Obama budget slammed in GOP address
April 13th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama budget slammed in GOP address

(CNN) – The budget unveiled this week by President Barack Obama, characterized by the White House as a compromise package, was dismissed Saturday in the weekly GOP address for its tax increases on wealthy Americans.

"If we were to implement the president's budget, taxes would go up on just about every American, including middle-class families," Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, said in the address, adding Obama's budget "isn't what compromise looks like."

"When I grocery shop each weekend, I talk to moms and dads who are concerned about the rising cost of groceries and the prices at the pump. The last thing American families can afford is more tax hikes from Washington," she continued.

The fiscal year 2014 budget that Obama proposed Wednesday included tax increases that would primarily hit high-income households and corporations, as well as major changes to Medicare and Social Security.

Those changes caused consternation among some of Obama's supporters on the left, who argue altering entitlement programs could leave vulnerable Americans without enough support.

Meanwhile, Republicans have protested the package's tax increases, as well as the fact the budget doesn't balance. The $3.77 trillion proposal would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade.

"The White House says the president's budget never balances – ever, failing to meet the most basic principle of budgeting for every family and small business," Walorski said in the GOP address.

"The president's budget isn't a compromise; it's a blank check for more spending and more debt," she continued. "If that were the answer, millions of Americans wouldn't be leaving the workforce and asking 'where are the jobs?'"

Instead, Walorski argued for the budget passed by the GOP-controlled House, which balances in ten years through major reforms to entitlement spending, repealing Obama's health care law, and reforming the tax code.

"These are good ideas and we're ready to act on them," Walorski said, adding Obama "should work with Republicans to find common ground so we can balance our budget, grow our economy, and improve the lives of American families."


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  1. JOHN

    Obama and his mindless minions cont to spout off about tuff cuts, its about punishment, they have the money, but want more....its all about priorities. Here is an example:
    Around the same time the State Department was warning the public about the painful pinch from sequester cuts, it was also signing off on a $700,000 gardening contract at the home of a U.S. ambassador in Belgium, federal documents show.

    April 13, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  2. JOHN

    Around the same time the State Department was warning the public about the painful pinch from sequester cuts, it was also signing off on a $700,000 gardening contract at the home of a U.S. ambassador in Belgium, federal documents show.

    April 13, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama, read that Liberal's, have done everything Ack Backwards. Raising Taxes more on the Rich, Read that Business Owners, will only cause more jobs to dissappear. Obama Care alone, is going to kill enough jobs so where do the libaral's think the money for more taxes is going to come from. It is Killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg, read that Aesop's Fable. Aesop was a lot smarter than you think.

    April 13, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Jerry

    a bunch of idiots who don't give a damn about our country

    April 13, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Jinx9to88

    Whats the big deal the GOP slams Obama when he doesnt have a budget then they slam him when does have a budget. Gop slams Obama when he wears grey dress shoes, when he smiles, when he wears a blue tie, etc. Point is that the GOP is a bunch of idiots that can careless about Obama and will slam him on everything. This isnt news!!!

    April 13, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Marry

    Now, please, what is new about “…dismissed (the budget) Saturday in the weekly GOP address for its tax increases on wealthy Americans.”?
    The GOP and “…find common ground so we can balance our budget, grow our economy, and improve the lives of American families." What a joke! Their statements grow more grotesque, insulting, sick, sinister, dishonest, wrong sided, and more horrid every day!
    We will remember who is obstructing with no solutions and no forward movements come 2014!

    April 13, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Thomas More

    Why does CNN go into such great depth of Obama's charities, but spends no time that Obama only pays 18% in taxes? Liberal propaganda.....and no you moderator sheep – I don't expect your close minded self to post this....

    April 13, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. sherry

    And what does entitlement reform mean?

    April 13, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Evergreen

    It usually takes 30 years to pay off a family mortgage. Why should we expect to pay off a national mortgage (debt) in 10 years? Many family budgets included cutting expenses and raising revenue (ie second job, garage sales, etc.)

    April 13, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. truth hurts but reality truly bites

    Obama claims to "cut spending" yet federal spending continues to rise and rise, along with the debt. Obama's answer is to take and take, more and more. All the time, destroying the economy and driving millions from a job and onto the government dole, right where the left wants them. It will not be long before this leftist fantasy world comes crashing down, just as it is in Greece.

    April 13, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. nothing new here

    You know somnething politicians?
    Some of us just prefer that you all would just shut up – be quiet – and just do your jobs for once.

    I do not mean to come on this board and be unfriendly, but a person can only take so much. This non-stop campaigning, this whining is getting this country nowheres.
    As far as the cost of things going up in stores – well, at least we are not paying to keep people on the payrolls, considering it is getting harder to get waited on in these retail stores. We are just paying to make the stockholders and CEO's wealthy, but hey, it is called capitalism.
    So knock it off, GOP.

    April 13, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Homer Simpson

    Her objective clearly has no intention on making the average citizens life better. she wants to give more money to people who are already very wealthy,and want more wealth, from you. we pay more so they can have more, more money for things you could never aquire,

    April 13, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |