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Steele's New Agenda

Quoting John F. Kennedy during a speech to supporters at a fundraiser last night, Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele vowed to fight poverty if elected, and continued to wage his campaign by calling himself an outsider.

This passage may best sum up his speech at a fundraiser hosted by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in Fells Point:

"Our anti-poverty agenda will require us to get the attention and support of people in both parties, and to do that, we're going to have to shake things up. To begin, unlike a lot of Republicans, I happen to believe we need to raise the minimum wage," Steele said to a stunned audience.

The assertion was the latest in Steele's drift away from his party roots (he used to chair the state Republican Party and took an extensive leave to campaign for President Bush), and from his political partner in Maryland, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who vetoed a minimum wage bill just a few months ago.

But Steele made clear he was taking aim at both parties, saying, "We must couple that with smart business incentives for employers and employees. We have to lift every boat, not just one. And unlike a lot of my Democrat friends, I know we're going to have to lower the taxes that kill so many small, women and minority owned businesses before they even get started."

That line got a rousing ovation.

By  |  August 25, 2006; 10:12 AM ET
 
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"To begin, unlike a lot of Republicans, I happen to believe we need to raise the minimum wage,"

But when the all-mighty Guv vetoed the minimum wage increase, I sat back and sucked on my thumb.

Posted by: nick | August 25, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that Steele is advocating a raise in the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage will do more to hurt people in poverty than help. It will destroy level jobs and the opportunities for low-skilled workers to get a foot in the job market. Since very few workers rely on minimum wage jobs to support their families, there is really no reason to advocate raising it except to get votes from the eonomically ignorant.

As a Steele supporter, I'm disappointed.

Posted by: MK | August 25, 2006 11:04 AM | Report abuse

It's really hard to take Michael Steel seriously when he panders to the hip hop crowd by stating he's going to take on the war on poverty AND then panders to the Rupublicans about lower taxes. And people criticized Clinton for trying to be all things to all people.

Posted by: jules | August 25, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

uh-uh. Michael Steele MUST be a crazy right winger. There's no way in the world that he could actually have his own thoughts or beliefs. All Republicans must be pigeon-holed as one demensional cartoons. Especially black ones. They, in particular, must be characterized as liars, sell-outs and hypocrites. Wouldn't be conceivable for african americans to have a diversity of thought - if they don't agree lock-step with tired old democrat machine politics (which has done so much to improve the lives of the average african american) then they must have gone crazy somewhere along the line and HAVE to be right wing nut cases.

Great argument folks.

Don't believe Michael Steele. It's impossible that, as an african american, he actually has independent thoughts. Simply impossible.

Posted by: Don't Believe it!!! | August 25, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

You know, Jules, the only way to fight poverty to help people get a job. You know who will be employing those people? Those who benefit from tax cuts. If the government takes less money from people and businesses, then these people and businesses will have more resources to invest in the economy. That creates jobs.

I love it how liberals claim to be for the "little guy" and the poor while at the same time opposing every measure that will really help the poor escape poverty (lower taxes, less regulation, school vouchers) and supporting laws that make it difficult for the poor to find work (increased minimum wage laws, the "Wal Mart bill," increased taxes, etc.).

And, of course, Jules' comment also shows the unfairness with which Democrats view Steele. They criticize him for not being "independent," and then when he disagrees with the Republican Party they say he's pandering and they don't believe him. Whatever. It's clear they don't want to give Steele a fair shake and will criticize him for whatever positions he takes.

Posted by: MK | August 25, 2006 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Steele isn't sure what or who he is. His TV ads are postively amatuerish and by claiming that he will tell BOTH parties what they are doing is wrong, he would not likely hav emany friends in the senate nor would he get anything done. Kind of like the rest of his political career. The one that ends when in January when he moves out of the statehouse and then goes home.

Posted by: jmsbh | August 25, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I continue to wonder what exactly Michael Steele stands for. His ads are nice--makes me think I'd like to meet him personally, but they give absolutely no substance.

What does he mean when he said he'll take on both parties? I guess minimum wage is against his own party and lower taxes are against the Dems, but what other specifics does he give to substantiate his claim that he'll get things done?

