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Michelle, oh how we’ll miss you!
In honor of Michele Bachmann’s eventual disappearance into the abyss of political irrelevancy, I’m bringing back some of the best oldies from Rep. Bachmann. Below, a post from March 2011 (after she announced her presidential exploratory committee).
On the early days of America:
- The Founding Fathers ‘worked tirelessly until slavery was no more’. [source]
- On the first European settlers and Native Americans: ‘It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status… once you got here, we were all the same.’ [source]
- Bachmann praises New Hampshire for the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought in Massachusetts. [source]
- Bachmann wants to reduce the federal government to ‘its original size’. [source]
On the Obama Administration:
- Channels McCarthy, wants to investigate then-Senator Obama and other members of Congress to “find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.” [source]
- Obama runs a ‘gangster government’. [source]
- Obamacare is the ‘crown jewel of socialism’. [source]
- President Obama’s trip to India ‘cost $200 million a day’. [source]
- Speaker Pelosi spent $100,000 on alcohol during military flights. [source]
- ACORN is a ‘paid partner’ of the Census Bureau. [source]
- Bachmann equates gay people with pedophiles while discussing hate crime legislation: ‘But who would be protected? A pedophile, someone who considers themselves gay, someone who considers themselves transgender, someone who considers themselves a cross-dresser? That is who is protected.’ [source]
- Bachmann proposes $4.5 billion in cuts to veterans benefits and freezing VA health care spending (she later backed off the plan) [source; source]
- Bachmann says Wisconsin Republicans are like Abraham Lincoln fighting the Confederacy and Ronald Reagan pushing the Soviet Union. [source]
On a fellow member of Congress:
- Bachmann thinks Rep. Keith Ellison, our first Muslim congressman, consorts with terrorists. [source]
- Bachmann believes the Libyan rebels could be made up of Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda. [source]
On her children:
- her daughter Elisa was ‘born to be the perfect wife’.
- on her daughter Caroline: ‘King Henry had his six wives, and if our Caroline had been one of them, I think she would have been called Caroline the Vibrant’.
- her son Harrison is a ‘female fantasy treasure’. [source]
- ‘I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970’s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democratic president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.’ [source]
- ‘Normalization [of homosexality] through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of “Lion King” for instance, and a teacher might say, “Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?” The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.’ [source]
- ‘We will not stop until we repeal a President and put a president in the position of the White House who will repeal [Obamacare].’ [source]
- ‘I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for president of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate so we can get that off the table.’ [source]
- ‘We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves.’ [source]
“Occupiers of Zuccotti Park and other sites around the country have been criticized for the fuzziness of their goals. Their complaint that the privileged few in the top 1 percent are getting a disproportionate share of the nation’s prosperity, however, is spot on. And Wall Streeters are taking a bigger and bigger chunk of that income.” - NYT
[T]here’s the general fear on the part of [right-wingers] that if you admit that the government can do anything useful other than fighting wars, you open the door to do-gooding in general; that explains why [regressives] have always seen Keynesianism as a dangerous leftist doctrine even though that makes no sense in terms of the theory’s actual content. On top of that there’s the Kalecki point that admitting that the government can create jobs undermines demands that policies be framed to cater to all-important business confidence.
That said, there’s also the Keynes/coalmines point: there’s a strong tendency to take any spending that looks like a business proposition – building bridges or tunnels, supporting solar energy or mass transit – and demanding that it appear to be a sound investment in terms of its financial return. This makes most such spending look bad, since almost by definition a depressed economy is one in which businesses aren’t seeing good reasons to invest. Defense gets exempted because nobody expects bombs to be a good business proposition.
The moral here should be that spending to promote employment in a depressed economy should not be viewed as something that has to generate a good financial return; in effect, most of the resources being used are in reality free.
I wonder if we’ll ever have a political system mature enough to understand this.
|—||Paul Krugman, “More Thoughts On Weaponized Keynesianism.”|
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