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Bachmann Says ‘Scare Tactics’ Are Being Used In The Debt Ceiling Debate

June 30, 2011 by  

Bachmann recently weighed in on the debt ceiling debate.Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said those warning of economic disaster if the debt ceiling is not raised are using “scare tactics.”

The Congresswoman, who recently announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Presidency, said that if the United States paid down the interest on its debt, it could avoid defaulting on its obligations. However, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee that such a solution is “unworkable.”

Some government officials say that if the debt ceiling is not raised beyond its current standing at $14.3 trillion by Aug. 2, the economic consequences of an American default could be profound.

However, Bachmann said on CBS’ Face the Nation that such claims were false.

“It isn’t true that the government would default on its debt.” The Representative later said, “It is scare tactics.”

Republicans and Democrats have reached an impasse in their negotiations as the GOP balked at the White House’s suggestion that tax hikes might be necessary to solve the budget issue.

“Throwing more tax revenue into the mix is simply not going to produce a desirable result, and it won’t pass,” Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNNMoney.

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  • s c

    She’s right. A certain portion of America’s “leaders” never hesitate to use asinine scare tactics when they’re in danger of losing votes/power. It worked very well back in the ’60s, but that day is gone – finally.
    It takes a while for common sense and reason to wear down raw stupidity and feel-good insanity, but it’s happening. Picture alinsky’s gift to economics [Geithner], the White House crew, certain members of the House and Senate and selected media whores (male and female) in cheerleader costumes, and you’ll get the idea. Tacky, dumb, predictable and deserving of nothing but national scorn.

    • Elevenarrows

      I think you might be overly optimistic. It was just yesterday the fear of a financial crisis had most Americans begging the government “to do something” which turned out to be huge bailouts. From what I can tell, many people I talk to simply aren’t willing to have their daily lives impacted by the Constitution. The gov’t has been highly successful in using schools to create a large herd of sheeple. I, for one, would like the gov’t to NOT fix things. Just protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic, and leave the rest of it to the states. At least that way, we can leave a state that develops Hitler-type aspirations.

      • Jana

        Wow, to me the scary thing is what you said about the people you talk to.
        From what I can tell, many people I talk to simply aren’t willing to have their daily lives impacted by the onstitution *********** **************************************
        What do they mean by that??

  • Rosco1776

    She’s just another Ron Paul parrot without the principled background to back up her talk.

    Ron Paul 2012!!

    • wandamurline

      Tell it like it is…in May America exceeded their 14.6 trillion dollar debt limit…it is now almost July….has the sky fallen? Most people like you are so uninformed that they do not know that we have already overspent our credit card to the tune of several billions dollars a day since May. If we allow the debt ceiling to be raised without stopping the insane spending that this administration is doing, we will default on our loans alright…it will be just a matter of time before we are finally forced off the cliff into the abyss. The spending has to stop…taxes cannot make up what raising the debt ceiling will do to this country….wake up.

      • Elevenarrows

        I completely agree. Raising the debt ceiling is like giving a teenage girl another one of Daddy’s credit cards because she maxed out the first one. Throwing more money at a problem hasn’t done anything for the gov’t propaganda–I mean, school system.It is disturbing to think that people with such an elementary grasp of economics control our tax revenues…

        I actually believe they know exactly what they are doing and are orchestrating another “crisis” to get Americans to give up more freedom. I do agree that we are in a national, financial crisis, but the urgent cry for raising the debt ceiling is bogus. If they were really that concerned about the debt, they would be eliminating every gov’t program that is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, they can’t risk making Americans wean off of handouts or they might lose those votes.

      • http://naver sook young

        I agree with you Wanda. As my husband would say, “Keep up the good fight, fellow patriot!” Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

  • Tom

    Bachmann said that if the United States paid down the interest on its debt, it could avoid defaulting on its obligations. However, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee that such a solution is “unworkable.” I totaly agree with
    Bachmann, if the U.S. paid its debt obligations we would not be in default. When Geithner did not pay his taxes I did not hear anyone say it was “unworkable”. The average American has to make the same decisions daily on the priority of its debt.

    • Elevenarrows

      You’re exactly right. Our family has to decide to buy groceries or fuel. Well, without the fuel, Daddy can’t get to work. Without work, we can’t buy anything. I resent the people who have sworn to uphold the Constitution sitting in Washington even considering options that the average American family would consider suicidal. They forget whose money they are playing with….

