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Colbert Busch Opposes Obama Budget As Does Sanford

Released today, the Democrat disagrees with the president's budget.

UPDATED: To include in Mark Sanford's statement on the budget.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, has been painted by Republicans as someone who will be little more than a rubber stamp for the agenda of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Colbert Busch has resisted that characterization and further evidence of her moderate stance on fiscal matters came on Wednesday when she announced she'd be opposing President Obama's budget. 

Colbert Busch even goes so far as to link Obama with Rep. Paul Ryan (R- WI) by cutting benefits to seniors. She also said the president's budget does not cut spending enough. Her full statement:

“I respectfully disagree with the budget that President Obama is expected to present today because it simply doesn’t take the right steps to putting our fiscal house back in order – especially from my perspective as a businesswoman. The fact is, we have to balance our budget, cut our spending and lower taxes for small businesses to create jobs. Unfortunately, this budget takes the opposite approach; it raises taxes, doesn’t balance and doesn’t cut enough – when we should be laser-focused on slashing wasteful and duplicative spending.

“Not only does President Obama’s plan fail to put our finances back in order, it would cut benefits for our seniors, which is wrong. I believe that our seniors earned their Social Security by putting money away every single paycheck for a lifetime – knowing that they could count on Social Security when they retired. Just this week, I met with seniors at Island Oaks Living Center, and they told me how much they worked and depend on Social Security – and I will stand with them. Simply put, Social Security doesn’t contribute to the deficit, and politicians should keep their hands off the trust fund.

“Between President Obama’s budget and Representative Paul Ryan’s plan, neither one has a fiscal approach that is acceptable to South Carolina families. The people of the 1st Congressional District need a representative who will fight for those values in Washington – restoring fiscal responsibility without throwing our seniors under the bus. As a tough and independent businesswoman, I’ll fight for a balanced budget amendment, cut wasteful spending and lower taxes on small businesses.”

Mark Sanford, Colbert Busch's opponent in the race also released a statement on the Obama budget:

"I've been fighting for balanced budgets and lower taxes during the whole of my time in politics, so from the standpoint of the president's budget continuing to deficit spend and raising taxes to boot, I reject it out of hand," Sanford said. "What I find fascinating though, is that while my opponent has spent her time up until now advocating for budget-busting items like the stimulus and Obamacare, she now wants to talk about balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. I would respectfully suggest that you can't have your cake and eat it too - advocating for more in the way of spending, advocating for a balanced budget, while refusing to offer any plan for changing the financial course we're on as a nation."

"I am starting to see a pattern develop in regards to my opponent's issue stances - she is for Boeing jobs, yet also for the very union that brought the complaint to the NLRB to have Boeing close up shop in South Carolina. She is for balancing our budget and lowering taxes, yet she supported the failed trillion dollar stimulus and Obamacare, which raised taxes and moved us away from balancing the budget."

