March 1st, 2009
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

'Era of big government' back, Republican says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Reps. Price and DeFazio sparred over the president's budget Sunday."]

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Tom Price slammed President Barack Obama's budget proposal Sunday, saying it carries too much debt and vastly increases the size of government.

"The era of big government is clearly back," said Price, a Republican from Georgia. "I believe deficits are not acceptable in the level to which this president has put them on the table."

Earlier this week the president unveiled a $3 trillion-plus budget that he says will halve the federal deficit by the end of his first term. Congress received a 140-page summary of the budget for fiscal year 2010 Thursday morning. The full details are expected in April.

Earlier: Obama unveils budget blueprint

But Price, the chair of the Republican Study Committee, a group that looks to advance the conservative agenda for a limited government, said the new budget carries too much debt.

"The budget that he put out there is going to have the largest debt in the history of the nation over the ten-year period of time," Price said. "More debt in this budget than there has been in this nation from 1889 until today. That's not the kind of change that the American people are interested in."

Based on the proposed budget, the administration projects the deficit for fiscal year 2009 will reach $1.75 trillion, or 12.3 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. That's a record in dollar terms and is the highest as a share of GDP since World War II.

But Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, also appearing on State of The Union with John King, said the new budget puts the country on the road to fiscal responsibility after excess spending from the Bush Administration.

"President Obama is putting us on a path to restore fiscal responsibility, but he is starting in a big hole," DeFazio said. "So I'm going to work with the president to tighten this budget wherever we can."

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  1. yasmine your post.. you took my thoughts and posted them.. Well done!

    March 1, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Kevin in Atlanta, GA

    Rep. Tom Price had no problem throwing our tax dollars around while Bush was in office. Now that he's in the minority, he's suddenly obsessed with fiscal responsibility.

    Typical Republican Hypocrite.

    March 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. JJ

    @Think about it
    And as far as the Tax issue. Please keep in mind if you don't make over 250K THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. you get a tax break!


    No you don't. You idiots were duped by Obama and this is just a sign of more to come. What you are getting is a tax REBATE which becomes INCOME next year that you will have to pay MORE taxes on (the tax tables are NOT changing). All you sheep are simply being led to slaughter and you just not smart enough to see it...

    March 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Steve

    The Truman Administration marked the end of limited government in this country, and Americans have dealt with nothing but fear mongering ever since. it's ironic that the U.S. begins to take the shape of the very thing that the Cold War sought to combat. The Second Ammendment was added to insure that Americans never got to this point. What happened?

    March 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Kathleen Williams

    Billions were spent secretly by President Bush and others before him and never challenged. The Republicans are so self-serving and selfish. Blind to the changing global environment they blithely go forward skipping down the road singing "tax cut, tax cut". They claim President Obama is robbing this generation of their future by incurring all this debt. However, I see the President investing in the future of the country and its people. Why aren't we as Americans worth an investment to Republicans? Why must a total collapse or catastrophe force them to act?

    March 1, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Chris

    what were the last eight years?

    March 1, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Independant from NY

    I think Tom Price needs a history lesson or two. Specifically about debt growth over the past 50 years. The democrats have a MUCH better track record. Despite the delusions of Mr. Price, modern republicans are republicans because of social conservatism, not fiscal.

    March 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. James

    It's shocking how uninformed most of these replies are. You want to blame all your problems of overspending on Bush and big business. Business is what keeps this country afloat and Obama wants to shrink the private sector and increase the government and none of you have any problem with that. When he raises taxes on businesses and individuals who provide jobs and investments, and they stop investing in new businesses, job creation, the stock market, and the housing market, who will you blame then? What reason do any of these people have to open businesses on Monday? Why shouldn't they cut back employees, materials, and hours until they are below the new income level for higher taxes? Why should they give tens of thousands of dollars to charity when they aren't allowed the same deduction scale as every other taxpayer? Why should they invest in houses to bring the housing market back when they can't deduct the mortgage interest the same way all of you can? Why should ten percent of taxpayers pay for everything for sixty percent of Americans and still be told they are greedy and selfish by their president?

    Good luck to all of you who think this budget is going to do wonderful things for our country. It's going to punish those who take initiative and risk and reward those who never tried to accomplish anything with their lives. If you think businesses and individuals are just going to gladly hand over what amounts to fifty percent of their money to Obama, you'll have a big shock coming when the revenues are counted. I doubt many who on here who are so enthusiastic about it have ever created a job for anyone in their lives.

    March 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. pappalardo

    That's really funny because it is the Republicans who actually favor Big Government. Big Government is a Government that Spys on its people, Takes away rights (Patriot Act),tells you what religion is right, tells you what you can watch and read, tells you what you can do to your body, and the list goes on. Replicans are the ones who create Big Government. These last 8 years have been a Prime example of Republican Big Government. We invaded 2 countries to bring our way of life to them, we took away american rights, we spied on all American communications, we tried to abolish abortion, we tried to make christianity a part of the Government, we Renditioned Americans and again the list goes on. Spending American Tax dollars on helping American people that gave that tax money is not Big Government. If you want to see real Big Government then just look to any Republican Administration and you will find Big Government. A government that takes more powers for itself while taking away rights from the people and then trys to tell its people what to do. That is Big Government and that is the Government Republicans will brings us.

    March 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. DarthVader

    This is almost laughable . . . the last eight years under the GOP has led to a huge (and largely unaccounted for) expansion of government spending and ballooning of the deficit. Let's see . . . the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest, war spending that was never included in the budget, Medicaid expansion, Homeland Security, etc., etc., etc. Republicans accuse Democrats of "tax-and-spend" when the GOP has been the party of "spend-and-spend".

    March 1, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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