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

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


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. Chris

    I forget who said it, but I loved the recent quote that said that Republicans only care about the national economy when a Democrat is in office.

    Mr. Steele and Republicans,

    Tax cuts are not the solution. Tax cuts are not the solution. Tax cuts are not the solution. I don't know how many times I have to tell you this, but tax cuts are not the solution. They were not the solution in the Regan administration, they were not the solution in Bush I administration, and they certainly were not the solution in the Bush II administration. Remember this phrase? "Read my lips..." Yeah and then what happened after that? So why do you continue to say that tax cuts are the solution!? It's as if you guys are touching a hot stove over and over and over again thinking that it won't burn you the next time.....oh wait....there's a term for such a thing....its called INSANITY! When you do something over and over again expecting a different result but only getting the same. Wake up Repubs, its 2009.

    February 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. EW

    You ran the country into the ground in every conceivable manner....forgive the rest of us if your opinion is officially worthless......you earned it. You Repubs crushed everyone who stood in your way to the detriment of the entire world for six of the last eight years. Stop crying and take your medicine.

    February 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. shawn

    Of course he has nothing better to do and create more hot topics for division amount ruling parties...that is what the right does, divides the people...

    How about we focus on what we can do together as a team and build from there before this country hits double digit unemployment. This politicians just don't know when to change their ways...

    February 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Keep chanting, Limbaugh-Zombies, "OBAMA MUST FAIL, OBAMA MUST FAIL"

    this deucebag is so NOT Obama, but he can try!

    if only he knows how to give credit and try to reach...instead of being partisan out of the gate, stating that bipartisanship is over-rated and "for all those who wants to obstruct, they are going to be knocked over"!

    Steele thinks he is now the president of the klans party, because he got a job...and just FIRED all 100 staff of the RNC to go into unemploment.

    this guys ego is written all over him...we will see how long he is gonna last with this attitude!

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Dan

    He's just doing his job. Over six ballots or whatever it was, he showed the critical skill of communicating, just like Obama.

    But I swear I remember Republicans having nothing but contempt for working with Democrats... and that was right after their guy for the White House couldn't even get a majority of the popular vote.

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. a true american

    steel, shut up

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Tomkat in Seattle

    Mr Steele (Or is it Mr Steal?)-How does it feel that the shoe is now on the other foot. Your GOP has raped this country and will take years to repair, so YOU are part of the problem. And BTW, if no one told you, you as a black American have been placed at the head of the GOP with the hopes that minorities will think that the GOP actually embraces minorities. Americans know better. They spoke with their vote and delivered on a president who will act on their behalf, not on the behalf of white Christians. I wouldn't take too much pride in your appointment, you are but a puppet to white Christians, who probably don't think much of you either. GOP will lose only more power in 2010, I would like if the party would become extinct personally, they are a shame to America and Americans. M2C

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. LC

    We have not and will not forget it was the Repugs that put us in this mess!!!! Get over yourselves and start helping to fix what you broke. Just in case you didn't notice, your way did not work.

    February 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. KW, Vail AZ

    The Republicans and Mr. Steele somehow think that bipartisanship means that the majority must adopt their ideas. Their is nothing good nor new about the Republican's ideas. They offer the same old solution, tax cuts, for every problem. It didn't work when Reagan did it and it still doesn't work. Their party controlled the house and the senate for 16 years, eight of those included a republican in the White House, and the Supreme Court. Why didn't thjey implement all of their good ideas then?

    February 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Lydia

    Mr Steele, where have you been the last 8 years????? Certainly not in the U.S. or even on this planet.

    The "K Street project" was the most ego centered power hungry type of leadership I've seen in over 40 years. To say that Democrats' power "has gone to their heads" is ludicrous.

    Instead of bashing, ala, Cheney and Card, why not get with the program and act like a mature, intelligent adult.

    And perhaps, you won't get the many comments your article is sure to bring. But more important, the Republicans won't feel that they've made a mistake in appointing you to their leadership position.

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. leslee

    It's interesting to see the new hatchet man for the Rep. party in action. He ably carries their banner of mean spiritedness & snide remarks. Other than the incessant harping on "tax cuts" which have never worked for anyone other than the wealthy, I remain bewildered about the 'good ideas' that haven't been utilized. He talks about egos? Does Mr. Steele have any recall of the war we can't get out of all at the mercy of egos in the White House? Shame on him and the rest of them!

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Madeline

    Wow, this guy is really an idiot. 42% of the stimulus bill is now tax cuts. Don't the Republicans love tax cuts, or is it just tax cuts for people who don't need them? Tax cuts are not going to help the people who are unemployed anyway, but now that the Dems caved and allowed a bunch of tax cuts in, the RNC STILL has problem with the bill? QUIT OBSTRUCTING! The voters expect the government to help all the voters, not just the rich ones, understand?

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Bob Jones

    Go on, let the Democrats WASTE YOUR MONEY. Americans are inhernetly stupid, and they fight tooth and nail to support Obama's cult of personality. This is more money than any spending bill in history (but Obama's cabinet doesn't actually pay taxes, so its not their money) We are borrowing everything from China, and digging our own financial graves. This is the CHANGE America wanted? Sounds like change will be what's left in our pockets.

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Joe

    So here’s a good plan. Republicans ruin the stimulus plan by adding tax cuts for the wealthy that don’t work, never has worked and never will work, then blame democrats for the bill not being as effective as it could have been if left as is. Why don’t people see who these republicans are really working for?

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Zack

    Isn't this the same party whose leader loudly insisted they had a "mandate" to govern as they fit with barely 50% of the vote? Are politicians somehow unaware of the concept of hypocrisy?

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. C

    Absolutely right on. I read the comments below this and I realize how much of america has been brainwashed into believing that somehow this bill will stimulate the economy. It won't – flat out. And in 5 years all of the libs will be crying because the dollar is worth 0.
    Listen to your republican politicians – they are dead on right this time. And think about it – they have nothing to lose or gain from this. Its not a power ploy – its just logic.

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. miker

    the dens ego's are suportted here today,just read the posts,all hail Steele

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. KFR

    When Bush had a 700 Billion Dollar bill the republicans kept their mouths shut and look where that money went. Research on it, I did not witness all this nonsense then.

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    $16,750.00 x 5%= $837.50/52wk= $16.10/wk.

    That's real instant buying power! Thanks Mike!

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Greg

    "Republican ideas not included" – and he thinks this is a bad thing. It's been 8 years of Republican "ideas" that have us where we are. And he's concerned about Democrats egos . . .

    February 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. The Watcher

    Well we see why he won that position. Black vs. black. The more things change....

    February 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. bill

    Just self implode like every other repuglican has and fade away.

    February 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Warren

    One thing I hate is a sellout and a token, But the sad thing about it is he knows he's both..

    February 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Logical

    BTW .. Isn't this the Chap you said ... and I quote "BIPARTISANSHIP IS OVERRATED" .... LOL

    BIPARTISANSHIP for Republicans is "Do it our way or forget about it" ... LOL

    If the country wanted Republican Ideas .... The Republican would be controlling one or both branches (Executive or Legislative) ...... Seems the Country doesn't want them ...


    Republican Party = Whig Party .... Time for a Libertarian Revolution ...

    February 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. miker

    only republicans pay their taxes,Dems are cheats

    February 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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