Michele Bachmann's Alzheimer's cure statement rated "Pants on Fire!" by PolitiFact [IMAGE]

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From Tuesday, Bachmann, Four Pinnocchios-style (left); and at right, Bachmann, Pants on Fire! edition. Suffice it to say it hasn't been a good week for her.
Michele Bachmann claims she's infallible when it comes to truth and falsity, but in reality, the AP concluded she was so full of it during her presidential run that they simply gave up on fact-checking her.

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But PolitiFact didn't, and earlier this week, they scrutinized a preposterous statement Bachmann made during her March 16 CPAC speech about a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

During her speech, Bachmann said Alzheimer's could be cured if it wasn't for government red tape and taxes. Here's a transcript of her remarks:
We have another disease ... that's hurting us today. It's called Alzheimer's. ... There is no known treatment for Alzheimer's on the horizon. ... Scientists tell us that we could have a cure in 10 years for Alzheimer's, if we'd only put our mind to it. So why aren't we seeking to cure diseases like Alzheimer's, or diabetes, juvenile diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease? How did we possibly get to this point of political malpractice? Because our government, proclaiming to care so much, has created a cadre of overzealous regulators, excessive taxation and greedy litigators. That's not caring. It's time we care.
But there's a small problem with that line of thinking -- there doesn't seem to be a doctor on the face of the earth who truly believes bureaucracy or taxes is getting in the way of an Alzheimer's cure.

"The only thing keeping us from developing successful treatments for Alzheimer's disease is the lack of adequate funding for research from NIH and other federal agencies," Robert A. Stern, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at the Boston University School of Medicine, told PolitiFact. "That has nothing to do with her naive and scary statements. It only has to do with Congress deciding that it is worth spending money on."

And as the fact-check details, the Obama administration has been far from stingy when it comes to funding Alzheimer's research.

In one sense, however, government is indeed getting in the way of a cure. As PolitiFact details, sequestration will result in funding cuts for the National Institutes of Health, which will likely in turn result in less funding for Alzheimer's research.

Still, scientists say the biggest obstacle to an Alzheimer's cure is simply the disease itself.

R. Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin, told PolitiFact that Alzheimer's is "about the worst example she could give" of a disease where research has been stymied by the government.

Alzheimer's "develops over years from causes still unclear," Charo said. "The real dilemma for Alzheimer's drug trials -- or for trials of any disease that develops slowly with symptoms that may easily be due to other diseases and which may be of varying intensity -- is that there is no form of standard clinical trial that can test interventions and cures within a reasonable time frame."

In conclusion, PolitiFact rated Bachmann's statement as "Pants on Fire!"

Between that and her widely decried and misleading blast of President Obama regarding his allegedly lavish White House spending, has there been a more self-destructive speech in recent political history than Bachmann's CPAC address?

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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I've said time and again, there is a multitude of reasons to criticize President Obama in general, and the Affordable Care Act in particular.  Rep. Bachmann, however, never comes up with any of the legitimate bones to pick.  Indeed, if she says it, you can bet it's ludicrous.  The one thing you can say for Rep. Bachmann though; she does know her audience.

Eddie Phillips
Eddie Phillips

and CityPages has never told a lie, or twisted the truth or reported in a bias manner I presume?

stoobeedoo123
stoobeedoo123

This coming from a State that has an SNL comedian as a representative an a former "wrestler" as a Gov.  MN can't be taken seriously-  they don't take themselves seriously- why should anybody else?


Love the Pinocchio picture. Almost as good as the one you guys did of Obama when he swore up and down that Obamacare wasn't a tax - turns out he was lying.

Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

Quoting a story from PolitiFact gives you Zero credibility.

green23
green23

Bachmann: "Scientists tell us that we could have a cure in 10 years for Alzheimer's, if we'd only put our mind to it." 

