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Bachmann again accuses Obama of $105 billion 'deception'

MORNING EDITION

Well, she was in prime form Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Congresswoman Michele Bachmann repeated her assertion that the Obama administration has secretly stashed $105 billion of “Obamacare” dough in the budget. The Yahoo News story says: “ Taking a page out of Sarah Palin's interview strategy book by hedging and misdirecting, then speaking about whatever topic she wanted (which was for the most part the $105 billion in health care reform appropriations), Bachmann avoided many of the questions put to her on "Meet The Press." But there was one topic she was clear on: Obamacare. She accused the Obama administration and Democratic leaders of deception and ‘legislative fraud,’ and [said] that such acts should be met with defunding or repealing of Obamacare. Bachmann noted Republicans (and implied that other congressmen were equally unknowing) just recently found out about the ‘deception.' "


She also happily called out the Prez — again for running “a gangster government.” Even McMorris Santoro of Talking Points Memo writes: “Appearing this morning on Meet The Press, Bachmann refused to back away from some of her stronger anti-Obama rhetoric. Confronted with her past statements about Obama, Bachmann the chair of the House Tea Party Caucus and a potential Republican contender for the White House next year essentially doubled down, declining to answer questions about her perceived ‘extremism.’ ‘I don't take back my statement on gangster government,’ she said. ‘I think that there have been actions that have been taken by this government that I think are corrupt, thoroughly corrupt.' "

P.J. Gladnick at the website “Newsbusters: Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias” is indignant that David Gregory refused to engage Ms. Bachmann in her insistence of that $105 billion deception: “The way David Gregory was carrying on during today's Meet The Press, you would have thought that he was irked by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's revelation of only 105 thousand dollars in secret ObamaCare funding instead of the actual astounding 105 BILLION dollars. A clearly irritated David Gregory kept insisting that he only wanted to stick with ‘narrow budget questions’ and acted increasingly frustrated as Bachmann kept returning to the 105 BILLION dollars of hidden ObamaCare funding that he did not want to even briefly talk about.

Considering all the trolls and flame wars, I’m amazed this sort of thing isn’t happening more often. Abby Simons of the Strib reports on a Minneapolis blogger fighting a defamation suit: “Jury selection begins Monday in Hennepin County District Court in a 2009 suit by former Jordan Area Community Council executive director Jerry Moore against blogger John Hoff, known as ‘Johnny Northside.’ Moore sued Hoff, seeking at least $50,000, alleging a blog post Hoff wrote about him was untrue and got him fired from the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center. Hoff, whose blog ‘The Adventures of Johnny Northside’ garners 300 to 500 readers daily, said the post is true and he has documents to back it up.

DFL Sen. Tom Bakk runs a commentary in the Strib chiding the GOP for taking so long to produce a counter-budget, presumably the one with all the “jobs, jobs, jobs” legislation they were talking about last fall. Say Bakk: “It's time for Republican leaders to set aside their campaign rhetoric and get to work putting their all-cuts budget on the table. Minnesotans expect us to balance the state's budget, and to do so without an expensive special session or, even worse, a government shutdown. This will require compromise and concessions from both sides. But the harder Republican leaders dig in their heels in March, the harder it will be to move toward the middle in May.”

Meanwhile over in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is part of the expanding PolitiFact enterprise ... you know, that novel experiment wherein news organizations actually determine what is truthful and what is “false” or even “pants on fire.” Well, Gov. Scott Walker’s constant assertion that the state is “broke” earned him (another) “false.” At the end of a long  report, PolitiFact says: “Walker and other Republicans say the state is broke, so broke that there’s no money, and because there’s no money, they are unwilling to negotiate over the terms of the budget-repair bill. Experts agree the state faces financial challenges in the form of deficits. But they also agree the state isn’t broke. Employees and bills are being paid. Services are continuing to be performed. Revenue continues to roll in. A variety of tools taxes, layoffs, spending cuts, debt shifting is available to make ends meet. Walker has promised not to increase taxes. That takes one tool off the table. Another tool was never there: declaring bankruptcy. We’re not broke or bankrupt in part because under federal law we can’t be. We rate Walker’s statement False.”

Seven hundred is a little less than seventy thousand, but that’s how many showed up for a pro-anti-union rally in Madison Sunday. Organized by Americans for Prosperity yes, one of the billionaire Koch brothers’ favorite causes the crowd attempted to buoy Gov. Walker. Scott Bauer of the AP reports:At the Americans for Prosperity rally, former Madison school board member Nancy Mistele accused unions of being concerned only with maintaining their power, and not with taking care of their rank-and-file members. ‘Democrats and unions stand for bankrupting our state,’ she said. ‘Shame on them.’ Joel Ninneman, a 51-year-old information technology specialist from the Madison area who is a Walker supporter, said the Democratic state senators should allow the vote. ‘It's time our state senators get back and do the job they were elected to do,’ said Ninneman. The rally's organizer, Americans for Prosperity, launched a $320,000 television ad campaign in support of Walker's proposal last month.”
 
A new $4 million NorthStar rail station Ramsey is a pawn in the legislative faceoff. Sarah Horner of the PiPress reports: “Backers take hope in the fact that Gov. Mark Dayton included $4 million for construction of a new station in the city of Ramsey in his 2011 bonding bill. But Republican leaders, who control both the state House and Senate, have firmly said they won't support any large public works spending bill in this economy unless it's an emergency.”

