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. Happy with new President

    Whoever is talking about "Socialism", they don't have any clue. What is wrong with the system that is in Western Europe? People, midle clas just love it. Businesses are growing strongly then here because they are regulation in place (not like here with big corporation who think that they are over everybody), school system is much better, health system much more advanced then ours, Euro stronger then Dollar, they dont have Republican party which is all only about their rich friends, big businesses, oil companies, etc., transportation system much better then ours, roads and bridges don't fail on people's head, etc. Now, we have a President who wants to take us back on the road (like 8 y ago before this puppet in W), and look who is complaining: bunch of old idiots, republicans who finaly loosed their power, rush and ann with nazi ideas!
    Yes, America is on the road to recovery with our President up-front, and 70% americans will support him.
    The President will not fail, same for America, but republican party is on good way to totaly disapearing. Good for America!
    Yes, we can, and we will!!!

    March 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. dmott

    One thing conveniently left out of his statement is the fact that President Obama inserted the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars into the budget. Something Bush did not do. I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't some other numbers being tweaked and buried/hidden by Bush and company.

    March 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Disillusioned

    The era of Big Government is not back Rep. Price. Rather, Mr President has always reminded those who pay heed to what comprise his agenda and the means for achieving the parts thereof that he will employ the optimal size government as needed.

    Who or what else has the wherewithal to tackle the myriad problems left for President Obama to solve? Our banking system? The vaunted American enterprise spirit? The Republicans?

    We should not delude ourselves anymore. Republican Trickle down economic proved a dud. You don't need extraordinary sense to know that whoever controls the goodies spigot will ensure nothing escapes. The banking system was deregulated ostensibly for the notion that a free market is the right arbiter of just equity. Now, where are we?

    We should all be very happy that providence saw fit to give us a smart reasonable pragmatic and dare I say resolute President at a time when every and all systems purposes and processes of the economy and government demand fundamental rethinking and radical redesign. Those of you praying for his failure should thank your stars you are not citizens of countries of countries where such utterances are treasonous and whose consequences are outright execution

    March 1, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. go away mongers -Ventura CA

    Big Brother has been the theme the last 8 years- What ARE they talking about? Go away gop!

    March 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Trang

    I remember during Bush years, I asked my accountant what would happen if I don't pay taxes. I usually pay taxes, but w/ the Bush Administration, I felt like my money is used to perpetuate a war that there seems to be no end. The Democratic majority didn't help change the direction. The administration keeps changing the story as if they don't know what they are doing. This year, with the Obama administration in, I have no gripes about paying taxes, because I know they will be put in good use. Now that feels good.

    March 1, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Denise

    GOP = Hypocrites with no solution, just more hate.

    March 1, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. jmh

    Limbaugh IS the open cavity of the Republicans. If they had any sense they would have parked him out of sight a long time ago.
    But any tool is use to them because they are economically prostituted to not "free trade" which is NOT FAIR trade....but an opportunity for them to avoid their obligations in the US. Instead their offshore and Swiss accounts, and overseas business that cheat the US AND other labor forces out of benefits, and unemployment, etc., make them happy, slim, and rich. War to support their life style is just fine. I am not "left," in the political sense, but I am truly fed up with the distortion of the Republican Party to the obscene group that it is today.

    March 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Diana NJ

    When Congress was called back to interfer and decide if the husband in Fl could disconnect his wife from the feeding tube when she was brain dead.... THAT WAS TOO BIG A GOVERNMENT. THAT WAS GOP LEADER IN THE WHITE HOUSE... GOP LEADING THE STATE OF FL.

    March 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Joe - Chicago

    I'm not a fan of large deficit spending, but I recognize the need for it at this time. Our economy is slumping, and we need someone to step in and make the necessary investments needed to allow us to thrive again in the future. For too long we have let our infrastructure crumble in the pursuit of a quick buck.

    Is it going to be the corporate sector making this investment? No, even if they weren't flat on their backs broke, they've forgotten how to plan for the future. If it lowers their quarterly profits, dividends, and bonuses, they don't do it.

    Now if only we didn't spend so much money when our economy was flush on wars of choice and tax cuts for the wealthy. But republicans couldn't plan for the future then, and they're unable to do it now.

    March 1, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. urallscrewd

    Taxpayers all so screwed with this budget plan. For those who think that it only affects the 250K and over crowd, please get off of cloud nine.It is irritating to see so many fellow Americans screaming for handouts because they over bought, over paid, and over consumed. Personally if that's the way it will be I will be quitting my job and getting on the gravy train. Why should I work my way up the ladder of success when everyone in this country whines and gets it for free. Luckily through saving and living within my means and paying off all debt including my mortgage I can retire (or better yet get laid off with a nice package) at 40. Why will I need to work once I get free health care, food, education, and utilities paid for by Uncle Sam. Honestly I can't wait to sit back and laugh while the rest of you fight over the scraps.

    March 1, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Jay

    Almost a decade of right wing control.All three branches of gov. for six of those.This is where we are now.We battle and scream at one another.We are all in this boat together(kind of),even if your a republician you better hope it works......NOT FAILS(Rush)!We've seen the answers from the right side of the'd that work out for us?