      • Jana

        They also forget that each one of us has lived out here in the real world and know that when we start overspending we have to stop and cut way back. We have to cut our unnecessary expenditures.
        We DON’T cut out the things we need, just the things we would like to have. Our Representatives don’t seem to get it.
        We need the police, so they threaten to cut back on law enforcement. We need schools and teachers, so they threaten to cut back on our teachers.
        What about their own salaries, and their own fringe benefits such as expense accounts and like Pelosi’s $18,000. dollar a month office back in her home state (that is for just one) even though it is a “green” office.
        Why are we paying for abortion clinics in other countries? There is just a lot of pork that can be cut out.

    • James

      It’s the interest on our debt that will be defaulted. At present it’s $1.13 billion per day, and any deficit spending will only add to that. It’s impossible to pay down the interest on our national debt. As long as the national debt continues to grow, so will the interest on it.

    • Dons621

      Right and now THE MONEY GENIUS is jumping ship. “I need a break”, right his neck. He sold us a bill of goods that is impossible to work so now he is running for cover. Bonehead boehner is making a deal with the bummer on the golf course so what happens there will come back to bite us in the near future. These Politicians are all crooks, DRAIN THE SWAMP!!! 2012 or before.

  • Pat

    as long as the mainstream media refuse to publish the truth, and continue to publish the (democratic)partyline propaganda, mainstream America will continue to be blindsided and follow the party line. Is there an answer ???

    • steve in AZ


      VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • Norm

    “I look at the Scripture and I read it and I take it for what it is. I give more credence in the Scripture as being kind of a timeless word of God to mankind, and I take it for what it is. And I don’t think I give as much credence to my own mind, because I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge, and wisdom and understanding. .” – Michele Bachmann September 29, 2003.

    The only person dumber than Sarah Palin is Michele Bachmann. Everything Bachmann says makes no sense, is stupid, and is all for attention. That’s why I can’t wait for the Palin/Bachmann 2012 ticket.

    • Cramer

      Norm, You are an idiot!

      • s c

        Cramer, Nerm and the usual cast of suspects who come to this website with their brainwashed barfola are so far gone that they can’t see what is so wrong about insisting that ALL women, blacks and hispanics MUST be ultraliberal progressives and MUST vote as ‘Dems.’
        Control is at the heart of that perverse, space cadet, pc, Hitlerian philosophy. It is twisted and fundamentally anti-American. Maybe someone has to do it, but Nerm and his freedom-hating bunkies never hesitate to step up and act the part.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        If Bachmans brain was somehow damaged to the point that all it did was make her body function, she would still be a genius compared to you!!!

        • http://naver samurai

          Why hasn’t abnorm responded yet? I guess the truth hurts. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Raggs

      Here huckleberry I have a ticket 4-U

    • http://naver sook young

      Norm, why do you still come here with nothing but childish rants?

      “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

      John Jay

      Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

  • Elevenarrows

    Although I do not intend to vote for Bachmann, I have to disagree with your assessment of her quote. As a Christian, I understood exactly what she was saying and it wasn’t “dumb”. I know it is difficult for an unconverted person to understand this, but Christians place the authority of Scripture above our own thinking. We recognize that we are not perfect people, but that God is perfect. His ways are higher than our ways. He sees the whole picture; we do not. His mind is infinite. Our minds are finite. I find it refreshing to hear a politician admit her own imperfection. I’ve had enough of the politicians who think they are gods.

    • eddie47d

      I like your side of the story Elevenarrows for you always seem informed without going to extremes. I will also not vote for Bachmann and probably for other reasons than your own. She also tried to give life to the “death panel” talk like it was a fact written in stone which it isn’t. She accused Bill Clinton of “celebrating the Oklahoma City bombing” when he was there honoring the dead who lost their lives.If she is that petty over a memorial service then she would be willing to make hay over any issue to stroke herself. She belittled Michelle Obama when she encouraged women to breast feed for the health of the baby. Breast feeding is important for a babies immune system yet Bachmann tried to make hay over that too. That is the creeping sickness from the right that good is bad if they say so. Bachmann also made an outlandish statement(about Democrats of coarse) that school children will be “forced to take field trips to abortion centers” “Once there they will be given exams and if they are pregnant will be forced to have an abortion on the spot”. She spreads misinformation like she is at a Carnival handing out free toys. Even more important Dean Johnson who is a Republican in Minnesota and was the Minority Leader said this:”I don’t think I ever served with anybody who I mistrust more,from either side of the aisle”.

      • Jana

        You want to talk about Michelle Obama getting out there and telling the world how to eat and what to eat? She has become the food police.