A state report says Minnesota is well on its way to weatherizing 17,000 homes with 2009 stimulus money. The Alexandria Echo reports: “Between April 1, 2009, and January 31, 2011, Minnesota weatherized 12,955 homes using ARRA funds, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES), which administers the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). That represents roughly 76 percent of the state’s goal. ‘We are well on our way to realizing the goals set out three years ago,’ said Mike Rothman, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce.”

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Comments (8)

I find myself a little concerned that Bachmann's use of the term "gangster" to refer to Obama may be a form of backdoor racism. "Gangsta" which is phonetically similar and devolved from "gangster" is a primarilly black sub-culture, and is often portrayed in a negative light.
The gangsta image is one that is often fearful to white middle class america, and one that certainly has violent racial overtones. I do not know that Bachmann was using "gangster" in order to subtly equate Obama with the image of a violent black man, but the parallel is there in the subtext.

I doubt anyone watches Meet The Press who is not very interested in issues and inclined to listen to the details. So when guests of any political bent appear and duck questions it hurts their credibility, even among supporters. Bachmann's appearance left me wincing and even shouting at the TV because I honestly wanted to hear her views on those issues. We didn't get that, and I think Gregory does bear some responsibility. Don't invite guests with a history of pushing talking points over answers, or at least not without a strong strategy to keep things on topic. Bachmann didn't tell us much during this appearance and as a result weakened her own reputation and that of Gregory.

With his "anti-American views" plus his being a
ganster plus "corrupt" seems to move him to being
something other than us folks, no?

Have you heard the "Meet the Press" segment? She was not answering questions. She was making a speech and using "Meet the Press" as her person media spot. I've heard other politicians weasel around questions before, but no one in my memory comes even close to her blatant ignoring of anything the interviewer had to say. Instead of viewing the questions as a means to convey information of interest to the audience, she instead viewed each question as a green light at a drag race. Another question, another "go." Imagine this woman as President interacting with foreign dignitaries. I am not only repulsed, I am frightened.

What interests me is how things will play out if Bachmann enters the POTUS race. In the primary, she will have to turn her gaze to her fellow GOP contenders. Will they all be "anti-American," "corrupt" "gangsters" as well? If she sticks to substance-free name calling, how will they respond? Hard to believe they will take it lying down. In the likely event that her bid for the nomination fails, wouldn't her signature pit bull attacks have lasting collateral damage on the eventual GOP nominee? It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the GOP does to nobble Bachmann, lest she give Obama a second term. In the meantime, she certainly seems to enjoy being the GOP enfant terrible.

Comrades, I am gravely frightened by Bachmann's latest convulsions over der Fuhrer Obama's budget machinations. We had been given the highest assurances that the $300 billion in hidden Obamacare appropriations was completely untraceable. Wait, did I say $300 billion? Hah hah, I, um, meant $105 billion. Yeah, that's right. Michelle, if you see this pay no attention to my misprints.

Mais, sérieusement, si elle peut découvrir le complot Obamacare, quelles d'autre conspirations va-t-elle en dévoiler? Oops, I do apologize slipping into our secret society vernacular again. What I mean to say is if she can uncover the truth of conspiracy, what will become of the $300 million earmark for my kitchen remodel? And what of my backyard trebuchet--is that to be on the chopping block as well? And let us not speak of the clubhouse, that would be too much to bear. Too much indeed!

Scott Cantor: You are fun. Thanks.

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A little earlier than Ms. Bachmann appeared on Meet the Press, Frank Luntz -- Republican PR meister and creator of talking points and hot-button words and phrases like those Bachmann uses -- was a guest on C-Span.

A caller told Mr. Luntz that he was like Goebbels, meaning that Luntz served the same purpose for the right wing or tea party faction of the Republican Party as Goebbels did for Hitler (convincing people to believe that up is down and that Hitler would make things all better again for those hurting from high unemployment and higher inflation).

Mr. Luntz immediately demonstrated his skill at word manipulation by accusing the caller of calling him a Nazi, which may well be true, but which was not what the caller said or meant. The caller was then put on the defensive, but was no longer on the line and so could not respond.

I was hoping to see you'd corrected the record on Ms. Bachmann's giant whopper. Since you didn't....here are two legitimate fact checker souces that did:

• Factcheck.org - "No Secret: Bachmann Gets it Wrong".

"The health care law mandates funding for these big-ticket items that were MUCH DEBATED AND DISCUSSED PRIOR TO THE FINAL VOTE."
"The fact that the bill contained mandatory funding rankled Republicans at the time" and that Istook and "CRS devotes eight pages to a table listing the billions of locked-in future spending."
http://factcheck.org/2011/03/no-secret-bachmann-gets-it-wrong/

• Washington Post Factchecker: "There is no "bombshell" except Bachmann's bombast" (She got 'Four Pinnochios')

"...problem with Bachman's charge of "hidden" spending. CRS report refers repeatedly to many announcements made by the Department of Health & Human Services in recent months that it had spent some of the money authorized by Congress. In other words, the administration has not tried to hide this money at all; instead, it has trumpeted each $ spent in a press release. As for the claim "this money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill," we think she means that there were different sections in the legislation, depending on the issue...common practice for virtually all major bills, and not unusual or nefarious."
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2011/03/bachmanns_bombshel...