Monday, July 25, 2011

Michele Bachmann responds to Tim Pawlenty

Michele Bachman released the following statement in response to Tim Pawlenty's comments on 'Meet The Press', where he suggested that she has no record to run on.

Here is her statement from her website:
“These are serious times that require serious solutions — not more of the same. Being right on the issues is critical — it is what the American people demand. Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger and more intrusive government.

“Governor Pawlenty said in 2006, ‘The era of small government is over… the government has to be more proactive and more aggressive.’ That’s the same philosophy that, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment, and an unconstitutional health care plan.

“Actions speak louder than words. When I was fighting against the unconstitutional individual mandate in healthcare, Governor Pawlenty was praising it. I have fought against irresponsible spending while Governor Pawlenty was leaving a multi-billion-dollar budget mess in Minnesota. I fought cap-and-trade. Governor Pawlenty backed cap-and-trade when he was Governor of Minnesota and put Minnesota into the multi-state Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. While Governor Pawlenty was praising TARP — the $700 billion bailout in 2008 — I worked tirelessly against it and voted against it. I have demonstrated leadership and the courage of my convictions to change Washington, stop wasteful spending, lower taxes, put Americans back to work and turn our economy around. I’m a hard worker who exhibits that courage in the halls of Congress and will take that same conviction to the White House.

“At 55, I bring a record of success in the real world in business, the law, and in fighting for our principles. I am self-made. I worked my way through school. I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary. I worked in the US Federal Tax Court as a federal tax litigation attorney. I am a job creator. My husband and I built a successful private company from scratch. In Minnesota, I led an unprecedented effort to reform education — repealing intrusive regulations that hampered the ability of parents and educators to provide a quality education for their children. Since coming to Congress, I have led the fight against the job-killing Obamacare legislation, bringing tens of thousands of Americans to Washington to fight for free market healthcare. From my position on the Financial Services Committee, I have seen first-hand the damage done to the American economy by the scandals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and I have been deeply involved in making sure that such calamities never happen again. And I was the first Member of Congress to propose the repeal of the Dodd-Frank legislation — another job-killer.

“I have also been a leader of the Tea Party movement — a national movement that transformed American politics in 2010. In Washington, I am the chairman of the Tea Party Caucus, bringing the voice of the people into the corridors of power. Indeed, I think it’s fair to say that were not it not for last year’s elections, we would not be having a fight about the debt ceiling. Instead, the Washington big spenders would simply have approved trillions in new spending and debt.

“That’s my record. It’s a record of action. Real world actions speak louder than the words of career politicians.”
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Anonymous said...

T-Paw is right, she has no relevant experience. I can't imagine why anyone would support her over Tim. It's ridiculous.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what she thought she was doing to fight an individual mandate in health care, but Governor Pawlenty signed a health care bill in Minnesota that didn't include a mandate. Personally, I find the mandate to be the least bothersome part of Obamacare, but her statement here seems inaccurate.

Tim Pawlenty didn't leave a multi-billion-dollar budget mess in Minnesota. He cut spending, and the claim that he left a huge deficit is only valid if the liberals try to take spending back up to the levels where spending would have been if Governor Pawlenty hadn't worked to reduce spending. In this statement, Mrs. Bachmann is just parroting a liberal talking point, and doing so makes her look bad.

Mr. Pawlenty has admitted that cap-and-trade was a mistake. People who have records as executives will have a few mistakes. Legislators sometimes have the luxury of not making hard decisions and retreating into blind ideology.

I don't like TARP either, but the banking mess was created in part by federal government action to force banks to make loans to people who didn't used to qualify. The government allowed the banks to package the loans into these investment vehicles that eventually failed as all of those unqualified borrowers defaulted. I understand wanting to help the banks with a problem that the government created.

She talks about numerous things that she wants to do in Congress, but she doesn't name a single bill that she's authored or sponsored that actually passed. Yes, she's voted as many of us would have voted had we been in Congress, but again, her real record of accomplishment is non-existent.

Revolution 2012 said...

I would imagine this back and forth going on until one or both drop out.