Posted by: Whatbeliefs? | August 25, 2006 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the phrase "Steele's New Agenda" imply that he actually had an agenda?

Posted by: cb | August 25, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Steele cannot be trusted. He says one thing to conservatives and something else to everyone else in Maryland. It is my understanding that Steele told conservatives privately (at least that what the conservative bloggers said), that he supported Erhlich's veto of the increase in the minimum wage. I tend to believe the blogger given that Steele refused (even when asked) to answer whether he supported or opposed a raise in the minimum wage in Maryland. Now he expects the rest of us to believe him?

Despite his charisma, Steele will lose this election because Marylanders will find out that he position on important issues are not in line with those of most voters in the great state of Marland. He supports the War in Iraq, opposes embryonic stem cell research, supported the Ehrlich veto of the minimum wage increase, opposes a woman's right to choose (even in the case of rape and incest), supports Bush's right-wing nominees to the federal courts, and supports Bush's reckless economic policies. I find it very difficult to believe that the people of Maryland will vote for a conservative Republican (who is supported Bush and Cheney) to represent us in the Senate. Steele's attempt at playing the "independent" will fail because he headed the Republican party in Maryland and campaigned for Bush/Cheney in 2004 across the nation...not just in Maryland.

Posted by: Prince Georges Dem | August 25, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey, what a shock, some Prince Georges Dem doesn't like the Republican candidate.

Steele isn't as hardline conservative as you've made him out to be, as a poster noted before: funny that every position he takes that agrees with the uberlefties, well that's pandering, and every position he takes that agrees wtih the Repubs, well that's him being too conservative for the state. I'm guessing that the fact he's a Republican means there's NO CHANCE that you'd ever vote for him.

Typical Democratic Party attitude: partisan politics at the expense of moderation. No voting for the best candidate, no sir, not if you're a Dem (ask Lieberman about that).

Posted by: JD | August 25, 2006 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Steele isn't as hardline conservative as you've made him out to be, as a poster noted before: funny that every position he takes that agrees with the uberlefties, well that's pandering, and every position he takes that agrees wtih the Repubs, well that's him being too conservative for the state. I'm guessing that the fact he's a Republican means there's NO CHANCE that you'd ever vote for him."

Keep living in Lalla-land. I find it interesting that you did not challenge my assertions about Steele's positions.

Based on what I listed, he seems EXTREMELY conservative. If I am a uberlefty, I guess that 2/3rds of Marylanders are also because they oppose the War in Iraq and support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Most Marylanders are also pro-choice--particularly in the case or rape or incest. Marylanders overwhelming reject the Bush's economic policies. Bush's agenda garners support from only approximately 35% of Marylanders.

If you don't feel that Steele's positions on this issues are out of line with most Marylander, please explain why does he fails to mention that he supports the Bush/Cheney/Rove agenda 90%+?

Posted by: Princes Georges Dem | August 25, 2006 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's his positions.

http://www.steeleformaryland.com/issues.htm

Seem pretty middle of the road to me.

Posted by: JD | August 25, 2006 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It's great how the Democrats try to smear Steele: "Well, Steele said he's in favor of raising the minimum wage, but rumors are that he secretly told people he isn't." And, of course, this Democrat decides to believe these unproven rumors.

It's a shame that there are so many partisan Democrats who will spread stories like this and believe them based on absolutely no facts. It's also a shame that they won't have an open mind when it comes to Steele. His website lays out his positions in detail. Most of them are quite mainstream (suspend gas taxes and ethanol tariffs to lower gas prices, make tax rate reductions permanent, don't let Iraq descend into chaos by immediately removing our troops, etc.). If Marylanders will actually look at Steele and not believe the lies spread by Democrats, he'll win in a landslide.

Posted by: MK | August 25, 2006 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Before everyone gets too worked up here, keep in mind that Matt Mosk posted this article. This is only Matt's interpretation of what happened. For all we know, Steele could have also been discussing a cut and run strategy from Iraq while burning effigies of Ronald Reagan. Matt only tells you what he wants you hear.

"This passage may best sum up his speech...". How can two sentences accurately sum up a speech?

