Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann: God gave Moses the Ten Commandments so America would be rich

Michele Bachmann speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Michele Bachmann speaks to CNN (screen grab)

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Raw Story

In her farewell speech on the House floor, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is “under the authority” of the ancient biblical figure Moses.

“We have so much to be thankful for, so much to be grateful for,” she said Tuesday. “For many people who have never had the privilege of being in this House chamber before, this is the room where the laws of our nation are formulated. Our founders meant that the House of Representatives would be the most powerful form of government. Why? Because it would be these 435 members that we eventually became, we would hold the power of the purse, we would hold the nation’s credit card, and it would be up to us to decide what we spent money on, and what we didn’t.”

“We are the lawgivers, because the people of this country have given us the privilege of the election certificate to make the laws. We must never forget that it is by the consent of the governed that we rule and we decide our laws.”

“And as I look about this chamber, we are ringed with the silhouettes of lawgivers throughout history,” Bachmann continued, referencing the 23 marble relief portraits in the House Chamber that were installed between 1949 and 1950.

“And yet only one lawgiver has the distinction of not having a silhouette, but having the full face be revealed by the artist. That lawgiver is Moses. Moses is directly above the double doors that lead into the centermost part of this chamber, and in the face of Moses, his eyes look straight upon not only our nation’s motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ but Moses’ face looks full on into the face of the Speaker of the House. Daily, the Speaker of the House as he stands up in his authority and in his podium recognizes that he is a man under authority, just as Moses was a man under authority.”

“Because you see, Mr. Speaker, Moses is given for the full honor of the greatest lawgiver in this chamber, because he was chosen by the God that we trust to be entrusted with the basis of all law. The ‘basis of all law’ as was written by Blackstone, the famous English jurist, was the Ten Commandments, that were given by none other than the God we trust on Mount Sinai,” the congresswoman said.

“We know those laws, those laws are the fundamental laws of mankind, and here in the United States, the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses is the very foundation of the law that has given happiness and the rise of the greatest prosperity that any nation has known before.”

“Mr. Speaker, it could be no coincidence that this nation, knowing and enjoying the heights of such great happiness and such great prosperity, that it could be built upon that foundation of the Ten Commandments and of the law given by the God in whom we trust.”

Watch video below:

If She Doesn’t End Up In Prison Michele Bachmann Says She May Run For President in 2016

Michele Bachmann WND

Michele Bachmann | WND

This woman is not as crazy as she is incorrigible.  The trouble she’s in now comes from campaign finance issues.  If she runs this time, I’m certain there will be no lesson learned for this slightly off kilter politician…

PoliticusUSA

Disgraced soon to be former Rep. Michele Bachmann said during an interview that she might run for president again in 2016.

In an interview with RealClearPolitics, Bachmann said, “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running. They haven’t speculated, for instance that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”

There is also a chance that Bachmann could end up in federal prison, but more on that later.

Rep. Bachmann showed her complete and total detachment from reality by suggesting that the next time she runs, she will need a more loyal campaign staff, “I haven’t made a decision one way or another if I’m going to run again, but I think the organization is probably the key,” she said. “To have an organization and people who surround you who are loyal, who are highly competent, who know how to be able to run the ball down the field in state after state — because now I think the primary process will be very different this time. It will tighten up; it will be a much shorter run than it was before.”

It is amazing that Bachmann would ever consider running for president again when it is the crimes that were committed during her 2012 campaign that ended her career in the House. Bachmann and her husband Marcus are being investigated by the FBI for possible money laundering, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The FBI also found information relating to her campaign illegally coordinating with super PACS which they turned over to the Justice Department.

Bachmann was the subject of House Ethics Committee investigation into misuse of staff, and campaign finances to promote her poorly selling book. Once she decided to “retire” the Ethics Committee announced that they would not conduct a full-scale investigation into her activities.

A good start towards running a better campaign in 2016 would involve Rep. Bachmann and her husband committing five or ten fewer felonies. Bachmann has been holding on to millions of dollars in her campaign war chest, and now it makes sense.

Bachmann is considering launching a campaign for president in 2016. The RNC compressed the 2016 primary calendar in the hopes that the change would keep people like Bachmann out. Instead, she is hinting that she will bringing the crazy back to the GOP in 2016.

Well, she’ll run if she manages to avoid prison.

Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: ‘You’re Being Silly’

Cavut and Bachmann

Think Progress

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted Republicans on Wednesday for preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama. During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Cavuto belittled the effort as “an enormous waste of effort” and “a political football,” suggesting that President George W. Bush used similar executive authority.

The segment devolved into a shouting match, with Cavuto laughing off Bachmann’s indignation about Obama’s use of executive powers.

