Tom Price: Democrats to blame for talk of government shutdown

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, offered the weekend message for Republicans, laying blame for talk of a federal government shutdown on Democrats and President Barack Obama:

Here’s how Price’s remarks fit into the mix. From the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama says better education in math and science is critical to pushing the U.S. forward in the global competition for innovation and jobs, and he wants the private sector to get involved in making it happen.

Obama recorded his weekly radio and Internet address during a visit this week to Intel Corp. outside of Portland, Ore. He praised the company Saturday for making a 10-year, $200 million commitment to promote math and science education — and held it up as an example of how corporate America can make money at the same time it builds the country.

“Companies like Intel are proving that we can compete — that instead of just being a nation that buys what’s made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe,” Obama said. “Winning this competition depends on the ingenuity and creativity of our private sector. . But it’s also going to depend on what we do as a nation to make America the best place on earth to do business.”

Obama’s West Coast swing, which also included a dinner with big names in California’s Silicon Valley including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, was part of his push to promote a budget proposal that increases spending in targeted areas like education, research and development and high-speed Internet, while cutting in other areas. Republicans newly in control of the House are pushing much deeper cuts and resisting new spending.

The GOP is also taking Obama to task for avoiding significant changes to the biggest budget busters: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. In the Republicans’ weekly radio address, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., trumpeted the GOP’s push to cut $60 billion from the current fiscal year budget and promised a 2012 budget proposal that, unlike Obama’s, offers “real entitlement reform.”

“Our reforms will focus both on saving these programs for current and future generations of Americans and on getting our debt under control and our economy growing,” Price said. “By taking critical steps forward now, we can fulfill the mission of health and retirement security for all Americans without making changes for those in or near retirement.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Cutty

February 19th, 2011
11:35 am

This guy is an arse in the worst sense. Ask him did he vote in favor of budget busting programs such as two wars, tax breaks, and Medicare Part D. Any other republican that voted in favor of any of these needs to stfu.

Last Man Standing

February 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

I think Rep. Price’s statement is accurate. I further think that his ideas do reflect what the majority of Americans think. Quite naturally, those who have fed at the public trough for generations will not agree. They only want more of the money earned and paid in taxes by the achievers in our society – and they want those achievers to pay even more money so they can feed even higher on the hog.

Phil Lunney

February 19th, 2011
12:21 pm

My House Rep, Dr. Tom Price, a Christian Physician that does not believe in Universal Health Care complains about Mr. Obama not listening, but my rep never listens to me. He caters to Corporate and Medical interests and voted to keep the F35 engine “for national security interests”. Dr. Tom why not think about people. Where are the job actions promised in November 2010? Now that the highest income earners have their tax breaks, where is the investment promised?

poison pen

February 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

Cutty, I believe almost all the Dems voted for the wars also. I don’t support the wars and think we should get the hell out, but ddon’t blame them on just one party.

hsgrad

February 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

If I spend 4 minutes and 41 seconds listening to Price, or any other candidate, am I going to hear anything progressive, or new? No thanks!

Uhoh

February 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Congrats you two lefty muttonheads. You represent the “whats in it for me?” generation very well.

hsgrad

February 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

I’d rather start a dog poop cleaning business (Yes, they truly exist, I’ve seen them advertising their services on vehicles…..only in America!)

MP

February 19th, 2011
12:48 pm

Price blames Democrats? Wow, there’s a shock. He probably blames Democrats for the fall of the Roman empire.

Bill

February 19th, 2011
12:49 pm

Obama is my President, and he never listens to me.

