Monday, January 11, 2010

Steele Yourself

Some Republicans are going after GOP national Chairman Michael Steele for comments he made recently in his book. My take is that he was just telling the truth. He was airing the complaints that the party is getting from the grassroots. A faction of the GOP has been after him ever since he got in. Here are some of the things he said that have got the long knives out for him......see if you agree.

He criticizes:

* President George H.W. Bush for raising taxes two years after President Ronald Reagan left office.
* President George W. Bush for not vetoing spending bills during his first five years in office. He calls Bush and other Republicans "enablers for big government" and derides the Bush administration's Troubled Asset Relief Program as "a massive government slush fund."
* Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the party's 2008 presidential nominee, for backing censorship of political speech through the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Steele says the GOP erred in allowing itself to be associated with "a national political speech code."
* Republican lawmakers in general, who allowed spending to rise from 2001 to 2004, went along with TARP and McCain-Feingold, and supported the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard him on the radio talking about the above from his new book. It sounds like he is getting what the rest of the hangers onto "we've got to put up a:

government largess
democrat Lite(MORE Taxes/Gov't Programs, LESS Freedom)

To win an election.

The has never been true and it is expecially not true today in the mist of this soft tyranny/ leftist revolution going on in DC.

Robert T. Bruce

9:20 AM, January 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Steele is finally seeing the light. Initially, he was talking like a party hack and even had the audacity to suggest the party could take advantage of the tea party activists. Everyone I know began to send him strong letters and reject his efforts to garner donations to the national party at that point. There is still a lot of work to be done.

Moderate Republicans miss the mark. Look at Obama, as liberal as liberal can be - he ran on conservative principles: lower taxes. Moderate does not win. How stupid that the ultra-left wins by spouting (false) conservative ideals and the idiotic right tries to move left in order to win. Duh.

10:10 AM, January 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he's not saying those things because some adviser told him he had to in order to win over real conservatives. My impression of him is that he's a RINO, too. I would love to be wrong about him, but if I'm not, then we are in for yet more disappointments in the years ahead.

What does give me hope is that because he says that stuff, he is aware of who his base is, and if we remain actively involved in preventing him from forgetting that, there may be some hope.

12:49 AM, January 14, 2010  
Blogger rob_star said...

I hear the term RIMO dropped every time a (R) does something YOU don't like. What I would suggest is that it is YOU who is a RINO. The republican party has for years and will continue to use the religious right to win elections and nothing more. What you have in Washington are a bunch of empty suits that make lofty promises to you and never even intend on keeping them. My mother is a great example. She has been a one issue voter since 1980 (anti-choice) but not one of her votes, from Reagan to McCain, has done anything to get rid of Roe v. Wade.

The reason they don't do anything is clear as day to anyone that has a diverse circle of friends: 65% of the country is solidly pro-choice and these mealy mouthed politicians know this and will continue to tell you exactly what you want to hear and YOU will keep on believing them. It's the American Way!

11:30 AM, January 14, 2010  
Anonymous Rick said...

rob star, there is a couple things incorrect about what you say. First, I agree that more could be done by the GOP when it comes to killing the unborn, but to say they do nothing isn't correct. G.W. Bush outlawed partial birth abortion, democrats legalize it.
Second, 65% being pro abortion isn't correct. The last figures I seen was more around 50%.

6:23 PM, January 14, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Rob gets it wrong on abortion, but I do think he has a point when he notes that conservatives are the RINO's now. I think I even posted something about that once. Luckily they don't get their way out here all the time.

7:23 PM, January 14, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Actually, he gets some of it right on abortion too. In that he suggests that the bad guys are simply using the issue, and have no intention of doing anything of substance about it, since that would mean they could not use it as an issue anymore and the other side would be energized.

7:02 AM, January 15, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why we need to send a person to washington who has not been "packaged" as a conservative but is truly a conservative as evidenced by a converative voting record in other offices currently or previously held. We've all seen folks who when the packaging is ripped off turn out to be the opposite of the packaging used during the propaganda period(ie. campaign season). Yet we conservatives continue to be duped and vote based on the packaging. Kudos to Political Consultants in threading the needle with candidate packaging. But we only want look beyond the packaging if we are not satisfied with the direction the DC Establishment(R's & D's) is taking the country.

Robert T. Bruce

3:38 PM, January 20, 2010  

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