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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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. ruty

    The era of big spending is back? What do you call the Reagan and Bush years? The era of saving? I don't think so!

    March 1, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Fan of Common Sense


    March 1, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. chuck


    March 1, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. katiec

    You keep posting all the republicans statements, lies and irresponsible ideas and just cannot seem to realize the American
    people have spoken and do not support them in any way, shape
    or form.
    After creating the biggest government, deficit in the history of our
    country they have absolutely no creditibility. Yet, they continue
    to control the headlines with their hypocrasy.
    We voted for change, not unworkable, immoral politics as usual.

    March 1, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. David Somuah

    I like how these republicans who had no problem with government expansion under Bush have now suddenly rediscovered their commitment to small government now that a democrat is in the white house.

    March 1, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. gg

    where has this guy been for the last eight years living in a cave

    March 1, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    "Big goverment" was a Bush thing.

    March 1, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Maggie

    Now haven't some of us been saying "we anin't seen nothing yet until Obama puts us in debt this country will never come out if". People complained about Bush and the debt, what ever will they complain of when Obama's debt goes out into space. He ie for change alrightt, change to help himself become King Obama.

    March 1, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. pat C.

    president obama is building america a future so that the next generation will have a more fruitful environment to live and thrieve in.for the last 30 years all government has done is talk about the problems that america faces but have done nothing to help. all this will take money but the rewards will be great. god bless this president for having such a vision that will take the US into the 21st century. not one republican has a plan or any form of vision that will take our wonderful country forward. please republicans just SHUT UP and let this fabulous president do his job!!!

    March 1, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Mark in Denver

    The era of stupidity is upon us! Incredible irresponsibility at work. We are screwed!

    March 1, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. ruty

    The era of big spending is back? what do you call the era of Reagan and Bush? The era of saving? I don"t think so! Do some research and find out what Reagen, Bush and Bush spent. It will shock you.

    March 1, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. The Voice

    Lets not forget who doubled the deficit during his term and while the Republicans were in power. This party including Rush Limabaugh continue to divide this country. They don't live and let live.

    I hope Americans don't believe their pack of lies. They are fighting to regain power, but as long as they have a high school drop out lead their party. They have no chance.

    Rush Limbaugh is a high school drop out!!!

    March 1, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Ken

    It can't get any bigger than when the Republicans were in.

    March 1, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Maggie

    By 2010 can you imagine what our national debt will be? Bush will not hold a candle. Who will the dems blame then?

    March 1, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Winn Dixie?

    Hate to tell this bozo, but the era of responsible government is back. Woldn't have this mess if this fool and his ilk hadn't spent us into a rat hole with an unjustified war, whiz bang economic policies and a GOP that, in the main, hasn't a glue.

    March 1, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. sean

    it's funny, when the republicans had total control of the executive and legislative branches we had a runaway deficit and government grew,
    now that they were kicked out of power they are suddenly the party of fiscal responsibility again? maybe if the republican actually believed their propaganda they might make a comeback, but being the party of perpetual war, superstition and old rednecks they have doomed themselves.

    March 1, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Betty in Arizona

    The budget is big, but look folks, the money is being spent here in the USA for Americans, not in some foreign country that most of us only hear about or read about. It is time for us to spend money on Americans then Americans will spend money on the USA. We did not get into this mess over night and it will not go away over night. Give this president a chance to make things right. We have to work together as a nation with a man who is willing to work with us and across the aisle. No president will be in office long enough to right the ship, it took 8 years to make this mess, but we will be years cleaning it up.

    March 1, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Davfar

    Right. Deficits were fine on your watch. Hypocrite.

    March 1, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Bruce

    So guest we didn't have big government when Bush was in office.

    March 1, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    OH YA? And what did we have under Bush? If that was "big government" I don't know what was.... The difference is that Obama's agenda is out in the open while Bush's was all tied up in smoke screens and lies.

    March 1, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. steve Loudon, TN

    we could reduce the size of government by refusing to allow them into our private lives. Legally of course. I am sure that working with local authorities and pushing aside the nanny state and revolutionizing and reinvigorating the SILENT MAJORITY, which isn't going to be so silent anymore. Tea party hell, it's going to a lot more than tea that gets dumped. The parties are extraneous and people know it. I wouldn't give the Feds any answers or information that they now seek that is accurate as it is SO COMPLICATED to do so. Just ask your Presidents cabinet full of tax cheats, and thieves.

    March 1, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Kurtis

    I wonder if Bush and Cheney purposely destroyed the economy when they saw the results of President Obama winning the election? It would not surprise me if they republicans did this on purpose.

    March 1, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Mike NC

    Only time will tell. My belief is that will create first to stabilize the corrupted economy that the wealthy and corporations have created due to their outright greed and then reduce.

    March 1, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Johnny

    Just a question, before I get bashed by all the liberals who get so much enjoyment out of twisting terms like Republicans into "Repuglicans" and "Republicants" but still claim we are the "haters".....

    How long into President Obama's presidency can Democratic leaders and supporters claim he is still trying to get out of the hole he was given? I am logical and intelligent. I know he deserves a TON of leeway. But I have a feeling we will be looking at the same mess 6 years from now and still be hearing about the insignificant accomplishments that have been introduced, with the caveat that "this is the best we can do with what GWB left us".

    March 1, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. jj

    Republicans the party of NO!

    March 1, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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