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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  1. Mike

    I just love how all the Obamabots write on here...."geez would you give the guys plans a chance"!

    No....are you forgetting there are 65 million voters who did not vote for this man. That there are 65 million people who will not stand by and watch him drive our country into the ground.

    That there are 65 million voters who do not believe socialism is the answer.

    That there are 65 million voters who will not work their butts off to take care of the other 70 million voters.

    Do you really just expect us to sit back and watch this man single handily destroy everything that is good about America?

    February 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Matthew, Detroit


    TIme for what. Time to spend 1.75 Trillion the first year.

    Time to spend 1.,75 the second year.

    You people love to complain about President Bush bankrupting America and getting us in trouble.

    We are out of money. We are broke. He had the chance to spend it on infrastructure or Mortgages as he promised, but instead he spent it on crap. Things that should have been in the general budget.

    He HAD his chance. He BLEW it. HE let Nancy Pelosi write his bill.


    President Bush was a terrible financial conservative. He failed us and did not keep track of his budget. He spent too much money.

    BARACK is WORSE. WORSE because his best IDEA is to cut DEFICIT spending by his fourth year to 550 BILLION.

    That means that he is spending more than he takes in EVERY year for 4 years while adding AS much or more to the NATIONAL DEBT, than President BUSH did in 8 years.

    THAT IS WORSE by any math.

    February 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Hey, did anybody check out the stock market today? Obama opens his mouth again, and the market goes down. How can anyone argue with market forces and results....this administration is incompetent.

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Brian

    Maybe this is why the educational rankings of Mississippi rank among the lowest in the nation....their elected representatives lead by cerebral example.

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Independent Again

    Judy says:
    "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."

    Judy please tell me where the money is going to come fr to fund everything? The country is broke!! To point to the out of countrol spending of the previous Admin, as justification to spend more does not make it right.
    This country spends more money on education than anywhere else in the world and it is still crap. Now you want the govt to provide healthcare when they have shown themselves so incompetent?!!!

    It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves. Like Obama, get yourself an education, to get a good paying job that offer benefits!!! The govt cannot do it all for u!!

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Craig Nazor

    One of the reasons this country is in so much trouble now is that so many problems were ignored or underfunded for the past eight years – "No child left behind" has not worked, not only because it is flawed, but also because it wasn't funded properly. Our energy policy is a mess because Bush ignored global warming (after promising to address the problem in his 1999 campaign speeches), which means at this late date, it will be even much, much more costly to address. Bush also all but ignored the growing crises in health care, providing bandages instead of the major surgery it needed, largely to please the big health care corporations. And then Bush put an unnecessary war on a credit card, and gave tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

    Obama's approach IS change. He is being honest, and he is addressing the problems. That fact that it will cost a lot of money is because the former administration had its HEAD IN THE SAND for eight years, and that head placement comment is being very, very charitable!

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. bebo

    thank you ENOUGH SAID

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Obama - Nothing Great So Far

    Scary. Obama's budget will drive the investors away from America which means depression is coming. Unemployment rate will go up with this president.

    February 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. A little sad

    @Greg Pottstown, Pa. February 26th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

    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.

    Unfortunately, the economic picture today is not the same as it was when Bush began his spending spree while simultaneously cutting taxes on the rich.

    The Enron-like accounting, caused by leaving the costs of Iraq off the budget, and by overstating the revenue stream by including tax revenue that they had no intention of collecting, made the budget picture looke rosier.

    We have to live with the economy we have now. Obama's approach may not fix everything, but I have yet to hear any approach that is guaranteed to work better.

    February 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. donna

    Well Jim, why don't you and your buddies leave the country? I mean, we wouldn't want you all to be miserable for the next 8 years while Obama is in office....

    February 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Bob

    As one who lives in a "military community" and who has worked for the military as a civilian, I recognize that I run the risk of being accused of blasphemy when I say that I am pleased to see that no more than a minimal increase for the military is reported to be included in Obama's budget. While our service men and women certainly deserve the best our country can provide to them in terms of pay, promised benefits, and health care, the Pentagon has got to be the most bloated, wasteful, corrupt entity in government. And there's already plenty of those with which it can compete.

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

    Economy was fine until the Dems took over congress. Now i think i am going to have to quit my job so i can recieve the government benifits and bailouts that my neighbor will receive. Heck he has a better house than me but hasnt worked in years. He gets food stamps and free health care and now Obama is going to give him the house he cant afford. He hasnt worked in years and he is doing better than me!!!!! Well now you can just pay for me too.

    February 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. US Army Enlisted

    Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor – what positive input or action have you taken lately to help the state of the nation? I'd like to see your list of accomplishments please.

