Obama's 2012 budget is really, really long
February 14th, 2011
12:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's 2012 budget is really, really long

Washington (CNN) - As hoards of economists, activists and interns begin the arduous task of combing through the newly released 2012 Federal Budget, a caution: the tome (including its 1,360 page appendix) is 2,403 pages long.

This is the equivalent of a double dose of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind," and far surpasses Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" (1,079 pages), Tolstoy's "War and Peace" (1,296 pages) and even the 3rd edition of Merriam Webster's New College Dictionary (1,536 pages).

Most editions of the Bible pale in comparison, many of which have less than 1,000 pages, according to a search on Amazon.com.


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  1. Carmelle

    ok CNN....are you complaining? DO YOUR JOB, dig through it and report the facts!!

    Where are the cuts?
    Where are the increases?

    Huffington Post already has a live blog going since last night reporting constantly as they go thru it. And you? You are reporting how long it is????

    REALLY?

    February 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Go figure. Almost 1 page for every page of Obamacare. A thinly veiled attempt to bamboozle the public.

    February 14, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. josh

    What kind of nonsense is this??? If you would do a word-count, okay... but comparing the number of pages in a double/tripple spaced document to a Dictionary with 6pt font size...??? Serious???

    February 14, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. John

    It is long but cheaper. Do we care if it has too many words on it? Read it and talk about the CONTENT!

    February 14, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [Obama's 2012 budget is really, really long]
    OMG the RepubliCAN'Ts will sing another song
    They will READ IT but we all know they're just pretending
    because the most difficult" task for them is comprehending!!!!

    ROTFLMAO because it's the same old song that will come from the RIGHT over and over again!!!

    Let's continue to support our leader, President Obama, as he MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to WIN THE FUTURE!!!

    February 14, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. John Donohue

    Federal budget proposal released:

    budget 3,730,000,000,000
    population 300,000,000
    per person 12,433

    hmm… so if you are a family of four people, your share is over $45,000 this year.
    Hmm….over half the population pays NO income tax, nor “shelter benefit”

    Thank God china will lend us all the money we need.

    February 14, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Peace

    Infact it is very short comparing with the money which will be disbursed!

    February 14, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. terry, va

    @T'sah from VA.... you have to be blind not to see what Obummie is doing to this country. Move America forward to win the future WELFARE states of America. Time for all the cheese puff Oprah watching dumbocraps to get off the couch and get a job. We can't afford any more socialist policies and welfare give a ways. Let's move forward by WORKING. Like we did when I grew up. We were yo proud to take hand outs. Our beliefs are not right or left. Our beliefs are to WORK for what you get !!!!

    February 14, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Doyle Wiley, MI

    I would expect the yearly budget for the U.S. to be lengthy.

    February 14, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. ABM

    ...and the GOP is already hitting back at the proposal. Did they actually read it? I don't think so.

    Time to hold the GOP accountable for hyper- partisanship and hyprocrisy. Put them on in Primetime and question (grill) them about the details and what they would do instead (with specifics). Also have in hand the past 10 years of budgets for them to answer to. The truth will become more clear that the GOP will say anything to make this admistration look bad – include the half-truths, lies, deceptive quotes, and on and on.

    This political spin cycle (or what I call Obama bashing to the nth degreee) needs to stop. There are heard working people around this country who don't care about who will run in 2012 – they care about what is going on today.

    February 14, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well, if there are more than two pages, the republicans and right wingnuts will not read it, but they will falsely criticize like they know what they are talking about.

    February 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That means that Beck's Bagger Brotherhood will never know what is in it.

    February 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Big budgets, indicate spending, not cutting.

    February 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. ReFascistican

    We all know the ConservaFascists hate to read. This should really get under their skin. I love it. Real legislation can't be scrammed into a 10 page pamphlet called "A Pledge to America."

    February 14, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. John Ventura, CA

    This shows everyone how insane the democrats really are.

    February 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Go figure. Almost 1 page for every page of Obamacare. A thinly veiled attempt to bamboozle the public."

    Patently ridiculous. You think solving our financial problems and getting the economy going is a simple matter of simplistic pie charts and hack-n-slash ideological funding cuts? This is the kind of thorough, in-depth analysis and hard work I expect to get for the $400K we're paying Obama and the hundreds of thousands of dollars we're paying the myriad experts and analysts who contributed to his budget proposal...not 3 page budget proposals with pictures and no numbers like the GOP set forth in 2009. None of this is easy, nor is it amenable to superficial budgetary adjustments motivated by partisan ideological policy positions...NONE OF IT...and if the only response you have to a budget proposal that gets rid of $1.1 TRILLION of deficit over the next 10 years (compared to the GOP's $100 Trillion IF IF IF they manage to find their way to $100B per year as they promised), is to criticize for being lengthy and in-deptgh, then the simple fact is that YOU DON'T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AT ALL.

    February 14, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    edit: typo on the numbers hehe

    "Go figure. Almost 1 page for every page of Obamacare. A thinly veiled attempt to bamboozle the public."

    Patently ridiculous. You think solving our financial problems and getting the economy going is a simple matter of simplistic pie charts and hack-n-slash ideological funding cuts? This is the kind of thorough, in-depth analysis and hard work I expect to get for the $400K we're paying Obama and the hundreds of thousands of dollars we're paying the myriad experts and analysts who contributed to his budget proposal...not 3 page budget proposals with pictures and no numbers like the GOP set forth in 2009. None of this is easy, nor is it amenable to superficial budgetary adjustments motivated by partisan ideological policy positions...NONE OF IT...and if the only response you have to a budget proposal that gets rid of $1.1 TRILLION of deficit over the next 10 years (compared to the GOP's $1.0 Trillion IF IF IF they manage to find their way to $100B per year as they promised), is to criticize for being lengthy and in-deptgh, then the simple fact is that YOU DON'T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AT ALL.

    February 14, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Tim

    How else is he going to sum up his monterous tax and spending increases? Dumbest think ever written.

    February 14, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Fair is Fair – Or 'False is False' as are all your posts. Have YOU read it already? REALLY?
    WOW!!!!
    But given the fact that be able to READ and UNDERSTAND it in such a small time, for one person at least, is quite impossible, I think that, as usual, you are giving a knee-jerk answer (filled with the usual bias and lies and smears) about something that you barely bothered to read...

    February 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |