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. DP

    Obama's halving of the deficit within 4 years is a joke. Read his budget. 2009 – 1.5 trillion, 2010 – 1.1 trillion, 2011 – 1.03 trillion, 2012 – 757 billion, 2013 – 791 billion, 2014 – 811 billion, 2015 – 878 billion, 2016 – 893 billion, 2017 – 906 billion, and 2018 – 1.002 trillion. What he forgets to tell everyone is he is creating bloated budgets and leaving gaps that have to paid at a later date. In case you are wonder, George Bush had only a 459 billion deficit in 2008. Obama's smallest deficit in 2012 is almost twice of last years deficit. What happened to "Change" and controlling the spending? All of you democrats need to quit writing checks you cannot cash.

    February 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Dexter in Houston TX

    The difference between President Obama and former president Bush is that President Obama has a plan. As we speak, the Obama administration is going through each and every line of what we are currnetly spending money on to eliminate wasteful spending on programs that will save the country trillions of dollars.

    As for Rep. Gene Taylor's comments, who admited that he hasn't read the entire purposal...all I can say is he's from Mississippi and trust me, Mississippi has not seen change since the 1950's.

    God Bless America, I love this country

    February 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    At least there are a few of them that have been elected that know they are supposed to represent their district and not just the democratic party.

    Thanks for doing your job Rep. Taylor !

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Q

    It's so funny to hear about these "uncalled for" or "unjust" wars. There was not one single American who was against it back in 2004. All Americans were itching for payback as to what happend on our soil. Some people are just so short-minded they can't remember...

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. mfelder

    At least we will be making the investments in this country for a change. We allowed a war and allowed the fat cats to rob this country blind and now we want to ask the american people to once again put healthcare and other programs on hold. I say let's move forward. Burying our heads in the sand won't stop the mounting debts of healthcare that we will continue to experience each year. We need to fix these problems now and not wait. And let's stop cursing our children. All this talk about leaving them a debt is saying that our children will be incapable of fixing this mess. We need to lift our children up because this is their future and I believe that they will be fully capable of handling any crisis that comes their way. We have to be careful about the things that we put out into this universe.

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Joe

    Off to Gitmo!...not in step with the Messiah is treason.

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Ohio Independent

    Mr Taylor is an up and coming democrat, but working with the spending queen bee, Nancy Pelosi, he has his hands full trying to keep Pelosi from ruining this country

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Dave From Philly

    For years the federal budget was for programs and services the Bush administration wanted. There were a great many of things that needed to be done that were not included in his budget.

    Now the Obama administration has an opportunity to fund the things the Bush's did not. So transportation, education, health care and public safety are included in the current budget.

    Pay now or later. We are at the later. How many more bridges must fall before we realize public safaey is too important too ignore?

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. gt

    tell it like it is..... america first party second ,,,, thank you sir ,, keep up the good work

    February 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Will from NYC

    uhm the majority held by the democrats was razor thin prior to this election and the GOP used the threat of filibuster over 60 times... in 2 years a new record.

    Blue dogs GOP pretty much interchangeable regarding fiscal understanding.

    February 26, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Matt in CA


    February 26, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Daniel

    @Matthew, Detroit
    Barack is a pathetic joke? McCain is an out-of-touch, backstabbing, obstructionist, moronic old fart. Would you rather have him as president and keep your idiotic Republican Reagan ideology BS and drive this country even further into the ground with tax cuts that don't work at all? And would you rather have an unqualified nutjob be so dangerously close to the job of the President? Yeah, I didn't think so.

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Matthew, Detroit


    All the DEMS are ready to shoot him because he descentet from Barack.

    Well this is STILL the United States of America and I salute those

    with different opinions even when the vary from my opinion.

    He is correct. 2 Wrongs do not make a right. HE was against President Bush spending and he is against Barack spending.

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Kenneth

    Looks like we got ourselves a (Dare I say it??) MAVERICK!!

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Lawrence Reiner

    Rep. Taylor and Republicans still don't get it! There is a new wind blowing in this country. Its time to build the turbines to catch that wind. Those whose fore sight is blocked by their lack of hind sight should get out of the way. I am sick of hearing that there is too much spending. Thats a jingoistic cry that is out of line for anyone who is truley committed to working on ways to cure the country's ills. This is a plan we are going to use cure this country's sorry state. There is too much whining and not enough support. Stop being negative and start finding ways to cut wasteful spending. Like the F-22, attack submarines, and stealth ships.

