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Michele Bachmann Still Dishing Out The Crazy

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 04/13/14 12:25, Edited: 04/13/14 12:27

by Dave Mindeman

On WCCO Sunday Morning, Michele Bachmann was a guest...and once again proves that the crazy will not go away.

Fresh off her 6th District send off yesterday, she vaulted into another round of Benghazi fantasy. During the interview she stated that Hillary Clinton failed a test for commander in chief by not sending a rescue party to protect the heroes there.

You have to wonder why a member of the House Intelligence Committee would think that the Secretary of State can authorize troops to undertake a military mission.

Where does she get this stuff? How can she be considered competent? How in the world does she pass a background check?

Bachmann tells us that she will continue to be engaged in politics. She is not going away. She wouldn't even rule out another run for President in 2016.

She will not go quietly into that good night.

It is embarrassing that she has represented Minnesota. Even though she disowned us during her Presidential run and ran as an Iowa native daughter, we are forced to take the "credit" for giving her prominence.

She has come a long way from her hiding in the bushes days. Now she is out in the open, front and center, and continuing to publicize some of the craziest ideas ever uttered.

She may not be in Congress after next January, but she has a deeply disturbed cult following who will give her money, listen to her every word, and follow her to the ends of the earth. Literally, the ends of the earth because they still think it is flat.

In some ways, it is necessary for Bachmann to exist. Because she embodies a portion of the Republican Party that can't be vocalized any other way. The deep mistrust of government with all of its conspiratorial offshoots has Bachmann as its champion. She believes in all of those theories. She believes the Bible verifies it all. She has God on her side - and thus the argument ends. She is right - even when the facts prove her completely wrong.

No, Bachmann is not going away. She will find a camera somewhere and bring the crazy front and center.

Yes, Minnesota, you have been represented by that. And also realize that she thinks Tom Emmer is the perfect choice to succeed her.

Think about that, 6th District. Really - Think about that.

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The Bachmann Take On The War On Poverty

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 01/09/14 20:24

by Dave Mindeman

Michele Bachmann couldn't let the anniversary of the LBJ War on Poverty speech go by without lecturing us on "government abuses".

Today, the poverty rate is only slightly below where it was in 1964, and it came with a $20 trillion price tag. What's more, a record 47 million Americans are now receiving food stamps, which is about 13 million more than when the President Obama took office.

One of the saddest results of these last fifty years has been the decay of the American family, as the percentage of children born out of wedlock has risen from 6% to 41%. When government has policies that induce people to either not get married or to bear a child out of wedlock, poverty persists.

The poverty rate in 1964 was 19% - today it is 15%. Although I think all of us would consider that still too high, it is still somewhat better. While some of the programs that were used to combat American poverty failed, there were also some successes. Unfortunately, Bachmann and her colleagues have tried to gut and eliminate all of them.

During the 1960's, one of the greatest concerns regarding poverty was the high number of senior citizens with substandard living conditions. Because of Social Security, the poverty rate for those 65 and older is now about 9%. Without Social Security it would be over 40%. Yet, Rep. Bachmann has supported the Paul Ryan budget answer of gutting Social Security into privatization.

And the Bachmann answer to the high rate of food stamp use is to simply cut the program and put those recipients into the bread lines.

During the first decade of the "War on Poverty", government intervention dropped that 19% rate down to 11% in the mid-70's. But after 12 years of Republican administrations (Reagan and Bush I) from 1980 to 1992 and the call to dismantle the government safety net, poverty was on the rise.

Sadly, Bachmann's only suggestion in her analysis is that we do something about out of wedlock births. A societal item that government can do very little about, but something for which Bachmann never hesitates to give government the blame.

Yes, we still have a poverty problem to fight, but it is fortunate that in the next Congress we won't have Bachmann around to marginalize the effort.
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Michele Bachmann Can Still Live In Her Own World - We Won't Mind

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 06/26/13 13:16, Edited: 06/26/13 15:19

by Dave Mindeman

Michele Bachmann is not happy.

"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people's representatives through DOMA. What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States."

Bachmann has been unable to separate her religious views from her day to day life views.

There is nothing preventing her from believing her marriage and the marriage of other heterosexual couples is God instituted...and that gay marriages are not. The problem is that she expects EVERYONE ELSE to believe it the same way.

DOMA was struck down today. That does not change anything about her marriage to Marcus. No difference. Same as yesterday.

What the churches believe about marriage also stays the same. They can sanctify any marriage they want. They can also not recognize a gay marriage. Same today as it was yesterday.

The only difference, and I mean the only one, is that gay people can now have the same legal rights and opportunities that were denied to them yesterday. But the "important" thing is there are no changes to Michele's personal life. None whatsoever.

I agree that the Supreme Court is not God. They proved that yesterday with a ridiculous ruling on the Voting Rights Act. But the legal standard of marriage is not a religious definition either. At least not when it comes to the laws of the United States.

We don't and cannot use religious viewpoints as any kind of standard when it comes to the law. Religious viewpoints and morality certainly have an effect - and even can be used as a standard at times - but they are not an absolute criteria for legality.

That is why DOMA was so wrong. There was never a good reason for denying gay couples the legal rights of marriage. It took us years to do the right thing in that regard - to simply get this right.

Really, Michele, if gay marriage bothers you so much, try just ignoring it - pretend those marriages don't exist. Out of sight - out of mind. You have a very vivid imagination, use it. And now that you are living in this "no gay marriage world", just stay there. Your world doesn't have to be affected by the ruling today.

The rest of the world will simply move on.

(oh, and by the way - Who Cares?)

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