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. Limbot

    Yes Michael, perhaps we should be more like the last 8 years of Republican modesty and discretion!!! (eyes rolling...)

    Permanent Republican Minority!

    February 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Someone who cares about America

    Still, the Rep don't want to hear from you. Your just a show peice to pall around the US. Please set down. Now the Rep have a weekly address. Please sit down and learn something. You sound like a man with oout knowledge.

    February 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Bill G, TX

    Here is a complete list of the Republican "stimulus" ideas:

    - stop whatever the democrats want to do
    - tax cuts for rich people and corporations

    In fact, watch the Senate debate on this bill – Thursday you would have seen a Republican Senator walk to the podium and rail on the Democrats for "liberal" spending, for not focusing on jobs, for being out of touch, etc, etc. Completely railed on them. Four hours later you would have seen the very same Senator walk to the podium and offer an amendment to add $500mil to the stimulus package to "update the US air traffic control system", and the credibility-straining logic that "it will decrease airfares and thus help stimulate the economy".

    Face it, the Republicans are just as lost in this recession as the Democrats are. Nobody knows what to do, but I tell you – if these blowhards will so easily waste a trillion dollars on Iraq, then they sure as heck better spend that same amount on THIS country.

    February 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. dan

    Liberal Democrats are no worse than they ever were – full of themselves. Their euphoria is all over Obama, so they only seem worse than before.

    February 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Debby, NJ

    Steele needs to shut up and sit down...here we go with another Palin.

    February 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Someone who cares about America

    Steele, the Rep don't want to hear from you. Your just a show peice to pall around the US. Please set down. Now the Rep have a weekly address. Please sit down and learn something. You sound like a man with oout knowledge.

    P.S., sorry for spelling your name wrong.

    February 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Ron

    Mr Steele, why don't you read some history before you keep touting the tired mantra of "cut taxes"? Every large tax cut, especially for the top tax rate, has come before a large recession/depression. Tax cuts for the wealthy and tricke down economics have been proven as failed ideas.

    And by the way, your party created the "us vs. them" mentality when you branded Democrats who were against the Iraq war as unpatriotic and soft on terrorism.

    February 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Trollmaster

    What good ideas? Republicans think that tax cuts solve everything and it's proven they don't. Besides tax cuts can anyone name a single thing that Republicans want in the stimulus package.

    And turning a blind eye to out of control spending is part of why the Republicans keep losing elections. If they ever got back in power, they'll return to their old borrow and wasteful spending ways. They can't be trusted.

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Voter

    I don't think Obama can hope for any GOP support. They've got their orders from Rush – make sure Obama fails – and they'll do everything they can to make sure that happens.

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Seriously

    White people in the party need to stop hiding behind you and using you for a voice box because they are too scared to speak up to Obama. It is personally insulting...

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Sam

    sure :-) Republican's have cornered the market on "good ideas"...Anything to do with education probably was slashed by the repubs that it doesn't create jobs...What a stupid bunch!

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. HC

    Everything you mentioned sounds right and logical...but why hasn't it worked in the past? This new administration is a month old. I wonder if this is the time to try something new and different?

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. jonny

    This is crazy. The democrats won. Get over it!

    February 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. ROSY

    BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT YOU...THERNC SHOULD BE ELIMINATED/ABOLISHED. YOU HAD CAUSE ENOUGH DAMAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    February 7, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Robin

    All I can say, is if it fails it will be on President Obama's hands. However, WE will be paying the price.

    February 7, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Vito

    why doesn't this guy stop talking to us?

    clearly it is the republicans who have had the terrible ideas so WHY SHOULD the dems accept the repubs?

    dur

    February 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Dorothy R Weintraub

    More of the same – just as the President said – these Republicans have nothing new to say or add – they have only one answer – tax breaks. In spite of the fact that we can see where Bush's tax cuts have led us – into the current abyss – the answer is still tax cuts.

    The only egos here belong to the minority party – who despite their catasrophic leadership cling desperately to the manta of Ronald Reagan without even the recognition that he raised taxes more than he lowered them and he too like the Bush debacle left this country far worse than any Democratic administration.

    Michael Steele is the chairman of the RNC because he is black. If we had not elected (by a plurality of over 7 million votes by the way) Barack Obama – the RNC chairman would have been another old white man!

    February 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Tristan

    Good ideas have been left out of the plan, he says. What good ideas have the Republicans had in the last 8 years???

    February 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. jonny

    It seems like the rethuglicans cant grasp the idea that they can do whatever they want and bully everyone around anymore.

    The people voted for democrats, and so its the democrats who get to make the decisions.

    8 years of repuglican ideas are what put the world in this mess. Only an idiot would think more of the same could fix all these problems.

    February 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. ANNONYMOUS

    LOOK MR STEELE... GO POUND SAND!!!!

    February 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. John

    Michael Steele is a hack. The vitriol he spews accomplishes nothing in a time when real work has to be done to solve real problems. Americans put Democratic members of Congress in office to see if their way of doing things will help our country heal its many wounds. Let's give them a chance to do their jobs. Steele says nothing that American voters haven't already heard over the course of the last couple election seasons.

    February 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Don Anderson

    And what color is the sky in the universe this guy woke in this morning?

    February 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Annonimous

    Mr Steele is on his game because President Obama's introduction of an elite Economic advisory team or in other words more big government at its worst is so so obvious. Why in the world is our Sec of State and President using a panel to go overseas instead of boarding a plane and representing the government? I know to make more tax dollars to go away from us. That whole speech was to use the bad economy as a way to force an acceptance of his bill as is, which isn't how government works at all. Our answer is to throw more money at the problem and we need a panel of geniuses to tell us how to do what we been doing for as long as I can remember. Lets build that deficit! That is the big plan for change? WOW!

    February 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Typical republican rhetoric! If it had been suggested by republicans the same things that the democrats want, then there would have been no problem! All they know how to say is "tax cuts". That alone won't do anything for the country, but they refuse to change their way of thinking.........even though they were destroyed in the election.! It's their way or they fillabuster! They are so useless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Anny

    I think they trimmed the excess yesterday? You should av editted your speech to suit the situation on ground... Well, I dont blame u... U r just following a script ..

    February 7, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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