“I don’t know who’s happier to see me leave Congress, Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner.”
Michele Bachmann is ending her career with an ironic jab at the left-wing, saying she liked to use “facts” to destroy liberal arguments during her tenure as the mouthiest Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
I’ll give you a second to stop laughing.
That’s right, the former U.S. Representative told World News Daily in an interview published today that she was most proud of opposing everything the left holds dear.
I took them on in their agenda and I went to the heart of whatever it was that they wanted to advance and tried to take it apart through evidence-based arguments and they don’t like that. When the left argues, they argue through emotionalism, they don’t argue from a logical, linear point-of-view. I take them on at their false premises — that’s the best way to defeat them, by the way, defeat them with evidence and defeat them with their false premises — and I did that.
Golly, that doesn’t sound like the Michele Bachmann I know, shall we review some of Bachmann’s “evidence-based” claims during her career?
- In 2005, the Congresswoman from Minnesota testified in front of the Senate that lowering the minimum wage would create more jobs. “Literally, if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Right…I’m sure abolishing the minimum wage would “create more jobs” but who would want to work on wages that couldn’t sustain their cost of living? There is also no evidence that abolishing the minimum wage would improve poverty in this country.
- The dimwit also said in 2009 on Earth Day on the House floor when the argument for renewable energy was really starting to heat up, “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” However, the year prior, in 2008, scientists from Stanford found that carbon dioxide increases were responsible for increases in human mortality. That is some good ol’ fashioned fact-based evidence for you.
- Bachmann told an audience in South Carolina that Glenn Beck could solve our national debt problem. She said, “We need to simply tell people the facts, like Glenn Beck, with that chalkboard, that man can explain anything. I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this.” She’s talking about the man who incorrectly counted attendees of the “Restoring Honor Rally” in the hundreds of thousands (estimating between 300,000-650,000) when it was really only about 87,000.
- Bachmann, the anti-vaxxer, said, “There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given [the HPV] vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.” Thousands and thousands of women who have taken the HPV vaccine suffered no such consequences, but that didn’t stop Bachmann from making the anecdote the overall consequence of safe-guarding women against cervical cancer, because one woman’s story qualifies in Bachmann’s crazy world as “evidence.”
- On President Obama, Bachmann said, “President Obama, if you look at nearly every decision he has made about this issue, it is to lift up the Islamists and to take down Israel.” She said this in 2012 after President Obama won his second election. Bachmann also made claims that the Obama Administration had been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, which never panned out.
- After the Swine Flu broke out in the U.S. Bachmann figured out the cause, saying, “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970’s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” However, according to those pesky things called facts, the outbreak in 1976 was under Gerald Ford, a Republican president.
I really could go on and on with the ridiculous “evidence-based” claims Bachmann has made over the years, but you get the picture.
So Bachmann claims that she essentially destroyed left-based arguments with her superior logic and ability to argue without emotion, and was most proud of her history opposing the Affordable Care Act, EPA caps on carbon dioxide, Dodd-Frank financial industry reform, the stimulus in 2009, and TARP — all of which were passed despite Bachmann’s claims that she defeated arguments for these measures.
For the future, Bachmann will either run in 2016 for President, or face possible prison time for fraud and money laundering involving campaign funds.
Here is the clip of Michele Bachmann’s interview with World News Daily: