March 1st, 2009
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

'Era of big government' back, Republican says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/01/art.pricedefazio.cnn.jpg 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. Bud in NC

    Well Mr Price, you say that is not the change the American people are interested in? Get your head out of the sand. The American people sure as hell voted in November for change. Did you forget? The Rush/Coulter/Palin bunch as well as you do not speak for "the American people" President Obama does. Get used to it.

    March 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. patgarrett

    someone tell the cons the jig is up,there is no turning back to failed status quo policy.I'm personally troubled that they still do not seem to understand the national reaction to their poor leadership and policies,and their continued scheming to return to power by veiling their same failed policies by calling them something that their not .These attempts will of course fail.progressive policy of shared sacrifice will trump greedy individualism this time. the repubs and the con's are suffering bad Karma,it is unleashed against ill will and the bad nature of their thinking .

    March 1, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. DavidinCA

    If you think big business sucked the life out of our economy and yes, this is exactly what one greedy sector of it did, wait 'till you see what big government will do. Big government really will just put any recovery in extreme slow motion. What we are seeing now is government greed trying to outdo private greed. Apparently government will win this contest and the American economy will lose.

    March 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Think about it

    The reason Rep. don't want big goverment is because they don't want goverment standing in there way of doing what they have done for the past 8 years. Transfer wealth to the top. They don't want Gov. to have any oversight over the banks so the big CEO's can do what they've done the past 8 years. Make risky loans and get PAID. They don't want Gov involved in health care so they can make sweatheart deals with the drug companies, and Insurance companies can keep raising our rates.

    And as far as the Tax issue. Please keep in mind if you don't make over 250K THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. you get a tax break! And lets get real... We know those making over 250K can afford accountants who know how to hide there money so they don't pay taxes on it. They're not paying their fair share now so why not raise their taxes and close the loopholes. I think the current tax rate is 35%. I'm willing to bet that most of them are paying less than 20% OF THIER TOTAL INCOME after their account finds creative ways to hide their money.

    One last thing... Please stop blaming the housing problems on those who purchased homes they could not afford. First of all they're not the ones who wrote the checks. Banks did a por job of verifying information because they didn't care. The knew they were going to sell the loans to someone else.

    Second.. these people were being told by the lender that the could afford the homes. And yes alot of them were uneducated, and taken advantage of by the lender so that they could get paid. These people put their trust in the lenders who failed to explain to them what an ARM or interest only loan was. They convenience these people that they didn't have to worry because the value of their home would go up.

    Yes there are alot of them who just made a bad choice, but the cast majority of them were taken advantage of by the banks and lender.

    March 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. my thought

    funny this didn[t come up during G.W's trillion dollar budget for the year 2008

    March 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. kingdomkd2

    It wasn' all Bush. Remember president I didn't have sex with that woman! He disgraced our country like never before. Not once but many times over. He cut spending on our troops and sent them into harms way without armour. Black Hawk Down is a close to truth version of what happened. Why do we have to be dems or republicans etc. and so forth anyway. I was under the impression we were all living in America and we were all in the same boat here. Am I missing something? Did we rename our country and people in it. A divided house will fall.

    March 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Armando

    It's been back for a while now. Where were these guys that last 8 years?? Is Ron Paul the only honest politician left in DC?

    March 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. ib

    I am in my early 60's and I have never seen so much hate people have for one another except during the late 60's over another war. This president is doing nothing to try to calm people. His attitude is my way or the highway so much for working with people. The liberals all talk about hate from the conservatives and all they do is sprew hate toward the conservatives. Both sides have good and bad ideas so why not try to work things from both sides? Bush started tearing down this country with his out of controll spending and Obama will finish what Bush started if he doesn't change. HIs change is more of the same with far left liberal programs added.

    March 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Gerry

    Funny, I though President Obama just issued an outline of programs. No where in it did he talk about increasing size of government

    March 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. kingdomkd2

    I do know this....we are in for a struggle with this pres. You can dis Limbaugh all you want but what he is saying is true. You think this Pres. is sincere? Well I'll be willing to bet you will eat crow before the year is over. You will feel the effects of your pres. as well as the rest of us. Then we shall see who's crying.

    March 1, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. jdele

    Im neither a Republican or a Democrat. Both are made up of true hypocrites, but that's politics.

    The biggest problem I have with all this spending is the tax stuff. I dont think the government ought to take money from the people that have earned it and then give it to the leeches that suck the life out of this country.

    March 1, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Obama - NOPE

    HURRY 2010 !! Please, hurry.

    March 1, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. rich

    I'm so sick and tired of these Repigs. They should be all be put in a hot air balloon with limited energy supply, and set out over the Atlantic ocean. When they land the sharks can have them, especially their leader Rush Oxycontin Limbaugh. He alone will be a mouth full for any shark. Probably take a few of them to get to his bone, but I'm shore they will be happy to tear that fat @@@ up.