Peter Haskett

February 19th, 2011
12:53 pm

Of course he does, that’s all he knows how to do.

double

February 19th, 2011
12:58 pm

I do not think social security and medicare is feeding at the public trough.I do think all able,capable people should work,be responsible.The republicans demanded the continued tax breaks.They got a 2% cut in ss taxes paid by employee.But are saying cut benefits.The country is broke,our money inflating fast,the limited income are,and will hurt the most.All this did not start yesterday.It’s mismanagement,fraud ,theft,unnecessary spending(pork)earmarks) all combined by both parties.

hl

February 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

Dr. Price, First do no harm. By trying to cut the budget on the back of the poor and middle class, you are not increasing consumer spending. By cutting the budget and decreasing government employees by 600,000, you are not increasing consumer spending. The unintended consequences will be increase in unemployment not only among government workers, but among those businesses that depend on those workers to spend money. The federal government will once again collect less money in taxation and the deficit will grow.
If you are serious about cutting the deficit, focus on job growth. There are a lot of people looking forward to getting back to work and paying taxes.

mark

February 19th, 2011
1:01 pm

He is my fearless rep. I told him in 2003 at a town hall meeting that the wars would bankrupt the US. Being a left wing liberal, living in a neo-conservative district and state, leaves me with little hope for “change”.

bart

February 19th, 2011
1:02 pm

Price doesn’t care about the “common man.” He is in the pocket of corporations and the insurance industry. That said, both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown.

Dick

February 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

The redistribution of wealth to the rich has taken place because elected officials engineered it that way. It is no secret that Republicans have a vested interest in the military industrial complex, continuing free general aviation services to private jet owners, and cutting taxes at the top of the chain.

Buckhead

February 19th, 2011
1:21 pm

Yall nothing but Georgia racist people. Stop blameing president Obama for everything blame Georgia Republicans and Bush.

Spot on

February 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

If there was a moderate third party made up of folks who could tell the truth at least occasionally, it would put our two majors out of business.
They make a mess and spin it to blame the other side every time.
Both are worthless.

TnGelding

February 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

The GOP will back down. Are they trying to create another Great Depression? That welfare money spends. And does anything else really matter if we destroy our environment? Federal revenue is roughly the same as it was during Clinton’s last year, Y2K, and they refuse to acknowledge that. The private sector and filthy rich abandoned us. Obama had to step in to stop the hemmoraghing. Do you think he wanted to add over a trillion dollars to the debt and invest in GM and Chrysler? He’ll be there for entitlement reform at the right time. His FY2012 budget was not it. Congress knew the deficits would explode, that’s why the Bush changes were scheduled to expire a natural death after 10 years. That’s not to say we don’t need to make changes. We do. But it has to be done carefully over time to avoid massive disruptions to millions of people.

Our fiscal condition is not as dire as reported. The media has abdicated its responsibility once again and let the looneys control the agenda. If low taxes and less regulation were the answer wouldn’t we be living in utopia? Can anyone name one company that is paying the 35% corporate income tax rate? Many of the most successful aren’t paying a dime. They just collect the taxes anyway as part of their overhead. As inefficient as our tax code is it’s a wonder the deficits aren’t even higher; at least $500 billion to comply with and about that much owed that goes uncollected. Everyone of us know someone that is cheating the system, if we aren’t doing it ourselves.

catlady

February 19th, 2011
1:40 pm

Are people on Twitter called Twits?

catlady

February 19th, 2011
1:43 pm

And if they do handiwork, are they Knit Twits?

Romola

February 19th, 2011
1:45 pm

Same old,same old Republician junk. They want their cake and eat it too. I wish they had to live as we do on our small pension and Social Security. If the Congress had not raided Social Security it would be solvent as far as the eye can see. Both Democrats and Republicians are to blame and now they want to balance the budget on the backs of people who ill can afford it. Wake up America and try to do what is best for retirees so you will not have to take care of us when our funds run out.

deegee

February 19th, 2011
1:46 pm

Amen, TnGelding! I would like to see the tax code revamped in such a way that everyone pays something on a progressive scale. Get rid of all deductions. The highest rate would be somewhere around 20% and the lowest rate would be somewhere around 2%. Most people would pay around 10%. If that’s good enough for The Lord then it should be good enough for government.

Sick of Republicans

February 19th, 2011
2:09 pm

I once lived in Price’s district and he is a jerk. I didn’t live in one of the elite areas of his district so of course he had no time for us. He needs to get on the same horse he rode into Washington on and ride it as far south as he can – probably Mexico.

