeatedly accused Democrats of wanting to raise taxes, but the Obama-backed stimulus package has extensive tax cuts. Jindal acknowledged that to some degree, Republicans deserved the drubbing they took in the last two national elections.