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I Don’t Think I Ever Said That?

The Huffington Post is reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wanabee worse than anyone else Michele “Krazy” Bachmann, who in early October introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would force women to listen to the fetal heartbeat before having an abortion, made the surprising comment in Iowa recently that abortion bans should be left up to the states.

“I think that’s referring to late-term abortion, and I think that’s something that most people find anathema, and they would prefer to see it outlawed,” she told the Iowa Republican in response to a question about abortion bans. “That’s a state issue, and so it’s up to the people of Iowa to decide what they want to do.”

It appears that along with her high heel induced migraines she may also be suffering from short term memory loss, not more than a week later, Krazy denied ever having had the conversation, despite the video of her comments that was posted online.

“I don’t think I ever said that, that a late-term abortion ban is a state issue,” Bachmann told blogger Shane Vander Hart in a phone interview on Saturday. “I don’t ever recall anything about that. I don’t recall a question about that. I’ve always been absolutely unequivocal about [abortion being a federal issue]. They should contact the campaign before they post something like that, because that is not true.”

Krazy seems to be reeling from some sort of out of body experience – perhaps she’s feeling Herman Cain’s pain after his recent gaffe about abortion not being a government issue. But Bachmann – unlike Cain – told the blogger, she’s strong, consistent and decisive on pro-life matters.

Voters “get an idea of the person, and then they pull back the layers,” she told Vander Hart. “Then they find out another candidate really isn’t pro-life. The more people find out where the candidates truly are standing, the more I’m confident that people will choose me as their nominee.”

This is the problem with Michele Bachmann, as it was for Sarah Palin and many GOTP political types; she spews out whatever she thinks the current listener wants to hear, and then moves on oblivious to the fact in today’s modern world of technology someone might have taped the conversation.  Krazy’s grasping at whatever straws she can find to keep her name out there for the uber-conservative evangelical vote, she just won’t admit that she’s done – she’s the Ross Perot of this campaign, and when she can’t win the GOTP nomination she’ll be the one who’ll most likely try a third party run.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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GOTP wanabees gather and get it wrong in debate – again

The Crazy Eights gathered again to “debate” one another and to try to outdo each other on who could tell the biggest fabrication; this time the hopefuls sat around a great big dinner table and pounded and pontificated while Charlie Rose, who turned in an abysmal performance as moderator, tried to keep it going. As debates go, this was primarily a yawner – but there were some moments.

The Republican Tea Party (GOTP) contestants were not exactly on “accurate” on their so-called facts, as was evidenced in the oft repeated attacks on how the poor wealthy job creators were over burdened with regulations. Calls of, “REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL!” rang through the hall.

Mittens threw down on this topic claiming, “All of the Obama regulations, we say no. It costs jobs.”

Reverend Rick’s thoughts were that regulations “are strangling the American entrepreneurship out there.”

While Ricky “the Ric” Santorum pleaded from somewhere near the bottom of the polls that if elected he’d, “Repeal every regulation the Obama administration put in place.”

Unfortunately for these guys the United States Department of Labor data clearly shows only a very – and I do mean very – small percentage of companies experiencing large layoffs cite government regulation as the reason. In fact – a word the GOTP seldom uses – since President Obama took office, there’s been just two-tenths of 1 percent of layoffs claimed to have been due to government regulation.

Mittens, Perry and Santorum all know this, and yet it’s popular with the far right to blame too much government for the economic fact consumers just aren’t buying enough of what’s being manufactured. This is not economic rocket science.

On the popular Tea Party subject of banging ObamaCare, Michele “Krazy” Bachmann took a swing at the issue declaring, “We have a big problem today when it comes to Medicare, because we know that nine years from now, the Medicare hospital Part B Trust Fund is going to be dead flat broke.” She also charged that “President Obama plans for Medicare to collapse, and instead everyone will be pushed into Obamacare.”

First, Krazy doesn’t seem to know any more about Medicare than she does about who was born in her hometown.

Second, Part B is not for hospital payments, it’s for outpatient care, and on top of that, it’s pretty much impossible for Part B to go broke because it’s financed by the federal government’s general fund and by beneficiary premiums.

Third, Part A is the hospital trust fund, and it’s projected to become insolvent in 2024, 13 years in the future, not the nine Krazy is claiming, and even then it would be able to pay 90 percent of its obligations, so it’s not now and never will be “dead flat broke.”

