Rep. Bachmann’s Tea Party Response To SOTU

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In an unusual move, tea party favorite Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., followed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s response with high profile speech of her own.

It was originally aimed just at tea party activists but was also carried live by CNN.

“After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have,” Bachmann said. “But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt. It was unlike anything we have seen before.”

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  • gtV

    Same old Tea Party bromides and repetitive rebuttal diatribes. Yes, the country is having fiscal budget issues and verbal battles over economic philosophies, but, the comparison to Iwo Jima &/or WW2 is completely out of order and context. Mercifully the usual political commentators and ersatz pundits by-passed that illustration and narrative. Typical Bachmann rabble-rousing.

    • LFB

      Anybody think they can do a better job? step up and run aginst her.
      I will be voting for her again

  • Leight

    Why does this broad lie so muck? All I hear coming out of her mouth is lies!
    Can’t she get it together? I have yet to meet someone who says they have voted for her? Where does she get the votes? I think and feel that someone should check these votes to make sure they are not FRAUD!

    • Colamalu

      Do you even live in her district? People that voted for her are WORKING PEOPLE who PAY TAXES so YOU can sit on YOUR BUTT and MAKE ASSumptions.

      • lefty

        wrong people who live in her district are only looking out for the tax exceptions they can get farmers no gas tax crop failure tax lower property tax and businesses that want every tax break (by the way her district has the largest Somali population in the state)

      • george

        Relaxt, ake a deep breath……..ASS and Butt are excellent verbs describing MS.Bachmann.

    • Tim

      Leight, u are an idiot and need your head examined, MB has more sound statements, ideas, passion and future insight than most of the congressional mbrs.

    • Tim

      Leight, I appologize, I should not have made a personal attack… I should have said that was an idiotic remark, I didn’t mean to put u down, just your idea, sorry!

  • David J. Conklin

    >Why does this broad lie so muck?
    Because her constituents bought the last load. They haven’t read the last two chapters in the Bible to find out what is going to happen to those who tell lies AND those who love to hear them.

  • Karen Bland

    Michelle is using a misleading graph that even the conservative CATO Institute criticized for being misleading. The first blue bar, representing 2009, represents the ending Bush budget.

  • Karen Bland

    Sorry, I failed to include the info from CATO above.

    • Catie

      Wait, you… You cited reasonable sources? Instead of relying on generalizations and emotional attacks?

      I’M SO CONFUSED!!!

  • Kwai Chang Caine

    Who voted for this Nut job???

  • Skeezer

    I live in the 6th congressional district, and voted for one reason – to vote for her opponent. I tried.

  • John

    Sound bite Bachmann, like Sarah Palin likes to throw useless infomation back into the mix. She’s only in politics for the power, not the public service and making our world a safer more nicer place to be in, No War Mongering and tax cuts for the rich. That is what makes her world round. She will bring on World War Three if given the chance.

  • Maureen

    See what we put up with in Minnesota? Bachmann is an inaccurate liar, but the tea party is stupid enough to believe her.

  • Maureen

    Also, her habit of telling half truths and her inaccuracies make her dangerous.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Tea Party seems laid back compared to the Radicals outside the RNC.

  • Parapalegal


    You are not revolutionaries, risking your lives in a fight against tyranny.
    You are not rugged settlers, risking everything on setting up a new life in a hostile wilderness.
    You are much more likely to be a retired office supply vendor receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits, or you are unemployed (virtually unemployable) trailer trash eking out a life on government assistance. Either way, you have been bamboozled into voting against your own economic interests by deceptive math, uber patriotism, or because your imaginary sky friend told you to do so.

    • Colamlu

      I didn’t know that Medicare and Social Security were options that we didn’t have to pay into…news to me!

      As far as the trailer trash comment, I thought LIberals were the ones who NEVER spewed hate. Liberals are always accusing others of things they are guilty of.

      • Parapalegal

        I was noting the irony of people collecting Social Security and enjoying Medicare who want the government to keep their hands off of it. There is actually video of a teabagger demanding that the government keep its hands off her Medicare.

