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. Brad

    How come it is so difficult to understand? Bush's budgets didn't include the wars, he started with a surplus, and he wasn't trying to inject capital into the market so the country's economy wouldn't collapse.
    Even without the economic issues I would have been surprised if the budget wasn't larger simply due to the inclusion of the war in the budget and the fact that there is no surplus to start with.
    Glad they finally found their voice, but where were these 'fiscal conservatives' the last 8 years?

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Independent Again

    About freaking time somebody spoke.

    This is suppose to be change??? It seems like more of the same.
    Say we're not for big govt, then announce the largest spending and growing of the govt ever in the world.
    Say we're not for bailing out unscrupulous investestor on wall street. Then bail them out. the Remember "Bush is bailout Wallstreet instead of Main street" diatribe?).
    Say instead of spending $10billion in Iraq it should be spent here. But then instead spend it in Afghanistan.
    Say we are for bipartisanship, but deny the other a voice, or ability to offer up and debate on the issues.
    Obama says one thing but does the other. I guess that's the "CHANGE" we voted for.

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. In Houston, TX

    The fact that a Dem is blastin another Dem's budget plan, makes the plan official. Yes, true to our democratic core values, we are never 100% together on anything. There is always an alternative point of view in the party


    I LOVE IT!!!

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. donna

    Never heard of him...and probably never will again..this is his 15 mins...everyone wants to criticize but no one has laid out their own plan...

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Jason


    February 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    democrat in sheep's clothing!

    February 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Pam Taplin

    Will anyone ever give the president and his ideas a chance? Jeez, after eight horrible years, can he have more than 50 days to make a difference. I am so sick of the doom and gloom. We have along road to haul but it can be done. Democrats need to offer constructive criticism, not just criticism, if the party is going to hold on to its majority.

    February 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Matthew, Detroit


    President Bush added 5 Trillion in 8 years to the Debt and that is terrible.

    Barack is worse. 1.75 TRILLION in the 1st year. Even if he does what he said which is doubtful he is adding 5 Trillion in 4 years.


    I Inherited. I inherited. I inherited. CANT USE THAT EXCUSE ANYMORE. You are adding 5 Trillion in 4 years. Maybe more.

    You are a joke Barack. You are a pathetic joke. We are all going broke.

    February 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    It's so funny that all you fat cats were sitting around letting GWB do what ever he wanted with the country and now that all this mess has to be cleaned up, now it cost to much!! You are some of the same people whom voted to put more money into building ""Irac". Some people here in the good oh USA have no ideal what the hell is going on. Let's spend money on our people. This is a chance to take our country forward!!

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

    I guess, Taylor is starting his own campaign for President. If so and you think you have a better idea of getting the USA out of the deep economic hole they are in, speak now or forever shut your mouth. Because we are in deep trouble, unless you have a better plan, then share it. We all need to work together not against each other. After all we are Americans livng in the United States or, are we not.

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Sabreen60

    Mississippi has one of the highest unemployment rates and the least educated population.

    Keep 'em dumb and broke. Way to go blue dog.

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Tim

    BTW- Shouldnt this congressman be talking to his Governor HAley Barbor about why he is rejecting the stimulus $$??
    Seems Mr TAylor is mad at the wrong guy!

    This time around , the cuts are going to hurt across the board.
    Its time for sacrifice. Expect all interest groups to be ticked off.

    Deficit reduction means things get cut...across the board. That means social programs, military, tax loopholes, tax cuts for the wealthy.
    Its all fair game. And the defenders of their programs on the chopping block are going to whine and have tantrums big time.

    So the fact that parties are unhappy with the budget cuts is just something you have to deal with. No one will ever be happy about a budget.
    But I am sure CNN (Contrarian News Network) will find some way of blaimng OBama to facing up to our realities which we all ignored for a decade.

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. James

    We needed Bill Clinton and we got Jimmy Carter! McCain is looking pretty good now! Obama will run up a deficit of 1.75 trillion per year while Bush ran up 5 trillion over eight years. You do the math!

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. america first

    george bush took OUR money and put it into wars that were UNCALLED for, he took OURJOBS away from AMERICA and gave them to other countries, President Obama is putting money back in AMERICA, he is creating JOBS here in America, for the AMERICAN PEOPLE, (BIG DIFFERENCE).

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. candida

    I have only one word to say..."Hillary"

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. carlo

    Well Greg in Pottstown, it wasn't the amount of money Democrats were complaining about it was what the money was for. Bush ran us into the ground by taking money to fight in a war that has not produced any returns on our investment. Pres. Obama is taking money and investing it IN OUR COUNTRY! That always has a return on it. You guys are supposed to be such patriots (not), so I thought you would recognize that.

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    He kinda looks like Bush.

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Tom

    Just a Dem. give away program like in the past stop all the crap
    and get some work done

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Takeshi

    It is being SPENT on the PEOPLE not war. Not big business friends. we did not see a dime from bush no new jobs. we got Job lost records from bush spending. the BIG diffrence is the LOng term thinking.
    Why do u by a HONDA over a HYUNDAI even thought it cost more?????????

    LONG TERM dummy

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. bebo

    Greg in pa. we did nt have to go to war remember that! That what got all of this started.

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. EC

    Southern Mississippi Democrat..... wow, need we say more. Southerners (Republicans included) just LOVE to stay stuck in quick sand with no where to go but under.

    February 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. carlo

    I never, ever, trust a white man from Mississippi. My grandfather said there wasn't an honest one of em. I used to think he was kidding, but as I got older, I understand.

    February 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Baze

    The Blue Dogs are a rogue sect of Government that pretty much go unrecognized. Are they Republicans, Democrats, moderates? Who knows, and frankly, who cares?

    February 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Judy

    To Jared, – That's the point. If we don't address the cost of oil and the rising costs of healthcare, we can't reduce our debt.

    February 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Immune to the Rhetoric

    I find it hilarious that these libs are surprised that their party is running up a big deficit. That is what your party does! President Bush did not exercise fiscal conservatism, and therefore we had a deficit. Now your party is increasing government spending with a ridiculous "stimulus" bill and tons of pet projects. Of course the deficit is going to increase!

    February 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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