Michele Bachmann says she cares about the poor, gets another "Four Pinocchios" rating [VIDEO]

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Bachmann: Caring about the poor if and only if doing so scores her political points.
During a floor speech last Friday, Michele Bachmann mangled an attempt at a Shakespeare quote (She said "Thou protesteth too much" -- the actual quote is "The lady doth protest too much"). But that's not significant here.

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What is significant is that during the same speech, Bachmann claimed she was among a group of Republicans who "voted against the sequestration because we knew all of these calamities [for poorer Americans] were in the future." There's no evidence, however, that Bachmann has ever given a rip about cuts to Head Start, Meals on Wheels, and other programs serving low-income Americans. As a result, she's earned another "Four Pinocchios" rating from the Washington Post's Fact Checker -- her second in just over a month.

Here's the specific Bachmann quote at issue:
"There were numerous Republicans that voted against the sequestration because we knew all of these calamities were in the future. And so it reminds me of the Shakespeare line: 'Thou protestest too much.' Didn't you know this was going to happen? We knew it. That's why we voted against this bill."
Here's video of her making that statement in the course of butchering Shakespeare:

The Post went to great lengths to uncover anything Bachmann said during the runup to the August 1, 2011 Budget Control Act suggesting she voted against the bill due to concerns about how spending cuts would affect poor people, to no avail. From the Post:
What we found instead were comments by Bachmann complaining that the Budget Control Act did not cut spending enough. She especially decried the fact that the debt ceiling was increased, arguing instead that the government could avoid default simply by making immediate and steep cuts. "We needed real cuts and a fundamental restructuring in the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars to solve the spending crisis we are in," Bachmann said in a statement after the bill was passed. "Someone has to say NO to more spending. I will."

While Bachmann made no mention of the impact on poorer Americans, she added: "This deal puts our national security at risk because of the severe cuts to defense that kick in should the President not do his job in the next few months."
In fact, when Bachmann voted against an alternative Republican-proposed bill around the same time that would've cut federal spending even more than the Budget Control Act, she said: "The motion does not go far enough in fundamentally restructuring the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars." Doesn't exactly sound like someone whose "heart breaks" for the poor, does it?

The Post got in touch with Bachmann's spokesman, Dan Kotman. He unhelpfully attempted to clarify by saying Bachmann didn't necessarily vote against the Budget Control Act just because of how sequestration would impact the poor. Rather, she voted against it simply because it was a bad idea, Kotman said.

"Rep. Bachmann has been consistent from day one that sequestration is a bad idea, which is why she voted against it," Kotman told the Post. "She opposed sequestration on a number of levels, and for a number of reasons, including the fact that bureaucrats seem to choose the most painful cuts to make their point. That has unfortunately proved true."

But Kotman couldn't come up with any 2011 Bachmann quotes where she discussed her concern about the plight of the poor.

In concluding that Bachmann's statement deserves a Four Pinocchios rating, the Post writes: "The evidence shows that she did not warn of the 'calamities' that she says have befallen Americans in the sequester... [instead,] she actually proposed cutting spending even deeper and faster on the very programs she now professes to care so much about."

Bachmann, of course, believes she never gets the facts wrong. But we'd suggest it's impossible to get them wrong when you're willing to rewrite history for your own purposes.

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Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

Hey Laurra , When is the Bra Burning ?


Michele Bachmann is as false as a $3 bill. Nobody believes anything she say. We should pay attention to people with good character and not let the deceivers lead us on the wrong path. http://t.co/ZTYzNWMTAq

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

When the poor cried, Ceaser hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

green23 topcommenter

Bachmann's position has always been that these programmes should not be financed by the government. Instead, they should be run by charities (presumably religious-based), who would deny aid for those found to be insufficiently pious or 'different'. 

Yet, for all of Bachmann's hysteria over 'socialism', she has never supported abolition or reduction of the purest form of socialism in the federal budget: crop subsidies. Weird how Republicans all seem to balk at that, isn't it? 

It reminds me of when the Republicans took over the House and Senate in 2010. They swore that they could cut a billion from the budget and nobody would even notice. Well, their own constituents noticed, and they ended up increasing the budget instead of cutting it. They love the *idea* of cuts, but not the effect of those cuts.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

She should say she feels sorry for the Parasite Losers looking for a Free Lunch. The actual poor should be given a helping hand.

Eric Arcilla
Eric Arcilla

I don't who's worse. Michele Bachmann herself or the people that support her... I'd have to go with the latter. Enablers are what popularize the ignorant. ie) Jersey Shore.

Bill Wyers
Bill Wyers

Witch burning should make a comeback; start with her.

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Shit Michele Bachmann says...lol


@Kent Klinger The sequester hasn't hurt the Welfare mama's. They all got their EBT cards loaded up tonight and are heading downtown to the clubs to get their drink on.

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