Jindal: 'Obama Economy Is Now the Minimum Wage Economy'

By Susan Jones | February 25, 2014 | 7:24 AM EST

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, center, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, following a meeting between President Barack Obama and members of the National Governors Association (NGA). From left are, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, NGA Chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Jindal, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) says President Obama could use his pen and his phone to create jobs if he really wanted to.

"What worries me is it appears to me that after more than five years of being in office, the president is waving the white flag of surrender. It seems to me the Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. And the reality is, America can do better.

"Growth of 2 to 3 percent is not enough," Jindal told reporters after President Obama spoke to the nation's governors at the White House on Monday. "A labor force participation rate the lowest that it's been in 36 years is not good enough. Policies like the minimum wage increase that will destroy another 500,000 jobs -- it's not good enough. The CBO estimate that because of Obamacare, over 2 million Americans will leave the workforce -- that's not good enough either.

In an op-ed on Monday, Jindal made ten specific suggestions on job creation, including increasing domestic production of oil and gas on federal lands.

"The president likes to take credit for the fact that oil and gas production has gone up. It's gone up on private lands. It's actually gone down since 2007 on public lands. Approving the Keystone pipeline; adopting a regulatory budget so they repeal outdated regulations; when they adopt new regulations, breaking up the monopolies on higher ed, on K-12 education, and in several other specific things that the president could do -- if he were serious about using his executive powers, using his pen and phone, these are actions he could take today -- doesn't require Congress to act -- actions he could take today that would create hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs."

Jindal, along with several other Republican governors, spoke after meeting with President Obama at the White House.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said all governors want more "flexibility," but President Obama believes a strong federal government is the best approach:

'When we asked for flexibility in accreditations, he actually said, 'I can't have a bunch of states going out there and accrediting schools and having all these bad schools out there.' He just doesn't understand that if you give us the ability, if you give governors the ability, we can put good policy in place. He doesn't believe that. He believes that D.C. is the one to do that."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he was troubled by the president's "tone."

"For the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say, I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure, and -- that is really troubling, particularly when you're seeing states be what has really performed over the course of the last four to five years that he's been the president of the United States.

"This discussion on energy policy, where the president on one hand wants to take credit for more energy being discovered in the United States, but it's his policies, it's the EPA that is being pushed to close the door on extended energy policy in this country that could secure America for decades going forward. That's being put in jeopardy by this administration. So you're hearing very at-cross-purposes messages from this president."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said governors believe the key to job creation is having businesses and individuals feel confident enough to invest capital -- and to have a trained workforce that is able to do the jobs that need to be done.

"In Tennessee we came up with a plan to make community college and technology college free for two years. That worked for us. It may or may not be the right thing for someone else, but trust us on those things," he said. Haslan said it's "a little hard to hear" the president say, when it comes to critical issues like health care or education, we don't trust you to care about the least of these."

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