Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Bachmann’s First Stump Speech

Though she still maintains that she’s waiting to hear from God directly, Rep. Michele Bachmann is clearly working toward running for president in 2012. And she gave what may have been her first real stump speech of the campaign in South Carolina the other day. My colleague Andy Birkey reports on some of the whoppers in that speech.

“If Obama is allowed to continue what I call his ‘reign of error’ for another second term, we will be at $21 trillion in debt,” she said. “We are talking Greece territory in the greatest country in the world. We are talking Greece.”

But in fact, very little of the debt increase since Obama took office is the result of Obama policies. The overwhelming majority of the increase in debt in the last two years is caused by the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts and the enormous drop in revenue caused by the recession he inherited. Obama can be blamed for a lot of things; this isn’t one of them.

She added, “When you add it all up — I’m a former federal tax lawyer — when you add up the tax burden on today’s kids — and I believe this is a low estimate — they are looking at in their peak years, at having 70 percent of their income to pay their tax bill.”

That’s a claim that Bachmann made at CPAC earlier this month when she claimed an even higher number — 75 percent, and according to the Washington Post, it simply isn’t true.

“The bottom line, when you ‘get out your calculator’ and add all this up: total taxes of about 25 percent, rather than the 75 percent in Bachmann’s telling,” wrote the Washington Post, which used tax experts to assist in its calculations of federal, state and local taxes. “We presented this math to Bachmann’s spokesman and are still waiting for a response.”

And then there’s this astonishingly idiotic statement:

She offered up a somewhat non-traditional solution: “We need to simply tell people the facts, like Glenn Beck, with that chalkboard, that man can explain anything. I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this.”

Well, this is a woman who invited David Barton to lecture on constitutional law, so she clearly is not a good judge of competency.

She added, “The bureaucrats now hate our values; there’s a war on marriage, a war on family, a war on fertility all while funding and promoting abortion.”

Bachmann continued, “We don’t need political correctness because most fundamentally I believe the building block of the family is what the government needs to do right now and support two-parent families as the foundation of our economic and social policy.”

I agree, two parent families are great. That’s why we need same-sex marriage, right? Right? Oh yeah, this is just hypocrisy and special pleading.