Posts tagged ‘Michele Bachmann’

August 31, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

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August 29, 2011

Quote of the Day II: God Punished America with Hurricane Irene

by Vince


“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” –Michele Bachmann on how she interpreted Hurricane Irene this past weekend.

Doug Mataconis adds some insight:

Of course, I’m not sure how this computes given the fact that the storm largely spared Washington, D.C. and New York, while hammering a red states like North Carolina and a heavily Republican area like Virginia’s Tidewater region.

Bachmann’s press secretary adds some extremely deep insight:

”Obviously she was saying it in jest.”

August 27, 2011

Selectively Doing Away With Pork Spending

by Vince


When a politician joins hand in hand with a crusade-type campaign against pork barrel spending (which is believed in some camps as the entire reason we are in debt), wouldn’t you then oppose all pork spending?

Rep. Michele Bachmann has gotten a lot of flak for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies from farm assistance programs she has decried as “outrageous pork.” Her opposition was well founded: The subsidies make our food less healthy and more carbon intensive and distort our trade with other countries. But Lindsey Boerma reports that Bachmann’s responding to the criticism by walking back her stance:

Not long ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann viewed farm subsidies as “outrageous pork.” But after a summer of blistering criticism about the nearly $260,000 in government handouts that went to a family farm partially owned by Bachmann and her husband, the archconservative and GOP presidential candidate softened her tone considerably in an interview with National Journal.

While she insisted that “our federal budget needs a complete overhaul, and agricultural subsidies are no exception,” Bachmann would not commit to doing away with them without seeing details of any future legislation. “If all farm subsidies were ended, that would be a complete change of policy over the last 80 to 90 years of American history, and that would be a very interesting vote,” she said. “So, of course, I would have to look at that before I could tell you how I was going to cast my vote.”

The hypocrisy of this “self-made woman” who I bet attests that she relies on no one.

August 26, 2011

Faith Questions for the GOP Candidates

by Vince

Bill Keller asks some good questions. Unfortunately, candidates such as Michele Bachmann may just not answer with a yes or no.

June 27, 2011

Pride and Prejudice: Reflecting on New York’s Marriage Law (Part 1)

by Vince

The passing on Friday of the New York state law allowing same-sex couples to marry (which kicks in in 30 days) was monumental. The population of the Empire State alone (19 some million people) outnumbers the five other relatively small Northeastern states (and Iowa /D.C.).

This law, and many other important events, are going to be almost magnified in importance as we approach the 2012 election. Each candidate, including the incumbent, will be asked what they think about the new law in New York, if it should or shouldn’t come down to the state legislatures deciding on such matters, and if this could possibly be a national law in the coming decade.

One of the major issues that stood out in crafting the same-sex marriage law in New York was religious protections for churches, organizations, and the like. The Right has let out some steam on this issue, comparing New York to North Korea and insisting that anti-same sex marriage is not anti-homosexuality but really pro-marriage. What has been surprising and refreshing is to see many members of the Right and Republican Party rebuke their own side and agree with passing this law. This floor speech is worth watching for it captures some of the roots of the small government / libertarian in most Republicans as well as religious protection:

Even Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has some nuanced respect for the New York law.

David True calls those paying attention to see that this law is not solely about saving same-sex couples from an encroaching government with its “moralistic” laws but ” it is about claiming the legal right (with the help of government) to make a huge commitment, indeed, one of the most profound and traditional commitments one can make.” True describes marriage as “an unfolding story”, one that can have “us appreciate what has come before” as well as recognize the “cultural revolution” upon us as part of the timeline.

Marriage in this view can even be compared to God. Both marriage and God are infinite spheres (the former of love and commitment, the latter of the same as well as a divine expanse of justice, judgement, and redemption). Neither can be fully grasped with words here on earth. If anything, words at times can hold these two back and muddle their true essences. In the end, participating with both provide more than words ever could.

(Pictured: The First Presbyterian Church of NYC on 5th Ave & 12th St., which was on the Pride Parade route. The congregants passed out water and hung a huge welcome banner, complete with triangles.

