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. maf

    There is an upside to the President's budget. There is a time frame for recovery. Yes, there is initial debt, hopefully sufficient enough to provide the opportunity to "stimulate" activity in order for recovery to begin. The continued negative Republican reaction to the Stimulus Bill and the Budget clearly enforce the fact that they truly don't understand the economy.

    Continued harping and negative comments are going to force the GOP into an even deeper abyss, one which they will flounder in for a couple more elections at least!

    March 1, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. elsee

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Eight years of huge defecit spending, staggering war debts, as economy run into the ground by profiigate borrowing against the future, stabbling civil liberties in the back, and now the whining and finger-pointing? Sore losers, at least. Grow up, "conservatives", and accept responsibility for the fact that you aren't conservative, fiscally responsible, or right.
    "Conservative" leadership landed us where we are today, and pointing fingers at those who want to do something about it smells of denial and cowardice.

    March 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. George

    At this time we need big government to undo what has been done in the past 8 years. De-regulation in banking, wall street, and corporate
    America has put us where we are.
    Greedy people sent our jobs overseas in the name of trade. Trade and outsourcing are 2 different things. Its better for them to pay almost slave labor, and children to do what Americans used to do. I would rather buy a product foreign made than an American brand made offshore.
    Mr Bush and his greedy friends have caused the need for our government to step up. The republicans sure left the working people down.
    Maybe Joe the Plunger can unplug the republican toilet. Because it has over-flowed in America causing a gut wrenching stench that per usual the democrats will have to clean up.

    March 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Robbie

    Well apparently we DO need bigger Government because look at the mess we've got ourselves into over the past 8 years.

    March 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. jenn

    News flash: Republican criticizes Democrat! Wow! Will the surprises never end?

    How is this newsworthy? It's not even news!

    There is so much pot-stirring garbage on the Ticker these days–it's shameful.

    March 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    Where were you for the last 8 years when the Bush admin. ushered in the largest increase in government in history and expanded the power of government in numerous ways?

    March 1, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. REG in AZ

    The drastically large deficit under Bush-Cheney that favored Special Interests and a select few and contained an abundance of 'pork' was okay but the Obama budget cutting out much of the spending on 'favorites' and attempting to solve the problems isn't okay. Hmmn, sounds a little irrational and very biased to me.

    March 1, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Larry

    Why do Democrats and the president keep bringing up the last eight years as justification for this final blow to our economy?After Bush screwed everything up,Democrats are just going to continue destroying our country because the Republicans did a lousy job?We did not need another idiot,we needed somebody that knows what they are doing.
    ——-Two wrongs do not make a right people !!!We cannot afford any more spending because of Bush and congress the last 8 years,we can not keep failing and expect to survive.

    The debt load we are taking on will hurt future generations for decades as our currency is diminished against all other currencies of the world, making our country's exports worth far less, while making all imports (including oil and cars) far more expensive for all of us. With Social Security estimated to go negative in 2017, our country is facing bankruptsy.

    March 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. need government

    Well we sure need government. The last 8 years of the wild west have shown that some government is a whole lot better than no government. Come on use some common sense. If nobody is running the purse strings the wolves are going to be in the treasury robbing us of the resources that are need.

    March 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    ""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.""

    Well, the truth is.. thats not a change. Bush ran up a record debt year after year after year. If Obama increased the debt by a dollar it would still be a record debt... because of Bush's "fiscally conservative" spending. The difference is Obama is at least hoping to get something for all the spending and actually improve the economic outlook of the nation... unlike Bush, who never met a spending bill he didn't like.

    March 1, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. DB25

    Thanks to Bush, the era of big government never left – so I don't know what the Republicans are talking about! Talk about trying to place blame on the new guy....

    March 1, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. MH (Canada)

    It is shocking to see the Republicans bla bla about "fiscal responsibility". Bush was the one who pulled your country into this big hole you are in now, not Obama!

    It depends where the money spend at, not how much it is. American people, please do not listen to the Republicans nonsense, but have a look at the detailed plan in this budget. If it helps to rebuild the country, helps to change from an older economic structure, which would just suck energy and money for ever, into a new and competitive one, the budget and more important, the direction is what American people need.

    March 1, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. WisconsinEric

    And where did 8 years of a "conservative agenda for a limited government" land us? A budget surplus turned into a huge deficit, inequality grew, jobs disappeared overseas, all sorts of financial scams flourished which ruined ordinary people's lives and wiped out their employment and savings, and infrastructure and essential systems for our economy were neglected or wrecked. The Republicans have zero credibility at this point on either government or budgets. It is going to take the Obama administration 4 to 8 years to set right the mess that Republican managerial incompetence has created.

    March 1, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. DOC

    Any group that complains about governement involvement in our lives and yet SPIES on our internet habits and phone calls is hypocritcal.

    March 1, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. No Vaseline

    Wow, you Rethuglicans just don't get it. You lost! The American people rejected you! Go crawl back in your hole and let the Democrats clean up your mess

    March 1, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. jbyoung73

    How does any Republican have the right to talk about big government?
    Bush created the 'Department of Homeland Security', the biggest expansion of government the country has ever seen.
    Not to stop there, the Bush governement gave the rich $1.35 trillion in tax cuts which did not bring prosperity to the nation, but the greed and lack of oversight given to 'the rich' has brought the largest economic catasrophe to this country since the Great Depression.
    The hypocrisy and the vitriol by the GOP is disgusting.
    The American people are smarter than this.
    While the GOP is galvanizing their base, they are also galvanizing the opposition. All of the young people and the minorites who had never voted before are watching and will show up to the polls in 2010.
    The GOP is digging its own grave and its beautiful...

    March 1, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. libba

    big government was already here 8 years ago, hypocrite.

    March 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. jam

    Big government may be back, but was it ever really gone?

    March 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. annie - Palin 2012

    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.

    March 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. BJ in NC

    As Republicans try to slam President Obama and everything that he does, they refuse to admit that it was their party's President that put us in the deficit that we are in today. Once they acknowledge their responsibility for this mess, then they can move forward. Their stubborn attitude also contributed to the situation that they are in as the all but exiled party in Washington. America, whom they failed to realize as their path to Washington is tired of their antics, falsehoods, and wrong doing.

    March 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Don't be more asinine, or hypocritical, than necessary, Mr Price. Your man George Bush oversaw the biggest expansion of government in history.

    That, however, doesn't excuse Obama's efforts to make it even bigger, further bankrupting us.

    March 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. too funny

    the GOP sky rockets the debt, trade imbalance, leads us into unwarranted war, fights two wars simutaneously

    and the dems are the era of big government

    March 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Jon in Ca

    Big government is frightening.... what Obama, Nancy, and Harry are pushing is WORSE ...Euro-Socialism!

    Nationalizing of Banks
    Wealth Redistribution
    Nanny-State Politics
    Loss of Liberty

    March 1, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Randy

    Obviously, the Republican mantra of "the free market system/businesses will save us all" is full of s-. Corporate greed and the lust for power (which is also our Senators and House members mode of opperandi) got us into this financial mess. While we all dislike Government getting bigger and more intrusive, our government (at this moment) is the only one who can get the money needed to get us out of this hole.

    I would really like to hear less of this "us vs them" rhetoric and more solutions that will benefit the WHOLE country. By the way, Rush, shut-up and try coming up with an idea for once.

    March 1, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. good

    If big Goverment will help us.. all for it...

    little goverment and little minds made a mess of America..

    if it's the change we have to face.. then so be it...

    In God we trust.. everyone else pay cash

    March 1, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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