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. Lush Limprick the HEAD of the Republican Nazi Committee!

    President Obama gave the electorate his vision of what he would do to change. We elected him 53% to 46% to bring that change. We do not want leaders that only malign the government and try to starve it by lowering taxes without actually fixing it, we want someone that will FIX the government so the current tax dollars we spend will be spent efficiently. He is fulfilling his campaign promises made to the majority that voted for him, just as we would expect him to. Repubs call it big government, Dems call it caring. For the intellectually challenged dittoheads, think of President Obama as the new "decider".

    The repubs on the other hand, never gave anything concrete for a vision, McCain still cannot define his version of winning, he was totally clueless with his parachuting in to DC to save the economy of which he had already stated he knew very little about. Then there were the speeches by David Duke in drag splitting the country into "real Americuns" and the rest of us, lying about how she was for the bridge to nowhere, and then against it when she could score some policitical points, ad nauseum.

    Are we dealing with large deficits, you betcha'. But where was all this new found caring for later generations when discussing a 1.7 T deficit, when the repubs stood idlely by and allowed the moron in chief to run up a 5 T + deficit for those same kids and grandkids?

    For repubs to have finally discovered fiscal responsibility for future generations says more about the fact that they are out of power and not actually able to create the deficits, than it does about any actual concern for future generations fiscal welfare. At least, with President Obama's deficits, the future generations will receive some added value, such as roads bridges, etc.

    What did they get for the 5T deficit the shrub left? Sewers in Iraq that do not work, 58 M buildings abandoned before ever being completed,
    of the two visions, for America, I will take Obama's vision for America as opposed to the repub vision of imperialism(you dittoheads may need to Google the definition) and empire building.

    March 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Big Government Needed To Keep Watchful Eye On Big Idiots

    I cannot believe these idiot Republican politicians are preaching against Big Government. I personally am OK with the checks and balances to keep rouge corporations, arrogant-corporate-smug mucky mucks, and politicians from corrupting our great nation further. The Republicans got us into this mess to begin with by implementing deregulation. Look what happened! Now they are blaming Obama for not having it fixed within his first 30 days in office? They believe that the problems they created are going to fix themselves for free? I think not! If I have to pay additional tax to help lift ourselves out of this mess, then so be it. I have yet to hear anything constructive come out of the Republican silver spoon fed mouths to offer a better solution. All I hear are complaints but no ideas.

    March 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Martin

    It's funny to suggest that the "Era of Big Government" ever left in the first place...

    March 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. tennisguypitt

    Okay... start explaining the last 8 years then! How was THAT not a big government?

    March 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Sanity has returned

    I guess Rep Tom Price (R) has forgotten that when his party was in power, the Federal Gov had the biggest expansion in our short history. He can't complain now that his party was spanked Nov 4th. Nuff said.

    March 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Johnny V

    I'll take big government over incompetent government any day.

    March 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. thomas

    Rep. Price is correct. Taxes shuold be raised immediately, on those who can afford, it to balance the budget and pay down the debt.

    March 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Bobby G. -ATL

    I loved how this Republican skated around the question that John King asked of where the guy was the past 8 years when George Bush was in office starting two wars and cutting taxes for the wealthiest of Americans. I guess he didn't really care then that future generations were having to pay for all this because the first rule of the Republican party is to never speak ill or challenged your fellow Republicans. How do they manage to live with themselves? Makes me sick to my stomach to even have to listen to these Republicans. They don't care about America, they only care about whats in their bank accounts, and in the bank accounts of the greedy people who put them in office. They have absolutely no shame.

    March 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Brendan

    I love how all of a sudden since their is a Democrat in office now the Repubs are all concerned about government spending. Where have they been for the past eight years?

    March 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Chris

    I'm sorry Mr. Price, but if people like you actually did believe in "small government" you wouldn't have elected Bush. The Bush Administration did more to expand the size and power of government, then any before it. What the Obama Administration has done so far is nothing by comparison. To claim that you support Bush, and small government, is a hypocritical statement at best.

    March 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. John

    Well, you all wanted change in Washington. You got it. I'm not sure how you decrease the country's debt by increasing a deficit. Sounds backwards to me. What do I know though. I'm on the right. I guess the left uses different math computing skills.

    March 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. james s

    Big Government is not back, it started during the Bush era and is now necessary to get us out of the hell hole that Republicans stood by and let us fall into. Where were they then? Where were the cries?

