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Michele Bachmann

September 12, 2011 by  

Michele Bachmann

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Winona State University, J.D. from O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University, L.L.M. in Tax Law from William & Mary.

Professional: She and her husband own a mental health practice and partial interest in a family farm. She worked as a Federal tax litigation attorney for the IRS from 1988-1993.

Family: Married with five children. She claims to have also cared for 23 foster children.

Political: Minnesota Senator 2001-2007, U.S. House of Representatives 2007-present.

Age: 55

State of residence: Minnesota

Campaign website: http://www.michelebachmann.com/

Bachmann claims the Tea Party mantle and is the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. But while she was prominent at Capitol Hill Tea Party gatherings protesting the Obamacare vote and stimulus spending bills, some things in Bachmann’s background and some of her votes indicate she is not the conservative she tries to portray.

First of all, there is the troubling fact that her family’s farm has received $295,332 in Federal subsidies since 1995. Bachmann claimed income from the farm on her financial disclosure forms, but says her family did not profit from it. It was included on disclosure forms, Bachmann said, because her husband is a trustee. To be fair, the farm was registered in the name of her father-in-law until his death in 2009. The farm has not requested a subsidy since then. The Bachmann campaign told Bloomberg that the Bachmanns did not receive direct financial benefit from the farm subsidies.

That is the same claim Bachmann makes about the family’s mental health clinic, which received a $30,000 Federal grant for employee training.

Not directly benefiting has not stopped Bachmann from trying to get more money from the government. Despite criticizing Obama’s stimulus program as “fantasy economics,” Bachman petitioned the Federal government for direct financial aid or help on at least 16 separate occasions. Much of that money came from stimulus programs she opposed and has suggested she would eliminate.

One of Bachmann’s most grievous acts — if you cherish liberty — was to vote to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act. She is also an interventionist on foreign policy, believing the United States should continue to prosecute the “War on Terror” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen, and should intervene in Iran’s quest to acquire nuclear weapons. At the GOP debate in Iowa in August, Bachmann said: “I sit on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. I can’t reveal classified information, but I can say this: As President of the United States, I will do everything to make sure that Iran does not become a nuclear power.”

One foreign policy feather she can put in her cap: She voted for a resolution in June that would have required President Barack Obama end U.S. participation in the NATO mission in Libya within 15 days. The resolution failed. But in light of the above statement, one has to wonder if she was just playing politics with her vote.

Bachmann refused to sign a pledge to cut, cap and balance the Federal budget, much to the chagrin of Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). But she did sign a values pledge created by the conservative Christian group The FAMiLY LEADER. By signing the pledge, Bachmann “vowed” to commit herself to 14 specific points to “uphold the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman.” One of the points calls for banning “all forms” of pornography. She gave no explanation of how she proposed to get that one accomplished in light of that ever-pesky 1st Amendment.

From 1988 to 1992, Bachmann worked for the St. Paul, Minn., office of the Internal Revenue Service’s district counsel. While there she worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases, according to her own Congressional website, in an effort to extort more money out of citizens and corporations for the government. She declined to answer questions posed by The Wall Street Journal about her time at IRS. In public comments she has made, she has said that she went to work at the IRS “because the first rule of war is to know your enemy.” So are we to believe her four years there were part of some grand plan?

She’s also prone to making dumb statements while ad-libbing. She has claimed, “the founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” She also said Americans fear the Soviet Union; told a New Hampshire crowd that “You’re the state where the shot was heard round the world at Lexington and Concord”; said there was an interesting coincidence that the swine flu broke out in the 1970s while Democrat Jimmy Carter was President and again when Democrat Barack Obama was President (even though the first outbreak came during Gerald Ford’s Presidency); and she wished Elvis Presley a happy birthday on Aug. 16 — which happened to be the anniversary of his death, not his birth.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • NancyJ

    From the nitpicking in your article, I take it that you don’t like Michele. Is it because she is a female?? You sure can’t argue with her ideas and she sure is tough enough.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      So we should vote for her because she is a female. How dumb is this. From reading about her this is another prevaricating predator. She will tell you anything to get elected.

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear NancyJ,

      I don’t like her because she claims to be a conservative constitutionalist but her actions say otherwise.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

  • Capitalist at Birth

    She CLAIMS to have parented 23 foster children. Do you have evidence to the contrary? You obviously are trashing Michelle because of your ardent support for the loon Ron Paul, who doesn’t have a chance of getting the Republican Paryt nomination, nor winning the general election.

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Capitalist at Birth,

      I have no evidence to the contrary. I also have no evidence to affirm it beyond her claim.

      It’s curious you don’t address the substance of the article, choosing instead to call Ron Paul a loon and saying he can’t win. Are you a paid Republican shill?