Posted by: BG from PG | August 25, 2006 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"Seem pretty middle of the road to me."

Wow. Why do his supporters refuse to respond to the list of Steele's positions on important issues? I think most Marylanders would disagree that Steele's position on these issues (which he would required to cast a vote on as a Senator) are middle of the road. Care to disagree?

Posted by: prince georges dem | August 25, 2006 2:11 PM | Report abuse

BG,
The Associated Press account of the same event:

Republican Michael Steele called Thursday for a higher minimum wage and more federal action to fight poverty at a fundraiser headlined by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor, told a crowd of about 300 at a posh evening reception that the government should put more focus on fighting poverty, especially in Gulf Coast areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
"We're not just going to talk about poverty" if elected, he said, but would "relieve this nation of the scourge of poverty."
Steele was endorsed by Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records and head of Phat Farm clothing lines.
"Every time we have a discussion, it boils down to the same two things: education and opportunity," Simmons told the crowd.
Steele's call for a higher minimum wage puts him in opposition to his running mate four years ago, Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Ehrlich vetoed a minimum wage hike passed by the Democratic legislature, though lawmakers overrode the vote last winter, putting Maryland's minimum wage at $6.15.
"Unlike a lot of Republicans, I believe we need to raise the minimum wage," Steele said to cheers from the crowd. But he added that a national wage hike should be coupled with lower taxes for business owners.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | August 25, 2006 2:26 PM | Report abuse

PGD, I believe that most of Steele's positions are actually your positions, and you are exaggerating the difference merely to make a point on an obscure blog. I believe that you are doing this because you are a rabid Republican-hater (Steele was right about it being a scarlet letter in MD).

If you would take the time to actually learn his positions from an objective source, not from Mfume's website, you would find you have a lot in common.

But this would require you to put partisan hatred aside. Guess that's asking a lot from a PGD.

Either that, or you hate black people. (whoops, sorry I was channeling Kanye West there for a minute, I forgot that playing the race card is from the Democrat playbook...)

Posted by: JD | August 25, 2006 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Listen to him speak, read what he has available in terms of campaign literature, read the revealingly unrevealing article in the NYTimes magazine from a few months back and it becomes quite clear that Steele is simply not cut out to be a legislator at the highest level. He picks and chooses, weaves and wavers. He is unsure of where he stands. Read what is out there and it is clear he is not even sure as to why he is a Republican. It is some random mix of Reagan worship and bootstrap philosophizing.

He should have stayed in the seminary, but his commitment to the vows was as weak as his commitment to the issues he addresses.

Posted by: City | August 25, 2006 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's great how the Democrats try to smear Steele: "Well, Steele said he's in favor of raising the minimum wage, but rumors are that he secretly told people he isn't." And, of course, this Democrat decides to believe these unproven rumors....If Marylanders will actually look at Steele and not believe the lies spread by Democrats, he'll win in a landslide."

Smear? Pointing out Michael Steele's lies and flip-flops isn't smearing. I have every reason to question Steele's sincerity on the minimum wage. Why didn't he answer press questions about his position on the Ehrlich veto of the Maryland minimum wage bill? That would have been a perfect time to say that he disagreed with Ehrlich and most Republicans. In addition, Steele's response to a question about the minimum wage earlier this years raises serious concerns. He didn't seemed concern that Republicans in Congress had given themselves a number of pay raises but failed to raise the minimum wage for low-income worker in a ABC.com interview and even mocked Democrats for proposals to freeze Senator pay raises until the minimum wage was raised: "Trust me, whether or not a congressman gets a pay raise has nothing to do with the brother who's living on the street corner," said Steele. His views on the minimum wage expressed in the Wall Street Journal don't appear to be much different than that of most Republicans even though he tries to play it that way. According the article: "He tells me he favors a "strong minimum wage," but only "as long as you incentivize employers. . . . They have bottom lines to keep. They have costs that they have to bear." Then he notes that most businesses pay more than the minimum anyway, so that "the idea of the minimum wage is almost a fallacy."

