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. base

    when ever it has to deal with health care for americans or fix the infrastructure these so-call southerners start to jump and make noise.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Simmy

    Steve (the real one),

    A Republican right? I rest my case.
    P.S. .....Deep in your heart, you know I'm right. D to the E to the M. forever.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    I'm starting to wonder if Obama has actually read his own Budget proposal.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Bill in Ct.

    I find it very funny how some of you people up here can say some thing about the money Obama is spending, but when that lying, corrupt Bush Admin. was here for 8yrs spending and lying to the American people, NONE of you said NOTHING, not even a word about where's all the money is going or where are we going to get it from, but b/c Obama is trying to get this country back on track after 8yrs of CROOKS, all you people are coming out the wood works crying the blues. If you people would've voice your opinion back in 2001 after 911 when those liars were telling the world that Saddam had WMDs, when they knew he didn't, we wouldn't be hated all over the world and we wouldn't be spending 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq rebuilding that country and thousands wouldn't be dead, but nope you people don't care about that, that's different, the white guy did it, so it's ok, but the black guy is trying to help the average american, it's a CRIME. Like I said before about this country, IF IT'S WHITE, IT'S ALRIGHT, IT"S IS BLACK, IT MUST BE WRONG. American Bigots

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Independent

    Guess what you fools.. including Iraq and Afghanistan in the budget is a dog and pony show. Those 2 wars do NOT cost 1.75 trillion dollars a year.
    In fact, Obama's first spendulus plan alone cost more than an entire 5 year war in Iraq. And I thought the left praised all government spending as stimulus? Soldiers need salaries! So do workers at defense contracting companies! Sounds to me like the left should have been the biggest supporter of the war "stimulus"

    We can't afford this. Sorry, but soundbites about "charging the rich their fair share" (who already pay the vast majority of income tax) is not going to come up with an extra 1.75 trillion dollars. It just doesn't work.

    America is finished.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Good point. However, until you have a better plan, you ought to be specific. Bet half the stuff you don't like is for projects in other states you don't feel warrant the money. Yep, there is some crap in there, but no we can't get rid of it all and still have a concensus.

    What was the figure (I think, 40%) were Republican pet projects that were allowed to stay in the hopes of getting bi-partisan support? Perhaps you should lead by example and cut some projects that benefit Mississippi...

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. JP

    Why is this a surprise. Obama spent his whole career on the far left. While running for president he pretended to be in the middle to win. This is just the beginning of his spending madness. Can't wait of 2012.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Len

    We are a nation that does not look into the future. We are just concerned about now and what is in it for me. So much has been neglected in the last 8 years that we have to take bold steps to try to fix all of our problems.
    Also, please read the budget plans. You can get an idea by going to the New York Times web-site and pull up the article: "Health care, looks to tax affluent."
    Make intelligent decisions before you start throwing stones.
    Rush Limbaugh is totally against anything President Obama trys to do. He would be taxed more because he makes millions.

    February 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. a

    obama is clueless, as is his followers..

    February 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Obama says we're supposed to make sacrifices? Is he crazy? I remember during the summer Obama said we need to lower our thermosthats below 72. So out of touch. My thermosthat is set on 64.

    February 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Matthew, Detroit



    HE is getting AIR TIME because everyone is getting tired fo the love

    fest for a weak naive arrogant man with NO EXPERIENCE who was

    given the highest job in the land and is FAILING miserably at it.

    You people voted for a guy with NO experience and NO qualifications.

    Clearly MICHELLE manages the check book at home because Barack

    has not idea how to balance a budget.

    President BUSH was a terrible leader based on FISCAL FAILURE.

    Barack is worse. 1.75 Trillion year 1. 1.75 year 2. 1.3 year 3. 550 billion year 4. DO THE MATH. HE IS WORSE.

    February 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. erney

    This guy is right on the dime...you've got my vote, too!

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Dave from PA

    All I can say u Idiots voted for Change and u are surely getting that and then some!!! If people were Smart they would vote Libratarian Party or Independent for the People!! Not Democrat or Republican both big government crooks that care nothing for the people!!

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Seriously?

