Framing the Dialogue

True American Hero – Rep. Michele Bachmann

michelle-bachmanUnfortunately for Minnesota, they are recently most known for having a former boa-wearing wrestler as a governor and a tax-evading, “comedy” writer as their newest senator.  There is a bright spot withing the land of 10,000 lakes beside Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and she is Representative Michele Bachmann.

Rep. Bachmann first appeared on my radar when she spoke out strongly about the 2010 census.  The federal government has a constitutional authority to conduct a count of the number of citizens:

“Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers.  The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”  [Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution]

Bachmann does not object to the enumeration, but all of the other data that the census bureau has been collecting.  Many believe this to be extra-constitutional and are concerned about the use and security of the data.  This has been more controversial since the Obama Administration has attempted to take the census responsibilities from its historic place in the Commerce Department to his control under the White House.   She has gone on the record that she will only provide data on the number of people living in her house. 

I remember having a census worker in our house ten years ago.  The interview probably took over an hour and was fairly detailed in its scope.  My only thought at that time was that it took too much of my time.  I would love to have some legal advise on how to handle this if a similar request is made this year.  I hope that Rep. Bachmann pursues this issue and provides guidance to the rest of us conscientious objectors.

Rep. Bachmann has been a consistant voice for conservative values on many issues:

  • On our national debt“As if to ice the cake, on the same day that these unprecedented numbers were released, the White House was acknowledging that its projections were based on too optimistic a reading of the economy”  [numbers refers to the first time our national debt topped the $1 billion level…EVER]
  • On health care:  “Arrogance in Congress. Conyers’s statement about not reading the bill, Pelosi and Reid trying to obfuscate by changing language. Co-ops are still the “public option“.
  • On government spending:  “Spending other people’s money is immoral… we are in the right here, so keep the pressure on.”
  • michele_bachmann3_33Obama’s waning popularity:  “What he’s trying to do is boost up the Democrats.  The people aren’t listening to him the way that they did before. They were hanging on his every word.  [last week was] the first time I felt like we were going to win this thing. I sensed it when the president was in Minnesota. There were a lot of sycophants in that hall. There were not a lot of true believers in that hall.”
  • On the White House response to the T.E.A. parties:  “Probably one of the best lines last week…would have been last Friday, when the press asked Robert Gibbs what the White House thought about the Tea Parties on Saturday. I thought it was fascinating. The response was, the White House wasn’t aware of any events on Saturday. And I thought, could there be a more out of touch, politically tone-deaf response than to say we have no idea more than a million people are going to come to our fair city?”
  • On Acorn funding:  “”And don’t think that the Democrats won’t try to strip the ACORN language from whatever bill finally makes it to the White House.  These votes were their cover.  They think that you’ll be fooled into thinking that they’ve heard your outrage and are abandoning their good buddy, ACORN.  There is one way that we can immediately cut ACORN off from all federal programs and funding, and it’s going to take all of us pressuring President Obama to use the federal suspension and debarment process to make it happen,”
  • On the Federal Reserve:  “The Federal Reserve seems to have the power to do anything it wants to do without any restrictions whatsoever
  • On the left’s treatment of conservative women:  “They want to make sure no women, no woman becomes president before a Democrat woman and so they’re doing everything they can to, I think, sabotage women like Sarah Palin, perhaps women like myself, or similarly situated women, to make sure that we don’t have a prominent national voice.”
  • On the main stream media:  “The interesting thing is – as much as the mainstream media has been embargoing information from the people, just like we saw they failed to their job vetting the President prior to the election last year.  It’s so interesting how the American people love a search for the truth.”  AND “For so long, they have established the rules of media and we’re all supposed to cower in fear of these guys. I didn’t fear my own editorial boards in Minneapolis/St. Paul when I lived there. I’m certainly not going to fear the likes of Keith Olbermann.”

Representative Bachmann seems to be hitting a nerve as attacks on her have been increasing culminating in SNL including her in a recent parody.  This kind of attention does not seem to bother her.  The left really seems to resent strong, conservative, good-looking women. 

Palin/Bachmann 2012?

A November 3, 2010 update is available at this link.

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  1. Kelly VS Weiner / Framing the Dialogue says:

    […] Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is very interesting.  Also appearing is Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and the ever annoying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).  I apologize that I could not […]

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