      Best wishes,
      Bob

    • Nadzieja Batki

      My question would be. If she was working who raised her kids and who raised the foster kids? From her weasel answers, the kids most likely raised themselves.

      • Dan az

        My question would be how much money did her state pay for her to raise that many kids?That’s quite allot of money let alone allot of bedrooms.Interesting concept raising one child and working is pretty hard to do but 23? I’m sorry but I find that impossible to believe. You would need a grant and a hotel and a cafeteria let alone min.thirteen bathrooms and a car dealership.I think she is using the system to benefit her self.Maybe not by way of federal monies but by state monies.
        Hey don’t get me wrong she’s hot but I wouldn’t vote for her because of it.

        • http://b-rean.org Rev . Homer Faris Abney

          Who says all 23 children were in the Bachmann home at the same time?
          Who says all 23 children remained in the Bachmann home, until adulthood — as though adopted?
          And, by the way, to state that someone “claims” something, is to imply (through a thin veil) that the “claim” is false. Without some shred of evidence that the “claim” is false, the implication is either a misstatement that requires an apology, or else, a deliberate attack.

          • Carolyn Hodges

            I had a 3 month old baby overnite until her grands cane to get her
            and a teen for 2 weeks until she aged out and took off.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Why are you getting your underwear in a twist? We are asking simple questions because it is our right to ask those questions from someone who wants to lead this nation. It is too late after she is foisted on this nation and creates more havoc.

          • Dan az

            Actually Rev. you point being?
            The fact that you don’t know either says allot dosen’t it!If she collected from the state 400 each kid then she would be getting 2900 per month.Where did you say that she kept them all?

        • Average Joe

          Dan az,

          I used to know a woman in my area (Central Florida) that was a foster care parent (three bedroom house, two boys of her own). Sometimes she would have one or two kids, however most kids weren’t in her care for more than a few days as they were usually “in transit” between this relative or that relative and some were there for a month or two . Over the course of a year, she would take in as many as 20-25 kids…but only in small numbers and short stays.
          So, it would not be too much of a stretch to see that Mrs. Bachman could have done the same thing. Just an observation.

    • Average Joe

      When you begin calling names (Loon…which btw, is Canadian currency and a bird), it is a sure sign that you have lost the argument…because you have nothing of value to add to the conversation and nothing in the form of facts with which to bolster your opinion.

      You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
      Douglas Adams

  • John K

    I admire Congresswoman Bachmann’s support for Israel but I have been wondering if it would cause her to break her oath to uphold the Constitution. I got my answer. She voted for H. R. 3081, July 9, 2009. Foreign assistance for fighting HIV/AIDS, $5.8 billion, $2.7 billion – Afghanistan, $2.2 billion -Israel,, $1.5 billion – Pakistan, $1.3 billion – Egypt, and $1.4 billion for an UN-inspired corporation. She needs to be held accoutable for our national debt.

  • Little LaC

    Interesting that I happen to agree with the Honorable Michelle Bachmann on the issues of the Patriot Act, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran Intervention, and Libya.

    As for making dumb off the cuff statements, we could parade numerous gaffs by all of the candidates, of all parties and independents, including the “chosen one.” None are above making hacks of that nature and all have made critical errors, some really dumb others reflecting their true natures. Dumb oral errors are things the media look for to discredit one’s credibility. Unfortunately, when they elect to point out the errors of those they do not support, they usually do not bring up their favorite candidate’s similar hacks, even going to some effort to cover them up or explain them away.

    • Justin Rogers

      The problem I have with her gaffes isn’t so much the substance (or lack thereof) of any “mistakes” she may be making. My problem is that they betray the typical see-how-I-can-connect-with-you-guys approach to politicking. It’s the same old soundbite campaigning that I, for one, am sick and tired of. Fine, I’m an unapologetic RP supporter. But really folks, who else can you really trust? The guy speaks truth to power, and uses his airtime (such as it is) to educate people rather than to give cutesy speeches. And the reason he never has to give speeches is because he’s always speaking from a purely principled position that has clear and precise right-and-wrong answers. In other words, his answers will always be the natural offshoot of a constitutional mindset. It’s as simple as that.

      • Justin Rogers

        I will add that there’s a lot I like about the congresswoman as well. Just not sure I fully trust her as she hasn’t really paid her dues in my opinion. Here’s how I’ll know if she is for real: If she stays in the race, she needs to drop the sound-bite approach to campaigning and go with a more Deborah-Medina-like approach of sticking primarily to the facts and, when expounding on them, accurately drawing the right inferences and implications. If she ends up dropping out of the race, and then turns around and throws her weight behind Rick Perry, I’ll know she’s just another career politician that kow-tows to the establishment. If she drops out and either a) endorses Ron Paul, or b) doesn’t endorse anyone, I’ll tend to accept her at face value. Basically, I need to see some kind of evidence that she is reliable. Every president in my lifetime has broken so many of their campaign promises that it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to take them at their words unless they have a longstanding track-record to support their claims. The stakes are too high, and we should not squander this opportunity.