As far as his position on the other issues Steele is likely to confront in the Senate, it is quite clear that Steele agrees with the Bush Administration's policies and priorities 99% of the time. Did I lie about his position on these issues? Only 35% of Marylanders support the Bush agenda. Most Marylanders reject Bush's reckless tax cuts, increasing the national deficit, the War in Iraq, federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, abortion, Bush's Supreme Court nominees. Unfortunately, for Steele, he supports the Bush agenda.

I agree with you. I want Marylanders to take a look Steele and his position on important issues. If they do, the Democratic nominee will win by a landslide.

Posted by: Prince George's Dem | August 25, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"PGD, I believe that most of Steele's positions are actually your positions, and you are exaggerating the difference merely to make a point on an obscure blog...."

"If you would take the time to actually learn his positions from an objective source, not from Mfume's website, you would find you have a lot in common.

Either that, or you hate black people. (whoops, sorry I was channeling Kanye West there for a minute, I forgot that playing the race card is from the Democrat playbook...)

What are you talking about???? I KNOW Steele's position. That's why I am not supporting him. Steele's position on important issues I mentioned above are not supported by MOST Marylanders.

Why can't his supporters admit that his position on key issues are supported by only minority of Maryland voters? That is why he is doing everything possible to avoid answering the tough questions. He's even lying and playing the race card (sometimes both...i.e. lying about being pelted by oreos) to deflect attention from his unpopular positions.

My point is simple and has yet to be refuted. Michael Steele's position on important issues are not popular in Maryland and his only chance of winning this race is to focus attention on everything but his 99% support of the Bush agenda.

Posted by: Prince George's Dem | August 25, 2006 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Steele's policies are, by and large, very much in the mainstream. Making tax cuts permanent, not pulling out of Iraq until it's stable, having a sensible national energy policy that will bring gas prices down, and making health insurance more affordable are all things that are supported by most Marylanders. And then, for Democrats, he even throws in raising the minimum wage and support for affirmative action. Sure, on abortion and stem cell issues he's more conservative than most Marylanders. But he's also against the death penalty. His position, while not shared by most, is at least consistent and it comes from his convictions. That's more than you can say for most politicians.

Marylanders should look past the liberal spin and see what Steele really thinks. Folks like PG Dem will continue to distort his record, but what else can you expect from such die-hard partisans?

Posted by: MK | August 25, 2006 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the AP article.

Steele says that "[u]nlike a lot of Republicans, I believe we need to raise the minimum wage," Steele said to cheers from the crowd. But he added that a national wage hike should be coupled with lower taxes for business owners."

That's not really true. Many Republicans support the minimum wage if it is tied to tax cuts for business owners. Again, how does this differ from what MOST Republicans believe? Another attempt to look independent from his party...but walking lock step with them.

Thanks again.

Posted by: prince georges dem | August 25, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I won't vote for Steele for one reason - his opposition to stem cell research. I want to like him and vote for him, but when you get right down to it, a number of his policies are more conservative than he would like you to believe.

Posted by: MD Indie Voter | August 25, 2006 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Steele's policies are, by and large, very much in the mainstream."

Really? So you are saying that MOST Marylander support making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent at the expense of the national debt? Please check the polls.

Are you saying that MOST Marylanders agree with Bush's handling of the War in Iraq and believe that the terrorists in Iraq have largely been routed? Steele does. Steele statement to the Frederick New-Post: "Largely unwritten is the story of what's happening in three-quarters of the rest of that country. Remember Fallujah, ladies and gentlemen? I don't hear anyone talking about Fallujah any more. It's not on the front page any more of the papers. Why? Because order has been restored, and the terrorists have largely been routed." [Frederick News-Post, 8/11/06]. In addition, the Frederick News Post reported that when asked if Steele agreed with Bush's management of Iraq he said, "By and large, absolutely, yeah. I am," Mr. Steele replied." [Frederick News-Post, 8/11/06]

I assure you that the Democratic nominee for the Senate also supports a national energy policy that will bring gas prices down and making health insurance more affordable. They may differ with him on who best to accomplish these goals.

His position on the minimum wage is not the Democratic position. It was noted earlier that Steele supports the Republican position. That is, increase the minimum wage only if we provide tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy.