      • Dons621

        Eddie I have a list of 42 people that worked for or were enemy’s of Bill Clinton that goes back to his Tour of duty in Arkansas. Many shot them selves in the back of the head (try it) others had 1 car collisions on lonely roads with a tree, some jumped from tall building, one women who was strangled was rule suicide by a buddy Judge of Slick Willy. And 2 boys fell asleep on the rail road tracks right by THE Dope drop Airstrip of Willies. Need a house to fall on you to get out of your coma.

      • http://naver samurai

        I don’t think I’ve heard anyone so confused from the left side of the aisle as you edduh. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • eddie47d

          If you can’t stand the truth (heat) get out of the kitchen.Lying has become an art form for both parties or haven’t you realized that yet. So don’t let YOUR confusion confuse you anymore. FOR TRUTH and JUSTICE for ALL.

          • http://naver samurai

            Let’s see which side prevails next year. The side of God and patriots or the side of atheists, progressives, and left wing wackos. Start praying for the first group today. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

            P.S. Yes, edduh, politicians lie and are known for doing so. But there are those that stand by their convictions no matter what, like BushII and Reagan. I haven’t seen a dem do that in recent history.

    • Diane

      Amen, to the self made gods thing. It is sickening the way some think they are high and mighty and they certainly are not in the obedience of Gods word in their haughtiness. A true servant of God and others is humble, for the word of God says; for the lowest among you shall be exalted and the highest shall be made low. God does see the big picture and He is in charge of it, weather people believe it or not. God will help those that humble themselves and ask for His help, those who do not shall not receive.

  • Peter

    It boils down to who you want to believe, a congresswoman who has been fighting for the American taxpayer, walks the walk and talks the talk, or, a political party that has no fiscal restraint and whose solution to all our problems is to tax the so called rich. As far as Geithner is concerned, how can anyone believe this dishonest tax cheat.

    I admire Bachman because she’s smart, honest and a real fighter for the American people. She puts most Republicans to shame. You can bet that if she were to become President, you wouldn’t find her on a golf course.

    • Jana

      You said it, and you said it very well.

      • http://naver samurai

        I second that motion! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • JeffH

      Hear Hear Peter…I’ll give you two thumbs up!

  • 45caliber

    If the debt ceiling is not lifted and the US must stop debt spending, what would be the worse case scenario? We shut down the government except for absolutely required spending (such as military pay checks)? We lay off a lot of office workers? We can’t make payments on the interest on our loans and go into default? None of those things sounds too bad to me.

  • Bus

    We can either take a little bump in the economic lane from NOT raising the debt ceiling or the bottom will eventually fall out of the whole thing is the Dems continue to spend spend spend. Do you think our creditors would be happier to see us trying to make some effort to control the ridiculous debt or just keep our eyes shut and our heads firmly placed between our cheeks pretending we can somehow get out of this mess without some pain?

  • Raggs

    Ya know… I’m REALLY SICK of oblama and his BS lies!

  • cerebus23

    Cut out obamacare that would start saving money now, could axe social security and medicare, considering that they will cost about 4 trillion to try and fix they are not going to last much longer anyway.

    Bottom line it is long beyond time that congress starts working for the people they are supposed to be serving, it is time to cut government spending, start moving towards privitazation, start getting our debt under control, because time is running out. and spending more money will not do anything but hasten the end, nevermind printing more money and inflating our economy more.

    Thing that gets blushed over too much in politics these days, is who is going to pay for all this? We cannot afford what they have done to the country now and they want more rope to hang us? Or rather hang your children and grandchildren, but i think it is far too late to turn this ship around anyway.

    And how about the press looking more at the current state of europes flirtation with communist social spending and how that has worked out for them? It is all over the news communist social spending does not work ever, and when the cookie crumbles it is never pretty. Riots violence looting, we are not too far off from seeing our whole nation descend into all this when our economy completely collapses. Many of the states are already broke, nevermind when the usd is utterly valueless virtually overnight the panic and fallout will make what is happening in europe seem tame.

  • Thinking About

    In starting to pay down the debt Michele should return to tax payers handouts to LLC farm of which she claimed on her tax return and the “training” money her husband’s clinic received. These small facts are just a start. I don’t care if someone buys a jet just don’t count on American taxpayers to help pay for it. This is welfare and should be stopped. We can not afford to keep spending money like this. In 2000 the U s was headed in the right direction and the train derailed. It was 8 years of spend spend spend. A war of choice spent billions of money which could been place towards repairing our infrastructure which began with Eisenhower and we blew it in Iraq. I am tired of handouts and wasteful spending and a Congress wasting time and money not doing their job.

    • Jana

      Thinking about it,
      Give some sources for your lies and misinformation.