        Trailer resident? Mobile home denizen? Economically, educationally, philosophically, geographically challenged wheeled domicile inhabitant? People truly need to distinguish between a healthy contempt and “hate.” I also didn’t call for such persons to be “targeted” nor did I call for “2nd Amendment remedies” to be applied to them.

    • mark from

      Do you even think before you write, or is your crack pipe speaking for you?

      • Parapalegal

        Of course. Most teabaggers I’ve met, seen on television, or heard on the radio are walking, talking examples of irony.

  • Mr T

    I’m glad someone Like Michelle is speaking up. Most Americans have been sitting on their couches watching American idol and football while this country is being robbed blind and enslaved by debt. I’m no fan of all the Tea Party crowd, but atleast some are putting up a little resistence about being rounded up like cattle.

    Obama,Bush,Clinton, they are all the same. More debt and more wars. The corruption is so widespread that it will take generations to correct. The government has been hijacked by socialists. Their goal is to keep us poor and enrich themselves. Congresswoman Bachman speaking out is a good thing.


      @MR.T well said, its great to see your voice and others like it speaking up.

    • john doe

      Mr T you must be getting lead poisoning from all the cheap jewelry you wear it affecting your slow little thought prosess

    • NOT Bachman

      Mr. T, you are the poster child representing all of those who follow Bachman and Palin because of all of the inaccurate information distributed through e-mails. Do yourself a favor, hit the DELETE button. The very least you can do is fact check. There are many reliable resources. Paralegal has good advice for you, take heed!

      • Mr T

        Inaccurate information? I’m actually fulley engaged with the political process. I’m a state delgate and completely understand the voting records by research(yes, real fact checking). Hearing slogans like “yes we can” may suffice for your level of education, but I require more substance. People like you fall for the 2 party paradigm game. Good luck with that simple-minded trick.

      • insignificant

        @NOT Bachman…looks like your being fed alot o’ dis-info.You can’t get any knowledge watching main-stream media. I don’t care for Bachman any more than i do Obama,as i know that the real policy makers are in corporate and central bank RANKS…thats fact……Obamas speech ,nor Bachmasns rebuttle,have nothing to do with the real issues, effecting real people today,and this once wealthy nation is gonna go belly-up,and by design…There is no monies for anything anymore…Its gone! The printings at the Fed Reserve is de-valuating the currency and soon it will not be the world reserve currency ,and life,as we’ve been accustomed to here,is gonna change.

    • mark from

      @Mr T very well written comment. These Liberal clowns who have this entitlement mind have no clue how economics work.

      • mark-Mr. T - da Victim lol

        I’ve asked this before of you — and should be easy to answer as you are one and the same.
        Who pays your salary? The RNC – Tea Party – or indirectly both? Above minimum wage I bet – they pay you OT too? lol
        Like everything else you say it will be bs and nonsense but it’s fun to call it like it is now too. ;-)

  • Greg

    All of your comments reinforce the perception that wcco is a liberal mouth peice , when 90% of the comments here are against bachman. You ask who voted for her , twice as many people as who voted for the liberal.. I guess she doesnt speak your truth to power so she must be crazy , i feel that i am not represented by the dfl but i dont need to call them crazy or stupid or anything else . So much for the myth of the lets all get along liberal crowd . You should get used to it though because it is going to get worse for you before it gets better .

    • john doe

      Another untruth wrong people who live in her district are only looking out for the tax exceptions they can get farmers no gas tax crop failure tax lower property tax and businesses that want every tax break (by the way her district has the largest Somali population in the state) this is who voted her in

  • Kim R

    This lady is a nut job!! She needs to shut her mouth and sit down. It scares me everytime time she opens her mouth!! She does not have a clue what the hell she is talking about or what she is doing for that matter!!!

    • Cathy

      I agree totally with you on that one. I DID NOT vote for this dingbat!!!

  • dunnski57

    Every time she speaks, I think about an old saying, “It’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and erase all doubt.”

    • mark from

      @dumski Every time you write I think of the old saying “Children should be seen and not heard”

  • Kim R

    dunnski57… I love it!!! those words were made just for her!!!

  • MrB

    My favorite saying…..Never argue with an idiot (Bachmann) because they’ll bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience!