    March 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Than You Mr Defazio. You do Oregon Proud.
    I never met a Republican who didn't preach out of the other side of his/her mouth. One side for Republicans and the OTHER side for Democrats. Who but the American people should decide where they want their tax dollars to go. President Obama and his advisors, one of which is Pete Defazio, deserve at least two years to get this country headed down the right track. Any thing out of a Republicans mouth befor that two years is up can only be construed as political rebel rousing ment to distract the voter from the nogood, dirty deeds the Republicans have done to this country.

    March 1, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Donna from Colorado Springs

    The only thing that Republicans know how to whine about is tax cuts! They think that cutting taxes will magically cure the economy. They are stubborn and won't even give Obama a chance for the stimulus to suceed. It's not any wonder that they were humiliated in the election! Some people never learn!

    March 1, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Bill


    Bill Clinton (a DEMOCRAT, mind you...) was the last president to have a balanced budget–which is the first step to reducing the national debt. George W. Bush increased the size of government, increased the national debt to obscene levels, did more damage to the BILL OF RIGHTS than any administration in history and, on his watch, the US economy collapsed.

    The Republican Party has thrown away everything it once stood for, and are now just a bunch of haters, obstructionists, and know-nothings. They should just be quiet before the rest of them get voted out of office. Their credibility is zero.

    And Rush Limbaugh is clearly hailed as the chief ideologue for them, just like Joseph Goebbels was for Hitler. How scary is that?

    March 1, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Dewey

    Ok, Mr. Price, let's hear your alternative. ... ... ... Huh? What's that? ... Oh, it's nothing! You have no other ideas. The economy will fix itself in a decade or so, and the very super rich now will still be pretty comfortably rich then, so what's the rush? We (some of us at least) can afford to do nothing, is that right?
    You know, since President Obama took office, we've heard nothing from Republicans except dire warnings about the evil evil deficit. Not a word about how the last President presided over a gigantic increase to fund a disastrous and ill-conceived war. I guess it's okay for the Republicans to spend billions when that money goes to KBR, Halliburton, et al. But when the proposal is to spend it at home – oh boy, that's irresponsible. Maybe if Obama stops calling it "Economic Recovery" or "Stimulus" and starts referring to it as "Nation Building".

    March 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Not Buying It

    Welcome to the USSA. We all need the great big nanny state to take care of our every thought and desire. Heaven forbid that you work hard – the government will take every penny for their social programs and increased size in government. I'm at the point of being ready to have children, but I'm afraid of that the big government nanny state will make me do with my children. After all, they will have to pay for this Obama nation debt that big governent will build.

    March 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    I'm so proud of Pete Defazio, it's time this fine, honest senator from Oregon is finally recognized for the dedication to our country and the people of Oregon he has given while in the senate. He is well loved in his home state and has always kept our beautiful Oregon first in his heart. THANKS AGAIN PETE DEFAZIO... I hope President Obama realizes what a level headed, REAL person you are and puts you in charge of some place that needs your kind of guidance.

    March 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. KD

    Little government got us into this mess.

    March 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. chris

    News flash GOP: the "era of big government" has been back for at least the last 4 years, there's a reason Obama is starting with a messed up economy and in a hole of debt. Quit being hypocritical.

    March 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Bill

    Is this a susprise please all the Republicans offer is a repeat of the last eight years.

    President Regan stated this in the 1980 election running aganist then President Carter are you better off today than you were eight years ago and if you are your choice is clear vote for President Carter. If you are better off today then you should vote for me. President Regan won in a landside election.

    The same saying is true today if you are better off today with President George W. Bush polices then you should back the Repubicans. If your 401-K has gone down and your home is worth less because of the Republicans then you should back the President Obama and the Dems in Congress.

    People it is that simple please the Republican polices have been horrible for this country.

    March 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. larry fort wayne. indiana

    the era of big government was started with Bush but the republicans don't want to tell the whole story. They think we are dumb

    March 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. jason, tx

    IT WAS BACK DURING BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are these guys serious?

    March 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. J. L. Wlker, Sr.

    To much debt in Obama's budget. Some issues need to be put on hold
    until we start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    March 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Will-South Dakota

    And.......the GOP remains the party of DENY, DELAY AND DO NOTHING.

    March 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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