        • PD

          If she drops out, doesn’t really matter if you trust her, does it? As for some test of trustworthiness being a backing of Ron Paul, how does that test whether someone is trustworthy or not? I think maybe you have revealed more about yourself right here.

          • Average Joe

            PD, Spoken like a true half-wit….

            “How about drinking and driving?”

            How did we get from the privacy of one’s own house to drinking and driving?….BTW, Drinking and driving is not a good idea….but until someone hits or injures another human being or someone elses property…..I fail to see any “crime”. As for doing injury while under the influence of any drug (leagal or otherwise), there are laws on the books to adress the issue.

            “How about shooting up heroin or cocaine and then going out, out of your mind, and harming someone?”
            As stated above,”As for doing injury while under the influence of any drug (leagal or otherwise), there are laws on the books to adress the issue.”

            ” Not to mention drugs tend to harm individuals and cause them to miss time at work and even have them end up disabled because they can no longer function because of an addiction.”

            And your point is?…..It’s called taking responsibilty for one’s own life…. It is not my responsiblity to hold your hand through your entire life to make sure that you always make the right decisions. If you, me or anyone else make bad decisions in life…hopefully we learn from the experience and not repeat it in the future. Although after reading your post, I am guessing that you need to have your hand held, because you obviously don’t feel capable of making your own decisions.

            If ignorance is bliss, you must be the happiest person on the planet…I am guessing that you can’t see the forrest…because there are too many trees in the way……
            In the future learn to mind your own business…and stop worrying about everyone elses…you are part of the “busy body” problem…always worried about “what if’s” rather than what is or isn’t.

            Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

            I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
            Robert A. Heinlein

          • Average Joe

            PD,

            Somehow my reply to your post below ended up here…please scroll down.

        • Richard

          Hey Justin…I completely agree with how you characterize RP. Honest and direct are the terms that come to mind immediately.. And That Is Important! Really like RP.
          I don’t think your suspicion of Bachman backing perry is accurate…
          I believe her..mostly…and like her too. But she is not careful enough in what she says…look at the Vaccine thing ‘causing’ Mental retardation?? It can cause some things! but not likely to cause mental retardation.
          Doesn’t she know when to be vague?
          She’s just not sharp enough yet…,but i do believe her convictions.
          And they’re important..

  • LightOfReason

    Michele Bachmann is a good qualified candidate & running her down does not make Ron Paul look any better.
    She is an accountant & that’s what we need to fix our economy.
    She is also a strong Christian conservative who believes in limited government. And YES she is a woman I think that is a plus with all those people that voted for Obama now they can make history again by voting for Bachmann.

    I agree with some of Ron’s views; not on legalizing dope & abolishing the FDA & EPA (it does need to shrink).
    Bottom line is even if I did Ron is old news, like Newt & even Romney. Republicans need a younger candidate who can scruff with Obama in a debate. Perry is kind of old too but he’s a great fighter.

    • Average Joe

      LightOfReason,

      “I agree with some of Ron’s views; not on legalizing dope & abolishing the FDA & EPA (it does need to shrink).”

      With all due respect, how is it anybody’s business what someone does in the privacy of their own home? What right does any of us have to dictate our personal morals on another human being? The answer of course is: We don’t have that right…period.
      We don’t need to “shrink” anything…we need to turn it back over to the states to deal with. I have no doubt whatsoever that my state knows much better how to approach my state issues than some centralized Federal Government Buracracy….who only see things from a distance.
      As for your statement,”And YES she is a woman I think that is a plus with all those people that voted for Obama now they can make history again by voting for Bachmann.”
      If this is your criteria for choosing a candidate…God help us all!We should elect her President because we need to make history again and…because she’s a woman? The last time we “made history”, doesn’t seem to be working out so well….does it?
      It is obvious to me ( as it should be to everyone else) that what we have been doing….ISN”T WORKING…..and maybe…just maybe,
      it’s time to take a new approach to the way this nation is beng run. Maybe, just maybe it’s time to stop electing “business as
      usual” “mainstream” candidates….who continue to run our nation into the ground while ignoring the will of the people. If we were to elect Dr. Ron Paul, could he really be any worse than what we’ve had over the last 40+ years (both sides)? If we were to elect him and he doesn’t make changes that positively affect our nation….can we not vote him out in another 4 years?
      Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over…and expecting to get a different result. Isn’t it time that we stopped the insanity?
      While I am not asking anyone to vote for any particular candidate, I will ask that you spend more time actually looking into all of the candidates’ backgrounds ( voting records, campaign finances…who they’ve made deals with etc.). learn everything you can about the candidates (not the MSM talking heads versions…do the research yourselves), so that on election day….you can make an informed decision about who you want to represent you in
      government….Remember, what they do is a direct reflection on us…..if they do foolish things….it makes us look like we elected foolish people….which means we look like fools for electing them in the first place.
      I don’t know about anyone else, but I am tired of the insanity and will be casting my vote for Ron Paul. You can say that I am wasting my vote….well, I guess that’s OK….it is after all…MY….vote……it doesn’t belong to any party or candidate….it belongs to me …to cast as my conscience
      dictates.
      I hope eveyone makes informed decisions concerning our future as a
      nation.

