During his guest-hosting gig on Bill Bennett’s radio show this morning, RNC Chairman Michael Steele commented on the Wall Street Journal report that the Obama administration plans to appoint a “Special Master for Compensation” to ensure that companies receiving federal bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines. Echoing the common conservative criticism of the Obama administration’s use of so-called “czars,” Steele wondered aloud, “can the people appoint a czar to make sure these numb nuts don’t do what they’re doing?” Listen here:
STEELE: And I think the president has now announced yet another czar. We probably have more czars in the United States right now then they’ve ever had in the entire Russian bureacracy going back to the days of the czars. But yet we have another czar that the president has who’s going to oversee, I believe, how we spend the money. I think that’s a, I remember hearing something about that, which I found to be somewhat fascinating. They, what do they call, they’re appointing a special master for compensation to ensure that companies receiving federal bailout funds are abiding by executive pay guidelines. Oh, ok that’s right, they want to make sure that nobody’s getting paid more than they’re supposed to be getting paid. Is that the goal here? So so, can the people appoint a czar to make sure these numb nuts don’t do what they’re doing because this is…ugh…Paul. Let’s just go to Michigan. Paul, what’s up man?