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

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

CNN

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. Jennifer

    The Republicans need to stop acting like they didn't just have power for 8 years and screw everything up.....and now they are trying to screw this up. Steele is a joke, the Republicans are a joke...

    February 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Steven Swartzendruber

    Ignore them and they will hopefully go away.

    February 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    "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?

    Sooo, instead of them paying $1,675 in taxes, they'd pay $837.50 on that first $16,750. Not bad.. Oh wait, that means they'd earn that $837.50 over the course of a year. That's not instant buying power.

    How much do you want to cut taxes for the rich?

    Typical Republican. Enjoy the demise of your party.

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. debra from Georgia

    Steele you are a jerk, loser

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. karen

    the republicans drafted steele for their attack dog and/or like a black sean hannity a foxnews wanna be..... carry that water steele, chop that cotton ,tote that bail. oh no................. you got a job in the mansion.

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. John

    The new RNC Chair is a hypocrite who thinks we're fools. When former Pres. Bush "won" with less than half of the popular vote, and an incredibly narrow Electoral College margin, he governed like he had won 100%. The Obama administration has reached out to Republicans in Congress in an unprecedented way. The House nonetheless had not one Republican who voted yes on the stimulus bill.

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Calvin C. Barlow

    Shame on you Mr. Steele for not telling the hold truth. The GOPas a party did not and will not work with the democrats I am a pastor and I know a wolf when I see one. The GOP is the wolf in sheep clothing and the people know it. With all the suffering in USA, you are stilling trying to help those who caused the mess and blame the rest of us because of Wall Street's greed.

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Sinaca

    Let the Republican whining begin.

    Boo hoo nobody is listenening to your ideas.

    That's because for the past 8 years Republican ideas got us into the mess we are in. If the American people wanted your ideas they wouldn't have handed you such resounding defeats in the last election.

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Vincent Richie

    CRAP

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Penny

    I agree with everythng Mr. Steele says in this article. The American people can't be bullied into a stimulus package that is so astronomically costly, and there are many of us that disagree with it philosophically and practically. Those of us who voted for our Republican representatives should have our voices heard as well. We are proud to have Mr. Steele as our RNC chair!

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Amy

    This from a man in the party that destroyed our economy and our nation? This from a man who's party questions spending money on healthcare and education?

    I guess the moto for the GOP now is 'keep them sick and stupid and they'll keep voting for us'.

    If it hadn't been for the Republican's egos and pride for the last 8 years we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. verna mckain

    Steele and the Rubicans should just go away. Steele need to pay back all the campaign money that he paid his sister. Why are you not writing about that!

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. CK4NYSenate2010

    Mahalia wonders if Michael's fifteen minutes have gone to his head

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Danny, OH

    Why don't you wait till you get the majority. What a loser being used by republicans.

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    the repub. token black person. they still dont get it. people are tired of gop tactics.
    iguess when things get bad enough and people start to march to wash. maybe gop will understand. probly not

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Eileen from Maine

    We are experiencing the results or Republicans ideas.
    The idea that these Republicans are worried about spending after sitting silently for 8 years and adding to the worse runaway spending and the largest expansion of Government than our history has ever seen, is ludicrous.

    My suggestion is they fade into the background for a couple of years and pray that Americans continue their pattern of short attention spans and memories and maybe, eventually, people won't look at them with one thought in mind..

    February 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Jero

    We've tried the republican ideas from 2001-2007 and that didn't work out so well now, did it?

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Glen

    Once again the Republican hypocrisy is amazing. When the Republicans were in power the Democrats were completely shut out of the negiotiating process. Now that the shoe is on the other foot all we hear is a bunch of whining about not be included. It would behoove the Republicans to be part of the porcess as Collins, Snowe and Specter are and reach compromise that benefits all of America.

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Daniel

    WE'RE not listening to good ideas?! I tell you, you conservatives (Yeah, I said it) are amok. Quit with the Reagan BS and get with the program already!

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Why don't you question your own party's egos first?

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Bodie

    "Less government," blah blah blah "less taxes," blah blah blah. Isn't this the exact same stuff the GOP has been peddling for years now? And look at where that got us. Now instead, consider what BHO says about not worrying about gov't being too big or too small, but whether or not it is working (i.e.,actually making the lives of Americans better). Please, people, do not let the Republicans sell you the EXACT same bill of goods that got us here, and remember....CHANGE is what we need if we're to extract ourselves from this mess.

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Glennis

    Of course it has. Unfortunately, their leadership doesn't have the brain power between them to fight their way out of a paper sack. This so-called stimulus bill is a prime example. it is a pork packed boondoggle filled with all sorts of favors, pet projects and political paybacks that will do nothing more than further deepen our dept and the erosion of our economy. Fools, all of them.

    February 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Tom

    I agree that we need ot let individual tax- payers keep their money. Government based redistribution programs are not efficient. They are in facta great way to pay back political favors and hence also reek of the same old pay for play politics that Obama railed against in his campaign.

    February 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Patrick Campbell

    The Republicans did not win the last election. They have been in
    power for 8 years with failed policies that has gotten in to this situation. What part of this dont they understand.

    February 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Joanna

    No sir, the only one playing politics is your party. The dems are going out of there way to work together, unlike your party who planned to oppose the dems even before they knew anything about the bill. After 8 yrs Mr Steele for my way or the high way attitude, with me or against me attitude, we welcome Obama. If i had it my way, i wouldn't ask the GOP's opinion on anything. You are NO help, so get out of the way of the people that really do want to help. BTW, steele, they have these things called video recorders.. we see what you all are u too!

    February 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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