February 7th, 2009
02:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele questions if Democrats’ power ‘has gone to their heads’

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Watch Steele give the Republican address.

(CNN) – Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, questioned whether Democrats’ power “has gone to their heads.”

In the weekly Republican address, Steele said of Congressional Democrats:

"For the last two weeks, they've been trying to force a massive spending bill through Congress under the guise of economic relief.”

Steele said Republicans are ready to work with “reasonable Democrats to do what is right for America,” but he charged the Republican ideas have not been included.

"Good ideas - lots of them - all left out of this plan by the Democrats in Congress,” he said.

(Full text after the jump)

"This is Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Democrats have controlled both branches of government for less than a month. And you have to wonder if all that power has gone to their heads.

"For the last two weeks, they've been trying to force a massive spending bill through Congress under the guise of economic relief.

"All of us – Republicans and Democrats – agree the government must act to kick-start the American economy. American families are doing their best to balance their own budgets and pay their mortgages.

"The fastest way to help those families is by letting them keep more of the money they earn. Individual empowerment: that's how you stimulate the economy.

"But the Democrats have a different philosophy. Instead of leaving money in the family checkbook, they want to send it to Washington, run it through a slow and inefficient government, and hope that does some good.

"When families keep the money, they spend it, save it, or invest it. And the private sector economy benefits when families and businesses buy consumer goods or invest it for the future. But when Washington spends the money, some of it may flow into the economy, but all too often, much gets wasted.

"Democrats in Congress want a one-trillion dollar spending bill. You've heard about the pork-barrel programs they want to fund - 45 million dollars for ATV trails and removal of fish passage barriers is one that caught my eye. Exactly what is a fish passage barrier and why does it cost 45 million dollars to stimulate the economy with it?

"That's why Republicans in the House voted against uncontrolled spending. This is not a bragging point, but rather a statement that at least Republicans would stand with the American taxpayer.

"But voting 'no' is not enough... and Republicans have offered innovative ideas to help struggling families and small businesses. We've offered plans to spark job creation and investment through lower taxes, to stop the taxation of unemployment benefits, and to help Americans keep their jobs and their homes.

"The comprehensive Republican plan would lower taxes for all working American families. If you're married, the first $16,750 you make this year will be taxed at ten percent. Why don't we cut that rate in half to give instant buying power to every working American family?

"Good ideas... lots of them... all left out of this plan by the Democrats in Congress.

"Republicans stand ready to work with reasonable Democrats to do what is right for America.

"But it will take more than bipartisan words from the President. It will require fair-minded action from Democrats in Congress.

"Thanks for listening."


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soundoff (775 Responses)
  1. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    As if the same weren't true of Republicans when they had the chance?

    February 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. C W

    First they throw a woman at us (Palin), now they throw out a Black guy (Steele). They don't get it – put some lipstick on that pig and IT'S STILL A PIG!

    it's their IDEAS that stink. Want proof? Eight years of Bush & Company, 20 years of "trickle-down economics" (AKA voodoo economics) and what do we have? Global financial meltdown, two quagmire wars, a warming planet, a severly divided nation ...

    The Republicans are CLUELESS!

    February 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Billy

    Boy, that would be terrible.

    If one of the parties got drunk with power and went off the deep end.

    Sure wouldn't want to be around when that happens.

    February 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Nannie Bourroughs

    Look Baldy: Elections do have consequences!

    One of the BIG ones is: Republicans can no longer RENDITION the Democrats to secret torture camps in Germany!

    February 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    GOP equals negative and obstructionist views.

    February 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Rider3

    He's simply a puppet for the Repuglicans. As always, they show how hypocritical they are.

    February 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Meka

    Steele, needs to go back to being Fox News Commentator!

    February 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Mike, this bill has been available for the ObstructiPubs to look at and review for weeks and weeks.

    Where have you been????

    If you don't like it, offer some viable alternatives!

    It is a bit late for your input, don't you think?

    February 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Canadian soccer mom

    He's kidding right?
    So, Democrats are unreasonable and the power they've had (for two weeks) has gone to their head. When somebody doesn't agree with you, insult them. Another politician trying to get attention by acting in an obnoxious manner. When will they realize that Americans just voted against that?

    February 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. jeff

    Is this guy serious?

    He arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors.

    Talk about ethics.

    February 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Cyrus

    Question to you sir, has the newly found captainship of a sinking ship has completely erased your sense and sensibility? All that rubbish about the stimulus package doesn't make any sense. I am sure you guys didn't mind rolling over and giving a blank check when Bush was president.

    I understand that as the chairman of the hypocrite party, the least you can do is feign outrage. But come on! And you wonder why regular folks don't support your party anymore and why your party has become the haven for religious nuts, David Duke, moral police, and plain stupid.

    February 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    Isn't that exactly how the Republicans governed when they controlled the white house and the congress? I don't recall a lot of attempts at Democratic inclusion in Bush supported legislation that created the mess that the Democrats now have to clean up

    February 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. G from RTP

    Token....

    February 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THIS AIN'T ABOUT POWER, IT'S ABOUT THE ECONOMY, STUPID. STEELE ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE REPUBLICANS JUST DON'T GET IT.

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. ANN HANNA

    Pelosi and Reid should be demoted. They set the negative tone in the Senate and it is ridiculous.

    As a registered Democrat, I am appalled at their behavior during this very critical debate and effort.

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Rorschach

    Give it up, Steele. Your opposition's supposed to just roll over for you? Oh, I forgot. If YOUR guys stand up to support their beliefs, they're "patriots".... if your opposition stands up to support their beliefs, they're "Liberal traitors".

    Who's got the ego? And who the heck put you OR your party in charge of judgment?

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. C Spurgeon

    This guy is starting out right just like the rest of the attitudes that got us into this. I watched a little on TV last ight and Mc Cain came across as seriously disturbed with his smalln gang in the corner. Thank god for the moderates who were suffering for breaking ranks. Who do they think they are the Klan??

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Lou from CT

    This sounds like the same old Republican puting in the corner tantrum since the election. Mr. Steele, reach out to the Democrats and Mr. Obama in the spirit of COMPROMISE and we will gladly take the proffered hand.

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    This from pople whom until yestarday openlly threat anyithing that their little brains (lead by evil lobbyists) didn't like.

    Gues what republiscams

    CHEW ON THIS FAT NOW, (PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN)

    February 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Marko

    I am sorry Michael, but the Republicans had their chance and they have totally ruined the country with their so called ideas. The ideas are stale and limited to only a few in the country and those few are far from in need. We are all tired of it. Look how shallow the Republicans are. Obama has only been in office, what close to 3 weeks and they are already trying to tear him down on not fixing things fast enough. Give me a break. It took your party 8 years to tear America apart. Step aside and let a real person do his thing. Let a democratic legislature that at least realizes there are other people in the world besides themselves and their self-serving interests. You had your chance to swing the bat and you struck out. So go sit on the bench now.

    February 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Deborah

    Now let's see the story on Steele and the misappropriate of campaign funds. This is in the WP, Huffington Post, MSNBC, etc. Why hasn't CNN reported on this?

    February 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Griff

    Yes it has! But they will run out soon. They'le be running on Batteries.

    February 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Chris

    Just great. Another partisan moron trying to block the President's work. Mr. Steele, there is a reason you no longer have control over the White House, Senate and House. The American people rejected your ideas.

    February 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Chris Jones

    Why do the Republicans keep talking? They're the ones that got us into this mess in the first place...their self-serving double-talk is ridiculous!

    February 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. DP

    Why do we need to burden the tax payers any more than we already are with more government spending that will only result in higher taxes and inflation? Even the CBO, which is run by the democtats, stated that the long term effects of the so-called stimulus package will have a negative effect on the GDP and cost the government $300,000 per job created. We might as well split the costs into $30,000 sections and just pay people not to work. The economy will work itself out as it always does. Businesses come and go. The bad businesses will go bankrupt and new businesses will fill the void if the consumers demand it. We must quit this line of thinking that the goverment is responsible for taking care of our everyday needs.

    February 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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