Yeah, but "scientists" also say that she was completely wrong about her anti-vaccination statements. So she said that scientists have an agenda and can't be trusted. Now she's invoking the opinion of scientists, which very strongly implies that she thinks scientists are credible. 

When science *agrees* with conservatives' opinions, it magically becomes infallible, wise, and undeniable. When it contradicts the opinions held by conservatives, it becomes a liberal conspiracy devoid of integrity, that only naive dupes would ever consider trusting. 

It's also fairly mind-boggling that Bachmann believes that we are *not* "seeking to cure diseases like Alzheimer's, or diabetes, juvenile diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease". All of these efforts have highly visible campaigns, and have been running for decades. Just because they haven't succeeded yet, does not mean that they aren't *trying*. 

Even our resident wingnuts here seem to have abandoned their long defence of Bachmann. Kirk, for example, once stated that Bachmann would be revered by women for centuries as a figure like Joan of Arc. Why? Because she was shown on the cover of Rolling Stone. Really, he said that.


Bill Bachman
Bill Bachman

Too bad the City Pages don't hold Al Frankin or obama to such standards, they'd have to have an expanded edition...every week. Bias much?

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Even Bill O'Reilly has had enough of her lies.

Slator
Slator

It doesn't matter how many times she is "fact-checked."  Her propensity to lie is pathological.

green23
green23

@swmnguy  

Yeah, I agree. The underlying idea seems to be that if Obama is not perfect, then all of the various Republican idiocies must be accepted enthusiastically. 

The ACA was originally a Republican plan from the '90s. It's not any kind of panacea, but it was the best solution that could get passed due to Republican obstructionism. And no alternative plan has come out of the GOP. 

This "zero-sum logic" is the sea that wingnuts swim in. A voter must either worship Obama, or be a Bachmann supporter. There are no shades of grey. Any imperfect plan must be either destroyed or its flaws must be ignored and denied. It's not an exaggeration to call this way of thinking "crazy".

HerbHATESGOPdickersn
HerbHATESGOPdickersn

@Eddie Phillips so you embrace that dumb fuck Bachmann because "city pages told a lie"?  what fucking planet are douche canoes like you from.  Fuck off moron.

green23
green23

@stoobeedoo123 

"turns out he was lying."

That's pretty stupid. Constitutional scholars came down on *both* sides of that question. It's not as if there is some absolute truth either way. 

If I watch a pitcher throw a ball and say it's a strike, but the umpire says it's a ball, was I "lying"? 

Again, that's just plain stupid. I'd like to think that you know better.

keny1
keny1

@stoobeedoo123 Let's not forget Obama's stance on the debt ceiling back in 2006 ("It is irresponsible...........America must pay it's bills") and then his stance in 2013 ("We must raise the debt ceiling so that we can pay our bills".

Oh and remember this one: "Marriage is a union between a man and woman". Then right before the November elections of last year, "Marriage should not be defined by the Government. Government should not dictate who can or cannot get married".

And then the best one of them all, during the campaign trail of 2008: "If I cannot cut the U.S. deficit in half, I will not be running for a second term". And then in the Campaign trail of 2012: "I deserve a second term".

LOL!

As a Republican, I can admit the bullshit and hypocrisy of some of my own party leaders (such as that moron Michelle Bachmann) but Liberals such as Rupar and the other Liberal sheeple who post comments on this site, refuse to quit bowing down to Obama's lies and distortion. That is what I find so funny. And when Obamacare causes job loses, reduction in hours and the quality of health care declines faster than the value of the U.S. dollar, all of the Liberal sheeple will be screaming, "IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!"

Too funny.  


_Joe_
_Joe_

@stoobeedoo123 Says the man from the party that elected a hollywood cowboy actor as president.  At least MN saw through that one.

