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. Kent

    Does Congressman Price have a specific proposal to jump start our economy? I have yet to hear a single proposal other than tax cuts. I'm listening, GOP. Do you have anything constructive to offer, or are you just going to keep on whining?

    The last guy I worked for bought a Maserati with his tax cuts. In the same year, he fired 480 American workers and outsourced their jobs to China. That improved his profit by another $1.5 million. So he bought two Porches for himself and a Bentlly for his wife.

    I think Americans deserve better than to be ruled by greed and selfishness. Every Christian in America should rise up in the name of Jesus against the unholy lust for profit that is destroying our nation.

    March 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. mike

    As a small business owner, I just had to lay off three people. You all and your big government can now support them and their families. I might as well close the doors, lay off the other 10 and have Obama take care of the rest of us. I am sick of working and taking care of everyone else. I am tired of paying my mortgage, so big government can take care of that as well. I am also tired of paying my health and utility bills, so I want big government to pay for that. I deserve a better house, car and boat, so big government owes me. I am tired of the empty mumbo jumbo of both parties.

    Just had to vent.

    March 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA


    this from folks who a month ago said president can do anything he wants,


    March 1, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. suzyku

    This country is in terrible trouble, thanks in very large part to the republicans and their failed ideologies. Now it's time to get the help we desperately need from our government, and it's time for these rethugs to shut up and allow this country to get back on it's collective feet!

    March 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. L. Song

    Excuse me? As soon as the government starts working FOR the people the republicans call it 'big government.' This is nothing but a propaganda sound-bite and it is a lie. They would prefer it if the banks could keep going with no regulation – so they can keep ripping us off. And they would prefer it that big companies could go on without regulation so they can steal our pensions, lower our wages, take our jobs to India, poison our food, air and water. They would prefer it if the average American could NOT afford an education or health care – cause if you keep people uneducated and sick, they won't have time to notice who is ripping them off – the billionaire republicans, the CEOs and their billionaire lobbyist republican friends. So until they offer a positive, good idea about what to do with this mess THEY made, they should put up and shut up and support the president that AMERICA chose – instead of sitting around lobbing cheap propaganda pot-shots for political gain while people suffer, like a bunch of power-hungry sore losers.

    March 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Ed Word

    It's amazing how republicans are now the party of fiscal responsibility after years of credit-card drunken sailor style spending.

    It must be a miracle. They have been converted. Praise the Lord.

    March 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    You know it is possible that Obama's spending spree and grandiosity is just power run amok. Look at that Rev. Wright, his mentor for years, and how he abused his power through the pulpit. When you hand a person who has virtually no experience, but alot of amibition and ego and use race as a reason to celebrate and validate, then you are setting in motion a dictator. Obama made it clear that he wants what he wants. This nation just elected an African King.

    March 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Cardinal

    Mike, Syracuse NY – Since you claim that "spending is spending" about instead of buying a new car for yourself you buy one for me. Maybe then you will understand that not all spending is the same and that Obama spending money on our own country makes a lot more sens than Bush wasting money overseas.

    March 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. WILLthey EVERlearn?

    Excuse me...kingdomkd2

    You MUST simply educate yourself more before you rant like an incubus, please...

    March 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. ib

    Big goverment that will tell you every move you can make that is what is back. Thank you Mr. Obama. I wonder how high gas prices will go this summer if his so called carbon tax is enacted. good luck with your new president people.

    March 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Brian

    Big Government never left it just shifted around. But now its back BIGGER and BADDER than ever.

    March 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Larry Houston TX

    The only people that agrees with the saying "the era of big gov't is back" is very "right wing" conservatives, period..... even if we would have elected McCain, he would have to "step in" as Government,
    because if he would have let everything go, like "the Bush" done,
    this country would be in more of a turmoil, than it already is. And on top of that, there would be more hate groups out there, hating McCain,
    just like there is now, hating Obama

    March 1, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. chris

    To reply to the socialism comment by Happy with new President, are you for real? Have you ever heard of or read the Constitution. That is what this country was founded on, you should try reading it.

