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. Mike

    A question to all republicans. The Bush administration left this new President and his Administration a mess economically and in foreign policy. The last budget left a trillion dollar deficit and the National debt grew by over 5-trillion under the republican leadership. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR ALL THAT DEBT??????? ??????????

    At least with what the Obama administration wants to spend we will have meaningful health care reform, better educated individuals and a move away from foreign oil.

    March 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Blossum

    Too much debt?? Look at the debt the Republicans got us into, especially in their failed Iraq war!

    March 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Jay

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

    March 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Main Street America

    My question to the republicans, have you all forgotten to have put us all in this crisis? You all had your President. The people of America ha spoken and we now have our president, someone that works for Main Street and not you rethugians. Lately all I have been hearing is complaining on the other side of the isle. The funny thing about it is that not one republican has offered up any new ideas expect for tax cuts. Ok get the picture the tax cuts and trickle down effect does not work. Soon our country will be bankrupt and you rethugians are just worried about who has control over the house & the senate. You can not have your cake and icing and eat it too. My best advise to all of the rethugians is to get on board because if you all defy our president remember your election days are coming back around. The people will speak again and look at how you all would not support our President. Who would vote for people that arer so defiant and are not looking out for the well being of Main Street because you all are worried about you boat houses and mansions. Guess what a person like me makes 10.00 an hour and have to drive an hour to and from work on those bumpy interestates that have huge holes in the road that requires me to spend extra money to keep my car from falling apart just to try and make it to work. So when you rethugians forget about the trickle down effect and recognize that Main Street is what makes this economy thrives you all will never get the throne again.

    March 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Griff............... on The Truth...


    March 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. john

    Its not big or small WE NEED EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT. Cant these ideologs get it!! Or do we need to forcefully remove them?

    March 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. GlenR

    How could anyone but the most thoroughly brainwashed GOP drone believe the GOP is concerned about debt. They just spent 8 years doubling the national debt while leaving the country on the brink of financial ruin. Their phony policies of trickle down economics and no regulation has allowed their wealthy benefactors to feed off of the backs of the middle.

    March 1, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. MICK in MESA

    "You have to spend money to make money" is the oldest of big business proven mantras for growth. It's the cornerstone of enlightened conservative business managment everywhere.
    I wonder why so many of the repugs are against it when the dems want to practice it. What, they don't believe in their own idealogy?

    March 1, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Vietnam Vet

    Talk, talk, talk, is that all you republicans can do? You certainly haven't done much else.

    March 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. mollygonz

    Wow, I guess spending billions in Iraq doesn't constitute big government?? Where has this guy been for the past eight years? What a joke!

    March 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. gl, Pittsburgh

    That right! Republicans hate helping out the average person becasue they feel it is socialist! They love to help the greeding fat cats on wall street.

    March 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Walter

    Boy, those guys don't just look tired. They sound tired.

    Maybe that kind of rhetoric could have worked twenty years ago. But the American people have outgrown the big government – small government nonsense.

    What people want now is effective government. And the Republicans obviously lack any idea about how to provide it.

    March 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    The Republican Party's new motto: "Do as I say, not as I did"

    What, we're supposed to trust or take advice from the losers who ran this country into the ground? Somehow, between Nov.2008 and today, they got some actual wisdom?

    Just how stupid do they think American tax payers ARE?

    Personally, I'm happy that my president is putting the REAL cost of war into the limelight by putting it into the budget - where were Republicans who whine about big government and budgets THEN? Wait... I'll tell you - they were busy lining the pockets of their buddies.

    It's time for those who benefited MOST from ruining this country to pay the piper. Get over it.

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. WILLthey EVERlearn?

    Kettle black, kettle black...
    At least the current administration can do something with the money to help the American people besides pocket it like the last group to tarnish the WH.

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Oh well, the Republicans should have thought about big government 8 years old with Bush increased our govenment and illegal wars that cause this defict Not President Obama!

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. John

    The state of our nation is the result of republican politics whose push to leave regulatory enforcement to the late night janitorial crews. Thanks for nothing republicans, because nothing is exactly what's on the dinner plates of many True Blue Americans.

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. John

    Republicans now say they're afraid of "big" government?

    Tell me another lie, you hypocritical trolls.

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. JJ

    But Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, said the new budget puts the country on the road to fiscal responsibility after excess spending from the Bush Administration.


    Really???? How does INCREASING spending do that?????????

    March 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Matthew

    Republicans under W. grew the government by 40%, so they have no credibility. The only real conservative is Congress is Ron Paul. You know you're in trouble when a radio commentator is dictating party policy.

    March 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Alfred E Neumann

    Hint – big government never left.

    Not with Bill Clinton or George W. Bush and certainly won't be going anywhere with Barack Obama.

    March 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Dorothy Leszczynski

    The "ERA" of big government grew under George Bush. They were into every fabric of our lives.

    March 1, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. New Yorker

    Much to Obama's delight it's back and will be with us till we can shake it off, if that's possible. Think about it folks, we pay the politicians' salaries so they can tax the hell out of us to promote their agendas for their constituents. Now, if their constituents happen to be low income special interest groups, who's left to tax?No, not JUST the rich. Welcome to Socialism and soon to be one world government. Fact not fiction.

    March 1, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. dave

    where were all these people when we were committing to spending 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq? hypocrites, the lot of 'em.

    March 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Greg Hodges

    Yes, and once again the Democrats have to save Capitalism from the capitalists; just as F.D.R. had to in the 1930`s. Does anybody REALLY learn from history. Obviously the Republicans are clueless.

    March 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Ivan

    And was that small government that Bush and the Republicans practiced when they ran up record deficits and debit when they were responsible for running the country?

    March 1, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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