Congresswomen Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took a gamble in running for President of the United States. The gamble was that a woman has never been nominated by either major party, although Hillary Clinton came very close in 2008. The one gamble that Bachmann didn’t count on was the end of her political career.
Because the Presidential campaign has exposed Bachmann and far too many flaws for a Congresswomen. She claimed to be an anti-government conservative, but that was only in words. While railing against governement, Bachmann’s family farm received governement farm subsidies and Congresswomen Bachmann personally profited from those subsidies, the Bachmann Farm Family LP, received nearly $260,000 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2008
Bachmann, a Republican presidential candidate running on a platform of lower taxes and smaller government, has been an outspoken critic of agriculture subsidies.
“It’s not my husband and my farm,” Bachmann said in a June interview on “Fox News Sunday,” responding to a Los Angeles Times report about the farm subsidies and other government aid that the Bachmann family has received over the years. “And my husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from the farm.”
Bachmann’s financial disclosures paint a different picture: Since 2006, she has reported receiving between $37,504 and $120,000 in income from the farm, including between $5,001 and $15,000 that she recently disclosed for the 2010 calendar year.
And yet Bachmann denied her own disclosure report. Bachmann has other problems too. One is her position on the Libyan involvement when she stated she would not have taken action in Libya, as I wrote yesterday.
Michele Bachmann recently told Fox News that if she were President, she would not have engaged Libya. She said going into Libya was a mistake.
And then the thing that she would stay in Iraq indefinitely and disagreed with President Obama’s decision to pull out completely by the end of this year.
It gets better. In another interview Bachmann says we should stay in Iraq beyond 2011. Never mind the facts that more than 4400 American troops died in Iraq and the cost in dollars is close to a trillion dollars. The cost to these families that lost the troops in Iraq is incalculable. The lives of these families turned into turmoil. But Michele Bachman would expend American lives. And what is her explanation to this.
And then there is the vote against the debt default which would have sent the entire world into a catastrophic depression. She insisted that voting against paying our debts would have no impact on anything.
“I want to state unequivocally for the world, as well as for the markets, as well as for the American people: I have no doubt that we will not lose the full faith and credit of the United States,” Bachmann said Thursday. “I have no doubt that there will be a final resolve.”
And if she didn’t have enough problems, her entire New Hampshire staff quit. She does have her share of problems, but getting reelected to her seat in Congress is probably her biggest issue now. The Presidency is now just a faint dream.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books