Furthermore there’s absolutely no evidence – as in zero – to support Krazy’s charge the President is planning for Medicare to collapse; his health care law envisions nothing like that. In fact, a Republican budget – which Krazy voted for – would make far larger changes to the program for the next generation, converting it to a voucher-like system.

When taxes were thrown into the mix Herman “flavor of the week” Cain touted his 9-9-9 plan so often it sounded like a Dominoes commercial. He claimed his plan is a “bold” overhaul of the tax code that would get the economy back on track, and be embraced by the nation.

While no one can argue Cain’s plan is audacious, it’s unlikely that the millions of American families who would face significant tax increases (low and middle class) will embrace it. No doubt whatsoever that the wealthy (Romney, Cain, Huntsman etc) would probably love it because they would get big tax cuts.

The low and middle class would see their taxes go up under Cain’s plan, while the wealthy would get tax breaks. Perfect plan if you’re a rich former pizza executive.

Cain’s plan would eliminate the payroll taxes funding Social Security and Medicare, essentially throwing the poor and the elderly under the bus – or pizza delivery car – while replacing the progressive federal income tax with a flat 9 percent tax on income. He’d lower the corporate income tax from 35 percent to 9 percent, and impose a new 9 percent national sales tax. All of which would significantly lower tax revenues, requiring severe cuts to domestic social programs at the same time giving significant breaks to the wealthiest 2% – again.

These are just three more very viable reasons why voting for any of these so-called candidates is a bad idea; either they’re deliberately manipulating facts – lying – or they’re woefully ignorant of reality. Now, I may argue the former is probably true for Romney and Huntsman, for the rest the latter is no doubt the real deal.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Is Bachmann anti-Catholic?

Texas Governor, and Republican Tea Party (GOTP) hopeful Reverend Ricky Perry is an uber-conservative evangelical Christian, as is Michelle “Krazy” Bachmann. What’s the big deal? Well, there’s a little tradition – as proscribed in the Bill of Rights and eloquently explained by Thomas Jefferson – we have here in the United States known as the separation of Church and State.

What’s alarming about the two “evangelical” candidates is that the evangelical faith believes Mormons – such as Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman – and Catholics; particularly Roman Catholics – like Marco Rubio – aren’t Christian. In fact some evangelicals call the Pope anti-Christ.

So far, Rev Ricky hasn’t had to face scrutiny over his “faith”, but Krazy hasn’t fared as well, of course when you wear your religion on your sleeve and make comments like hurricane Irene and a recent earthquake were God’s judgments on DC, well you’re going to get asked questions.

For instance, during a recent GOTP debate Bachmann was asked to explain a statement she made during her 2006 congressional campaign when she said she submits to the authority of her husband, and she was asked – quite correctly – to explain whether, as president, she would submit to her husband’s authority. Krazy replied that to her, submission means that she and her husband respect each other.

Of course, that’s not what “submission” means; in fact in no definition of the word does it come even remotely close to meaning equal, or “respect for each other”; it’s the oft repeated mistake of the far-right candidates thinking they can say whatever they want to whatever audience and that no one will ever remember or dare question them about it.

But wait, that’s not all, it seems various news agencies have recently reported Bachmann’s former church, which she left right before announcing her candidacy; the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod said on its website that the papacy is the anti-Christ. Now, while most Lutherans – such as the Lutheran World Federation – have dropped any hint of doctrinal condemnation, Krazy’s group – the Wisconsin Synod – has not.

Bachmann has insisted she was not anti-Catholic. But wait just a minute; President Obama was practically crucified for his association with the Rev Jeremiah Wright, with conservative talking heads – Limbaugh, Hannity et al – decrying how if Wright gave allegedly anti-American sermons in his meetings that had to have rubbed off on candidate Obama; and extending that same logic, if Krazy’s congregation was anti-Catholic was – and maybe is – she not anti-Catholic as well?

Or is this another case of uber-conservative Christian candidates thinking they can have their cake and eat it too? We’ll condemn President Obama by association, but not Bachmann? And when will anyone start questioning Perry’s ties to so-called “Christian” groups who are vehemently anti-Gay as well as anti-Mormon, anti-Islam, anti-Jew and anti-Catholic? Does America really need an uber-conservative evangelical Christian in the White House?

Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) would no doubt be very uncomfortable with such an idea as he once proclaimed, “We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered (in the current 2012 case, evangelical Christians) and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges (everyone else), and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.”

