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Bachmann warns CPAC that America faces ‘decline’ from excessive spending

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during their annual meeting on Friday.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during their annual meeting on Friday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a speech laced with frequent references to the American Revolution, Rep. Michele Bachmann today warned conservative activists that America faces “decline” because of what she called the “stunning” growth of federal spending and influence.

President Obama’s spending priorities, like the stimulus law that Bachmann opposed, “sound to me like somebody is choosing decline.”

“Decline can happen quickly, even to a great nation,” Bachmann warned, cautioning about the nation’s increasing deficit and national debt. “This is intending to fail, that’s what this is, intending to fail.”

Bachmann’s remarks came in a speech to the American Conservative Union Foundation’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She was introduced by Hot Air blogger (and Minnesotan) Ed Morrissey, who called her a “Tea Party activist since before the tea arrived.”

And that’s exactly how she was received by a room of friendly faces — especially when she referred to the crowd as the “majority-in-waiting”.

Bachmann drew some laughs from the crowd when she flashed a picture of what was meant to be the now-famous George W. Bush “Miss me yet?” billboard (though it wasn’t the exact version that stands alongside Interstate 35).

Video of her speech can be seen by clicking on this link.

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Morgan Matthews on 02/19/2010 - 07:45 pm.

    I don’t suppose Rep. Bachmann would be willing to contemplate cuts to the nearly $1 trillion per year, if one considers all the budget centers, we spend on military elements.

  2. Submitted by jim hughes on 02/20/2010 - 09:56 am.

    Hey why not spin off a separate web site, devoted just to Rep. Bachman? I’m sure it would do well. Then my eyeballs wouldn’t be sandpapered with photos of her, every time I pull up MinnPost.

    Just curious – has Sen. Klobuchar said anything in the last couple of weeks? I suppose she’s in Washington, working on a bill or something like that. How boring.

  3. Submitted by dan buechler on 02/20/2010 - 02:14 pm.

    She looks like she is seeking divination.

  4. Submitted by Howard Miller on 02/20/2010 - 03:55 pm.

    Choosing decline?!?

    President Obama is trying to reverse the decline that was built into the US economy by Bush administration bad policy choices.

    Anybody who focuses solely on the current spending deficit – with out reference to the accelerating recession left behind by Bush that made the deficit spending necessary to stave off depression – is being misleading for crass partisan purposes. And they should quit it!

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 02/21/2010 - 02:13 pm.

    She and Pawlenty are speaking from the same tired Right Wing Textbook for a Better America. If we will just cut wasteful government spending and just cut taxes for the wealthy enough to let the free market work its magic, everything will be nice very soon.

    Jobs and health care for all, courtesy of corporations whose executives keep very little for themselves, reinvesting the rest in their companies for the sole purpose of creating jobs.

    Affordable higher ed when we’ve gotten rid of tenure and those greedy unions. Potholes cured by having prison inmates fill them up. Snow plowed by teenagers who were getting too chubby from watching TV. Unemployed moms and dads teaching kindergarten and first grade, thus saving all those teachers’ salaries. Libraries open from noon to three on Tuesdays.

    Et cetera.

  6. Submitted by James Hamilton on 02/22/2010 - 05:17 pm.

    Once again, Rep. Bachmann relies on a grade-school version of American history and Constitutional law to rally those who already are committed to her cause. She forgets, for example, that the colonists complained not about taxation but of taxation without representation. She forgets that the Declaration of Independence, as noble a document as it is, is not the Constitution or any part of it. She, and others of her persuasion, ignore the fact that Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution specifically provides for taxation (“All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”) The 16th Amendment, ratified almost 100 years ago, clarified the Constituion: “Amendment 16 – Status of Income Tax Clarified. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” Any question of the power of federal government to impose income taxes has been moot since then.

    It’s time for Rep. Bachmann to step up to the plate and present some constructive policy measures and specific means of implementing them. Until then, she is simply another wannabe demagogue, by which I mean one “who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.”

  7. Submitted by Richard Carlson on 02/22/2010 - 06:39 pm.

    Rep.Bachmann forgets that the american revolution began with the phrase “No Taxation without Representation.” She is obviously not giving us the representation that we want. I guess that she should be the representative that should go! What a disappointment she has been. It is time for her to go!

  8. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 02/23/2010 - 07:51 am.

    Bachmann will win big in November without proposing anything because all she has to do is oppose Obama. The fish stinks from the head, and Obama stinks because he is controlled by Wall Street: Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke. All progressives and liberals who do not move to remove/impeach Obama are responsible for this state of affairs:

    1934 – FDR increased his Congressional Majority by enrolling 1 million youth in CCC camps, and 3 million adults in publics works to rebuild America, including the wildly successfull (to this day) (pro nuclear) TVA. Ronald Reagan voted for FDR four (4) times, and his father headed the Dixon, Illinois WPA.

    2010 – Democrats will lose their majority because they refused to break up Wall STreet banks and reinstall Glass STeagall financial rules.

    It is up to you. You have to make the choice.

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 02/24/2010 - 06:46 am.

    Decades of Republican borrow-and-spend fiscal irresponsibility combined with ridiculously hypocritical anti-government-spending rhetoric (certainly *not* anti-spending deeds !) has created an electorate of contemptible moochers, who love government benefits (even when they’re too ignorant to know they’re from the government, as in, “Keep the government out of my Medicare”), and hate government when it’s time to pay.

    A plague of ignorance, irresponsibility and hypocrisy encouraged among the citizenry; that is the fruit of the “modern” Republican Party.

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