HerbHATESGOPdickersn
HerbHATESGOPdickersn

@Bill Bachman So name one bald faced, uninformed, moronic lie ever told by Obama or Franken.  Not something you don't agree with but something completely disprovable by actual independent sources....  didn't think so.  Fuck yourself Bill

Onan
Onan

@Slator Bonus - She apparently can sprint in high heels when pursued by reporters.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@green23 @swmnguy You guys had basic math in H.S. right? 

Sure ACA was proposed by Romney in MA, check the numbers it didn't work out.

Now jump up to millions who dont want/cant afford covrage jumping in when they have an issue?

green23
green23

@keny1@stoobeedoo123 

"As a Republican, I can admit the bullshit and hypocrisy of some of my own party leader"

...and yet you fail to do so, and vehemently attack anyone else who criticises her "bullshit and hypocrisy". 

You pile lie on top of lie, on top of unsupported assertion, and then add apocalyptic predictions. And *then* you 'admit' that you're unbiased. 

You're a complete parody of yourself.

Thanks for showing everyone what conservative 'reasoning' looks like.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@keny1 @stoobeedoo123 So, in your world evolution of opinions and a splash of naivete are the same as telling bold faced lies?  Obama is right of Reagan, just admit you hate him because he's black and be done with it.  

keny1
keny1

@_Joe_ Says the man from the party that elected Senator Obama who hails from a DFL-controlled state that is the most debt-ridden in the nation, where it's major city (Shitcago) is a cesspool of filth,poverty and crime, was named one of the "Most Miserable Cities in America" 2013, and has the the highest rate of exodus of any American city. Oh, and let's not forget that Shitcago is now the new Midwest home of Mexican drug cartels (bringing in even more crime and violence). And sorry, you can't blame the Republicans for this....There are NO Republicans left in Illinois!! So you think Obama's (failed) leadership in Illinois should be a model for the whole fucking nation? Sounds like an awesome plan to me!!   

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Onan And hide in shrubbery when gay people are having a rally.  And file police reports about lesbians in bathrooms whom nobody else could see.  She has a lot of skills.  It would be kind of nice if they ever benefited anyone else, though.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@CinBlueland Actually, the ACA is almost entirely derived from proposals put forward by the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s to counter the possibility of "Hilarycare," which was the dreaded menace at the time.  Romney then enacted it in Massachusetts, as a purely Republican move.  Nothing "RINO" about it.  

 For Obama to take the Republican plan and push it forward is a masterstroke of Triangulation that out-Clintons Bill Clinton.  By enacting Republican policies as a Democrat, he can count on the Republicans to attack their own policies.  This forces the GOP to eliminate their own moderates and adopt extreme positions which cannot win a national election.  It's brilliant political gamesmanship.  Unfortunately, that doesn't make Republican policies any better for America.  

On the topic of health care, any policy which leaves the insurance, pharmaceutical, medical device and facility management corporations in charge of health care cannot solve the cost problems at the heart of the whole health care problem in this country.  The problem we have is not access to private health insurance.  It isn't the quality of procedures or technology.  It's the fee-for-service approach, which maximizes incentives to use the most and most expensive procedures, medications and treatments, and makes outcomes secondary at best in importance.  The corporate profit imperative has to be taken out of everyday medicine.  There's no alternative, or whatever system we have will go broke.

Now, as to whatever it is on Earth that Rep. Bachmann is on about; we haven't found a cure for Alzheimer's disease yet because nobody's found the cause yet; hence, no cure.  And there's no guarantee any cure will be developed anyway.  Curing Alzheimer's would eliminate an incredibly lucrative line of work for corporate interests.  I know a couple of families who are being impoverished as we speak by care for a loved one with Alzheimer's.  Everything the family has worked for, over several generations, is going straight down the corporate gullet while one poor elderly person slowly passes away.  Oh, sure, some of the money is coming from Government sources, but they'll recoup whatever is left of the family's net worth, and it will all go to nursing home management corporations and the like.

That's what's wrong with health care in America, and the Heritage Foundation's ACA, RomneyCare, ObamaCare, and whatever Rep. Bachmann is babbling about won't do a thing about it.

green23
green23

@CinBlueland @green23 @swmnguy  

What does that have to do with basic math? 

