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. Obama 2.0

    They can call it wht they want. But the facts are that the government (The American Peoples Company) migt not be spending enough fast enough to get us out of this mess. It is easy for them to point and throw stones after they screwed the pooch. They have no solutions and only want power for the few and to the hell with the rest of Americans. it is not going to happen Americans are getting wiser by the minute and they are loosing members just as fast.

    March 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Mike in Texas

    Seems a lot of these Republican's have short term memory loss. Bush took a surplus and turned it into the biggest deficit. Government grew the greatest under Bush.

    If the Republicans want to be taken seriously they need to quit slamming President Obama's stimulus and budget and offer some substantive ideas of their own (Tax cuts for the wealthy is not substantive). Shelby and the others remind me of employees who don't like the way they do their work but can't come up with a better idea on how to do it.

    March 1, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Patty in the CA mountains

    Big government was the mantra of W.....grew more and cost more under W than ever before....deflection of guilt is all these conservatives's not gonna fly this time

    March 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. MATT

    The Republicans will say and do anything to make themselves blameless. Dumb idiots.

    March 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. bk

    Both parties caused this mess and so did we. No one party is to blame. Dems and Rep. voted for the war and both spent like drunkin sailors. I think some people have forgotten or never paid attention. Your are so in love with Obama you are willing to overlook everything. Use your brain and pay attention.

    March 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Ray Fisher

    I'm waiting for the President to announce that the bailouts are over and if businesses fail in the future they must declare bancruptcy. The bailouts while necessary in some cases have contributed to the uncertainty in the economy and the reliance upon the government to keep business functioning, ergo business will not regain stability until the bailouts cease and they survive or fail on their own. As an example, auto companies are in limbo at present with warranty, service and continuing value issues outstanding if the companies collapse. I feel retooling to produce fuel cell autos is the only recourse to save the industry since gasoline is history and fuel cells are entering the market place very rapidly!!!

    March 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    The republicans have nothing except to try and scare everyone of the "big, bad democrats." Maybe if they actually would spend the time in solving the average persons problems instead of trying how to fleece them they wouldn't be is such bad shape.

    March 1, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Joseph

    As an american i am insulted beyond belief over the fact that republicans think we are all morons that cant remember anything over what has happened in the last month, they post george bush as the poster child of conservatism then throw him under the bus and hope we forget that he was a republican with a rubber stamp congress supporting him. Now they want us to beleive that Obamas Budget is Big Government just because he wants to rebuild our nation as oppose to tear down others. Pathetic

    March 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Two Wrights make an airplane

    Why am I not comforted by the defense of "They do it too!"?

    March 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Obama All The Way

    A leader is one who understands what he is up against and is willing to take bold risks while accepting full responsibility. That is thye character presented by President Obama. I respect and appreciate that in him. It is to all our benefits that his plan works because we have been going downhill for sometime now with no brakes.

    March 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Deke

    the problem with the GOP coming up with the 'big government' talking points now is that the government grew its biggest under GW. and weren't guys like Dick Cheney saying that 'deficits don't matter' only a few years ago? try again you clueless, brainless Republicans!

    March 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Mike

    Never forget this era of big spending and bloated gov't didn't start with the liberal; it started with the GOP and Bush/Cheney.

    March 1, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. JOHN


    bring 100 mill alien

    March 1, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. The True Conservative Rupublican

    I think everybody needs to realize that Bush was more liberal than conservative. Therefore we're going for 4 more years of big government. McCain, who wasn't really conservative, would have been the same. Our debt will suffer a huge increase and Obama will increase it more than Bush ever did unless if he can think of better planssince his current tax plan isn't even close to being a successful one. Remember if Obama's 4 years are a failure, you can blame the people who elected him just like the people who elected Bush

    March 1, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Zap B

    "I believe deficits are not acceptable in the level to which this president has put them on the table."

    Oh but giant deficits were perfectly fine when Bush and the GOP were in charge?? This kind of craven partisan hypocrisy is why the GOP is a dying party. And they are especially in trouble when their elected congressmen and senators have to bow down to Rush.. the fat pumpkinhead junkie. These are dark days for the GOP for sure..

    March 1, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    we are in an economic crisis and the GOP's answer is to follow the advice of an overpaid talk show host that looks like he hasn't missed a meal in years? Did Rush reject the big pay raise he got a while back since the economy is going to hell in a hand basket? When will folks realize this guy will be rich for YEARS and doesn't have to go home and decide if he's going to have a job,. house, or which bill to pay this month. Listening to him is like having a fat doctor telling me I need to lose weight. But I guess if you're a Republican you don't see it that way, maybe one of the reasons they keep losing.

    March 1, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Mari

    @ GENE............ Your a right!



    March 1, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Susan

    No Gene, the war dollars were never INCLUDED in Bush's budgets...they are in Obama's, thus the huge, TRANSPAENT numbers!

    March 1, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. John

    The republican party starting with the Reagan revolution has been picking the pockets of ordinary Americans and concentrating wealth to a select few.

    The republican party has corrupted almost every government agency for the benefit of the rich and powerful and now that President Obama wants to change it, they sound the alarm of false panic.

    March 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. sam

    To Rich: Though I'm definately not a fan of Rush "ham & home fried potatoes" Limbaugh, That wouldn't be too cool for sharks to attack him; but just for fun only, that was pretty funny. You know, it seems to me that the leftovers of the RepubliCAN'T Party are slowly turning into a more extreme hate group (on the downlow) before our very eyes. This is just like the slavery days, when the emancipation proclaimation came, the slaves were free, and hateful,fearful people formed the KKK. And now, in 2009 we have a president of color and again,the hateful, fearful people are getting together once more.

    March 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. DP

    Why should you expect the rich to pay for your health care, your unemployment, your house? Now you want to dump 4 trillion in debt and higher tax rates on them. The rich pay all of the taxes. The top 25% of income earners pay 85% of all taxes in this country. The bottom 50% only pay 3% of all taxes. The definition of rich is not rich in this scenario considering the bottom salary is $64,000. My taxes are paying the tab. Obama and Congress better understand that the tax payers are tired of getting stuck with a tab for their spending even when there is no money to spend. Obama and Congress need to stop spending my money on private jets, fancy dinner parties, and cross country speaking tours. I vote all future expenditures by the federal government has to go to a vote by the people and they cannot spend more than revenues. Might be slow, but hopefully it will make them behave better with my money.

    March 1, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    I do not understand what the republicans want and nor do they. This is a big country, it takes a lot of money to keep it functioning and tax cuts don't get it.

    March 1, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Peter E

    While I agree that the current spending is unacceptable, I wonder where the hell were these "fiscally reponsisble" republicans for the past 8 years? Why didn't they open their mouth then? Bush's budgets single-handedly doubled our national debt in the span of those 8 years. Or deficits are only bad when the opposing party is in power? Hypocrites!

    March 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Jerry from Oregon

    no 'Big' governent is not back. Big government has been here since 9/11. the Obama administration is striving for better, more effective government in order to clean up the mess we've all inherited. Big government is uncle Sam eavesdropping on our phones not the federal government trying to stimulate the economy by putting people back to work while enhancing infratructure and promoting higher education.

    March 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Tim

    A sad tactict it scare the uninformed. If the fear script did not work for the election, maybe it will now. LOL!!! The leadership, or lack of for the Republican party pathetic and will result in the destruction of our party. I'm going independent!!!

    March 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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