    I see comments here blaming Pelosi and Reid for the two years the "Dems" controlled Congress. Amusing....and sadly, not true. With items like the Patriot Act and the 700 Billion bailout, they voted with Bush - allowing him to intimidate and scare them into submission.

    Let's stop pointing the fingers and start working together. The divisiveness on this board does nothing to help this situation - where people are hurting badly.

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Sam

    I love this. If this was McCain pushing the same Trillion Dollas Budget, all of the Democrats would be saying "more of the same", but because it is Messiah Obama, they all turn the other cheek. All of this spending is way to line the pockets of the Democratic Party. If you look at the way the "Stimulus Bill" is written, it calls for a tons of building projects, roads, bridges, etc. Most or not needed according to the experts. The key is the the "Stimulus" laws are written so that it requires that Unions get the majority of the work (Unions like to pay off elected officials, namely Democrats to keep the money flowing to them). If you get the work and you are "non-Union", you are still required to pay dues to the local Unions that did not get the work. How does this make sense? Another blatant abuse of Govt. designed to help the Democrats campaign donations flowing next election cycle. So when someone is calling the President out on his wasteful spending and abuses (especially those in his own party), we should all listen.

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Steve

    Okay, you Republicans have been putting off investing new energy since we got the wakeup call in 1974. Now we are in serious trouble, and it is your fault. Just shut up and let Obama do what should have been done decades ago. I can't believe I heard a Republican senator sneer at the idea of investing in batteries for cars. That was like Julliani making fun of social workers. these republicans and fake Democrats are just chattering away like they have control. But they don't. Haha. You, lost. Now shut up and let a real man take control.

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Wing Cheng

    He should switch party.

    February 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. indy 08

    Mississipi, Louisiana, South Carolina and the southern states with crazy representatives should give back the stimulus money and use "conservative principles" to build roads and bridges. What a bunch of losers. The blue dogs are a pain in the you know what, Obama has to clean up Bush's mess, OK, get with the program.

    February 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Laurie

    Hey Mike we watched George Bush single handedly destroy everything in this country for the last eight years. Where were you when that was happening? Why do you think we are in this mess anyway? Get a grip guy.

    February 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Doubting Thomas

    One Democrat who has sense enough to believe that what his president told us is important enough to stand on his own two feet and voice his displeasure with words that have no backing is big news on either side of the aisle.

    Rather than tar and feather this guy, democrat or republican, independent or other...we should applaud him becasue this is the kind of leadership we all claim to want.

    Sometimes we have to stop eating the candy that tastes good simply because it is good for us.

    I say 'thank you' to the single voice not afraid to take criticism.

    February 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Drez

    @ jerky Jackie. – I see your point, but if your grocery budget is $50 and you put $5000 worth of groceries in your cart, how do you propose to pay that back?

    February 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Taylor is just like the Repbulicans. They don't get it. While I don't like deficits we must keep in mind that these are not normal times. Every economist I read says we need fiscal stimulus in these times. These are times calling for Keynesian economics and not the same old political grandstandstanding dogma coming from the right – after all they caused this mess to begin with. As far as Taylor is concerned, frankly I don't care about his military budget. We spend way too much of our GDP on the military now as it is. As was raised in the past election, "who are we afraid of?" Terrorists? Last time I checked they don't use Abram tanks.

    February 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Seriously?

    Deborah -

    He understands the part of "we are broke" that led him to give a tax cut to 95% of Americans.

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. SC mother

    Obama campaigned on "changes" and we GOT them! Whew! More than we wanted. All the teenagers went wild for him. No one bothered to asked him WHERE is the $$$$ coming from? NOW THEY KNOW....
    It's coming out of THEIR OWN pockets. They WILL BE PAYING FOR IT, for the rest of their lives. They got their "changes" alright!

    When it comes to WAR, there's no shortage of money as far as DC is concerned. But now - by George! - the bills are coming due.

    When is the NEXT election???????????????????????????????????????/

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. greg

    extraordinary situations call for extraordinary remedies. the conservatives, whether dem or repub, continue to pound tax-cut mantra as if it is the cure-all. what obama has laid out seems very responsible to me, given the dire circumstances we ALL face. you tax-cut, no regulations, war-waging neocons got your shot for the past 8 years. guess what? it DIDN"T work!

    February 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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