    March 1, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Jim

    Goverment grew to it largest size in history under Shrub, they just keep repeting the same mantra:

    Tax cuts fix all – it is all Bill Clintons fault – Obama is a Socialist.

    Funny thing, every Republican who calls Obama a socialist that I have met in the last 12 months, when asked hasn't been able to tell me what a socialist is, at best they describe a Communist at worst they describe a Union.

    Oh yeah, and if I hear them call Obama "the Messiah" I know automatically 2 things:

    1) They can't be a Christian since they don't know Jesus was and is the Messiah.
    2) They are letting Rush and the Scarecrow put words in their mouths.

    March 1, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Sue

    While is it that RCN has the right to small gov and tax cut, which is their belived? then DNC has no right to do what they belived which is big gov, and tax increase?
    fox news has the rihgt to trash obama, and others? but msnbc has no right to trash RCN.

    March 1, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Scott Pruden

    I thought 'deficeits don't matter'? That's what the GOP said over and over and over and over ....

    March 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. LMC in Seattle

    To "Jon in Ca:"
    The Obama administration, despite many economists saying that we need to do it, has NOT advocated nationalizing the banks.

    President Obama has stated before that he does not believe in wealth re-distribution. We already pay taxes based on our income, this is not a new invention, although tax cuts for the rich and so-called "trickle-down" economy was pushed by the Republicans. It hasn't worked!

    Has there been greater loss of liberty lately than what we lost with the Patriot Act? What loss of liberty are you talking about? What liberties does President Obama want to take away?

    If by Nanny-state politics you mean better regulation of our financial institutions, I believe lack of regulation is one of the contributors to our present economic crisis.

    March 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. meh

    Too funny. These are the same people who think it's perfectly ok to wiretap American citizens, to tell women what they can and can't do w. their uteruses, and what people can and can't do in their own bedrooms. And they're complaining about "big government"? Ha No, they're just peeved that big business, lobbyists, and wall street are finally being held accountable for screwing over the little guy.

    annie– I think you forgot to take your meds today. Please give us examples of how PRESIDENT Obama is "destroying" the country. I'd really like to know. Oh no! Not healthcare everyone can afford! God forbid! What??? Education for everyone! How will the GOP be able to pull the wool over ignorant people's eyes any longer? Nooooo! Oh, and even worse: roads people can actually drive on! Horrible!!
    Get. A. Grip.

    March 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    Come on right wingers, keep bleating the talking points supplied to you by your lords and masters in corporate America since they own the Republicans' souls.
    Here's something I'm not hearing about-solutions. Whine and whine and whine. Bush, like his Daddy, and Ronnie before him cut taxes to the wealthy. What have we seen since? The top 1% earned 10% of the income when Reagan took office, they now earn 24%. But, let's trust them to trickle it down. Really? Then how come middle and lower income wages have not kept up?

    The plan entails risk but, Obama has a plan. He is the only one acting like an adult willing to make tough decisions. The rest of you should come back when you have a way to fix this.

    March 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Scott

    Funny....I am friends with many Canadians and have spent a bit of time in Canada...and they don't seem to have any issue with things like; affordable college, health care, support for public education, the list goes on....oh and look, they still have their liberties. All this hysteria about so-called bigger government is simple-minded, which should be of no surprise since it comes from the far-right. These people who decry Canada's government and some of the European governments are simply talking out their hat and playing on people's insecurities. I find it amusing that the same neo-con tools had no trouble doubling the debt and defecit to support the Bush Doctrines, but now are blowing about the cost of Obama's budget. HYPOCRITES...every last one. Wake up people.

    March 1, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. moosehuntin girl

    People working in big government usually vote for Democratic and therein lies the rub.Republicans are scared they will never get elected again,and they wont.hahahahha

    March 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Griff............... on The Truth...

    When you think! You can tell others, how to spend "THEIR"_____ Money. It will just lead to less investment. Who wan't to Buy a House/Venture; that some-else owns. You think like little-people. So you get minimum-wages....

    March 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. virginia for obama

    " Change scares people" . . . because its the unknown. I have to admit that I wasn't happy about it either when the company I work for (film processing plant ) swithched from traditional to digital. In the begining it freaked me out. . . . But, in order for the company to stay in business they had to make drastic changes in order to compete. So, no matter how we feel about changing here in AMERICA, it has to be done so we can stay in business as well. WE HAVE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

    March 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Mark

    I guess what this idiot meant to say is "This is the end of the era of Reagan Republican big government and the beginning of government for the people."

    March 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Bill

    The era of Big Government never went away. The Bush administration created the largest bureaucracy in U.S. history with DHS, and the majority of jobs that were created over the last eight years were in the public sector.

    March 1, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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