Logic 05

February 19th, 2011
2:24 pm

From reading the comments posted here I see a large number of Democrats are still unemployed, uneducated and living in their parents basement….grow up America.

Last Man Standing

February 19th, 2011
2:29 pm

Buckhead”

“Yall nothing but Georgia racist people. Stop blameing president Obama for everything blame Georgia Republicans and Bush.”

What if we just blame you? That will take the heat off Obummer.

Last Man Standing

February 19th, 2011
2:30 pm

deegee:

Why not really be fair and institute the “Fair Tax”?

deegee

February 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

There is nothing fair about the fair tax. It is not progressive. It doesn’t eliminate the IRS. As you may know, when consumption is curtailed, tax receipts are negatively impacted. The problem with the states’ budgets are as a result of dwindling sales tax receipts. You have to be able to forecast revenue flow in order to plan public works projects. You can make better forecasts based on income tax revenue than sales tax revenue. The spending habits of consumers are not as easy to forecast as income tax revenue. Additionally, it is being promoted by a self-professed BS artist that happens to have a nationally syndicated talk show.

td

February 19th, 2011
3:06 pm

Romola

February 19th, 2011
1:45 pm
Same old,same old Republician junk. They want their cake and eat it too. I wish they had to live as we do on our small pension and Social Security. If the Congress had not raided Social Security it would be solvent as far as the eye can see. Both Democrats and Republicians are to blame and now they want to balance the budget on the backs of people who ill can afford it. Wake up America and try to do what is best for retirees so you will not have to take care of us when our funds run out.

Now this is a bold face lie that the progressives like to tell to scare our senior citizens. There has been NO PLAN put forth by either party to cut the benefit of current social security recipients. BTW: Bill Clinton was the last person to actually take benefits away when he taxed the benefits. All the plans would increase the retirement age of people who are currently under 50 and maybe cut some of those benefits. Now if they would cut out about half of those SSI checks for the so called disabled people and make them go to work then this country could better take care of the older population.

td

February 19th, 2011
3:16 pm

deegee

February 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

“You can make better forecasts based on income tax revenue than sales tax revenue”

Is it not true that when the economy takes a down turn then people get layed off, take pay cuts or work less hours? Does this effect the income taxes coming into the state? If you go back over the past four years and look at the difference in income and sales tax collected then you will see that there is virtually no difference in the reductions of both categories.

If you want your constant for sales tax then you put the taxes back on food and you do not make food stamps tax exempt. No one has gotten skinny during this recession so food would be the a better constant than any other source of revenue.

Alabama Communist

February 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

Nothing like a Republican trying to blame it on the black dude during Chaos!

Yvonne Woods

February 19th, 2011
3:44 pm

The situation in DC is completely out of control. Everyday I sit back and watch our reps try to blackmail each other in different power plays, not caring what it is doing to the people they are SUPPOSE to be representing.
The Republicans, which like to refer to as “Robbing Hoods” (take from the poor and give to the rich) seem more bent on keeping the Tea Party and their rich sponsors happy than trying to pass legislation that is will be good for the nation as a whole. Why are some many reps intimidated? Because they have accepted money and favors and they can no longer represent ALL the people because they are so beholding to a few. I am so tired of watching our government elected officials rehash the same things over and over. When are you going to actually DO something?
Trying to cut spending by taking from the poor, children and education is just wrong on so many levels. You gave tax breaks to the richest, now you what to take from the poorest. Well, do the nation a favor and cut your own salaries and pay into the social security system, then maybe you won’t be so quick to try and bankrupt it, because at this point, you have done NOTHING to justify being paid.
I am tiring of being in the middle of this constant bickering between politicians. This “blackmail” tactic of threatening to shut down government to get your way amounts to children holding their breath, but yet the only people that are suffering are the people in America. Right now, everyone, Republicans AND Democrats, should be recalled. You are not serving us, you are serving a hand full a people that you have bound and committed yourselves to.
If you truly believe that your arrogant behavior as representatives has gone unnoticed, you are mistaken. There are groups bigger that the Tea Party and other such organizations and they are called “The Rest of America” party.
As far as health care goes, we are so far behind other countries with our antiquated thinking and pandering to the big businesses in the health industry, we can’t see the forest for the trees. Stop trying to repeal the new healthcare bill and start trying to make it better. The problem is that both parties want to say they came up with a plan instead of doing what you were elected to do, which is (in case you have forgotten) is to work TOGETHER for the benefit of EVERYONE.
I can’t wait for the next election, maybe we can elect representatives that are not so self-serving and believe “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL”

