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Feeling Minnesota II

June 30, 2009

Minnesota's Congresslady

Minnesota's Congresswoman, or the state bird?

I'm sure the loon would do just as well in congress don't you?

I'm sure the loon would do just as well in congress don't you?

Michelle Bachmann.  Where do I begin?  The 2nd term congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th district is, to put it mildly,  entertaining.  While many in the media and outside of it may dispute her temperament and question her abilities, I will give her the benefit of the doubt.  After all, the people in her district saw fit to elect her twice to office.  To question her fitness would be akin to questioning the judgement of the people in Minnesota, and we know that I would never do that.  After all,  I love Minnesota. Perhaps, I can make a small exception in this case.  After all, the case is extraordinary.  The congresswoman’s partisanship, inflammatory rhetoric, and just plain weird behavior is not just giving me reason to regurgitate my egg whites, but it’s flustering her own “partisan” brethren.  Witness the populist “savior” Glenn Beck.  Even he’s flummoxed by her incoherent rambling about the census.  Watch the clip after the jump.

Her wild conspiratorial theories about the 2010 census and the involvement of ACORN, a community organizational group not without its own controversy, is dripping with political posturing and falsehoods.  Here is a rebuttal from Politifact, a political fact-checking project started by The St. Petersburg Times .  First, Bachmann’s take:

“Now ACORN has been named one of the national partners, which will be a recipient again of federal money,” Bachmann said. “And they will be in charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public. This is very concerning because the motherload of all data information will be from the census. And, of course, we think of the census as just counting how many people live in your home. Unfortunately, the census data has become very intricate, very personal (with) a lot of the questions that are asked.

“And I know for my family the only question that we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

Politifact says:

Bachmann packs a lot of bad information into a short space there. So in this item we’ll deal with her latest claim about ACORN, and we’ll deal with her claim about the constitutional requirement with a different item.

She is wildly wrong with her chraracterization of the Census Bureau’s partnership program. Yes, the bureau does partner with organizations to help recruit workers. To date, it has 30,000 such partners.

So let’s count the ways Bachmann is wrong:

ACORN will not be “in charge” of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public, as Bachmann said. The U.S. Census will be in charge of that. Some of the 1.4 million people who get Census-taking jobs may learn about the job through ACORN. Workers who apply to the Census through ACORN have no better shot at the job than those who apply through any of the 30,000 other partners. That’s it.

And despite Bachmann’s claim, ACORN gets no money for signing on as a partner.

Once again, she is making a scaremongering claim about ACORN with facts that are ridiculuusly wrong. So we have to set the meter on fire once again. She earns another Pants on Fire.

To not give information to a federal entity mandated by the constitution is AGAINST THE LAW! What game is she playing?  Indulging in fear-mongering is beneath a representative of the 6th district of Minnesota, and it’s demeaning to its residents.

Here’s more Congresswoman Bachmann:

Isn’t it anti-American to call someone anti-American?  Maybe someone can enlighten me, because I’m not sure.

Round three:

Did she just say all cultures weren’t equal?  Shouldn’t this scare everyone?  What about this? Wait, here’s more congresslady Bachmann. I’m starting to see a disturbing trend, aren’t you?

Quite the body of work she’s got going there. Instilling fear through dumb, and dumbed-down speech is no way for anyone to govern.  We deserve better than that.  The state of Minnesota deserves a hell of alot better than that.  I think it’s time for her to join the rest of the loons on the lakes, and sail on past the sunset.  Okay, maybe I won’t give her the benefit of the doubt after all.

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