    March 1, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. tyree

    Yes, the era of big goverment is back... It actually has never left. What the Republicans fail to mention is that the last time we had budget surpluses, it was during a Democratic administration. Also, when I take a look at President Obama's budget it invest in our future. Healthcare reform, better education, and beginning our transition to a green energy economy. Those are all admirable issues to be spending money on, and it reflects the ideals that won him a mandate in November. My question to President Bush supporters is what does he have to show for the all the money he spent? Where is the new infastructure? Where is the healthcare reform? Where are the alternative fuels initiatives? His budget was all about the Iraqi war, tax cuts for the wealthy, (so they could go and buy another ferrari) and all types of corporate loopholes for big oil so that companies like Exxon Mobil can make 100 billion dollars while we wallow in huge deficits. So yes, unfortunately we must run up huge deficits at this moment, but at least we'll have something to show for it this time. Something that will have enduring value... For all americans.

    March 1, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Gene

    When Bush released his 2008 budget.. which was 3.1 trillion.. no one says a peep. That's because so much of that money was going oversees and towards war.

    When Obama releases a budget for 3.5 trillion... then it's insane spending.. because instead of spending the money on blowing up and then rebuilding Iraq... we spend it on ourselves.

    Spend the money on blowing up and then rebuilding another country.. that's conservative. Spend the money on rebuilding our own country, that's insane, irresponsible, socialist?

    This is why conservatives/republicans will be as relative as the green party soon... in fact, the green party may just end up overtaking them 🙂

    March 1, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. 4thepeple

    Here is hoping the American people keep these conservatives irrelevant for many years to come. P.S. The poster boy for the republican election campaign sold FIVE books at a well publicized book signing in Wash DC while this convention of thieves was taking place. Joe the plumber – that is five less books than your old man McCain has houses. Maybe you should look for salvation elsewhere !

    March 1, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. John

    Big government made a comeback after 9/11, under "W" and the GOP Congress.

    The reasons now, are at least as good as they were then, if not better.

    It's time for politicians to end this childish bickering, put the country & it's people first, and work together to get us out of this mess.

    March 1, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    In the Bible, in the book of Genesis, Joseph oversaw 7 years of famine and it became a government program to FEED the nation and sell grains to foreigners. There is nothing wrong with feeding your people. People dont have jobs. They need to eat. They need help. There is nothing wrong with feeding your country.

    March 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Denise

    Sad to see there's even 9,000 people who cheer for that hateful, propoganda-spreading liar, Rush Limbaugh.

    How can you be a patriot and hope Obama fails?

    You're nothing but a fat, hypocritical bag of wind.

    March 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Hal

    Big government is back???? THE LARGEST INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT WAS THE Dept of Home(uber)land Security!!! IDIOTS!!

    Before that the single largest increase in government was under the Reagan Admin.

    The GOP thinks you are dumb America do not buy the BS!!

    March 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. larry

    why does everyone listen to the pill poppin moron.WE WON get over it and help bring country back from where the repubs put us with rushs help

    March 1, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Helen, NY

    John King has no job so he started 'State of the Union' where he brings these congressmen, senators and other politics figures and try to ask them silly questions. First of all current president has every intention to destroy our society and our economic system. He has no respect for what our founding fathers wanted us to be, the best and powerful nation on earth, an economic power. Very soon everybody realize what a big mistake it was to put this guy in the white house. He is not qualified for it neither he deserves it. We really have a change... Socialism. John King should know that the un-employment will get into double figures and it will take 5-10 years to repair the damage. I hope American people will relize this and start protests until this stimulus package is withdrawn.

    March 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. James

    It is very puzzling....when it was W running up the tab it was touted as necessary by the republicans.

    March 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. dg

    Where was all the hell raising when Bush was running things? There wasn't any. The Republicans approved any old thing their Lord and Master put before them. It was fine for Bush to waste 3 trillion dollars on a useless war but they all complain and refuse to work with our new President in trying to straighten out our country. These Republican Representatives are a disgrace to America and need to be kicked to the curb. President Obama will keep his promises to the American people without any help from the GOP. You wait and see. True Americans are standing with our Presiudent. He has not and will not lie to us. He said right from the start that we are in a terrible fix and it will take time to get us out of this ditch. But with our help and patience, he will do it. I and millions of Americans are willing to help him and we are all wishing him much success!!

    March 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Margaret

    No, the era of spending isn't back – its the era of fixing what has been ignored for years. This country needs to invest in itself. Prez Obama was right in his recent speech saying we should have spent surpluses years back on investments in our country... insead we gave the money back to people just so politicians could get re-elected.

    No one likes deficit spending and yeah, we'll be paying for it for years to come, but much of this is necessary and long overdue. If the Republicans had done some of it while they were in power,...perhaps we could have spread the pain out a little bit. But we can't now.

    I share that dislike for deficit spending... but I'm ready and willing for a bit of pain to put this country's economy back on track, the invest in infrastructure and health care reform. The GOP hasn't had an original idea in years... time to let the new guy run with the ball for awhile.

    March 1, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Jay

    Rush=Blowhard.Don't get to worked up about anything this guy says…..Anyone got any oxycontin or vicodin?

    March 1, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Dee

    Limbaugh nailed Obama and his liberal socialist agenda to the wall.
    I am happy to see the truth exposed! Those who want Big government need to move to Russia or better yet North Korea. Emanuael and Obama would find comfort in knowing God doesn't exist in these countries. America is a God based country, if you are unhappy with the foundation of the house move!

    March 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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