June 20, 2011

Paging the Sane Michele Bachmann

by Vince

Kellyanne Conway lionizes Michele Bachmann to a point where I nearly do not recognize the Minnesota pol. Do you know someone by the same name who is also running for president and is not promoting gloom and doom and is a “happy” warrior? If you find her, please let me know.

January 31, 2011

SOTU Responses Are Afrar From The Consensus

by Vince

So says Frank Rich:

New polls show that Americans don’t even buy the principles behind these specifics. To hear the G.O.P. wail about it, you’d think the entire country was obsessed with the federal debt — cited 12 times in Ryan’s under-11-minute speech. But only 18 percent of Americans chose the deficit as a top priority for Washington in the most recent NBC/Journal survey and only 14 percent did in the New York Times/CBS News poll. Job creation was by far the top choice — at 43 percent (Times/CBS) and 34 percent (NBC/Journal).

Health care was a low-ranked priority too in those polls. And for all the right’s apocalyptic rants about the national horror of “Obamacare,” most polls continue to show that Americans are evenly divided about the law and that only a small minority favors its complete repeal (only one in four Americans in the latest Associated Press/GfK survey). The surest indicator that voters are not as inflamed about either the deficit or “Obamacare” as the right keeps claiming can be found in Karl Rove’s Wall Street Journal musings. To argue that Americans share his two obsessions, Rove now is reduced to citing polls from either Fox or a Brand X called Resurgent Republic, which he helpfully identifies as “a group I helped form.”

Those findings are a relief and makes me thankful that everyone isn’t a little Bachmann or a Ryan.

Rich finishes with a fine point:

Obama must be laughing about how the party that spent a year hammering him for focusing on health care over jobs is now committing the same supposed sin. And one can only imagine his astonishment on Tuesday night, when the G.O.P. respondents to his speech each played Jimmy Carter to his Reagan by offering a grim double-feature of malaise and American decline. Hardly had the president extolled record corporate profits and a soaring stock market in his selectively rosy spin on the economy, than Ryan, who has the television manner of a solicitous funeral home director, was darkly warning that America could be the next Greece. Bachmann channeled Glenn Beck to argue that we are living in a nascent police state where government “tells us which light bulbs to buy” (G.E.’s, presumably).

January 27, 2011

Reax to the SOTU II

by Vince

It was no coincidence that John Boehner looked like he was completely bored at the State of the Union. He thought the speech was “ok”.

Michele Bachmann provides a Tea Party response below:

Bachman’s solutions for health care would only drop prices .5%-1.5%. She and other TP followers seem bitter that their little tweaks didn’t make the cutting board and continue to petition for Obamacare (nice pejorative term, as usual) to be repealed. Then what? Go back to how things were with a few minor changes? Their free market system gave insurance companies the power over us and they continue to go after tort reform (which I don’t fully disagree with in principle) as their vendetta against lawyers.

December 8, 2010

‘A Christian Nation’

by Vince

Rep. Michelle Bachmann represents the laughable Congressional Prayer Caucus. What her job entails I do not know. Amongst her daily doings, she is great at making off color comments. Check out this beaut:

The caucus wrote that Obama used e pluribus unum (“out of many, one,” in Latin) as the motto of the United States instead of “In God We Trust.” While e pluribus unum is part of the nation’s seal and has been an unofficial motto since the country’s founding, the group was upset he didn’t use “In God we Trust” in its place.

“By making these kinds of statements to the rest of the world, you are removing on the the cornerstones of our secure freedom,” the caucus wrote. “If we pull the thread of religious conviction out of the marketplace of ideas, we unravel the tapestry of freedom that birthed America.”

Last time I checked, you idiot, we weren’t a Christian nation but had a separation of church and state. Simply saying that we are a Christian nation and therefore holding God as the church of choice, we would be favoring one church over the others and therefore would be trampling on the church and state separation. The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State responded to this unChristian letter:

“The Prayer Caucus should just admit that it is looking for any opportunity to bash the president,” the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said in a statement on Monday. “It’s not very Christian of them, but I expect nothing less from a body that takes its marching orders from the Religious Right.”

Added Lynn, “This is one of the silliest manufactured controversies I’ve ever seen, and I would advise the president to deal with it by tossing the caucus’ letter into the nearest wastebasket.”