      • http://naver samurai

        Now we both know that if a lib gave sources, they would be caught in the lies they have told. Keep up the good fight, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • eddie47d

          Now if a Conservative says the exact same thing about wasteful spending you would claim that person to be a hero to your cause. Yet when there is debt growing out the ears and economic troubles coming from the right it all falls on those deaf ears. That is where Conservatives can be very dishonest. Realize that and the truth can really set you free. If not then you are pandering to the right and yes I have mistakenly pandered to both the left and right. That’s life and the struggle to find out who is more right will continue.

          • http://naver samurai

            Asking someone for sources isn’t accusing someone of lying and you know it. Though it is true that our government does spend on things never authorized by our Constitution (Welfare, food stamps, medicaid, etc.), but that has nothing to do with right or left politics. It has to do with this country getting away from our Christian founding, but it seems that you have no way in understanding that. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • i41

    Thinking about it, you are as full of —– Kenyan goat, It was her in-laws who got the CRP subsidizes, not her and her husband As for the subsidizes her husband clinic get subsidizes, that is what Medicare is which after doing a job, he needs to be paid. Thank your marxist/communist dumbocrats for starting that worthless program.As fort heading the right way under Whorehound Clinton, you are talking out you rear! clinton and his whores changed the accounting from accrul to cash, to get better numbers, and when he left he left the USA in millions in debt. As for spending, it is a MO of dumbcrap pukes to cut the military, to make it look good on paper, and the next Pres. has to rebuild it. I didn’t alway like Bush but the 4.5% unemployment was sure better than 24% unemployment now, even after the 1 trillion dollar stimulas program for his union —- and Wall Street tax cheats and Soros queers.

  • chuckb

    thinking about you, i didn’t hear you complaining about pelosi, her husband has a private jet and she also traveled on the taxpayers jet, returning to the land of nod each weekend at our expense. you bolsheviks are so busy trying to dig up dirt on people you ignore your own filth.

    • Thinking About

      And where is your standard when the present speaker of the house mow is provided with transportation. Let’s see you might be able to figure why the speaker of the house gets this priviledge

      • http://naver samurai

        How about Barney Fwanks trying to get pot legal, because his boyfriend is growing it in their house? How about Clinton have privilege to many female guests in the White House? How about Billy Carter being allowed to converse with the Lybians? How about out president, which is a privilege to serve that office, playing golf at taxpayers expense? How about Obama bin Laden care being paid at taxpayer’s expense? You should look more closely at the left, unless you are also a lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxist. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Jana

          Thinking About,
          Boehner travels commercial air liners. He doesn’t have or use the million dollar a year privatized jet that Pelosi demanded.
          You have nothing to offer but untruths and misinforation.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Thinking About,
        Where were your standards when P-lousy turned down the smaller jet to get the big wanker to transport her AND friends to and from Kalifornication???? what about her 23,000 dollar BOOZE bill?? Before you try to remove the splinter from someone elses eye, you should remove the I-beam from yours!!!

        • http://naver samurai

          He does sound like a hypocryte doesn’t he? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Yankee Will

    Run Girl Run! Go get ‘em Michele! There are a whole bunch of people behind you! Good Luck, and keep up the good fight!

  • Thinking About

    Bachmann listed the LLC income on her income tax so if you don’t like this fact you will have to learn to live with it. As far as the Clinton administration heading in the right direction perhaps it was because of Republician Congress. It does not matter who set up the welfare payments for training by Bachmann standards they are wrong and I don’t agree with any of them. You must suck the blood out of the government and think welfare is great. It is about the free market and don’t expect redistribution of wealth by corporate welfare.

    • Jana

      Thinking About,
      You just can’t tell the truth can you?

    • http://naver samurai

      If all you are going to do is lie, then go away. Don’t go away angry, just go away butthead. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Just a person

    If you are a person who is badly in debt and you go to a debt counselor, the first thing he/she will tell you is:
    “Get rid of your debt. Stop wasting your money paying interest.”

    This is just elementary, isn’t it?

  • cerebus23

    Speaker of the house is in the emergency line for president, so i belive they are required to take air force transport.

    WHere i draw the line is them inviting their friends, relatives, extended families, on world trips on our dime, which pelosi did a ton when she was flushing our tax dollars down the toilet.

    But does not take a ton of research to say that both parties waste our money left and right.

    When either side abuses their station to spread the wealth to their whoever, it is wrong no matter if there is a D or R beside their name.

  • chuckb

    thinking about you,
    Washington (CNN) – House Republican Leader John Boehner said Wednesday that he plans to continue to fly commercial airplanes to and from his Ohio home even after he becomes House speaker in January–a change from Speaker Pelosi’s current use of military planes.

