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We Don’t Need No Stinking Small Business Stimulus

Republicans have perfected the fake. They say one thing and do another. They say they’re for tax cuts for small business then they oppose those exact same tax cuts. Here’s an excellent example of Michael Steele doing this exact thing.

From TP:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appeared on Fox News today to bash President Obama’s recent proposal to help small businesses and jump start the economy. Dubbing it “TARP III,” Steele said Obama’s plan wouldn’t work because it focuses on extending credit lines to small business, which Steele claimed “they don’t need”:

STEELE: What we have right now is more of the same, you have the president proposing a small business bill, which is nothing more than TARP III or mini-TARP, in which basically, you’re going to put money into financial institutions on the assumption that small businesses are going to go and take out credit loans, or credit lines — they don’t need that.

More from TP:

Steele’s dismissal of the need to extend credit lines to small businesses is curious, considering that he touted the very idea as a key Republican proposal just last weekon Sean Hannity’s Fox show:

STEELE: Republican leadership on the Hill has offered time and time again and will continue to do so until they take the majority in November when they can actually begin to act and put into place these policies that empower small businesses by creating — helping them create jobs by opening up capital and credit markets.

By |2010-09-13T07:34:01-04:00September 13th, 2010|Business, Party Politics, Taxes|11 Comments

Republicans, fiscal responsibility and a lap dance

Early reports yesterday suggested that Michael Steele, RNC chairman, was in hot water for a $2000 charge to a topless bondage-themed club. Further reporting has clarified that Michael Steele was not at the club but is in hot water for authorizing the charge. Personally, the $2000 at the strip club was the least appalling in my opinion. Republicans pride themselves on fiscal discipline and morality. In the midst of what is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the RNC is spending money for private jets, limousines and other luxury items. I understand it is important to throw swanky parties in order to get high-end donors to open their wallets. This seems to be more of the hypocrisy that is the Republican Party. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that Democrats are better. I’m saying that Democrats don’t portray themselves as having morality and more fiscal responsibility than anyone else.

From First Read:

“During a February RNC trip to Los Angeles, a $1,946.25 tab was racked up at Voyeur, a West Hollywood nightclub that features topless dancers and has been a hangout for Lindsay Lohan and other celebs,” the New York Post writes. “A red-faced spokesman for the RNC said the group was reclaiming the cash from a donor who wrongly got reimbursed, and said the expenses were improper in the first place. He said RNC Chairman Michael Steele didn’t go to the nightclub… Voyeur features a net suspended from the ceiling where topless women perform, and a glass booth with even racier performances, according to reviews.”

The Washington Post: “The RNC spent more than $17,000 on private jet travel in February as well as nearly $13,000 for limousines and car services, and also ran up tabs at luxe hotels including the Beverly Hills Hotel ($9,000); the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons ($6,600) and the W Hotel in Washington ($15,000). The GOP’s controversial midwinter meeting in Hawaii ended up costing the party $43,000 in expenses, not including airfare, the records show. Steele has come under steady fire for his financial stewardship of the organization. The RNC had more than $22 million on hand when Steele arrived last year, but is down to under $10 million now despite raising $96 million during that time, records show.”

The RNC “fired an unidentified staff member as a result of the disbursement and emphasized Monday that Steele had not visited the club and was not aware of the expenditure. The reimbursement went to Erik Brown, a Southern California GOP donor who has spent time with Steele in the past and whose marketing firm has earned more than $160,000 from the RNC and other Republican committees, according to campaign disclosure records.”

The New York Times profiles the club: “High-end strip clubs here — where patrons shell out hundreds in “bottle fees” to sip vodka and Champagne and watch women conduct all manner of business — are a far cry from their hole-in-the-wall-with-a-stripper-pole counterparts in small cities. The clubs are often used by high rollers, couples and celebrities as hang-out spots to see, be seen and, well, see a lot more. And in Los Angeles, strip clubs are often at the crossroads of acting, modeling and a job that pays the bills… ‘The dancers are beautiful, and the S-and-M show was fantastic,’ a reviewer from Washington wrote on ‘Wish we had places like this back in D.C.!'”

The New York Daily News‘ lead: “Talk about grand ol’ partying.”

The Hill: “Monday’s news fit into a long-running storyline about heavy spending. The committee suffers from a high burn rate.  It spent about $15 million more than it raised under Steele last year, and in February it continued to lose money. Steele has drawn heat for spending $18,500 to redecorate his personal office, and for increasing spending on chartered flights and limousines. It was also rereported Monday that Steele was looking into buying a private jet.”

By |2010-03-30T08:56:40-04:00March 30th, 2010|Party Politics|Comments Off on Republicans, fiscal responsibility and a lap dance

Grab Bag

From TP:

The White House is pushing for a national health-insurance exchange to be included in the final health care reform bill, “which would give House Democrats one of their top remaining demands.” The Senate bill, which “Obama has told House Democrats that he intends to use” as “the framework for the final legislation, contains state-based exchanges. Igor Volsky describes the differences between the two here.

President Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record breaking $708 billion for the Defense Department next year. Most of the $33 billion will go to Afghanistan.

Two lobbyists had a hand in writing language” drafted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) aimed at limiting the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “regulate major emitters of greenhouse gases.” Murkowski has been leading the fight against allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Top Republican National Committee members “are preparing a motion demanding that RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele cancel promotional events” for his new book. “The proposed motion, to be presented to the 168-member RNC at its annual winter meeting in Honolulu at the end of this month, also would direct him to donate to the RNC and Republican candidates all proceeds from the book.”

By |2010-01-13T11:26:29-04:00January 13th, 2010|Environment, Healthcare, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Grab Bag
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