Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Michelle Bachman, Wingnut Rampant...

With our attention and admiration focused on Bernie Sanders and his nine-hour speech last Friday, we almost overlooked Michelle Bachman’s latest dingbat idea.  If you haven’t heard about it, you are in for a super treat.
Here’s Bachman’s idea which she carefully explained on the air to Lou Dobbs and which we found out about from Josh Marshall’s talkingpointsmemo.com. [Here]
We’re going to do what the NFL does and what the baseball teams do: we’re going to practice every week, if you will, our craft, which is studying and learning the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
That’ll set the tone for the week when we’re in Washington...[She is] hoping all the members of Congress will partake--it’s bipartisan.
And to kick off the event, Bachman told Lou Dobbs that Associate Justice Scalia “...has graciously agreed to kick off our class.” 
Aren’t you thrilled that the members of Congress will get a chance to learn what is in the Declaration of Independence. as well as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?  (I bet it’s going to surprise them that the Bill of Rights is already in the Constitution.  In fact, many of the states, perhaps their own, wouldn’t have originally signed on to this new, upstart nation without those ten amendments.)
I can’t bear to hear what Associate Justice Scalia has to say, can you?  We’ve already heard too much from him about the First Amendment in Citizens United v. FEC.  But then again, it might be useful to hear another, simpler explanation as to how a huge, multi-national corporation, worth billions or even trillions of dollars, should be considered as an individual person under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech. 
Michelle Bachman takes my breath away.  What about you?  She’s the one who claimed a few days ago that those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires wouldn’t add to the deficit because the money stays with the people who already own it.  The government deficit is something else entirely.  She actually said the following on CNN in an exchange with John Roberts and quoted in TPM: [Here]
And remember it's a deficit to government but it's not a deficit to people who get to keep their money.  So it's how you frame it.  I don't think letting people keep their own money should be considered a deficit.
In 2012 let us try to remember that she said when she spins off how terrible the national deficit is. 
It’s hard to believe that Michelle Bachman has a college degree and graduated from law school.  (She was in the final graduating class from Oral Roberts Law School. [Here])  Her biography tells us that for five years she was a U.S. Treasury Department Attorney, prosecuting hundreds of folks in the St. Paul area who had not paid or underpaid their taxes.  Gulp.  She stopped to become a full-time mother to her five children and 23 foster children. 

It will be interesting to see what happens to Bachman’s latest project.  If the Scalia lecture happens, I wonder who will be next on the list?  
What about Glenn Beck?  But maybe the pay isn’t good enough...

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