She has officially declared herself running for the R's nomination.
Those of you who think I'm going to goof on her for confusing John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy, sorry, no. Everyone else is already doing that (when the press starts picking on you instead of Sarah Palin, you're doing it wrong). Besides, that's kid's stuff. Once again, everyone is going after very simple mistakes instead of the important stuff. Someone needs to get to the meat and potatoes of why Bachmann is a very very bad choice.
That's my job. You might want to shield yourselves with your dessert menus. This is going to get messy.
Let's start with Big Government and Big Spending. Those are Bad Things. No one likes the government interfering in their business, and no one likes being taxed into oblivion to support a bunch of pork barrel projects. And Slick Shelley, as several of us pundits are starting to call her, is stumping long and hard about how those things need to be stopped. Uh, huh. Let's turn the mic over to the LA Times:
"The Minnesota Republican and her family have benefited personally from government aid, an examination of her record and finances shows. A counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota in the last five years, money that in part came from the federal government. A family farm in Wisconsin (actually, it's owned by her father-in-law. --G), in which the congresswoman is a partner, received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies.
And she has sought to keep federal money flowing to her constituents. After publicly criticizing the Obama administration’s stimulus program, Bachmann requested stimulus funds to support projects in her district. Although she has been a fierce critic of earmarks — calling them “part of the root problem with Washington’s spending addiction” — the congresswoman nonetheless argued recently that transportation projects should not be considered congressional pork."
But wait! There's more!
"Publicly, Bachmann has objected strongly to federal farm payments. When she voted against the 2008 farm bill, a $307-billion package that would govern federal agriculture policy for five years, Bachmann declared that it was “loaded with unbelievably outrageous pork and subsidies for agricultural business and ethanol growers.” She was one of two nays cast by Minnesota’s eight-member delegation.
Just a year later, however, Bachmann wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, praising the federal government for helping prop up the prices of pig products and dairy by directly buying the commodities, a move that benefited her constituents. “I would encourage you to take any additional steps necessary to prevent further deterioration of these critical industries, such as making additional commodity purchases,” she wrote on Oct. 5, 2009. The Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The USDA that year had stepped up its purchase of pork and dairy products for use in school lunches and other government food programs, seeking to stabilize prices in the then-flagging industries (God bless the Free Market! -- G). While not technically a subsidy, commodity purchase programs are “a deliberate effort of the government to prop up these industries,” said David DeGennaro, legislative analyst for the Environmental Working Group."
Slick Shelley, on Good Morning America, said of John Quincy Adams, "He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father's secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery." Where do I even begin with this? Quince was not a Founding father. He was only 9 when the Declaration Of Independence was signed. And as far as ending slavery, Quince privately called slavery "a great and foul stain", but he sidestepped the issue as President and did nothing. Notice the word "privately" in that previous sentence.
What else? How about the gas crisis? That's a working class folks issue, surely she can mine some gold from that, right? "One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office." Now, ignoring the fact that increasing the oil supply will NOT affect the price of gas (how many times am I going to have to explain this? Jesus!), this is just plain wrong. Before the Gulf oil spill, Obama approved more than 200 new drilling permits. Afterwards? Since the new safety standards were enacted, 60 new permits have been issued, and with the moratorium that ended on deep water drilling in October, nine new permits for that were issued.
Slick Shelley on Obama's involvement in the NATO air strikes on Libya -- "Overnight we are hearing that potentially 10 to 30,000 people could have been killed in the strike." She could potentially argue the bit over drilling was being misinformed, but this is just an outright, bald faced lie. Those numbers come from the US ambassador to Libya, and he was pegging the numbers of ALL deaths, including from Ghaddafi's crackdowns. There is no way one single air strike can kill 10K to 30K people.
Welcome to the Presidential race, Michele Bachmann. Remember, people like me are watching you.