There’s little doubt that an evangelical dominated America would be an America where the rights of other faiths – particularly Islam – would be restricted, and certainly all other faiths would similarly find themselves on the outside looking in; more so, it will little serve America to have someone as President who is “submissive” to her husband, nor to have another far-right Texas Christian claiming to be doing God’s will as he bombs another Islamic nation. A candidate who subscribes to any faith that belittles or condemns other faiths does not belong in the Oval Office – period.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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It was a metaphor?

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential aspirant Michele “Krazy” Bachmann has apparently changed her mind, yet again, for her controversial statement about Hurricane Irene and the earthquake that rocked the East Coast a few weeks ago.

While speaking to group recently in Florida, Krazy said that the natural disasters were messages from God warning politicians to take heed of small-government conservatives.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?'” she said.

“Listen to the American people, because the American people are roaring right now,” Krazy continued. “They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

Shortly after having made her biblical statement she attempted to dismiss it, saying it was a joke. “Of course, I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else,” Krazy said.

But this morning, when asked about it again during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” she said it was a “metaphor.”

“Obviously, I was speaking metaphorically,” Krazy told host Bob Schieffer. “That was clear to the audience. It was clear to me.”

“The American people have been desperately trying to get the president’s attention, and he’s not paying attention,” she said. “They’re trying to get the president’s attention, and that was the metaphor I was making.”

Schieffer reportedly asked Krazy whether she believes “God uses weather to send people messages.”

“I believe in God. I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God. I’m a woman of faith and a woman of prayer, but the comment that I made right then was a metaphor. That was very simply what I was doing,” she replied.

Well, now isn’t that interesting. When she said it – it didn’t sound like a metaphor, and it didn’t sound like a joke, it sounded like an uber-right wing evangelical Christian claiming God was punishing people. Clearly it’s not something you “joke” about, so Krazy had to back away from that remark, but it’s taken her more than a week to decide it was a metaphor. Who’d have thought she’d know what a metaphor was? But perhaps she’s right, perhaps the earthquake and hurricane is a metaphor, maybe it’s a metaphor of her campaign, or rather what’s happening to her campaign, as in it’s quickly becoming a disaster?

Bachmann is quickly falling from grace, and her continued screw ups have proven she’s not ready for prime time, and that it’s time to think about doing other things. It’s highly doubtful she’d be the VP pick since the GOTP has tried the “let’s nominate a crazy uber-conservative woman who’s not too bright” stick before and it didn’t play too well. She’s done, everyone but Michelle Bachmann knows it, and it’s time for her to pack it in.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Huntsman Attacks Other GOTP Candidates?

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is going on the attack against the other GOTP candidates saying the U.S. is a “center-right” country politically and the public is “crying out for a sensible middle ground”.

Huntsman – who has no chance of being the GOTP nominee – says his Republican rivals as well as President Barack Obama are on the political “fringes.” Huntsman says Obama is too liberal and there are Republican candidates who are too far to the right and have “zero substance.”

Huntsman let loose with his sharpest barbs at Reverend Ricky Perry and Michele “Krazy” Bachmann.

Huntsman said Ricky was wrong for expressing skepticism about manmade global warming and for criticizing the nation’s central banker. “I think when you find yourself at an extreme end of the Republican Party, you make yourself unelectable,” he said in interview, on ABC’s “This Week.”

Huntsman also attacked Krazy’s ridiculous claims she could bring gasoline prices below $2 if elected president. “I just don’t know what world that comment would come from. … That is completely unrealistic. And, again, it’s talking about things that, you know, may pander to a particular group or sound good at the time, but it just simply is not founded in reality.”

You go Jon! Wow, a GOTP candidate who has to tell the truth about his opponents in order to get press time, and isn’t afraid to say he’s a moderate – of course in the Tea Partista reality that is today’s GOTP that’s as good as the political kiss of death.

Huntsman continues to speak optimistically about his chances in 2012 in spite of lagging poll numbers, “I’m confident we’re getting there. But I’m even more confident that the message that we bring to this race, that of a center-right message for a center-right country that is looking for common-sense solutions and a leader who’s actually been there and done that in the marketplace and can apply those same principles now to a nation that so desperately needs it.”