Rafe Hollister

February 19th, 2011
3:47 pm

NerObama, fiddling while the country goes bankrupt. The adults have to step forward and change the budgetary practices in this country. We can’t just be Status Quo so NerO can get reelected. The longer we pospone making tough choices, the more severe the pain is going to be.

deegee

February 19th, 2011
3:48 pm

I can’t imagine that anyone between the ages of 25-50 would be in favor of the Fair Tax. My observation is that the people that are most in favor of the Fair Tax are those that have made all of the big ticket purchases that they are going to make in their lifetime. It isn’t fair to make young people that are starting out in life responsible for generating a disproportionate amount of tax revenue. Additionally, a sales tax on food places a disproportionate burden on the young.

There is something inherently wrong with the Fair Tax when the most frequent argument that I have heard in favor of it is that it makes illegal immigrants and welfare recipients pay their “fair share.”

ByteMe

February 19th, 2011
3:49 pm

Is it not true that when the economy takes a down turn then people get layed off, take pay cuts or work less hours? Does this effect the income taxes coming into the state?

It is, but it’s also true that people who are still employed will ALSO cut back their consumption out of fear that they might lose their income… even if they don’t actually lose their income. So they are still paying taxes through income tax, but not consumption tax. Putting all our eggs in a consumption tax basket is a stupid idea if we want to get control over our tax structure.

janet

February 19th, 2011
3:52 pm

Tom Price is my rep and if I send him any comments, I might (maybe) get a form letter but usually not. Since he hasn’t practiced medicine in years I don’t call him Dr. As for cutting programs, I am reminded that as a physician, he voted against extending benefits to returning war veterans. Yes that will show the American public how much he appreciates his vets. I would love it if he waived his salary and benefits as US Congressman for the next fiscal year as a show of real support for deficit spending. He bragged that his net worth was approx. 6 million during the last election When his wife she ran for City Council in Roswell she declared that she was a good candidate because she took care of their “sizeable estate”. So don’t just talk the talk, Tom, get walking.

Rafe Hollister

February 19th, 2011
3:54 pm

Trying to cut spending by taking from the poor, children and education is just wrong on so many levels

Yvonne: I don’t know anyone trying to take anything away from the poor. By definition the poor have little to nothing, so what is to take. Anyone proposing closing the schools?

Your argument is compeling and melodramatic, but not factual.

Rafe Hollister

February 19th, 2011
3:58 pm

Deegee: I think I would read up on the Fair Tax before I sounded off against it. You are not very well informed, but then most people, who spout off against it, do not even understand the basic premise of the Fair Tax.

cam

February 19th, 2011
4:02 pm

I don’t know when ordinary folk are going to wake up to the fact that Repuboicans care NOTHING about you. They are only interested in their rich friends, corporations, the insurance industry, Wall St., the oil industry, etc., etc., etc. It seems you CAN fool most of the people all of the time.

jconservative

February 19th, 2011
4:07 pm

If Price wants to blame the President, fine, good politics. If he actually believes what he says, that is different. I trust Price knows that the Constitution places the responsibility of spending on the House of Representatives. It is the constitutional duty of the House, not the President, to produce a spending plan.

I would recommend they get at it.

Southern Comfort

February 19th, 2011
4:14 pm

It is the constitutional duty of the House, not the President, to produce a spending plan.