“You just said it, congresswoman, we might not get anywhere,” Cavuto exclaimed in frustration. “Maybe Republicans are within their rights, maybe the president is within his rights.” As Bachmann sought to defend the suit, Cavuto accused her of “conflating issues and being silly.” “Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” he exploded. Watch it:

Cavuto’s real rage came out in response to Bachmann’s suggestion that Republicans in Congress should simply defund the executive branch. “Think about what you’re saying,” he screamed. “Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, ‘we’re going to defund President Bush,’ you would have laughed at them and so you should have been.”

As of February, Obama had issued fewer executive orders than all but one of the other presidents since World War II. Republicans, meanwhile routinely embraced the power of Republican president George W. Bush to take action, even at times when he would circumvent Congress by doing so.

Michele Bachmann Is Disappointed That American Jews ‘Sold Out’ By Supporting Obama

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Tea Party Caucus leader, Michele Bachmann is at it again…

TPM LiveWire

Michele Bachmann is deeply disappointed with the American Jewish community for supporting President Barack Obama, whose policies she believes will reduce Israel to “rubble.”

The Minnesota Republican on Monday took particular issue with President Obama’s recent deal with Iran, after he successfully lobbied Congress to temporarily hold off on additional sanctions in hopes of reaching a larger deal on nuclear weapons. Bachmann also chided the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which boosted Obama by backing off its push for a swift vote on new sanctions.

“The Jewish community gave him their votes, their support, their financial support and as recently as last week, 48 Jewish donors who are big contributors to the president wrote a letter to the Democrat senators in the U.S. Senate to tell them to not advance sanctions against Iran,” Bachmann told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, as quoted by Right Wing Watch.

“This is clearly against Israel’s best interest. What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the political ambitions of the President over the best interests of Israel,” she added. “So in some respects, they sold out Israel.”

Michele Bachmann vs. Bernie Sanders CNN Debate Goes Completely Off the Rails

Mediaite

It was the type of shout-fest debate that would not have been out of place in the original Crossfire. But instead of taking place on the reboot of that show, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) went head-to-head on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon. Once they got going, all host Wolf Blitzer had to do was get out of the way as these two ideologically-opposed lawmakers went at each other’s throats for nearly fifteen minutes straight.

The presumed topic was income inequality, which is expected to be a major focus of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. But over the course of the segment, the conversation coverage a large variety of related topics from early childhood education to Wall Street regulations and everything in between.

For much of the debate it appeared the Bachmann and Sanders were talking simultaneously, while a seemingly helpless Blitzer sat on the sidelines choosing not to moderate in the traditional sense.

When Sanders said Republicans want to cut Social Security, Bachmann shot back with, “That is absolutely a lie. It’s brought up all the time and it’s a lie. Let’s face it, Senator Sanders. you shouldn’t be lying about what our position is.” When he asked her directly if she supports “chained CPI” and raising the minimum wage, Bachmann would not answer, choosing instead to direct the points she was trying to make straight towards Blitzer. Meanwhile, Bachmann had to pause several times throughout the conversation to tell Sanders to “calm down.”

Somehow, Bachmann and Sanders emerged from the segment without causing each other any physical harm, but the emotional damage was done. “This was an excellent discussion,” Blitzer said when the whole thing was over.

Watch the full segment in all its glory below, via CNN:

Now Michele Bachmann Is Pretending To Be A Victim Of Obamacare? (VIDEO)

I’m a couple of days late with this article but everyone needs to see the personified hypocrisy of the Right and Michele Bachmann in particular…

Liberals Unite

Michele (any lie for a headline) Bachmann put herself back into the news cycle by making the ridiculous claim on Thursday’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, that her insurance has been cancelled and that because the Affordable Care Act website is glitchy, her husband, with a pre-existing condition, will be without insurance.

If you recall, just a couple of months ago, one of the major anti-Obamacare talking points was that Congress didn’t have to buy into the exchanges. Now, she has no one to blame but her own Republican party for the fact that she’s being booted off her employer-paid health insurance and well, she is too lazy busy to spend an extra hour or two on Healthcare.gov.

But here’s the kicker. Bachmann has no need to go on Healthcare.gov, ever. In fact, it would do her no good. Both Washington, DC, where she claims she’d sign up, and her home state of Minnesota have their own exchanges.

 

Department Of Justice Joins Growing List Of State And Federal Agencies Investigating Michele Bachmann

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Addicting Info

Michele Bachmann has found herself the subject of a  US Department of Justice investigation. This is on top of already underway investigations by the House Ethics Committee, the FBI and the Iowa State Elections Committee for actions taken during her 2012 failed Presidential campaign. On September 5th, 2013, the New York Times reported that they had reviewed a DOJ subpoena requesting financial documents and a detailed list of communications from a Republican Super PAC. The Subpoena names not only Bachmann, but her husband Marcus and two additional members of Michele Bachmann’s campaign staff.

