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. Maggie from Virginia

    Mississippi Democrat... Enough said.

    February 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Simmy

    A Blue Dog Democrat is a Republican in drag. You will be replaced.

    February 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. bebo

    So which one is it A. apparently b. he is or C. you're not sure? Which one is it?

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

    WOW...a Democrat speaking out against Obama? So, somebody finally sees what is going on here...spend spend spend...

    More of the same...

    February 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Angus McDugan


    February 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Pam, Tampa, FL

    When is our government going to sacrificing......first with pay cuts, 2nd with expense cuts, third with term limits on Congress. The President wants America to start making sacrifices, how about the government?! I'm sure America would be more than happy to sacrific but not when our government isn't doing the same!!!! Wake up America, its the same old politics, just a different leader!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. no corporate politics

    I love seeing:

    1. Dems being critical of Obama.
    2. Repubs supporting Obama.

    The founding people of this country would be very satisfied.

    Throw in some third party / independents and I am a happy camper.
    Question Authority!

    February 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Mark

    Bush was bad with debt but his will be small potatoes compared to Obamas!

    February 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Kim

    Change is taking our tax dollars that Bush squandered in a senseless war that was solely to benefit his pals, and investing that money into the American people and infrastructure. These "blue dog " Democrat and Republican politicians should start polishing their resumes because in a couple of years they will be joining the millions of unemployed Americans, after they are voted out in the mid-term elections. The American people are keeping tabs on your voting record and a no to stimulus is a no to our well-being and future.

    February 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Judy

    So, we're supposed to let healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, let our roads and bridges crumble, let our children fall further and further behind other countries in education, be held hostage by middle-east oil? This is an investment in our future. These poeple are so worried about leaving debt for our children, but if we don't bring this country into the 21st century, the debt won't matter.

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    Thank You, Congressman, for telling it like it is. If Americans are expected to make sacrifices, certainly Pelosi, Reed, and Obama can follow suit.

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Once you vote Black

    Think back, the only way this guy won his seat was because Obama was so popular the GOP candidate did not stand a chance in the muddy state. What a back stabber.

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. C W

    If the banks, mortgage brokers, investment firms, no-bid contract recipients and the like had done their jobs responsibly and not just gone after the quick buck (and to hell with the consequences for everyone else), then we wouldn't be in our current financial crisis. (Not to mention the de-regulation pushed by the Bush Administration, which just fueled the fire.)

    The U.S. government is the only entity large enough to help dig our country of of this hole.

    Yes, Obama is proposing spending that will in the short term increase our deficit. But in the long run, we'll get infrastructure, a new green, sustainable economy and less dependence on foreign energy.

    I'd much rather have these tangibles than read about "financial instruments" and the vapor "prosperity" they pseudo-produced.

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. bebo

    What do you mean by apparently?

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    So many dems blasted bush for a 5 trillion increase in the federal deficit over 8 years but those same dems are now praising Obama for increasing the deficit by 5 trillion over 1 year. Taylor Is pointing out the hypocrisy of this and he is dead on. I can't wait to see what kind of response this article gets.

    February 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. nickdog

    Redstate, redneck what do you expect him to do? Who cares what he or the state Mississippi or Louisiana thinks anyway. They are both last in almost everything. This cross burner wants to keep them that way. Turn down the then money smart guy.

    February 26, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Mike in Ca

    I am sick and tired of these Republicans!!

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    Gene Taylor does NOTHING for the citizens of MS.

    Back in November 2008, he wouldn't even give us one of his campaign signs for our Democratice Party display at a street fair in MS because he did not want it displayed along with then Senator Obama's.

    He did not support President Obama during the campaign. He will never receive my vote again. He may as well change political parties, as he is really a "closet" Republican.

    He needs to be worried about funds for education, jobs, and housing in MS.

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Typical White Person

    I like this guy!

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Matthew, Detroit


    The budget FIRST YEAR is a 1.75 Trillion DOLLAR Deficit.

    The plan is a bad plan.


    President Bush ADDED 5 Trillion in 8 Years. He was wrong.

    BARACK in 1 Year 1.75 Trillion. HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY IT.


    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Jared

    I am a big time supporter of President Obama and I believe he is the right guy to be leading our country.

    However, the amount that Obama wants to spend is ridiculous. Lets focus on a few things first. There is no reason to be spending this much money when the company is in so much debt.

    Lets first bring down the National debt and then begin all of these programs. I thought Obama would be smarter than this. He is totally leaving himself open to being slammed by the people that elected him.

    I know that many of the programs in his budget were part of his campain promises, but I think Americans want fiscal responsibility at the same time. I think Americans were on board with the last stimulous plan but this no budget makes no sense.

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. dennis

    I thought he wasn't going to spend any more money for the troops and bring them home. What happened to that

    February 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. marilynmdaniels@aol.com

    Do your part, resign your job, go iraq and fight for free.

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. bob j

    this guy is a disgrace he is a repub who runs as a democrat because he cannot win as a repub he is a bad as his states gov who does not want part of the stimulus package because it might help low income americans or part time workers screw him

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Jim in Texas

    Mr. Taylor is right! The president is a "fraud", plain and simple........he says one thing and does another, this is not change it is more of the same if not worst. These people that are suppose to work for the American people are working for their self interest, buddies, and interest groups (Unions). It sickens me and a lot of other people, I hear from people from west coast to east coast that are tired of all this.........we are about to hit the breaking point. God help us all.

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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