  • chuckb

    we should be more concerned with barry and his wife, these trips on the taxpayers dime are getting into serious money. michelle’s latest trip to africa cost the taxpayers $800,000, to visit the old terrorist mandella.
    these two are running up a vacation debt that will force us to raise the debt ceiling just to keep them in pleasure. they have surpassed all presidents before them.

    • http://naver samurai

      True that! True that! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • LarrWayne

    If American money sent over seas is such a small amount, according to 0bama, why doesn’t he send the gift money out of his own pocket?

  • jopa

    One can tell by the writings here we have many a Glen Beck fan.You are all clueless as to the reality of the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling.Perhaps now that Beck is leaving Fox there will be a decline in Beckerheads and a much more intelligent America.However we still have these Bachman worshippers and one has to wonder if you people are really that ignorant to think she is capable of being a president.

  • Charles

    Jopa, my old Friend,
    I wonder where you have been. I see you haven`t learned a damn thing
    about anything. I think most of you people give Obama to much credit for being smart. He looks smart, when he has a bunch of people like yourself, who can`t tell the difference between good and evil. Jopa, what ever happened to your friends and mine, Deniso and Bob wire? I do hope someday you will on your own tell the difference between a lie and the truth. Have a nice 4th.

  • jopa

    Charles;I have noticed there are a lot of new people on this site, perhaps Bob and Deniso have a real life and enjoy their summers more than others.I myself have been rather busy vacationing and traveling.When I come back to this site its usually the same story just a different day and that may be why some left.Then there are the ones like Jeffh that got booted right off of the site for being a bad bad boy.I think it was probably profanity along the lines of i41s statements, but I am not sure.Oh well have a nice 4th of July.

    • JeffH

      jopa, you’re intentionally uninformed. You know I don’t use profanity and if you had kept yourself up to date, you’d have realized that my temporary departure was nothing more than a “glitch” in the PLD system as explained by Bob L with an open apology for any inconveniences…but then again you’ve never been one to resist telling a good lie now and then.

      • libertytrain

        Sometimes it surprises me how low jopa goes to spread lies. You are correct in what you posted and jopa knows that as well.

  • George Bentley Carlson

    Dear Mr. Livingston,

    I have always been under the rule called PRODUCTIVITY will raise revenue. I’m a former farmer and school teacher. In farming we worked hard to produce good crops in order to bring in revenue to keep the debt level down. In teaching I worked hard to produce students that scored high on the ACT, SAT and State Test. In so doing my job was secure. Now we have a gov’t that thinks raising taxes or cutting spending is the answer to our country’s economic woes. Let me make this suggestion. DRILL BABY DRILL !!!! OPEN UP THE FERTILE SOIL TO FARMING ONCE AGAIN IN THE SAN YAKINE. To Hell with the environmentalists. They alone have put us in this delemma. They must be defeated but it is probably too late. Refuse to listen to their lobiests. Why don’t I ever hear about PRODUCTIVITY???? Two major commodities and they are ignored. If this is not addressed then we deserve a clataclysmic colapse. And I am not too stupid to know about the Trilateral Commission and the Builder-Group Commission. The politicians want our colapse and the boarders open. It is called ONE WORLD GOV’T and the ONE WORLD BANK. This has been the dream of politicians since way back before F. Roosevelt. Our soverignty is almost gone and soon will be a thing of the past. This is their desire. We have stood by and let Greedy Morons take us down. God Help us.

    • Diane

      Sir, you are absolutely right, thank you for boldly saying this. The only thing I will add is that the Godlessness that is being promoted by these groups and leaders is the main reason that they are gaining any ground in their pursuit of our destruction. As this Nation allows un-Godly powers to control our Courts, our Schools, our seats in Government and even in our places of worship, we can not expect God to bless this Nation. Evil is gaining control because the Nation has turned from God and His will. A Nation that turns from God can not be blessed by God. Those who chose to trust in God can and will be, even when the Nation is not.

      • Jana

        I hope you put Personal Liberty Digenst in your favorites box and come on this site a lot more. We need more Christians who are not afraid to stand up for God.
        Thank you for your posts.

  • Diane

    I decided to share this today because it is a part of our History that was our greatness; and remembering this is encouraging.
    Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought fourth on this continent a new nation,conceived in liberty,and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    Now we are engaged in a great and civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate-we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg address.

    I know this is not what the 4th is about, but without the 4th we would not have had this great battle for the proposition that all men are created equal. Something only God can give and we also would not be a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. It is up to us to keep it, God help us do that until Jesus returns. Amen.

    • Jana



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