According to the New York Times report, the Department Of Justice subpoena appears to be related to complaints made to the Federal Elections Commission and The FBI, by a former Bachmann campaign staff member. Those allegations concern Bachmann’s campaign staff coordinating with the unnamed Super PAC, which, if true, would be a clear violation of federal election laws.

Other allegations against the Bachmann campaign include improper payments made to an Iowa State Senator, in exchange for his support of her campaign. The Iowa State Ethics Committee is currently investigating those claims, which also came from a source within the Bachmann campaign. On May 1st, 2013 Minnesota Public Radio reported that the committee had appointed an independent investigator to look into allegations against Bachmann and Iowa Republican Senator Kent Sorenson. Additionally:

“Bachmann’s former chief of staff and presidential campaign adviser. Andy Parrish earlier provided the ethics committee with an affidavit saying that Sorenson sought and received payment for his work with the Bachmann campaign.”

On September 6th, 2013 the Associated Press reported that the House Ethics Committee was extending it’s own investigation into additional Ethics violations, after a receiving a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics. Then on May 17th, the FBI also joined in the investigation.

According to the Minnesota Post:

The entry of the FBI into the investigation raises the possibility that there were potential criminal violations.  In addition to the alleged theft of the home-school list, the FBI is said to be looking into the campaign’s demand that certain former employees, whose pay was withheld at the end of the campaign, sign non-disclosure agreements before receiving their compensation. 

The number of agencies investigating Bachmann just keeps growing, as do the number of allegations made against her. While not criminal in nature, members of Bachmann’s staff also reported that she had an “unnatural relationship” with Brett O’Donnell, her debate coach. Former campaign staffer Peter Waldron co-authored a new book “Bachmannistan; Behind the Lines” which according to Addicting Info’s T. Steelman, highlights Bachmann’s “Un-Christian behavior, blind ambition and stunning incompetence” on the campaign trail.

 

Bachmann aide busted for stealing ‘birthday money’ from Capitol Hill

Rep. Michele Bachmann and former aide Javier Sanchez (WRC)

Rep. Michele Bachmann and former aide Javier Sanchez (WRC)

Once again…no surprise here given the culture of corruption in Washington, D.C.  Even if it’s a “petty cash” theft…

The Raw Story

An aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is out of a job and facing second-degree misdemeanor theft charges after a sting operation caught him allegedly stealing cash from the congresswoman’s office.

WRC reported that U.S. Capitol Police arrested 37-year-old Javier Sanchez on July 11 for two thefts in February and March of 2013.

According to an affidavit, police set up cameras in Bachmann’s office after cash started disappearing from her office earlier this year. Two envelopes — one marked “Petty Cash” with $80 and one marked “Birthday Money” with $120 — were left as bait.

June 14 surveillance video showed a man removing the cash from the envelope in the chief of staff’s office at around 6:30 p.m. By June 25, cash from both envelopes were reported missing.

The man in the video was later identified as Sanchez.

Sanchez initially insisted to police that he had not taken the money, but then asked for a lawyer after being shown the video.

“I may have taken a quarter once and a while, but I would pay it back,” he told police, according to the affidavit.

Police would not say if Sanchez was also a suspect in a string of thefts in the Rayburn House Office Building last year. He was working for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) at the time.

Watch this video from WRC, broadcast July 16, 2013.

Translating Michele Bachmann’s Resignation Speech

The Raw Story

As earlier reported, Michele Bachmann abruptly announced yesterday that she won’t be running for re-election for a seat that used to be assuredly hers by virtue of her party, but could be under threat from a Democratic challenger as her national profile-seeking has revealed to the country exactly how much of an embarrassment she is. Here is the video where she announced this:

Like you, I got about 30 seconds in before her tendency to talk to the public like it’s made up of very slow-witted preschoolers got to me and I had to shut it off. However, the hard-working folks at Minnesota Public Radio graciously published a transcript, and so I thought I’d use that to quote juicy bits and help translate them from Wingnutese (which I sadly speak fluently) to English.

My good friends, after a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth Congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the Sixth District of Minnesota. After serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision.

After reading my poll numbers and having to endure multiple interviews with the FBI, I’ve decided that this job actually requires work, so I’m quitting.

However, the law limits anyone from serving as President of the United States for more than eight years. And in my opionion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district.

To make myself feel better about leaving in disgrace, I’m going to pretend Congress is a club I don’t want to be in anyway, starting by disparaging those who managed to hang in longer than I did.

Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress. I’ve always in the past defeated candidates that were capable, qualified and well-funded. And I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual that I defeated last year, who recently announced that he is once again running.

And rest assured, this decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign, or my former presidential staff. It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presdiential campaign, and I have no reason to believe that that was not the case.