Steele's support for affirmative action would be important to me if he actually would have a chance to vote on the issue in the Senate. The future of affirmative action is in the hands of the courts now. Given his past support for Bush's right-wing court nominees who oppose affirmative action, I doubt that he would exercise the only power he has to defend affirmative action by voting against Bush's nominees. Please note that the current Senators from Maryland voted against Bush's two right-wing Supreme Court nominees.

You're right. His positions are not shared by most Marylanders. Liberal spin? You're kidding? I guess that 2/3rd of Marylanders are liberal then. Distort his record? Please tell me what I distorted.

Posted by: Prince george's dem | August 25, 2006 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the AP article Phyllis.

Matt Mosk version:

"...unlike a lot of Republicans, I happen to believe we need to raise the minimum wage," Steele said to a stunned audience."

AP version:

"Unlike a lot of Republicans, I believe we need to raise the minimum wage," Steele said to cheers from the crowd."

OK, were they stunned or were they cheering? It seems that Mosk wants to paint Steele as a flip-flopper, hence the "stunned audience".

Mark, if you want to write fiction become a novelist. The job of a reporter is to report.

Posted by: BG from PG | August 25, 2006 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The best way to determine what a job applicant would do in their job is by looking at what they have done in previous jobs, and not by what they say they might do.

In Steele's case, we just had a protracted policy debate in Maryland, and in Congress, on the minimum wage. He was completely absent from the discussion. He had a chance to voice his opinion and take action when those issues were being discussed.

So when he says "I think that we should raise the minimum wage" it isn't so believable. He had a chance, he didn't act. So we're supposed to believe what he says versus what he has done?

I wouldn't hire this job applicant.

Even if I believed him, I would have to question why he didn't stand up for his beliefs when it mattered.

Posted by: Human Resources professional | August 25, 2006 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it is more important to look at past performance than political promises.
Isn't Steele supposed to be promoting equity and addressing the educational focus of the Governor's office around the state?
What about the legal challenges to MHEC's Office of Civil Rights Agreement?
How can Steele be doing a good job if Maryland has a segregated system of Higher Education and Maryland officials are lying about it?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2006 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Why is it when conservatives have an opinion, it's alway supposedly "facts" and liberals have opinions; it's "spin." Here are some facts from someone who is a Dem but not a liberal. Whenever I see words by Michael Steele or any other Black conservative, they are always saying things like "We Blacks need to stop using the government and taking handouts." That to me is some of the most hypocritical and stereo typical garbage I've ever heard. Not all Black people ask for handouts or are on welfare. Plus, just because I'm a Democrat, I endorse welfare and handouts. Steele endorsed Bush for pretty much his entire political life, but now criticizes him when it's convenient for him. Every time I hear him talk, it makes my skin crawl because it pains me hear someone who seems to not have one original thought come out of his mouth. And when he does, he sounds insincere and un-educated. I hope Black people don't fall for this latest attempt to try gain votes. And as for Russell Simmons supporting Steele, I remember Luke and Eazy-E supporting George Bush the Elder. You see how that turned out.

Posted by: WSJ | August 27, 2006 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"...making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent at the expense of the national debt?"

PGD, where have you been hiding that you didn't read how the Bush tax cuts have increased tax revenue and are reducing the deficit? Yeah, you wouldn't have found that on the front page of the Post but it remains a fact.

Sign me a Prince George's Democrat who lives in the real world.

Posted by: Rufus | August 28, 2006 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"PGD, where have you been hiding that you didn't read how the Bush tax cuts have increased tax revenue and are reducing the deficit? Yeah, you wouldn't have found that on the front page of the Post but it remains a fact.

Sign me a Prince George's Democrat who lives in the real world."

"Lives in the real world"? Only if the real world is Oz. You are very ill-informed if you don't think that the Bush tax cuts increased the national debt and the yearly deficit totals.

Bush inherited a budget SURPLUS in 2001. Congress had forecasted a $5.6 trillion surplus over the next subsequent decade. His reckless tax policy combined with other factors, created a huge deficit. Yes, the deficit reduced from last year. It went down $58 million to $260 billion. However, many experts believe that the deficit will begin to rise again next year. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit will begin to rise again next year and will improve substantially only if President Bush's tax cuts are allowed to expire.

