My Mental Dumping Ground

An outlet to share things that interest or amuse me….

Something Awesome did come from Bachmann’s Campaign.

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Politics | | Leave a comment

Read Michele Bachmann’s Lips

October 4, 2011 Posted by | Comic Relief | | Leave a comment

Michele Bachmann ‘Hopes’ Unemployment Keeps Going Up

On CNBC this morning, Michele Bachmann responded to the June unemployment numbers by saying she hopes it will help her campaign.


July 8, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rightwingnuttery [Michelle Bachmann Edition]

You just can’t make this shit up..

Yesterday, The Conservative Women’s Network hosted Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for a discussion on critical legislation before Congress. ThinkProgress attended the event and recorded Bachmann’s remarks.

Bachmann fed the crowd a predictable diet of fear-mongering right-wing rhetoric to warn of dire consequences if President Obama’s health care reform passes. “What the Obama administration will do with health care is make us like Havana in 1959 when Castro came in,” she told the young women in the audience.

She then argued that passing health reform will mean that, for the first time in our nation’s history, “we will have taxpayer-subsidized abortion.” The question becomes, continued Bachmann, “will this mandate now that we’ll have to build more abortion mills?”

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said recently that conservatives are viewing the health care debate “in political terms, and they’ve decided that if they can beat the president on health care reform, they’ve scored a big political victory.” Bachmann seemed to stress that very point to her conservative audience:

This is radicalization of America like we have never seen before in the history of our country. But don’t lose heart. Because the polling data is showing — Rasmussen for instance — polling data is showing that President Obama’s numbers are dropping like a rock. As a matter of fact, his polling data now says that President Obama is a mere mortal. (Laughter) And so we can take heart. That is absolutely true.

Listen here:

In an attempt to attack the public health insurance option, Bachmann complained that it would be subsidized, making it more affordable for many Americans. She added, “it would offer equal or better benefits than any plan — but cheaper.” Exactly — that’s the point.


July 25, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Insanity watch [Bachmann Edition]

Bachmann and Beck Double-Down on Currency Conspiracy Theory

Michele Bachmann was recently on Glenn Beck’s radio show, so that two of the right-wing’s most prominent nutters could talk, inaccurately, about currency issues:

BACHMANN: Let me tell you, there’s something that’s happening this week in Congress that could be the eventual unravelling for our freedom, and it’s this. I had asked the Treasury Secretary and Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chair, if they would categorically denounce–

BECK: I know.

BACHMANN: –taking the United States off of the dollar and putting us on an international global currency. Because as you know, Russia, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, many national have lined up now and called for an international currency, a One World currency. And they want to get off the dollar as the reserve currency.

BECK: Most people don’t understand what that means.

Here, for once, Beck is on the money. As we’ll shortly see, neither he nor Bachmann understands what that means:

BACHMANN: What that means is that all of the countries of the world would have a single currency. We would give up the dollar as our currency and we would just go with a One World currency. And now for the first time, we’re seeing major countires like China, India, Russia, countries like that, calling for a one world currency and they want this discussion to occur at the G20. So I asked both the Treasury Secretary and the Federal Reserve chair if they would categorically denounce this. The reason why is because if we give up the dollar as our standard, and co-mingle the value of the dollar with the value of coinage in Zimbabwe, that dilutes our money supply. We lose country over our economy. And economic liberty is inextricably entwined with political liberty. Once you lose your economic freedom, you lose your political freedom. And then we are no more, as an exceptional nation, as we always have been. So this is imperative.

This falsehoods here are coming so fast and loose that it’s hard to know where to start here. But to get to the main point, most countries hold “reserves” of various kinds—foreign currency and gold. Most countries, right now, primarily hold dollars. Euros are also popular, and Yen and British Pounds somewhat less so. The United States of America does not, obviously, hold any dollars in our reserves. We actually have quite a lot of gold. And different countries vary their practices in this regard. But most countries mostly hold their reserves in dollars. So the dollar is, in effect, the “global reserve currency.” The IMF also issues something called Special Drawing Rights that countries can use as a reserve asset. SDRs work as a kind of meta-currency, with their value based on a basket of major world currencies. A Chinese official suggested that it might be good for the world to tilt away from such a heavy reliance on dollars as the reserve currency of choice, since this leaves countries exposed to policy decisions in the United States, and toward something more SDR-like that would be balanced between dollars and euros and yen and pounds and so forth.

This has nothing to do with replacing the dollars in your bank account—or Michele Bachmann’s—with a new currency. Nor would it be the creation of a One World Currency. And to be clear, while the United States could prevent the IMF from formally creating any kind of new internationalized reserve currency, there’s nothing we can do to stop foreign countries from weighting their reserve baskets away from dollars. It’s just not up to us.

Rep. Michele Bachmann to Glen “the Surrounding” Beck:

Well, Glenn, I have experienced that throughout my political career, being labeled a kook … This is not Michele Bachmann being a kook.

However …

This is Michele Bachman being a kook:

I wish they would, I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they are pro-America or anti-America.

And  this is Michele Bachman being a kook:

Asked about the comment Tuesday night on Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes,” Bachmann said, “That’s not what I said at all.”

And this is Michele Bachmann being a total kook:

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.

And what has been the kookiest thing to come out of Bachmann’s mouth? Probably this, said while explaining her “one world currency” conspiracy theory:

Well, Glenn, I have experienced that throughout my political career, being labeled a kook … This is not Michele Bachmann being a kook.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics, WTF Mate? | , , | Leave a comment



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