February 26th, 2009
06:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Dem blasts Obama's budget

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/26/art.taylor.gi.jpg caption="Taylor, a Democrat, says the budget isn't 'change.'"](CNN) - Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor blasted the budget outline President Obama submitted to Capitol Hill today, saying “I don’t like it…change is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did.”

“That’s what George Bush did very well. Apparently that’s what President Obama is doing.”

Taylor, a conservative “blue dog” who voted against the stimulus bill, noted he was still reviewing the plan but was troubled by the additional amount of spending for many government programs on top of the recent increased funding many agencies received in the economic stimulus bill.

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As a member of the Armed Service Committee, Taylor noted the budget only gives the Defense Department a “small increase,” which he said would barely cover the cost of living adjustments for the military.

Taylor pointed to President Obama’s inaugural address that called for Americans to make sacrifices, saying “It’s certainly not reflected in his budget.”

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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. babs

    Do people not understand that this budget will be worked and tweeked and changed before it's final? The President does. No one expects this to be an "as is" thing. Think people. Isn't the plan to have debate and work out the details TOGETHER? How short sighted can you be?

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. cjr

    any elected official who sat around while GWB drove this country into debt – deserves to be run out of office. republican or democrat – to my knowledge not one of them expressed any concern when GWB presented his budgets to the country. Not one of them noticed that there was no funding for the war in Bush's term. to complain now is meaningless. Sorry folks – you have no credibility – and need to resign today. You have no right to represent any american. you have betrayed the citizens of this country.

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. LIZ

    More Democrats need think for themselves and not be just YES men to President Obama...he's spending more and more money that we do not have. What happens when the countries we're borrowing from demand payment?

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Luke

    The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    I used to max out my 401K each month put additional money in the market. I would not put a dime in US stocks right now and evidently a lot of investors think the same way with these fools spending $$ like it will never end. We are headed a world of hurt and we deserve it.

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Independent Again

    All you people spouting off about the Republicans, you do realize this guy is a DEMOCRAT!!

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Cleaning up after W

    I agree with TShea. The reason there is so much spending is that Obama did not hide the costs of the wars like Dubya did. He can make the budget look a lot nicer to the braindead repubs out there if he used the same crooked accounting tricks as King George.

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Rachel said, "Also, if Taylor is so concerned about the budget, then perhaps Mississippi should decline any money from the federal budget or stimulus!"

    Sure–as long as the people of Mississippi can stop paying Obama's taxes.

    I don't get it–a lot of people keep ranting "Don't like the stimulus, don't take the money!" Are you all really so stupid as to think it's reasonable to demand that people pay for your freebies and get nothing from it themselves?

    You welfare parasites are starting to get annoying.

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    I don't know why Taylor does not admit that he is a Republican and stop pretending to be a Democrat.

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Michael

    The Michigan Democrat comments sounds of idiocracy. How can you possibly think that the Democrats alone created this problem. Both parties (Republicans and Democrats) are equally to blame and if you are going place the blame one one party then you are not politically asute of the issues.

    People like yourself on both sides of the aisle are (Democrats or Republicans) in theory, you accept what ever is told to you in the media under the name of "liberalism" or "conservatism".

    Take time look at the "REAL ISSUES", without prejudice to the political party and make a judgement as what is best for the American people as a whole.

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Danny in Chicago

    Who would have thought that the Civil War is still alive and ongoing today?

    State Rights issues have ALWAYS been the wedge issue the southern states have used for populism support, and it appears these issues will also be what takes the Confederacy (and the Republicans) to their grave.

    Lincoln would be a Democrat today....... am I right?

    You have no more power Republicans.......seriously...there is no fight left in you – even if you're in denial – it's just the truth.

    The sooner you realize this, the sooner you will recover, right now you don't even know the hits you are taking. Sit down, shut up, and know you're place.