  • mark from

    I love the Liberals and their comments, just comments no answers.
    Lets start with cutting welfare to illegal immigrants, cutting healthcare to illegal immigrants, cut off welfare to single childless adults after one year, funding for bike paths fix our roads, I could go on.

    • Pondering

      Thank you Mark! I’m so sick and tired of liberals and their comments. I’m not in her district, but I wanted her to win. As I always say, you can’t spend money you don’t have. I think welfare should be regulated as well! Legislature passed and said that people on welfare should be able to spend their money the way they want it. So, instead of spending money on rent, they get a Visa card and can spend it on however they want! It’s nuts!! I think if you regulate welfare, our budget wouldn’t be as bad as it is now.

    • Not A Tea Party Patriot

      Mark, you’re an example of the fact that lies become reality. The myths you peddle are just that, MYTHS. Also, why would you want to deny the “least of these” help when they choose not to abort a child? Didn’t Jesus say to care for the poor?

  • pondering needs some help here

    got more igginuts here than in San Quentin so I want Pondering to join Bachmanns drive to Nowhereville. He Haw ….. ride’em dummy

  • John R

    Whenever Bachmann talks about pretty much anything, I can’t help but think about when, on April 27, 2009, Representative Bachmann set the historical record “straight,” noting during a speech before Congress (yes, she blurts these things out in public) that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ushered in the Great Depression by using his presidential powers several years before he even became president to ram through legislation named after semi-famous country and western crooner, “Hoot Smalley.”

    • John R

      The Tea Party / GOP as typlified by Bachmann is, effectively, the party of willfully unlettered Utopians. It is the party of choice for those who believe global warming is a hoax, that humans roamed the earth with dinosaurs, and that homosexuals should work harder at not being gay. They are the proud and ignorant. If you believe that if we still had segregation we wouldn’t “have had all these problems,” the Tea Party is the movement for you. If you believe that your president is a Muslim sleeper agent, the Tea Party is the movement for you. If you flirt with the idea of secession, even now, then the Tea Party movement is for you. If you are a “Real American” with no demonstrable interest in “Real America” then, the Tea Party movement of alchemists and creationists, of anti-science and hair tonic, is for you.

      • mark from

        @John R Proud member of the TEA PARTY here, it’s just a shame you don’t know us at all. We are black, white, Latino, gay, straight, men, women, rich, poor. Catholics, Atheists. Muslims, Baptists, and more. To bad some one sold you on something else.

  • BBennigan

    They still looking for the dude who sold her that Purple Haze in ’78?
    Sheeesh – one would think she’d have crashed by now – maybe it was total cell destruction huh?

  • GetRealPeople

    @Kim R Sounds like emotional spewing. Site examples. Do you have any idea that you have been indoctrinated from day one, school-college-media into thinking the way you do? It’s delivered in a yummy treat that tastes reasonable and appeals to any compassionate being….why are ppl suffering, we need to SOLVE this. Someone has to be to blame… and whoever it is…well they are just evil. Mob mentality. Even your TV shows incorporate their political statements into the story. It’s become so obvious. You get brought along through the story and underlying message, most of the time follows the liberal agenda. It’s sick. Look at Michael Moore, what a liar, staging his stories and making it look like he happened upon it while filming. Or the Gay/Lebsian movement, exaggerating the story if they’ve been victimized. Sometimes a victim is victimized not because he’s gay, but because he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, or involved with some other activity that got him/her in trouble, NOT because he/she is gay. .Or how about Acorn…skewing votes, I mean really. If you have to make it up to further your point, then really…is that fair to Lemmings like you who need to be told how to feel?

    • mark@mntaxwaste,com

      @GetRealPeople Very well written comment

      • Kim

        you need to take off that paper sack over head that you have been hiding behind!!!

  • MrB

    I think they should change the name from tea party to “Long Island Iced Tea” party because there is definitely something in the tea they are drinking!

  • lefty

    first off i want to say i am very sorry to everyone (the state of Minnesota all the rest of the country) that you have to listen to such a feeble minded person from Minnesota. I do not know how she got elected i just hope that next time someone will be able to rid the state and country of this disgrace. Again I am sorry that you all have to be bombarded by her rantings

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