You can say that again!!!! Put it on bumper stickers, buttons, and t-shirts too!!! The President can only suggest a budget. For all this talk about budgets, I’m still waiting on Johnny Isaakson’s plan for jobs that he campaigned on. In one of his ads, he said he had a plan to create jobs. If we had more people working and paying more in income taxes, we wouldn’t have such a dire issue with the budget. We could still use the cuts to pay down the debt, but it wouldn’t be such an EMERGENCY if the GOP got to creating the jobs like they said they were going to do.

Tom Swanson

February 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

The only way for a federal budget to pass is for the Republican House to meet with the Democratic Senate and the Democratic President and reach a compromise. But the Republican House refuses to compromise or even meet with Democratic leaders to reach a compromise. As far as they’re concerned, Democrats must either accept their budget, which they passed last night, or the government will be shutdown. Various estimates indicate that the budget they just passed with throw up to a million people out of work, as John Boehner say, “so be it.” Take it or leave it.

When the government shuts down in a couple of weeks, and it probably will, it’ll be the Republicans choosing. They were threatening to shut down the government in their election campaigns last year. Now they have to gall to blame the other party for their refusal to negotiate and reach a compromise. Unbelievable.

Furious Styles

February 19th, 2011
4:37 pm

Whatever….It was easy to stand on the sidelines and sit at home and blame, criticize, and finger point. The Repubs have the House and they’re still finger pointing, stalling and not getting much done. Time to put your money where your mouth is. You’re clock is ticking.

double

February 19th, 2011
4:40 pm

No cuts for seniors my A,just inflate,say no inflation.Deny COLA ,to h– with seniors.Food and energy don’t count in the inflation.

Last Man Standing

February 19th, 2011
4:54 pm

cam:

I think it’s safe to say that you’re bought, payed for and owned by the democrat party.

deegee

February 19th, 2011
4:54 pm

No Rafe, I used to listen to Boortz. I understand the premise. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think that everyone should pay taxes and it should be progressive. I don’t like the social engineering in the tax code. Why in this day and age should people be given a tax break for every child they produce? Why in this day and age should homeowners be given a tax break for the interest on their mortgage? Just make the rate affordable, progressive and have it apply to everyone.

Rafe Hollister

February 19th, 2011
5:29 pm

Poor people would be better off under the Fair Tax due to the prebate. The Dems will demonize the plan to the extent that the “know nothings” in their party will believe that it is against their best interest.

The politicians Dem and Rep do not want this Fair Tax as it would eliminate their ability to fudge the current system allowing them to pick winners and losers. Both parties like rewarding their friends and punishing their enemies. If we could get it passed adn signed it would return power to the people and away from the politicians. It will probably never happen as too many “know nothings” believe what they are told to believe by their favorite politician.

Last Man Standing

February 19th, 2011
5:37 pm

deegee:

” I think that everyone should pay taxes and it should be progressive”

We definitely disagree on the second part of your statement. A progressive income tax is just another way of accomplishing the redistribution of wealth.

On another note, you do know where the “Fair Tax” idea originated and who did the statistical analysis, don;t you? I will tell you that it was not Boortz nor was it John Linder.

Federale

February 19th, 2011
6:49 pm

“…laying blame for talk of a federal government shutdown on Democrats and President Barack Obama”

Go ahead and shut her down. During the Clinton/Gingrich shutdown back in the mid-90s we all got a lovely vacation – with full retroactive pay – and the country was no worse for it. They only shut down “non-essential” services anyway so all the scare talk about retirees not getting their social security checks is BS. I need a few days off (with full pay of course) to take care of a few projects around the house.

Tom Swanson

February 19th, 2011
7:00 pm

“This is not an abstraction,” [President Obama] said at his Tuesday press conference. “People don’t get their Social Security checks. They don’t get their veterans payments. Basic functions [are] shut down. And it would have a adverse effect on our economic recovery.”

Many conservatives believe the effects of a shutdown have been overblown. Potential 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, said last week that a shutdown would force Obama to work more closely with Republicans.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sc-dc-government-shutdown-20110219,0,3376872.story