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. fred

    Republicans know how to use fear card. where were they the last 8 years?

    March 1, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. jcd

    Spending 60% more than you take in...Warning: Our elected "leaders" are trained professionals. Do not attempt this stupid stunt with your home budget. BTW, PrezBO's 2012 campaign theme – "Change We Can't Afford"

    March 1, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. thomas

    The whole issue seems to be: should government control business or should business control government? We have seen what happens when government cedes control to corporations and what happens when government becomes too powerful and spends too much. What many people fail to realize in the midst of all this Socialist bullcrap, is that President Obama is trying to restore balance to this dislocated power structure. He is trying to get past these antiquated ways of thinking to restore prosperity for all, not just a select few.

    March 1, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. krejaton

    To Katiec and Chuck: Here we supposedly live in the land of free speech and civil liberty, yet we have the like of you wanting to silence all voices of dissent. Perhaps you should jump back 30 years and go enjoy the creature comforts of Soviet Russia where all voices of opposition were also silenced. As for me, I prefer to live in a land where all sides can speak and be heard no matter if they spew from the American Communist Party or the KKK.

    So stop with you Gestapo tactics and grow up. When you silence the minority, like you seek to do, you end up with despotism. You may not like the message but to seek to silence the message is worse.

    March 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Big Government has been hear for years. So what's his point; honestly?

    March 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Independent

    I just do get these people of the Republican party...Bush could spend all he wanted and not one, NOT ONE Republican member stood up to it's to late and President Obama is trying to get this Country straightened around and all they Republicans do is complain.....

    President Obama is putting Country first, can't say that for the Republican is always the's time to move on people and get to work and HELP, stop criticizing...and for once EARN your money....

    I sure hope that the Congress stop their pay raises for the year....NOT A GOOD THING AT THIS TIME.........

    March 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. SJW

    Maggie, it will take up until 2010 to get us out of the mess Bush put us in. Remember he was in the White House for 8 long years causing the economy to be what it is, so do you think Obama can fix his mess in just a few months, I don't think so, and anyone with a mind should and would know better.

    March 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Minda Lillie

    The difference is where the money is spent. The total mess that Bush and company left forced the spending that Obama is having to do right now. the real deficit was just kept off the books by Bush and his voodoo economic lies. Obama had the courage to put the truth into the real budget instead of lying and trying to conceal the war costs and disaster spending. He has tried to put money aside for health care, which we do need. He is trying to make the investments in energy and education that we really need.

    I am sick to death of hearing what the republicans think. They did control this govt for more that 8 years with their control of congress under Clinton. what did they do? they spent us into this hole and now complain about the fact that Obama has to spend because they created such a mess that business is failing across the whole country. The only institution left is the govt and it must spend to get our economy moving again. I am for spending, as long as it helps Americans right here and not off in Iraq or for some fat cats extras. I find Rush to be the most disgusting human being. I hope he chokes on his own fat tongue!

    March 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. kingdomkd2

    One last thing before I go........What makes you or anyone think that the same government that destroyed Social Security and our country will fix it? They were the ones who took money that was not theirs, and now are on a spending spree that will cost us all a lifetime to repay. That is unless Al Gore comes up with a new invention for a new green money tree that will save our planet. No the fact of the matter is, we have taken God out of the equasion and thus the reason for failure in this country. There is no other explaination for it. Without Him we can do nothing and scripture says a divided house will fall. May God bless you all and give each of us wisdom to get through the times ahead.

    March 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Rural CA

    Republicans: either help or get out of the way! Your finger wagging and politics of division have worn very thin. Please also stop claiming big government is intruding into our lives. Aren't you the party that wants to tell me who I can marry and whether or not I can have an abortion? Stop moralizing and start thinking about solutions for our country's problems!

    March 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Hey, Price Where were you for the last 8 years that allowed the Cheney/Bush administration to run this great country of ours into the ground?

    I've never heard of you before now. Guess it takes an elected Presidential Democrat to bring you out in the open. I call that cowardice and shirking resposibility.

    March 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Eric

    Good grief. G.W. Bush presided over the largest increase in the size of government since FDR (and a far less productive growth than we saw under the New Deal). I'm more than a little tired of the Rush-worshipping whackjobs on the right.