    February 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Angus McDugan February 26th, 2009 3:03 pm ET
    Typical ignorant liberal (you have nothing better to add), lame comment!

    Simmy February 26th, 2009 3:03 pm ET
    A Blue Dog Democrat is a Republican in drag. You will be replaced.
    So now because a dem does not agree with this president , he can't stay in office? Unless you live in his district, you have nothing to say about his re-election chances! Now it is welcome to the dictatorship, right?

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Bubba Nicholson

    The federal stimulus is not a stimulus at all, it's just a catch up on a lot of things that the government should have already spent money on.

    The reason we are in this pickle is because the government has been too parsimonious for the past 40 years. We have infrastructure we need to maintain, but we also have infrastructure that we have needed to build! We have freight trains, but we need rapid rail. The reason our infrastructure fails is because we overspend on personal transportation vehicles. Our cars are ten times bigger and heavier than necessary for comfortable travel, that means our bridges and tunnels have to be that much bigger, too.
    Most places in the USA have no public transportation at all and it is a disgraceful waste.
    But because of our national strength, the rest of the world leans on us. We need to provide them with the hard currency they need to facilitate international commerce. We haven't been doing that. In this crisis, we must buy up weak foreign currency with ours in exchange. We should purchase commodities from weak economies, too, to give them the hard curency they need. The demand for US currency/money is there, and we need to fill it.

    Here, we're now able to replace buses with over 500,000 miles. We've been buying used buses for years.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Doug

    Finally someone stands up who is paying attention to the facts. I am an O democrat who wants the discussion to take place. The tea party is starting in the states and will get to washington by 2010. The money has become limitless by this budget and they say that everyone who voted has already endorsed this concept. I don't think so and government should not follow this phony judgement call to save the country.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Paul Ohio

    First, Jason. Its accept, not except, but thank you for the input. This budget and stimulus is nothing short of generational theft and the young paying for debts of our elders. I can not wait for taxes to increase on the people who worked hard in school, have student loans, pay their bills, and are responsible with their money. If you take from John to give to Jack and Jill, you will always have the support of Jack and Jill. The cycle continues.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Gerry M, Eugene, OR

    Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor needs to get with the program. We don't need additional carping from the sidelines. What we need is cooperation from the Congress to get by this tough economic time. The Rep. needs to let go of his over inflated ego and think about what is good for the nation, and not what is good for his political resume. I'm pretty disgusted with these pols who think they know better and they have a better understand. Where have they been during the 8 years of the Bush administration where the economy was driven into chaos.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. CNN moderation purgatory...

    @Pam Taplin
    8 horrible years... really?
    Me and most of the country were doing just fine until Pelosi and Reid took over.
    They ignored the warning signs coming from both sides of the isle and let this happen.
    Barney Frank should be hung out to dry for letting his buddies at Fannie and Freddie get away with so much.

    February 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. James

    Wait a minute Dems did Bush spend too much or not enough??? Obama has control over this budgest he is chosing to add more to the national debt than Bush every did in a single year. Bush 5 trillion in 8 years Obama 1.75 trillion in one year! You do the math!

    February 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. donna

    Since there are so many MONDAY MORNING ECONOMISTS out there now, why don't you come up with a plan that will appease EVERYONE?? You should have been providing your ideas back when THE SHRUB was turning an economic surplus into a deficit....

    February 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. element

    Okay lets try this again. Lets say our country is a big ship.As it stands right now it has many holes in it and she's beginning to sink .Now can someone please tell me why it is unwise to put money into fixing the ship. Oh yeah and please don't use the last eight or so as a example because WE all know where they were putting money.

    February 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Graduate Student

    Spending makes sense if you spend on the right things. Just because spending money to kill people in Iraq was wrong does not make spending on the infrastructure of this country wrong as well. People use your brains and stop with your partisan bs.

    February 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Tim

    @MAtthew.....so....are you just going to wish failure on all of us or are you going to grab a shovel, hammer or whatever and help us rebuild?
    What exactly are you going to do to help your neighbor?

    -Shout at them and call them losers because they lost their mortgage and you still have yours?

    -Are you going to throw rocks at workers hired for stimulus projects while shouting 'pork'?

    Maybe you just need to admit your failures...
    Your conservative policies have failed America. Admit it and move on.

    Trickle Down- FAILED
    De-Regulation – FAILED
    Democtaize the World through force – FAILED
    Tax Cuts – FAILED

    February 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Diane

    PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK!!!!! Face it, you are not going to agree with anything this administration says or does. How deep are you willing to dig yourselves into? This country is sick and tired of the negativity. Why not go home tonight, get a good nights sleep and come back with a healthy, YES WE CAN, attitude. Try it your party may find they like it.

    February 26, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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