      The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived
      and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
      John F. Kennedy

      • Dan az

        AJ
        Good job!Just because people think that they are wasting their vote the refuse to vote for the only person on the platform that wants to bring back a smaller gubmnt and give us the rights that were taken from us.I just don’t get it.Its like buying a car that you don’t like because the one you do like might get a scratch in it.Twisted logic!

      • PD

        spoken like a true libertarian and anarchist! What you do in private certain can, and likely will, affect people in the general public. How about drinking and driving? How about shooting up heroin or cocaine and then going out, out of your mind, and harming someone? Not to mention drugs tend to harm individuals and cause them to miss time at work and even have them end up disabled because they can no longer function because of an addiction. THAT is why we fight drug use and have determined it to be illegal, not because someone has chosen to take away your precious FREEDOM.

        • Average Joe

          PD,
          Please see my reply above…somehow it ended up there…instead of here.

  • Not Impressed

    I would vote for her if were the Republican nominee because, I believe, she is serious about limiting taxes and the burden of government. But, she has a serious problem in that her record is one that supports a lot of government programs that I don’t approve. It is a mixed bag but she has successfully stolen the Tea Party mantle and I think we are Taxed Enough Already. I don’t like her inconsistency. Obama has been VERY consistent in his communist point of view.

  • Warren Wilson

    The more comments to news stories I read, the less I need to wonder why America is in such deep doo-doo. It appears to me that the average writer’s IQ is numerically lower than his/her age.

  • http://b-rean.org Rev . Homer Faris Abney

    Dan az
    My point was to reply to your suggestion that the idea that the Bachmanns had cared for 23 foster children seemed far-fetched.
    I didn’t make an issue of it, you did:
    You suggested that she would have needed a hotel to house the children.
    I simply pointed out that she didn’t have to care for them all at the same time, or for the duration of their childhood.
    I actually sought to make two points:
    1. The burden of proof is on anyone who suggests that there is something wrong, when Congresswoman Bachmann says she and her husband cared for 23 foster children. To refer to her statement as a “claim” implies some suspicion that the statement might not be true.
    To suggest such suspicion, without any substantive reason, is to play the game the left plays: When you can’t win the argument, attack your opponent.
    We certainly don’t want to play their game against each other.
    2. The suggestion that her statement is probably untrue, because the number of children is too high (and therefore, unreasonable) depends on the assumption that all 23 children were cared for at the same time, rather than as many (if not most) foster care parents do it: one or two children at a time, for a day, a week, a month, maybe, a year or two.
    The fact that I don’t know when, or how many at a time, is irrelevant. The point is that 23 children only becomes unreasonable and unrealistic, when we assume they were all there at the same time.
    And, the assumption that all the children were there at the same time (a highly unlikely situation, for most foster families) is being used as a way to undermine the Congresswoman’s credibility.
    Calling someone a liar is a serious thing.
    It should not be done lightly.

    Faris

    • PD

      There is a lady in the church I pastor that has fostered children for a lot of years. She always has at least two at a time and has fostered over 100. She has a smaller three bedroom house and the state does a terrible job of support. She spends a lot of her own money on the children so they will have something while they are with her. I venture to say she has lost financially on the deal. But she has won in that she loves these children with her whole heart and is a servant of God, showing God’s loves to each and every one of them.

  • http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org Luther

    The father-in-law farm received subsidies before he died and not after. This sounds good for Bachmann. If she got some facts mixed up on the campaign trail that is understandable and really not as bad as Obama not knowing how many states we have. However,I do like the fact that she would not let Iran have nukes. I would like her to say she would pull back over seas military from non essential areas, but not in areas that mean to do us harm. Ron Paul gives the impression that he would over do the isolationist policy.

  • Jake

    To Rev. Homer Faris Abney: If I am ever in trouble innocently, I want you to defend me. If I am not innocent, I will not ask you. Have you ever considered running for president? You sound like you are “good on your feet” and can see down through the mud to the bottom of the river.
    Talking about firsts, I don’t recall us yet having a Rev. for president. Am I wrong? We would at least expect him to operate with convictions, not simply expedience. And we would not expect him to wear a “For Sale” sign.

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