I really hope that Michael Steele touts the Bush tax plan to citizens around the state. Most Marylanders are not as gullible as you.


Posted by: Prince George's Dem | August 28, 2006 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"You are very ill-informed if you don't think that the Bush tax cuts increased the national debt and the yearly deficit totals."

And you are willfully mis-informed if you don't know that the Bush tax cuts have resulted in economic growth that is reducing both the debt and the deficit.

Raising taxes stifles the economy, impacting the lower classes first and hardest. We don't need anyone supporting that nonsense acting as our Senator.

But if you believe in higher taxes, why don't you overpay your own taxes? Go ahead, I dare you. I double dare you!

Unless you're only interested in having the government take more of other people's money, that is.

Posted by: Rufus | August 28, 2006 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"And you are willfully mis-informed if you don't know that the Bush tax cuts have resulted in economic growth that is reducing both the debt and the deficit...."


Rufus,

You're a lost cause. We can agree to disagree to disagree. Suffice it to say, MOST voters in Maryland disagree with Bush's handling of the economy. I think that the Democratic Senatorial candidates in Maryland would welcome Steele touting the Bush economic record on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Prince George's Dem | August 28, 2006 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I learned something the last few years," Russell Simmons told a crowd of around 300 people at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. "Now I'm back and I'm here to endorse him. The lieutenant governor is clear on his mission. He said he wants to fight poverty and ignorance."

Steele's campaign gets stronger everyday, just like our economy under George W. Bush.

Reality, accept no substitutes. :D

Posted by: Rufus | August 28, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

OK Rufus, what's your source re: tax cuts and shrinking deficits?

PGD has at least cited the Congressional Budget Office...

Posted by: cb | August 28, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

LT Governor Steele is typical of GOP candidates who run stealth, cover up their real belief campaigns...you either are for raising the minimum wage or you are against it. If Steele was really pro-minimum wage increase as a candidate he should have come out and took open opposition to Gov. Ehrlich when he (Gov Ehrlich)was threatening to veto the bill. The fact is that Steele will say or do anything to get elected, yea, he is a real "man of character", another Karl Rove style modern conservative.

Posted by: Mike from GAI | August 28, 2006 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele.....He will not get my vote. While I am not completely satisfied with the Democratic Party, I consider a vote for Steele a vote for Bush and I could not live with myself doing that. And to address those who feel like the Democrats have been "pimpin" us (African Americans) out for years, I would somewhat agree but they (DEMS) have only been doing what we as a community have allowed them to do! If we don't hold the elected DEMS accountable and responsive to our needs then what do you expect. One thing that did get DEMS attention was when Ehrlich and Steele got elected in Maryland. I most certainly did not vote for them, but it put the DEMS on notice that you can not just overlook us and count on our vote..uhm right Mrs. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
Additionally, if you really take a deep look into the Republican Party, it is all about SMOKE and MIRRORS. During each election year, they focus on issues that are divisive and impact only a small potion of the population and then put policies in place that negatively impacts the majority of the population mid class or working poor. Just take a look at all the social programs specifically student loans that have been cut by Mr. Steeles party, tax cut for the wealthy, the New Orleans tragedy, the education system, national debit, health care and I could keep going on and on but we can find money to fund a war that was not necessary. So Mr. Steele, as far as I am concerned, you are eating and sleeping with the enemy. May I suggest you give former Rep. JC Watts a call. I am sure he can tell you the real deal about your party my BRUTHA (wink wink)

Posted by: soglenn | August 29, 2006 12:16 PM | Report abuse

So soglenn, you blame the failure of public schools on the Republics, despite the fact that the DC Schools are run by Democrats who spend double on the student compared to private schools and give them half the education.

Free your mind, get off the Democrat planation, and join Michael Steele on the road to the future.

Posted by: Rufus | August 30, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Rufus--

a) Still waiting for your source about taxes and deficits.

b) What do DC public schools have to do with the Maryland Senatorial primary?

Posted by: cb | August 30, 2006 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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