Jindal to criticise Obama’s stimulus plan

February 25th, 2009 - 10:22 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Feb 25 (IANS) Louisiana’s Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to offer a spirited criticism of the Democrats’ stimulus plan while stressing on the need to forge bipartisanship in Washington during the official Republican response to President Barack Obama’s address to Congress.

“Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt,” Jindal will say, according to advance excerpts released by the Republican National Committee Tuesday.

But the rising Republican star will also hit on themes similar to what Obama campaigned on last year, including the need for Washington lawmakers to come together.

“Republicans are ready to work with the new president to provide those solutions,” he will say. “Here in my state of Louisiana, we don’t care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people. We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation’s capital.”

Jindal is also set to say his party has recent failed when it comes to fiscal discipline. “In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear - because our party got away from its principles,” he will say.

“You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust - and rightly so.”

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