I think you’re dumb enough to believe that someone who ran for President last year suddenly had a change of heart about being a professional politician. I’m hoping that my reputation for being “crazy” will convince you that I’m indifferent to the relentless phone calls I’m getting from the Republican Party leaders begging me to step down so as not to lose an otherwise secure seat to a Democrat.

And even when it means resisting the policy positions of many in my own political party, I’ve always strived to be first and foremost a public servant and do what is best for the people and never acquiesce to being a political servant.

Even when people were laughing at me, I never budged an inch from spouting John Bircher-levels of right wing nonsense.

Feel confident, over the next 18 months, I will continue to work 100-hour weeks

Broken down: 10 hours doing work, 10 hours going on TV to be a freak show, and 80 hours fussing over paranoid fantasies of the Muslims/gays/feminists/college professors lurking in the bushes, waiting for me to let down my guard so they can drink my blood.

And I will continue to work vehemently and robustly to fight back against what most in the other party want to do, to transform our country into becoming, which would be a nation that our founders would hardly even recognize today.

They wouldn’t recognize this mutant America, where women can vote and slavery is banned, that differs so from the nation they built.

I proudly have, and I promise you I will continue, to fight to protect innocent human life, traditional marriage, family values, religious liberty and academic excellence

I’ll make a handful of speeches that continue to affirm people’s suspicion that I think married couples should have sex through a hole in a sheet.

I’ve called out the Muslim jihad terrorists for who they are, and for the evil that they perpetrate upon our people.

No one would have noticed that Boston bombing if I hadn’t said something.

I’ve identified at the outset of the so-called Arab Spring, this adminsitration’s foriegn policy blunders and how those blunders have contributed into turning the Middle East into a devastating, evil, jihadist earthquake.

You don’t really need to understand foreign policy so long as you accept that whatever Obama does must be wrong.

I’ve also demanded, consistently, a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility, that this be a preeminent government requirement, so as to avoid the dangers of a future, a financial calamity for our children and the ultimate risk of the destruction of our entire economic system.

I hope that my uber-white district will continue to believe it’s better to burn this country to the ground than share it fairly with people who aren’t exactly like them, and won’t hold my behavior against whatever crazed but untested wingnut they run in my stead.

My core of conviction on these principal issues and more will continue, in a steadfast manner, during the remainder of my term and beyond.

I promise at least a few more floor speeches that will make you marvel at their stupidity.

Unfortunately, today I am even more concerned about our country’s future than I have ever been in the past. On so many issues, we’re clearly on the wrong track.

Please vote for whoever the Republicans run, or else you might end up with a gay, Latino boss one day.

But looking forward, after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain. And I want you to be assured that there is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations.

Dear Fox News: If you give me a multi-million dollar contract, I won’t squander it like Sarah Palin did.

I fully anticipate the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term. Since I was first elected to Congress many years ago, they always seem to attempt to find a dishonest way to disparage me.

Usually by quoting me directly, without comment.

To my many good friends and supporters, I will continue fight for public policy that is first and foremost in the best interest of the citizens of the United States at large.

Seriously, Roger Ailes: I released this statement as a video as a reminder of how photogenic I am. I’ll settle for $2 million a year.

Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t run for re-election in 2014

n this March 16, 2013 file photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Bachmann said Wednesday, May 29, 2013, that she will not run for re-election in 2014.

Well, one down and too many more to go…

The Washington Post

 Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.

Bachmann, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision in a video on her website. 

“My decision was not influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected,” Bachmann said. She narrowly won a fourth term in 2012 over Democrat Jim Graves, a hotel chain founder who is running again in 2014.

Bachmann also said, “This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign.” In January, a former Bachmann aide filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming the candidate made improper payments to an Iowa state senator who was the state chairman of her 2012 presidential run. The aide, Peter Waldron, also accused Bachmann of other FEC violations.

Bachmann had given few clues she was considering leaving Congress. Her fundraising operation was churning out the regular pitches for the small-dollar donations that Bachmann corralled so well over the years, and she had an ad running on Twin Cities television talking about her role in opposing President Barack Obama’s health law.

Without the polarizing Bachmann on the ticket, Republicans could have an easier time holding a district that leans more heavily in the GOP direction than any other in Minnesota.

Graves said he thought Bachmann had “read the tea leaves.”

“The district is changing,” the Democrat said in an interview Wednesday with KARE-TV in Minneapolis. “They want somebody who really does have some business background and understands the economy and can get things done in Washington and back in the district.”

Bachmann, a vocal opponent of the Obama administration, promised her supporters, “I will continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending the same Constitutional Conservative values we have worked so hard on together.”

As for her plans beyond Congress, she said, “There is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation.”

A spokesman said Bachmann would not be available for interviews Wednesday.