    March 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Angie in Pa

    Big Goverment LAUGHABLE Coming from the Gop, The Gop have become the WHINE Party, While Bush was Wasting our MONEY in Iraq and Balling out Ceos On Wall St NOT A PEEP FROM THE WHINE PARTY! They think we will forget the Disasters of the Last 8 years from them and their President Bush. RIP– GOP!

    March 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. John Anthony

    Good! The era of big business was an absolute disaster, so I'll take my chances with big government. Unlike big business, big government can be voted out! I say, time for more regulation, and even wage and bonus caps on ALL CEOs. They do it to us, so why shouldn't it be done to them? They won't respond well and it would hurt their performance, you say? Well, if they're only in it for the money, then fire them, just like they'd do to us for having the same attitude!

    March 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Grandma

    The Republican National Committee elected their first-ever African-American party chief.
    This is the male version of Sarah Palin. Only picked because the democrats and the American people have put race totally out of the picture. Took 5 times voting before they elected him. They only picked Mr. Steele because the republicans have taking so much heat for there all white party.
    This is kind of like when NBC comes out with a show about psychic detectives then two months later FOX comes out with a show about psychic detectives

    March 1, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Sharon - NC

    I'll take 'big government', whatever that means, over no government, no leadership, corruption and old, out of touch ideas anyday. Did we go from tiny government on January 20th to big government somehow? I must have mistakenly seen extra zeroes in what our government wasted our money on before January 20th.

    March 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. John

    Just more hypocrisy from sore losers. Big Government has been around for the last 8 years or so. They have no room to be complaining about it now that suddenly they're not the ones funneling money into their pet projects.

    At least the bill isn't violating the constitution and stripping us of our rights. I guess that's a step in the right direction

    March 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    What a fun time watching the ridiculous Republicans try to reinvent themselves as, get this, conservative stewards of this country. How funny is this in light of eight years of Bush! Oh, and don't get me started on just how big this government is getting with REPUBLICANS not running the show as when that same government GOT big when these did run the show! You would think that all Americans were dumb and blind but Republicans will try anything to get their way, kind of like a virus who you would wish would just go away! REPUBLICANS AND VIRUSES, just try and stamp them out and they continue to infest!

    March 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Rick

    its a shame that all those who support Obama and this spending package are blinded by the Obama smoke. Take a minute and look at your kids and see who is paying for this spending, its not you its your kids. So when you complain that there is nothing when you get old and retire,] blame yourself.

    March 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. kristina, seattle

    Good. Just look where the myth of "small government" and deregulation got is.

    March 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Jason (from Chicago)

    There was a 40% increase in the size of government under Pres. Bush...thats the largest increase in our government since its initial the republicans want to blame Obama for "big government"? Republicans are pathetic hypocrites.

    March 1, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. REG in AZ

    Faulting 'big government' to rationalize the need for and to excuse irresponsible government is an effort trying to deceive and ignore the problems at hand. It would be irrational and likely only offered by those who self-indulgently want to go back to more of the same. We are in deep sh__ and government better take some very drastic actions to turn things around and then we can worry about 'big government' latter. To do otherwise would be irresponsible.

    March 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Lori

    Is this man serious? Bush and the Republicans were the biggest spenders of all. We got into this mess because of 8 long years with Bush.and the GOP. Where was the Republican protests when Bush racked up the trillion dollar deficit?

    Ask him and the Republicans this: Where was the outcry when Bush was spending us into this mess? WHERE???

    March 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Wake Up Please

    The era of trying to make government work is back – hopefully.

    Health care, the environment, a energy policy that doesn't finance America's enemies... those are "big government" issues that the Repubs could have tried to tackle, and either botched or avoided. Now it's the Dem's turn... and honestly... there is little way they can do worse, and a million ways they can do better.

    The Republicans have zero credibility right now. Zero. And the more that their nonsense-talkers, like Rush and Jindal, sound like the Republican's true voice, the less the Repubs are helping anything beyond making themselves look worse.

    March 1, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's pathetic the number of bloggers who say that this is what Bush did as justification for Obama doing it. Wasn't lack of fiscal responsibility one of the things you airheads wanted to change? Well how can more big spending and tax cuts get us out of a hole that was dug by too much spending and tax cuts? Do you expect that the same actions that got us into this mess will magically get us out? Insanity! It doesn't matter if the spending is in Iraq or bailing out welfare queens. Spending is spending.

    March 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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