"Romneycare" came about a decade after the GOP put forth its plan.The GOP plan was presented as the 'reasonable' alternative to single-payer.

The alternative is the old system, where families go bankrupt from medical bills and the taxpayers end up with the tab. Did that system "work out"? 

So what's your solution? Tell us, so that we can reject it as imperfect and impugn your motives. 

As I said, the ACA was the best plan that could get passed. That make sit better than all of the other plans that couldn't get passed. 

Thanks for providing an example of "zero-sum logic" for everyone here.

green23
green23

@keny1 @MicheleBachmann  

Now that's what I call "intelligent discourse"! 

How can anyone read that, and fail to take the current Republican base seriously?

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann Hilarity Clintoon lost all of her credibility during the Bengazi hearings. She used it as a political ploy to further her agenda. But God payed her back. She had a blood clot in her brain. Sure, she lived. But this murderer will be damned to Hell before she can run for office. The Good Lord punishes those who goes against His way. This evil socialist will die and burn in the fire of Satan. The worms will eat away at her flesh while this satanic whore dies in agony.In her final death throws, she will be forced to lick out the anus of Monica Blewinski  (just like Bill did). Once the feces engulfs her mouth, she will die an slow and agonizing death.  

green23
green23

@keny1@_Joe_ 

"who hails from a DFL-controlled state"

Just a clarification here: the DFL only exists in MN. Please explain how a party in MN controls IL.

It's interesting how quickly conservatives have turned from that whole "Will Of The People" routine to the current "The People Are Stupid" narrative. The more that you dump on Obama, the *worse* it makes you and your fellow conservatives look. You *lost* to him, after all... TWICE. 

How could you lose to such a putatively lousy candidate, especially since "Real America" loves the GOP so much? 

Also, a Senator does not control a State. 

You say "There are NO Republicans left in Illinois!!"  Well, you have no grasp of the facts, keny. A full *six* Congressional Districts in that State are held by Republicans. How did that happen in a State that has NO Republicans, keny?

Last, I have never heard anyone say that IL should be a model for the nation. I fail to read anyone in this conversation saying that. Aren't you the one who just complained about other people putting words in your mouth a few days ago? Are you familiar with the term "straw man logic"? Judging by your remarks, I doubt that you are familiar with logic at all, much less facts.

green23
green23

@CinBlueland @MicheleBachmann @keny1  

 Anyone who has been here during the past few years recalls the behaviour of the conservatives and their utter intolerance of dissenting opinions. Go back and look up those threads, and you'll find the real mental disorder. 

If you consider yourself some kind of model for intelligent discussion, then you are delusional. 

Just look at the story above to see an example of typical conservative discourse. It's called "lying", bolstered by name-calling and an appeal to hysteria, and a hefty amount of simplistic reasoning thrown in. 

And you don't criticise it. Ever. 

Have you set some date in the future when you will finally grudgingly admit that Bachmann is wrong about anything? 

Even if *every* liberal were wrong about *everything*, that *still* wouldn't make Bachmann right. Zero-sum logic. There it is.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann@keny1This is a microcosm of how liberals seek to silence the opposition by censorship and leveling personal attacks while avoiding the issues at hand. It further elucidates their ignorance of the issues, their bad habits of changing the subject during the debate, and their wild self-constructed fantasies of the world at large. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 Barack Obama killed Bin Laden, saved the American auto industry, and passed universal healthcare.   He will go down as one of the greatest Presidents of all time no matter what stupid bigot trash like you say.    It's so funny how butt hurt you are about Obama.  You must have really loved Osama Bin Laden.  Stupid America hating Republicans like you are hilarious.  Since all Republicans are stupid bigot trash like you keny sane people want nothing to do with them.  Get ready for President Hillary Clinton in 2016.  

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