Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went on the attack outside the White House on Monday, sharply contrasting Republican ideas to improve the the jobs outlook with Obama Democrats satisfied with a “minimum wage economy.”
“What I worry about is, this president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender after … five years of this administration,” Jindal said at a short news conference after a meeting between Obama and the nation’s governors.
The fact that the nation’s capital is consumed with a debate over the minimum wage – the salary intended as a stepping stone for the least-skilled or least-experienced workers – means the economic policies of the administration are failing, Jindal said.
“The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that.”
Jindal’s caustic words injected a jarring moment into a generally cordial weekend meeting of the National Governors Association weekend meeting. And they put Connecticut’s liberal, Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy in a liberal, Democrat snit.
“You just heard what I think ended up being probably the most partisan statement that we’ve had all weekend,” he said.
In classic Democrat logic, Malloy seemed to think there’d be nothing wrong with a “minimum wage economy,” – just raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour and everything will be great.
“I don’t know what the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week. I mean, that’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard, quite frankly. So let’s be very clear that we’ve had a great meeting and we didn’t go down that road and it just started again and we didn’t start it.”
Retaking the microphone as Malloy stalked off, Jindal wasn’t backing down.
“If that’s the most partisan thing he’s heard all weekend, I want to make sure he hears a more partisan statement,” Jindal said. “I think we can grow the economy more if we would delay more of these Obamacare mandates. …
“We shouldn’t accept a 2 to 3 percent economic growth,” Jindal said. “We shouldn’t accept a labor force participation rate the lowest that it’s been in 36 years is not good enough. We shouldn’t accept policies like the minimum wage increase that the CBO says will destroy 500,000 jobs. They just said Obamacare will result in more than 2 million fewer Americans working …
“Look, America can do better.”
Jindal is often talked about as a Republican to watch. Anyone who doubts that should check out this video.
CORRECTION: The original version of this post identified Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy incorrectly.
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