The same day that Scott Walker introduced his credit card budget, bumbling RNC Chairman Michael Steele sent out an email. The subject of that email admonished Wisconsin Republicans to "stop the stimulus spending boondoggle!" Yes, Steele complained about the federal stimulus and government spending on the same day that Scott Walker formally announced his heavy reliance on both. Walker's credit card budget relies on a massive influx of federal stimulus funds (something that he was obstructing only a short time ago) and it relies on a massive amount of government spending/borrowing.
Michael Steele was in Wisconsin this weekend speaking at a Republican event in Kenosha. There were several other Republican politicians there including Scott Walker and his opponent for the Republican primary, Mark Neumann. After the email that made Walker look so bad one would think that Steele would have steered clear of such harsh criticism in person. While it doesn't appear that Steele used the same heated rhetoric he did decide to hit on some of the same themes.
Steele suggested that Democrats in Wisconsin might switch parties because of what he called "Obama's failed policies and emphasis on big government." I guess we are supposed to just forget the fact that the President's numbers in Wisconsin are even higher than they are nationally. Putting that aside for a moment, the real question is what "failed policies" is Steele referring to exactly? Would the federal stimulus be among those? You mean the same stimulus that Scott Walker has built his entire Milwaukee County budget around? Would Steele's definition of an "emphasis on big government" include the kind of 6% government spending spree that Walker has planned for Milwaukee County? Would it include Walker's idea of front loading three years of government borrowing into one year simply to finance that spending?
While Michael Steele's harshest criticism of Walker's budget was saved for his email, anyone following Steele's line of reasoning on Saturday had to come to pretty much the same conclusions. If you are going to rail against the federal stimulus and against government borrowing and spending then you simply cannot support Scott Walker's proposed 2010 budget for Milwaukee County.