Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined his fellow Republicans Wednesday in criticizing President Barack Obama's call for more taxes.
In Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama pressed Congress for $320 billion in tax increases, mostly on the wealthy, to pay for programs such as free community college tuition.
Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto,"
Jindal said Obama and Democrat governors promote "millionaire" taxes, but continually lower the income levels they define as the rich.
"There's never enough money for them," he said. "This president wants to be all about redistribution. In America, we look at federal policies to promote opportunity and growth, not redistribution like they do in Europe."
Jindal said that the overall size of government has historically been about 18 percent of the U.S. economy, but recently has been at record highs. According to Politifact.com,
post-World War II rates have steadily risen from about 17 percent of GDP to the mid-30s. USGovernmentSpending.com
projects at 36 percent rate in 2015.
Jindal didn't give specific numbers for a top tax rates, but said any rates should be based on funding government at 18 percent of GDP.
"Figure out what the core functions of the federal government are, not Obamacare and all the other things they're trying to do today," Jindal said. "We need a constitutional amendment saying the federal government shouldn't grow faster than our private sector economy, so they keep spending more while our paychecks aren't growing."
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