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Steve

    I am sick to death of hearing people blast these ideas, but not present any ideas of their own. It doesn't take a particularly smart person to see a problem. We all know there are problems with the budget and the economy. It takes a smart person to come up with ways to get us out of this mess. Taylor isn't showing any brains by complaining about the situation. Where was he when the budget was being put together? If Taylor doesn't want to step up and help, instead of just sitting on his fat Democratic butt, then he should just shut up. McCain did nothing but whine and complain about Obama when he was running against him. See where it got him? Taylor should take that as a lesson for the future. Americans are tired of hearing politicians snipe at each other. Get off your butt and do something!

    February 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Dave

    Glad to see some of his own sees him for what he is. New regime......same as the old regime. When will we all wake up to the two-party scam being played on us?

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. a dem in Fla.

    How about some sacrifice from Obama and his family? Maybe they could lay off some of the staff at the WHITE HOUSE and do without new drapes, etc. Maybe Michelle could be a stay at home mom and lay off the entire staff.... Hey.. that's sacrifice !! We all should do our part... financing these banks. No-one asked me.. I DID NOT want to bail out any of the fat corrupt corporations. He should have spread the money to the people in this country. They would have spent it and so on ...

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. beevee

    It looks like Mr. Taylor is disappointed with the budget because he won't be able to help his business friends with big contracts from the government. Tough.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    To all saying give Obama a chance. You need to go back to school. The American people gave him a chance thats why he is president. It is sad that you don't know this but if you are a citizen then it is not only your right to question the leadership of a president it is also your responsibility. We are not his citizens. He is our president. He works for us.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Fredi

    Here is my challenge to all crititcs – try to come up with a budget that the majority of people that don't like you will agree with. We are playing Mission Impossible here – let's work together, come up with better ideas wherever possible, and get out of this mess.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. TT

    This is my take., he is not really a Dem he is one of the good old boys
    who there to vote against the Dem.....I really think he fear President
    Obama because he is smart and honest. He is trying to get out us
    out of this mess. I truly beleive he well with time. President continue
    doing what you are doing only time will tell.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Seriously?

    Soccer Nana -

    Your post is very enlightening. Any "Democrat" from Mississippi that refused to allow his lawn sign to be placed next to then Senator Obama's during the election has already shown his true colors. Wow.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Joe in NJ

    "Helen February 26th, 2009 3:24 pm ET

    Why doesn't this man who I have never ever heard of go take a hike. If he doesn't have anything constructive or positive to say he needs to shut up."

    So no one is allowed to criticize the President or speak out if they believe he is doing something wrong?

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. REG in AZ

    It is hard to compare an Obama honest budget to a Bush deception and to fault it because it contains so much necessitated by the problems inherited from Bush-Cheney. It would be irresponsible to not try to resolve the problems and it is totally irresponsible to fault the costs of doing so.

    February 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    As if they know how to do it right in Mississippi! Hahahahahaha

    February 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. E. Ruth Jordan

    I guess Mr. Taylor didn't know that the cost of the the two wars didn't come from a separate, neat little "War Budget" that Mr. Bush kept in the mattress. While trillions of dollars is a big amount, at least all spending is included in it.

    February 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. C Spurgeon

    They need to get behind the ideas and try them if we are to come out of the bad position the last eight years put us in. The only ideas to come out anti budget so fare are outrage that the rich might have to anti up some more taxes and stop spending and do nothing. Get out of the way if you don't intend to contribute to the fix.

    February 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Bruce

    Move on people....there is nothing to see here. This is a democrat in a red state who is looking to get re-elected. My evidence...he didn't like the recovery bill either because he didn't vote for it.

    February 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. vinylrage in CA

    While, I am not of the same mind, Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor is, in his own words, a bluedog. Where is it written that eveyone must always agreee? However, I am very surprised and disheartened that Rep. Taylor has chosen to comment before he finishes, "reviewing the plan".

    Politicians are their own worst enemies, sometimes.

    Good luck, Mister President! There are a whole lot of americans, standing firmly behind you.

    February 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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