    Oh and by the way, Europe is not flourishing they are in a much worse situation. Their tax rates are way higher and no their medical care is not much more advanced. Good grief where do the majority of people who want the best care come to, The United States. As for your examples of a better transportation system, do you even know the size of most Euro countries and the population? Compare their size and population with ours. We have way more territory to cover and way more vehicles.

    But you are probably some 20 something lazy drag on our system that doesn’t want to work. And you want the rest of the country to hand you everything and take care of you. No 70% of the country doesn’t support obama it’s about 62% and it will continue to decline as we are in the first 100 days. You must forget that even bush was at 62% approval in his first 100 days.

    Happy with the new President, please educate yourself…

    March 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. people need educated

    annie – Palin 2012 March 1st, 2009 12:05 pm ET

    bo and the demmies are working for a totalitarin government run totally by the government and the extreme wealthy and the rest of us will be thrown into a welfare state. Wake-up Americans! bo is out to destroy the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Neither party is without fault but bo's agenda is a total destruction of the USA.

    Apparently you are as delusional as Palin, Rush and the rest.

    March 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Paul H

    When people talk about Health care reform it always comes back to more money out of our pockets.
    There needs to be a series of meetings between physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and Insurance companies concerning cost first. How can we make visits to the Doctor cheaper, or emergency room visit's cheaper, what about medication. Prices have to make sense first, and then come to the American people and ask for our money.
    They always have a reason to raise prices, but no one ever finds the reason to lower prices.

    March 1, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. OreOre

    Republicans are full of it. Bush created a bigger government than Clinton. And I really don't care if the government is big or small. I want government that works. This big or small argument is so pointless.

    March 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Kade

    Bush WAS big government! DUH!

    March 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. geno

    It's thanks to the dumb Republicans in charge(were in charge) that goverment had to step in and become bigger. This is all part of a plan to try to get people to turn against the Dems and return power to 1/4th of the nation. When you have Ann Coulter, Rush Limpbaugh, Steele, and Sarah Pale-in as your main faces of your party, that's just sad and pathetic. The founding fathers would be laughing at the joke that is the Republican party nowadays.

    March 1, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Larry Houston TX

    TO : @Grandma March 1st, 2009 2:44 pm ET

    I Totally agree with your comment ! keep up the good work !!

    March 1, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. J. Milton

    So I guess that part of the liberal democratic process of “Change” for America includes the inability to move on from the past/Bush. Enough already with the pathetic Bush/Republicans/Conservatives are to blame for all the ills if the world.

    March 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Olivia

    Notice how the Republicans never had an opinion until now? For the past eight years they followed Bush and the boys 100%, agreeing with everything and anything they did. They are dead weight.

    March 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Reed

    What a pathetic mess the Republican Party has become.

    March 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Dragon

    Gene, you are so… so right
    ” 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.”

    Basically, The Equation looks like this…
    BUSH Budget 3.1 Trillion = IRAQ + Tax Cuts for Madoff + Ferrari + No Bid Contract + Oil Profits + Cold War Weapons + Earmarks for pet projects + Trickle Down Buschonomics + Depression

    OBAMA Budget 3.5 Trillion = Health Care Reform + Deficit Reduction + Infrastructure + Education + IRAQ Exit + Afghanistan+ Stop American Job Exporting + Create Green Economy

    Go Figure…

    Republicans and Rush need to Shut UP Period…

    March 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Big government was here during the Bush years, it was just more secretive and behind closed doors. Spying on U.S. citizens, putting people in jail with out a speedy trial. I still don't know who Cheney had at his energy meeting and that happen over 8 years ago. I can't help but think that is why have higher oil,gas and natural gas prices.

    March 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Robert

    Rep Tom Price is as much of a loser as the rest of the Republicans. He finds it convenient to forget the past eight years of the Bush Presidency, and the first six years of that failed presidency when Republicans held both houses of congress. The US budget and the US economy were destroyed by those clowns.

    And what’s this with Obama calling Bush to give him a heads up on the end of the Iraq war? He should have called him up to tell him “to bad you didn’t have the courage to end a dishonest and horrible war that you started, but then again it's known that you never had any real courage”.

    March 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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