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maizenbluedoc April 10, 2013 at 01:54 PM
It is easy to make her statement now, but once elected, she will be expected (and, yes, coerced) to tow the Obama, Pelosi, and Reid party line. How many people have overtly opposed the Obama doctrine?
Bob Ginsky April 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM
A vast majority of Americans agree that taxes must be raised on the ultra wealthy. Loopholes must be closed. A person making $200 Million per year should have to pay more than 15% in tax, it's a no-brain er. I will not cast a vote for someone who doesn't get that message.
Ken W April 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
She started early in an attempt to appeal to the bible thumpers Obama haters, also failing to say what she would do differently, giving the Appalachian trail guy another opening to returned to Congress.
Bob Ginsky April 10, 2013 at 03:18 PM
As to cuts to seniors, (and I am one), let's make it clear, the talk is about decreasing the rate of future increases. There isn't a cut to present day benefits, and benefits will continue to rise. Let's not pull a Romney on everyone... (the China auto jobs lie) .... which probably cost him the election. I hope both candidates speak fairly about the issues. We don't need sensational FOX style news clips or politicians scaring Seniors and Vets. Many of us are fed-up with SC politicians and any candidate mouthing stale Tea Party rhetoric is poised to lose. Raise taxes on the wealthy, leave the middle class alone, clean up wasteful and duplicitous spending, amend the constitution to define a "person" as a living human being, force politicians to fly the company logos of big donors on their government websites so we know which corporations potentially own our politicians, mandate government paid websites of our politicians, to show a link on each homepage to his or her voting record. There are so many things to be done if we are to ever eliminate corruption in our government and in both parties.
reg April 10, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I strongly disagree with your statement, Ken. Both points in it, in fact. What was this "appeal to the bible thumpers" you mention? And she's pointed out lots of specific things she'd do, and do differently --- can you explain your stand on these a little more?
reg April 10, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Social Security is completely separate and independent from the annual budget. It is its OWN budget, in fact. For that to even come to the table on the subject of budgeting is silly. I'm glad Busch's pointed out that she won't deal with those kinds of political tricks.
Nan Hahn April 10, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Bob Ginsky - you had me until the "person" amendment. A fetus is not a "living" being until it can breathe on it's own. If you don't want government messing with your money, then you should also want to keep government out of our bedrooms and our wombs. People who want to make decisions about OTHER peoples bodies, based on agendas, are little more than voyeurs. And BTW - Romney didn't bomb because of the China bit - he bombed because he insulted 47% of the population.
Ayn Rand April 10, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Bob Ginsky- You stated that there is no cuts proposed to seniors. If you were expecting a 2 1/2% cost of living increase and only wound up with 1%,what would you call it? Fuzzy math? The magical missing money? Ayn Ryanomics?
reg April 10, 2013 at 04:19 PM
so much for those "small gubbamint!" claims
stanley seigler April 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM
re: '... keep government out of our bedrooms and our wombs.'[NH] F-our-I: [CLIP] 'a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases...seven in 10 oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned...[end clip] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States opine: one is either for legal (pro choice) or illegal abortion (pro life)...ie, there will be abortions...are there any stats showing abortion rate pre/post Roe v... irony/hypocrisy...get government outta our lives...except for our bedrooms, wombs, and marriages...
Chris Kapeghian April 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I can’t’ see a future for her in South Carolina politics. Nowhere does she demand to see the Presidents birth certificate, compare him to Hitler or call him a Kenyan/Marxist/Socialist/Communist. She didn’t even insult his wife and children. How can she possibly appeal to the South Carolina voters?
Kewi Kewi April 10, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Nan, I read Bob's comment on personhood to be exactly what you are espousing. Did I miss something or read it incorrectly?
Tim April 10, 2013 at 05:28 PM
So just because they are smarter or work harder and make more money than you they should be penalized? Lets be fair about it.... everyone has a Gross Income.... EVERYONE should be required to pay 15% tax on that and NO ONE gets any deductions, plain and simple and EVERYONE pays their FAIR share that way!
reg April 10, 2013 at 05:41 PM
The U.S. has the lowest taxes on wealth of all developed nations, and is the only country on the planet that taxes poverty. If the rich want to complain, tell them to get the hell out. And Tim, don't forget how too many rich folks get rich --- by sitting on their butts while everybody else does the work. In our country, CEOs average $11 million a year -- that's 325 times greater than the average wage. The only country that comes closest to that displaced ratio is 50:1. That's not democracy. That's not capitalism. That's plutocratic serfdom - the same thing so many of our founders came here to escape -- and borrowing from marxian economic principles, too.
stanley seigler April 10, 2013 at 09:08 PM
re: we should be laser-focused on slashing wasteful and duplicative spending [colberT] indeed...but no one does...instead laser-focus on across the boards cuts (sequestration) and voodoo, trickle UP economics... why cant we focus on effective, efficient gummint vice program/tax cuts...we need a scalpel not a chainsaw...facts not myths...good business not party business...common good not party good. sadly colberT vice following up on waste-etal...panders to GOPs with talks of blanket tax cuts...
joe April 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Elizabeth Busch, regarding her 'jobs creation' stimulus spending. Ms. Busch, hired in 2008 by Clemson University's off-site 'wind turbine institute' at an annual salary of $120,154 is the Institute's Director of Marketing. In 2009 Clemson received a $45 million dollar federal 'jobs stimulus' grant to build a wind-turbine testing facility. The facility is far behind schedule and is still not open. To-date, the 'program' has created a reported 134 jobs at a cost of $320,000 per job. But they're apparently good jobs! Ms. Busch has pulled in over $600,000 (plus benefits!) since signing on. 'cut wasteful spending'? Pelosi Jr. is the poster child for wasteful spending
joe April 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM
10 GRAND a plate to party with Busch on April 15th in Washington D.C.? I guess when she says 'The people of the 1st Congressional District need a representative who will fight for those values in Washington' she meant the 'values' of the people in Washington 'D.C.' that will attending thiis 10 GRAND a plate party.Come on reg and Rusty!! Call your gal and have her release the guest list and donors. Let the voters of SC 1 see who is funding her campaign and if THEY reflect HER 'values' and the 'values' of SC 1 voters.
reg April 11, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Cite your source, please.
reg April 11, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Actually, it's $500 for that one. https://secure.actblue.com/page/dcapril15 If somebody wants to give more as an official "sponsor," sure, but you got a problem with that? You're also hoping people won't see where Sanford's getting all his money: http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/401/13961219401/13961219401.pdf#navpanes=0 http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/481/13961234481/13961234481.pdf Where's all of his money coming from? out of state --- from the Kochs. And from Howard Rich (the guy who makes up business names, all of which list him as owner, and which use the same Philly PO Box, and then sends max contributions from each of those made-up business names to bypass max contribution amounts). Keep it up, kid. You're making this too easy for me.
stanley seigler April 11, 2013 at 01:43 AM
re: everyone has a Gross Income.... EVERYONE should be required to pay 15% tax on that... as mentioned this would require a 3 line 1040 line 1: gross income (incl investments) line 2. tax rate 15% (what ever) line 3. tax owed (rate x gross) guess this is just too simple...how in hell did we end up with current tax code... in addition to a 3 line 1040...we need to focus on efficient/effective gummint...cut and slash programs creates as many problems as it solves
joe April 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Think Ray Lewis will attend and donate?
reg April 11, 2013 at 03:54 AM
typical jo jo reply. He makes stuff up, can't provide anything to back it up, gets his junk refuted ---- so he tries to divert to meaningless, juvenile tangents. Tip for jo jo: put up or shut up. If all you have is silly falsehoods, do us all a favor and divert your attention back to your middle school homework.
Warren Burns May 07, 2013 at 03:45 PM
If elected will you also support the presidents plan of gun control, or leave it alone? I want to keep receiving my investment check, (Not Entitlement), from Social Security every month, but not at the expense of changes to our Founding Fathers Bill of Rights!!!!

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