Michele Bachmann. Serious presidential candidate or Stepford wife?


Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann

Michele Bachmann wins a straw poll and there’s much media ado. My take? So what. Unless you are a member of the Tea Party, her straw poll win means nothing to the rest of us. Besides displaying little to no knowledge of American history, the economy, foreign policy and a few other things that a president should know, Bachmann’s views are radical and often incomprehensible.

Her campaign theme thus far is “Barack Obama will be a one-term president.” That’s it?Bachman, like the rest of the GOP nominee hopefuls, eagerly attacks the President but is weak on issues that matter. Plus, she’s the House Tea Party caucus founder/leader. The same Tea Party that caused our credit rating downgrade that wreaked havoc globally. The same Tea Party that came to Washington in a whirlwind on an empty soundbite, and have done nothing since but bend over backwards to protect multi-millionaires and billionaires and force the bill for doing so on the rest of us.

Now can you imagine asking Bachmann substantive questions hoping for equally substantive answers? How about, “What solutions do you plan to initiate to stimulate economic growth and jobs in the US?” “What measures would you like to put in place to help struggling families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure?” “What would you do to bring down gasoline prices?” “The last financial crisis was in large part due to an out-of-control subprime mortgage lending industry. What changes would you carry out to prevent this from happening again?”

How Bachmann would answer these questions is a toss-up between confusion and insanity. Her voting record, however, says it all:

  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable Mortgage Program
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package.
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to make sure more mortgage relief
  • Voted NO on $15 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler
  • Voted NO on $60 billion stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, and energy
  • Voted NO on defining “energy emergency” on federal gas prices
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry

With a voting record like this, one would hope that Bachmann has some reasoning for voting as she did. But when she speaks, it gets worse.

Job Growth. “If we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

National Debt. “I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this [the national debt].”

Right to Marry. When asked about gender equality and the right to marry, Bachmann responded: “I’m not involved in light, frivolous matters … I’m not involved in fringe or side issues. I’m involved in serious issues.”

And then there’s Bachmann’s take on Social Security (and Medicare) — Get Rid of It:

“So, what you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don’t have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off,” said Bachmann. “And wean everybody off because we have to take those unfunded net liabilities off our bank sheet, we can’t do it. So we just have to be straight with people. So basically, whoever our nominee is, is going to have to have a Glenn Beck chalkboard and explain to everybody this is the way it is.” [….]

“Keep faith?” What does that even mean? Are you planning to leave our Social Security alone, modify the system in some way or what? And Glenn Beck, again? Does Bachmann plan to have him as a running mate or something?

All over the news and in blogs there’s plenty of replay of Bachmann saying the worst possible things on any given issue. What we should ask ourselves is, if Bachmann was elected — by some remote freak accident in hell — president would she govern based on the cornerstones of our democracy like equality and justice for all, freedom of religion, gender equality, economic justice, and more? Or, would Bachmann rule based on a xenophobic, homophobic and racist platform grounded in ignorance and implemented in the totalitarianistic style of the Tea Party that would stifle us at home and alienate us abroad?

Clearly, Bachmann, as a Tea Party leader and a woman, votes the way she is told to vote by the Tea Party and the GOP. In other words, her vote is not for the people she represents, its for special interests groups and deep-pocket donors. Displaying no substantive thoughts of her own, the comments about being “submissive” to one’s husband and that glossy-eyed stare has a frightening resemblance to the Stepford Wives. That’s not presidential material.


Resources

Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks | The New York Times

Views of Congress, Tea Party reach new low in poll | The Ticket

Approval Ratings for GOP and Tea Party Crater After Debt Debate | Utah Policy

Michele Bachmann’s Unconstitutional Light-Bulb Bill | Legal Planet

Jim David: Dear Michele Bachmann: Gay Rights Are Not “Frivolous” | NewsWire

10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said | ThinkProgress

Michele Bachmann-Signed Pledge Says Black Children Worse Off Under Obama Than During Slavery | Mediaite

Michele Bachmann: “Not All Cultures Are Equal” | The Huffington Post

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2 comments

  1. Jack, what do you think about Michele Bachman’s campaign changes now that she is being overshadowed by Gov. Rick Perry?

  2. jacksmith

    REALITY!!

    ( http://my.firedoglake.com/iflizwerequeen/2011/05/16/how-about-a-little-truth-about-what-the-majority-want-for-health-care/ )

    ( Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yFUbkVCsZ4 )

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — http://www.cepr.net/calculators/hc/hc-calculator.html )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare http://t.co/fmVz8nM )

    START NOW!

    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT, AND MUST NOT, ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    For-profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    Republicans: GET RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

    Democrats: ADD A ROBUST GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have passed a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

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