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GOP: Obama budget moves U.S. 'to left'

March 28, 2009 at 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's budget proposals will move the country "dramatically" to the left, a Republican Party spokesman warned Saturday.

In the GOP's weekly radio address, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who almost joined Obama's Cabinet as commerce secretary, blasted the deficit spending contained in the proposed budget.

"The dramatic move to the left and the massive increase in the size and cost of the government ... will lead to an immense national debt that not only threatens the value of the dollar and puts at risk our ability to borrow money to run the government," Gregg said, adding that Obama's budget would "double the national debt," and in the next 10 years, triple it.

"We believe that you run a sound and affordable government not by running up the national debt to historic levels and unsustainable levels while over-taxing working Americans and spending as if there is no tomorrow, but rather by working on limiting the growth of government in a manner that is affordable not only today but for the next generation through limiting spending and addressing core issues like the cost of entitlements," Gregg said.

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