Rep. Michele Bachmann is not seeking re-election in next year’s midterm. This maybe why she feels emboldened to open her mouth and say the most arrogant, self-aggrandizing things — with just a touch of dog-whistle racism.
In an interview with the conspiracy-mongering website World Net Daily, Bachman compared President Obama to a crack dealer, saying that he’s “trying to get Americans addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency” when it comes to government-run healthcare.
Interestingly, the fear of Obamacare being a success seemed to show through in her remarks. According to her logic, “once they enroll million of more individual Americans, it will be virtually impossible for us to pull these benefits back from people.
Yes, she actually admitted that.
In other news, Bachman was quoted as being “very excited” about taking part of the Republican effort to shutter our government over funding Obamacare.
Closing our government for business means making life extremely difficult for those federal workers who are required by law now to not earn an income. It will furlough thousands of people and make things like getting federal loans, and even gun permits impossible.
Seventeen years ago, we saw the harsh effects on the country when we decided to put our government down for a little nap. You would think that at the very least, Bachmann would know to keep her tones muted, to show deference to the process and at least a modicum of regret about shutting the government down while insisting she was taking a principled stance. Instead, she shows her claws, gnashes her teeth and confirms to everyone what we all were thinking anyway.
The shutdown is political theatrics and nothing else; the problem is that these theatrics cost real people real money and hurts our real economy.
Rep. Bachmann was quoted last night as saying, “It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”
Do you remember how leading up to yesterday, the Republicans were trying to spin this as being the Democrats and President Obama’s effort to force a shut down? Well, thanks to bumbling Bachmann we see how disingenuous that rhetoric was. It’s astounding that these Republicans, Bachmann especially, think that the majority of the American people — the same people who rejected their party’s proposal to can Obamacare in last year’s presidential election — think they have the upper hand and the stronger position with the public on this issue. It will not end well for them because at the end of the day, the longer the shut down drags on, while people are also simultaneously signing up for and starting their coverage thanks to Obamacare’s exchanges, the more they will be exposed as the ones who are truly standing in the way of progress.
In light of the recent developments, it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. We’re going to start seeing stories about what happens when citizens try engaging their government for help or guidance only to be met with “CLOSED” signs. Those images will be juxtaposed though with images of Obamacare working — kinks and all — and that’s when the American people will have a chance to make their voices heard and demand the Republicans quit trying to sabotage an imperfect law to be sure, but a law that is still designed to do actual good for actual people.