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The Michele Bachmann Anti-Poverty “Plan”


You have heard the declarations of how Michele Bachmann wants the government to shut down.  She took an oath to uphold the Constitution, but wants to shut down the government she took that oath to steward on behalf of us all.  

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

“…Discharge the duties of my office.”  That does not include purposely shutting down the government.  It does not stack up well with (say, a President who has bent over so far backwards to appease GOPhers like her it’s ridiculous) efforts to keep the government running.  It is his job to keep the government running, but it is ALSO hers.  She has not contributed one iota of good faith to keep the government open. But she is off on an ego-driven, craven (see below) campaign for President?

She wants NO increase in taxes on the wealthy (or no revoking of such things a farm credits for non-farmers like her).  Her “family farm” and her husband’s business feed at the federal trough. She currently lives on the taxpayer dime.  She even thinks she should live at the citizens’ House.  Ironically, she lectures President Obama that he should get a “real job”!?!?!?  With no sense of irony, she seeks the very same (I guess non-real) job? Yet, except for those programs feeding her, she wants no programs whatsoever that help the rest of America, unless they are church-affiliated schools and “faith-based” community service groups. With Bachmann, it is just not OK for you or me to have medical care, public education, Social Security or anything else. The poor and the hungry need not apply. And, so it is no surprise that her anti-poverty plan is as heartless and pro-corporate as she is.  Here it is, the long awaited Michele Bachmann antipoverty “plan”:

(The “plan” is below the fold.)

BACHMANN: We went from middle class to overnight below poverty. And my mother had to leave the home and get a job…and I had to go out and get babysitting jobs…to help out. … We did not go on dependency programs. And I don’t begrudge anyone who does when I say that, but we didn’t do that. We had our faith in God, we depended on our neighbors, we depended on ourselves, and we just did without. We made do, we did without. […] And we were just grateful for what we had. We knew that one day things would be better than they were. And God was faithful, and they were better.

You got it.  Pray.  

(I guess she never read the whole Bible. And I guess she thinks the charge to love one another, feed the hungry, etc. only applies to members of her own church). She kicks the poor when they are down with on-your-ownership in the extreme.  Pathetic.  Insulting.  unChristian.

But, amazingly, Orrin Hatch does one better. He thinks the poor need to sacrifice more. With this kind of worse-than-scrooge behavior, it’s no wonder we are returning to a Dickensian period where it is deemed permissible to slam the poor, kick the sick and seek to destroy the old.  Some GOP!  

  • Tom

    Would Bachman shut down the government, including NASA, just as the Atlantis crew prepares for re-entry 12 days from now ? To borrow a phrase from that other presidential aspirant, “you betcha” she would.

    What a wonderful bunch of choices the Goofy Old Party has for their 2012 nominee. The Goofer/GOPher nominating convention is going to be soooo much fun to watch as they all go to their corners with their guns to get ready for that circular firing squad. Last dumbshit standing wins the right to get his/her butt kicked. The scariest part of this seemingly likely scenario is that another d.s. who is our Dumbshit in Charge (dic) governor, but that’s only scary to what little is left of the GOP “leadership” (if anything). I ain’t too scared, but we have to pretend we are so we don’t get too overconfident and fail to work hard on the GOTV effort next year.

    Go Goofers ! Go Big Blue team ! Not quite Happy Hour in this time zone, but these goofy people keep trying to make me feel happy at all hours of the day and night, and for that I thank them. Unintentional consequences of their stupidity is worth a lot, and I’ll repay that “debt” by working even harder next year to eliminate their House majority and protect our Senate majority next year so Obama can finally have some ability to govern the way he wants to and we want him to.



  • KathyinBlacksburg

    She also hopes high unemployment helps her election prospects.  Read about that here.

    How many gaffes, idiocies and complete #fails does she have to have to remove her from serious contention? Every time she opens her mouth she disqualifies herself from serious consideration in one way or another.  Yet the MSM pretends she is a “serious” candidate.  She isn’t a serious candidate, however much she may seriously want the job (which, as noted above,  she herself says isn’t a real job). The reason that she is “serious” is that she is a serious threat to our economy, democracy, the poor, the middle class, seniors, children, and gay people.  She’s a threat to intelligent/informed  leadership, fairness, good stewardship of resources (both economic and environmental) and of religious freedom. More lists to come, I am sure.  No one on the Democratic side has ever been cut this much slack. Nor should they be.  

  • You must read this to believe it.

    Start here, follow the links.



    folks are just plain nuts. What is scary is people will vote for these morons. This country is going down the tubes fast. REAL fast. And it appears we can’t stop them.

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    our Democratic reps had used the opportunity (before the 2010 election) to reform the so-called Help America Vote Act (which really does the opposite).  Additionally, the scam run to wipe out Acorn was precisely designed to destroy get-out-the-vote efforts and to discourage anyone who legitimately tries to get other potential and legal voters to register. Now caging is by far exceeded the efforts by Katherine Harris in FL in 2000 to delete legitimate voters from the voting rolls. Jan Brewer has previously (as Sec of State)eliminated tens of thousands of voters from the rolls in Arizona.  And voter intimidation in high minority districts continues unabated.  

    The state of IN recently passed a stringent new voter ID bill, but according to court evidence, had only had one case of a voter wrongfully voting in 140 years.  A non-problem has been ginned up to peel away Democratic voters.  In the new reality since 2010, though, unless and until our side gets it and informs citizens of what is going on, there won’t be adequate pressure brought to bear. And we can expect more crazy voter turnout and more gullible pro-corporate voters.  I say gullible because I doubt most Tea Partyers even know they are being had by big corporations and manipulated to vote against their own interests. Furthermore, no party should be allowed to dominate to voting machinery, as is currently the case since big GOP donors have a lock on manufacturing most of the equipment.  They also do not provide transparent vote counting options for most localities and states.  

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    The “preacher” Michele Bachmann has supported and even raised money for.


    This is the guy I wrote about previously whose “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry thinks gays should be executed.  In the article linked above this virulent homophobe blames gay people for the holocaust.  He takes his traveling ministry to schools around the country sucking kids in with heavy metal rock and then “preaches’ his hateful stuff.

  • glennbear

    The local county weekly newspaper had one of their online polls as to who would be the best GOP candidate. Bachmann won with 32%. Scary, very scary. I knew that southside VA had a pretty misinformed/confused electorate but this confirmed it, at least amongst the GOP voters.

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    Here’s T-Paw: http://thinkprogress.org/polit

    Additionally, guess what she did as a tax attorney!!!!! Sued taxpayers on behalf of the federal government (ie, IRS).  Isn’t that sweet for a Tea Partier!?!?!?!?  I am all for rounding up tax cheaters, but Bachmann today tries to pretend that is a bad thing.  What a phony!  Tax cheaters steal from you and me.  But Michele Bachmann and the rest of her TeaPublican friends act like those quasi legally stiffing Americans should be able to get away with it.

    One more thing,have you seen what the organization behind the so-called prn pledge is really about?????? http://www.alternet.org/newsan