    This President brings a new perspective to Washington. A perspective that is so sorrly needed among the beltway crowd. Haven't any of the Republicans (except A. Spector and the enlightend Senators from Maine) learned anything from the last 8 years? The
    Republican leadership has been pitifull in their same old partisan responce to new ideas.

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Luke from Boston

    Even DEMS are now starting to see what a menance they have elected.

    And to you liberal facists on this blog – yes, the so-called 'Blue-Dog' Democrats were mostly Republicans. For 2006 elections, Rahm Emanuel told these Blue Dogs to change to go Democrat but they would be respected for keeping true to their fiscally conservative beliefs.

    Emanuel lied his *ss off. These 'Blue Dogs' are already sick to their stomachs for having to look at Nancy Pelosi and listed to Harry Reid, and after being BURNED by EMANUEL and OBAMA, they will ALL COME HOME TO THE RED.

    Don't forget, Emanuel is the same guy that worked with Obama and Rezko to elect disgraced Rod BLAGO as govenor, and Rahm also dealt with Blago to sell Obama's senate seat and also his congressional 5th district seat. It is all on tape and there is nothing that NOBAMA can do stop stop this scandal from coming out. CAN"T WAIT!!

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Thank You Mr. President. At least someone is looking out for the little people. We've had years of the rich looking out for the rich! There's a new sheriff in town and thank God for him.

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Marshall

    I guess the Dems have just thrown him under the bus, just like Byrd yesterday!

    February 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Karen S Crow

    Silly people! Don't you know taxpayers and the military are the only ones expected to make sacrifices? The One and his ilk are the Elite and they cannot be expected to sacrifice. After all, they are our leaders!

    Seriously folks, elections have consequences and America made one HUGE mistake last November in electing this rube. All we can hope for is for enough principled Democrats to realize what is going on and try to slow down this slow-motion slide into Hades! I'd honestly like to think Bam-bam has America's best interest at heart ... but you have to care for the country first and I doubt he gives a rat's rear for America or her people.

    February 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Beverly, NYC

    Could it be the pseudo Democrat is looking for a bigger piece of the pie fro the Dept of Defense? These dollars certainly were not used on the troops, if they were I would not have had to puchase a decent kevlar jacket for my brother. The President cannot please everyone, looks like it's your day to be disappointed Mr. Taylor. Instead of whining like a Republican review the budget, look for ways money could be saved, and discuss with your leadrership not the press.

    February 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Wadiiah

    He's from Mississippi, what else can one expect.

    February 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Tom in S.A.

    I like this guy.

    February 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. the heart of the matter

    and its half of what the repubs had spent–maybe the guy should join the republican party–and some of you naysayers should just wait and see–i personally think this will work–its also about confidence, and jobs -no one grinded about the bush admin lack of the creating jobs(except those for the wall st boys-thats worked well)or taking care of things that will create jobs–railways, building things,education these will all lead to jobs....this isnt a red/blue time–its a time for all of us to be shoulder to shoulder and working thru these times. have some faith–and yeah the past may make that hard–but faith the size of a mustard seed moves mountains......and negativity begets the same...

    February 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. John from LA

    @ Melissa-

    So to be a "Democrat" is to follow blindly and not ask questions????-Obviously Melissa-you're a follower!!!-The Pres. works for me and YOU!!!-Start demanding things from these people!!!!

    @ Robert-
    Intelligent response...It is our civic duty to speak up!-Why the rush????-It seems to me that BO's admin-Including PANIC PELOSI-are all a bunch of Henny Pennys-"The sky is falling"-hmmmmmm-it was falling in Sept. and trust me-it'll be falling in April when BO comes knocking at the $$$ door again!

    How about we all slow down and THINK a bit! and not rely on "the economists"- according to Bernenke-we'll be out the recession by the end of 2009-AND THIS IS COMING FROM THE SAME MAN WHO SAID WE FINALLY WERE IN A RECESSION 1 YEAR TOO LATE.

    February 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Boston Irish

    Angus McDugan, who is being racist? Simply because someone disagrees with the President does not make them a racist. I could use the same logic by saying anyone who voted for him is racist because they didn't vote for a white man. Neither remark is true. The only way it would be true is if you disagreed with him or voted for him simply because he is black. Now, that is racist!! Disagreeing is simply stating your opinion, which everyone is allowed to do.

    February 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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