Of course saying your optimistic about a campaign that so far is polling no better than 1 or 2 % may be equated to the Captain of the Titanic saying there was still a good chance of making into New York after hitting the ice berg; of course it’s possible – I suppose – for the front runners to all eventually appear too conservative – even to Republicans – and Huntsman could squeak it out – well not really, but we’ll give Huntsman the optimistic edge for now.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Bachmann, Just Call Me Sybil?

According to the Associated Press (AP) Republican Tea Partista (GOTP) presidential hopeful Michele “Krazy” Bachmann is now trying desperately to remake herself into someone who can unite the GOP’s disparate base and appeal to Republicans of all ideological stripes.

“Fiscal conservatives – I’m one of those. National security conservatives – I’m one of those. Social conservatives – I’m one of those. And the tea party – I’m one of those,” the Minnesota congresswoman said repeatedly in South Carolina this past week.

So, in other words, she has more personalities than Sybil?

Bachmann’s ability to overtake rivals Mitt “Flopsy” Romney and Reverend Ricky Perry is extremely doubtful, and only has any chance of success if – and it’s a very big if – she can somehow hoodwink the remaining sane portion of the GOTP into believing she’s the candidate for all people, and not just a right-wing nut job tool of the evangelical tea party constituency, both of which gravitate to her uber-conservative lunatic political philosophies.

Her task will not be easy. During her nearly five years in the House, Krazy has garnered a 100 percent rating from the influential American Conservative Union, based entirely on her far-right voting record. And she has repeatedly used her frequent TV appearances to stoke a national image as a favorite of the far-right Tea Partistas.

But as a presidential candidate, Krazy has to address her lunatic past, and the many controversial statements she’s made; during a recent debate, she tried to sidestep a question about a past remark wherein she cited the Bible as instructing wives to be “submissive to your husbands.” She attempted to explain it away as claiming the term “being submissive” actually was about showing mutual respect.

Not quite sure how she comes to that definition; submissive  — adj of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility   sub’missively   — adv   sub’missiveness   — n; inclined or ready to submit;  unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants; marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply. Synonyms include, tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable, passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame and subdued. There is absolutely no mention of submissive equaling mutual respect anywhere. So, one has to wonder if Bachmann has suddenly thrown off her evangelical mantle to be a woman of ideals? She can’t have it both ways, either the Bible is to be taken literally, or it’s not. The world was created in seven days, and submissive means showing mutual respect; or, submissive means submissive and the world was created over billions of years. What exactly was Bachmann teaching her children during those home schooling years?

Krazy has also faced tough questions on the Sunday national news shows about statements that the gay lifestyle was one of “personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” Not addressing such issues directly, she relied on answers such as “I’m running for the presidency of the United States. I’m not running to be anyone’s judge.”

But, that’s just the problem, and it’s the same for Reverend Ricky, who are you? You can make all the far-right statements you want, and then when you run for president no one can bring them up? Or do we really have Sybil running for president?

Krazy is showing her truly disconnected side when she begins her recent campaign speeches declaring, “We are going to make the case that we’re the unifying candidate who can beat Obama.”

So, now Krazy is using the third person when addressing herself, and two she really believes she’s the one who can beat President Obama?

Krazy is just that, crazy; she’s the Sybil of the GOTP field and she’s not even remotely electable. This is without-a-doubt the looniest group of misfits ever to seek a national party’s nomination, and Krazy is the looniest of the loons.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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And Then There Were Nine – If You Count Palin?

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu …

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty isn’t hoping anymore; after placing a very distant third in the Iowa Straw Poll Timmy has thrown in the towel.

As a former “two-term governor of a blue state,” Pawlenty felt his track record of working across the aisle would be a plus, but in today’s Tea Partista dominated conservative world, working with the enemy isn’t something to be admired, and he paid dearly for it, especially after fellow Minnesotan Tea Partista darling Michelle “Krazy” Bachmann joined the race.

One of the highlights of Timmy’s race came during the GOTP debate on 11 Aug 11 at Iowa State University when he went after Krazy’s record and accomplishments on stage after Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked, “Is she unqualified, or is she just leading you in the polls?”

Timmy should have answered, “Well, yes she’s unqualified and she’s leading me in the polls, is the Tea Party choc-full-a-nuts or what?”

So, here we say good-bye to the first of our noble band; here we bid adieu to our first fallen political comrade; farewell sweet prince … farewell … you have provided us with a great deal of entertainment and you shall be missed … 😉

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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