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Taxes, spending won't be high enough for Obama: Jindal

February 13, 2013 12:30 IST

Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has blasted US President Barack Obama for what he described doubling down on failed policies from the past while outlining his shortsighted vision for the future in his State of the Union Address.

In his remarks after Obama delivered his hour-long State of the Union Address -- the first of his second term -- Jindal alleged the speech reflected the increasing role of the government and diminishing growth of the private sector.

"President Obama doubled down on failed policies from the past while outlining his shortsighted vision for the future. Instead of committing his second term to growth and

prosperity, the president confirmed that we have gone from the greed of Wall Street to the greed of government," Jindal said.

41-year-old influential Republican leader Jindal, according to political experts is among the frontrunners for the party's presidential nomination in the 2016 elections.

"Government will never be big enough for President Obama. Taxes and spending will never be high enough for President Obama. Every policy championed by the President this evening is dependent on more money for government and more government control. Every debate in Washington is about taking more money out of the real economy and putting it into the Washington economy. It's government greed at its worst, and it's unsustainable," he said, attacking the President.

"This President believes in pro-growth policies, but the problem is this -- he believes in growing the government economy, not the private sector economy. We've had four years of growing government, and the results have been disastrous. It is liberalism run amok," Jindal said.

"It is time to grow the American economy, not the government economy, and the President must now show real leadership. With four more years in office, he needs to step up to the plate and do the job he was elected to do," he said.

However Dr Ami Bera, the only Indian-American Congressman in the current Congress, praised Obama for his visionary leadership, saying that Obama laid out a plan to restore an economy that works for middle class families by investing in infrastructure, innovation, and education.

"No Labels' Problem Solvers are a group of forty of my colleagues from both parties working across the aisle to build trust and find common ground. We have real challenges. Working together as Americans we can meet these challenges," he said.

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