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.
Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks | The New York Times
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10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said | ThinkProgress
Michele Bachmann: “Not All Cultures Are Equal” | The Huffington Post