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. jon

    I am truly worried about America's future and the future my children will have. Washington is hell bent on destroying this country by selling our debt to foreign countries. Who is going to pay back the debt? And how on earth can we afford to? If all income over $75K was taxed 100%, it still wouldn't be enough to afford this budget. America, please stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Our survival and our children's survival depends on it.

    February 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. hateYT

    @Sniff this

    Please take your jenkem and shut it. Thanks.

    February 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. george howell

    I vote for this president. I know wish I haven,t. He has no clue of what he is doing. The so call job bill is a joke. I vote to remove him from office.

    February 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. JIM...TX

    If all the whiners who say this is a bad deal forego any and all benefits that may come their way...perhaps it won't be so costly! Like there's ANY chance of that happening. They'll be in line like everybody else getting their piece of the pie. Shut up already.......

    February 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. whimper fl

    @dejah February 26th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

    "This guy smells like a Rethug. He may be part of the problem instead of being part of the solution."

    Dejah, you deserve to pay 90% in income tax.

    February 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Boston Democrat February 26th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

    We need more Democrats like this moving away from the radical liberal left towards the center ….. just as we need a fe good republicans to be more centrist in their views.
    I am a PA republican and guess what, I could not agree more.

    February 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. AndyL

    OK there is one democrat with a chance of being re-elected next term.

    February 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    We can't really live in Imaginationland until these naysayers just shut-up.

    February 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Robert

    OK, I am an independent and have been for a long time. I DO NOT vote for anyone (with few exceptions) that has "incumbent" next to his or her name. BUT, come on Obama has to run up the debt to try and fix what the Republicans and Bush did. Obama DID NOT make this mess the Republicans made it and the Democrats have done NOTHING to try and fix it. ALL YOU REPUBLICANS can try and put the blame elsewhere but the majority of American know better. The conflict (only congress can declare a war) has cost us a fortune in money and a lot of lives yet ALL of America know Bush either lied or put such pressure on his intelligence heads (BUSH appointed them and yea if they did not do what he wanted – no more job – gee wonder why they did as he wanted and gave false information). Obama is NOT to blame BUSH and his RIch crony buddies are. All the Bank and Wallstreet crooks were and are Republicans. Go FIgure.

    February 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Rick Sutter

    How are you sheep going to pay for this? Many of you don't pay taxes now!

    February 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Dave

    I wonder what you Obamaite's comments are going to be when your taxes go to 40+% to pay for all this spending on the democrat's pet federal programs? We are becoming another Sweden.
    Maybe Obama needs to take control of spending bills; rather then relying on Reid and Pelosi. They are going to make him a one term president.

    February 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Val

    Why is that congressmen from the poorest southern states that get the most federal dollars complain the most about spending? Why is it that money that they get is good government and anything to help anyone else is irresponsible, big government, waste, etc. ? If everybody who wants everybody else to cut spending would be the first to step up to cut costs, the mess we're in will go away that much faster. But I don't expect this congressman or the Republican from Lousiana or the governor of South Carolina to turn down one cent. I expect them to wheel and deal to get even more.

    February 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Chuck

    I think each of us should take a deep breath and allow the president the opportunity to put his plans into motion. It seems that no one is willing to let him go forward with what I believe will turn our economy around. It is going to take time. It took over eight years to get us into this mess, and it will take more than a few months to get this stimulus kick-started and on its way. He has only been in office for 5 weeks. Give the man and his staff time. Correcting this economic mess is going to take all of us pulling together as Americans to get our country back on track.

    February 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Lush Limprick is the real Republican Nazi Committee chairman!


    That would be the same Mississippi that rates 50th in the educational standings?

    A perfect example that a "mind is a terrible thing to waste"!

    February 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Soccer Nana

    Please remember that the Bush administration PURPOSELY left the money being spent in Iraq and Afghanistan out of the budget; the Obama administration has the monies for the wars OFFICIALLY included in the budget. That is why is seems like so much.

    You will see what I am talking about, because the Obama administration has stated they will reveal the amount of funds spent during the Bush administration that was not OPENLY acknowleged.

    Taylor knows this. His verbal antics are there to serve as a distration from the truth.

    February 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. VAisforLovers

    Why does ONE Democrat with a bad taste in his mouth earn the coverage of a major news network? Are we desperately grasping at straws to show that there is inner party opposition to something? Isn’t that going to happen anyway? Who care what this guy that has no previous notoriety thinks about the proposed budget? Make some suggestions and work as a team. Pipe down with the un-asked for negativity.

    February 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. July

    Weeeelll he is from Mississippi. What do you expect.

    February 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Dylan from MN

    Excuse me, who?

    February 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Wow. Why is it that the diehard Obama supporters always slam anyone who doesn't go along wth Obama? It was people like this who let Bush put our country through some bad times. Bush supporters used to scream unpatriotic when someone didn't agree; now the Obamamaniacs are displaying this same attitude. When you don't question what politicians are doing, then the politicians will do their jobs but also do what's best for them on the sly. Our govt should also be by consensus; some will alway disagree but we should all be able to question authority. This is part of helping as Obama needs to have more then one way of looking at things in order to get good solutions. It seems like the Obamamaniacs want things run like in Iran – no dissent allowed.

    February 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Independent63 February 26th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

    How about some sacraftice from the politicians:

    Term limits
    Drop 100% retirement pay after 4 years
    Drop special medical care (they can use Medicare like everyone else

    1. Learn to spell
    2. Term limits would require an amendment to the Constitution it is not up to individual politicians to decide this. An amendment is a very formal process.
    3. Congress does not get 100% retirement after 4 years. They never get 100%. A little research on CSRS and FERS would make you look less ignorant.
    4. Congress gets the same medical benefits of any federal civil service employee. Again just a little research will help you not look ignorant.

    February 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. please

    Yah Kevin
    We should really put trust in what the market thinks – you're a JA

    February 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Steve(the smart one)

    Looks like the clan got him,did they burn a cross in his yard?

    February 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. kate

    You fools .. so you don't want to invest in Healthcare and education .. how much more increase in healthcare insurance can you take .. don't forget you might be laid off .. even if you are the so called white collar upper income earners .. people stop the craziness!! High speed rail .. if anyone has been outside of this country .. you must surely realize how far you have fallen in terms of infrastructure .. have you all gone nuts??

    February 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. T

    SMOKE SCREEN just say NO......we dont know the real story but
    he is from MS. and always voted against the Dem.....so want that tell you?

    February 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. mary, colorado springs

    If Rep Taylor is so knowlegeable, why didn't he run for President? These people who criticise after the fact remind me of a pit bull on the end of a chain barking its head off. If you don't agree with the plan, why don't you go directly to President Obama and express your opinion to him instead of blasting it all over the media, which can't do anything except give you more publicity. Idiot!

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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