Bachmann: ‘Frugal socialists’ in GOP’s presidential field

Michele Bachmann speaking to a crowd in Iowa on Friday night
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Michele Bachmann speaking to a crowd in Iowa on Friday night

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  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/07/2011 - 01:22 pm.

    While Ms. Bachmann is no doubt a principled conservative, her resume lacks the leadership credential that a governor, CEO or House Speaker has.

    We don’t need any more community organizers with the correct ideology.

  2. Submitted by Alec Timmerman on 11/07/2011 - 01:58 pm.

    By Republican definitions we have been communist/socialist since 1776. It’d be nice to have some perspective some day. When the government doing anything except defense is socialism, then everything is socialism.

  3. Submitted by craig furguson on 11/07/2011 - 02:08 pm.

    I kind of like the term “Frugal Socialist.” I think it describes me and I’ll have to start using it.

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/07/2011 - 02:20 pm.

    While I agree with Mr. Tester that Mrs. Bachmann’s resume lacks the leadership credential that a Governor, CEO or House Speaker has, the claim that Mrs. Bachmann is a principled conservative doesn’t ring true.

    She’s already displayed an interesting lack of knowledge of the Constitution for someone who claims to be a “constitutional conservative.” The same implied powers that she disparages in instances like health care also provide numerous benefits to big business that, curiously, she finds acceptable, though they’re no more explicitly laid out in the document.

    She has no idea what “pro-life” means. Her position, and that of most of those who profess to be “pro-life,” would more accurately be described as “anti-abortion,” or, more generously, “pro-birth.” Less generously, it might also be described as “anti-birth control,” or “anti-sexual,” or even “anti-female.” Nothing I’ve seen or read about Mrs. Bachmann in the past few years suggests that she’s in the forefront of any antiwar movements, or movements to protect her fellow citizens from health risks brought about by corporate policy or wrongdoing. She has irresponsibly endorsed some woman’s hysteria about an HPV vaccine which protects girls and women from cervical cancer, then – equally irresponsibly – claimed she was only “passing on” what the woman told her. In short, there’s no evidence she’s “pro-life” outside the very narrow boundary of being still in the womb. While she’s not sponsored very much in terms of legislation – thus tending to support Mr. Tester’s assertion about her resume – I believe she has fairly regularly voted against programs to aid the lives of many of those same children that she insists be born.

    And so on. Mrs. Bachmann is the neighborhood crazy lady, and ought to be an embarrassment to more Minnesotans than is apparently the case. The former House Speaker is a serial adulterer whose presence in a presidential campaign that purports to highlight “moral leadership” makes a mockery of the phrase, as does the CEO whose history is apparently that of yet another entitlement-minded male chauvinist CEO. When I look at the Republican slate of candidates at this point, I see – with apologies to Moe, Larry and Curly – the Three Stooges, give or take a couple.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/07/2011 - 05:35 pm.

    There is a difference between
    government -regulation- ,
    government -management-
    and
    government -ownership-.

    Socialism is government ownership, something no serious American politician has ever advocated; certainly not Obama or Romney.
    The closest thing might have been Truman’s two month nationalization of the steel industry, back when we had one.
    The supreme court disallowed it, which would probably be an overriding precedent in any attempt to nationalize an industry now.

  6. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 11/07/2011 - 08:10 pm.

    Bachmann is a tough, bright, sexy, ignorant flake.

  7. Submitted by scott cantor on 11/07/2011 - 08:35 pm.

    “On Monday, she said she would be trustworthy to stay true to her word.”

    And that, my friends, is the scariest part about Bachmann’s candidacy.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001927/

  8. Submitted by Tom Lehman on 11/08/2011 - 08:57 am.

    This would be the same Family Research Council that just gave a “Champion of the Family” award to Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who is $100,000 behind on his child support to his first wife. They’ve also given awards to Louisiana Senator David Vitter, best-known for his relationships with Washington, D.C. and New Orleans prostitutes. The FRC is not exactly the most discriminating judge of character.

  9. Submitted by Jim Roth on 11/08/2011 - 12:33 pm.

    Well, she’s good at some things– making up facts, oversimplifying, name-calling, labeling, self-promotion, to name a few.

  10. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/09/2011 - 09:04 am.

    Ms. Bachman is right about one thing, that in 2012 we will “decide whether the United States as a country will survive.”

    Interestingly, 100% of all defense spending is for a socialized military and its retiree health care and pension plans. All those drones and bombs and weaponry are considered part of the common good and are paid for by all–rich or poor–while social programs are frowned upon because they rely on the “theft” of money from those who “work hard” and create “dependency” among those who are unemployed, disabled or old.

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