A powerful Christian Conservative, Michele Bachmann defeated a massive nationwide attempt by liberals to defeat her in 2008. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the Minnesota state legislature since first being elected there in 2000.
Michele Bachmann, an attorney, is a former tax litigator. She has five children and has also opened her home to 23 foster children. 
Michele Bachmann is pro-American, pro-Bible, pro-life, pro-gun , pro-religion and holds many other core conservative values.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now officially put the outspoken Minnesota Republican in their sights with the Michele bachmannwatch website to destroy for 2012. Pray for her sincerely.
Liberals have been hysterical about Michele Bachmann. They see in her Belief's, her Beauty, her Background and her Base - that she defies all that "Pro-gay feminists" represent and she can easiy be the "First Woman President of the USA
Pro-gay liberals fear her, so they seek to destroy her at every opportunity.
Michele Marie Bachmann previously served in the Minnesota State Senate. She is the third woman, and first Republican woman, to represent the state in Congress.
The district includes the northernmost and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud, which is 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.
Michele Bachmann was born Michele Marie Amble in Waterloo, Iowa, to a Lutheran Norwegian American family who moved from Iowa to Minnesota when she was young.
Michele Bachmann grew up in Anoka, graduating from Anoka High School in 1974. She graduated from:
From 1988 to 1993, Michele Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul.
According to Michele Bachmann, she represented the Internal Revenue Service "in hundreds of cases" (both civil and criminal) prosecuting people who underpaid or failed to pay their taxes. She left her government position to become a full-time mother.
Michele married Marcus Bachmann. They have raised five children (Lucas and Harrison (sons) and Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia (daughters) and provided foster care for 23 other children.
Michele Bachmann and her husband own a mental health care practice in Stillwater. Michele Bachmann also has an ownership stake in a family farm. Her holdings in the farm are worth up to $250,000, and generated annual income ranging from $2,000 a few years ago to up to $50,000 in 2008.
Michele Bachmann grew up in a Democratic family, but became a Republican during her senior year at Winona State. She told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune that she was reading Gore Vidal's 1973 novel, Burr: "He was mocking the Founding Fathers and 'I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, 'You know what? If he';s a democrat, I don't think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican.'"
She and her then-fiance Marcus were inspired to join the pro-life movement by Francis Schaeffer's 1976 Christian documentary film, How Should We Then Live?.
Michele Bachman frequently prayed outside of clinics and served as sidewalk counselors in an attempt to dissuade women from seeking abortions.
The first time Michele Bachmann's political activism gained media notice was at an abortion protest in 1991. She and approximately 30 other abortion opponents went to a Ramsey County Board meeting where a $3 million appropriation was to go to build a morgue for the county at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now called Regions Hospital).
The Medical Center performed abortions and employed abortion rights pioneer Dr. Jane E. Hodgson. Michele Bachmann attended the meeting to protest public tax dollars going to the hospital; speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she said that “in effect, since 1973, I have been a landlord of an abortion clinic, and I don’t like that distinction.”
The oversight of New Heights soon encountered problems when a group of concerned parents and the school district questioned if the insertion of Christianity into the school's curriculum amounted to using public tax money to fund a religious school.
One such parent, Denise Stephens, a longtime Republican, charged the board of directors of the school (which included Michele Bachmann) with trying to set up classes on Creationism and advocating that "something called '12 Christian principles' be taught, very much like the 10 Commandments."
According to Stephens, school officials also refused to allow the in-school screening of the Disney film Aladdin, saying that it endorsed witchcraft and promoted paganism.
Along with other directors, Michele Bachmann appeared before the Stillwater School Board to address the parents' concerns. According to Stephens, Michele Bachmann became indignant and insulted by their false claims and she politely asked, "Are you going to question my integrity?", before she and four other members of the board resigned on the spot.
Michelle Bachmann became an outspoken critic of public education and opponent of Minnesota's Profile of Learning and School-to-Work policies. In a 1999 column, Michele Bachmann said: "School-to-Work alters the basic mission and purpose of K-12 academic education away from traditional broad-based academic studies geared toward maximizing intellectual achievement of the individual. Instead, School-to-Work utilizes the school day to promote children's acquisition of workplace skills, viewing children as trainees for increased economic productivity."
In 2000, Michele Bachmann defeated 18-year incumbent Gary Laidig to secure the GOP endorsement for State Senator for Minnesota District 56. She then defeated Ted Thompson of the DFL and Lyno Sullivan of the Independence party in the General Election and took her seat in the Minnesota State Senate. In 2002, after redistricting, Michele Bachmann was pitted against a fellow incumbent State Senator, Jane Krentz of the DFL. She went on to defeat Krentz in the general election for the seat of the newly drawn District 52.
On November 20, 2003, Michele Bachmann and Representative Mary Liz Holberg proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
Michele Bachmann’s efforts to get the same-sex marriage ban on a Minnesota referendum ballot in 2004 ultimately failed.
In November 2004, Republican Senate Minority Leader Dick Day appointed Michele Bachmann as Assistant Minority Leader in charge of Policy for the Senate Republican Caucus. In July 2005, the Republican Caucus removed Michele Bachmann from her leadership position. Michele Bachmann cited "philosophical differences" with Day as the reason for her ouster.
U.S. House of Representatives - 110th Congress
Elected in 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. She served her first term from January 3, 2007, and January 3, 2009. Michele Bachmann's third term will begin January 3, 2011.
Michele Bachmann called for a full hearing of President George W. Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq in January 2007. She said “The American people deserve to hear and understand the merits of increasing U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Increased troop presence is justifiable if that measure would bring a swift conclusion to a difficult conflict.”
She "hesitated to give a firm endorsement, calling it instead 'a good first step in explaining to the American people the course toward victory in Iraq.'" When pressed by reporters, she said she had not come to any conclusion on the matter, saying she wanted more information.
“I don't believe we have all of the information in front of us. As a member of Congress that's why I want to go to Iraq as quickly as I can. I want to get the best information in front of me.”
On July 11, 2007, Michele Bachmann voted against a bill that would raise the maximum Pell grant for college students from $4,310 to $5,200 by 2011, lower interest rates over five years on subsidized student loans to 3.4 percent from 6.8 percent, and raise federal student loan limits to $30,500 from $7,500.
Supporters of the bill said "it would allow more students to attend college." Michele Bachmann said her opposition was because:
> "It fails students and taxpayers with gimmicks, hidden costs and poorly targeted aid.
The bill passed the House by a 273-149 vote. President Bush signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 into law on Sept. 27, 2007, increasing the maximum Pell award from $4,310 to $5,400 by 2012.
In early July 2007, Michele Bachmann joined a Congressional delegation visiting Ireland, Germany, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. Upon her return she said she "was encouraged by reports of progress from Crocker, Gen. David Petraeus and other personnel in Iraq linked to the surge."
She said the surge "hasn't had a chance to be in place long enough to offer a critique of how it's working. (Gen. Petraeus) said al-Qaida in Iraq is off its plan and we want to keep it that way. The surge has only been fully in place for a week or so."
Michele Bachmann and the delegation also visited Islamabad, Pakistan, to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the same time as the siege of Islamic fundamentalists at the Lal Masjid mosque elsewhere in the city. She reported that "The group [of U.S. Legislators] had to travel in armored vehicles and was constantly accompanied by Pakistani military armed with machine guns....
...We were all able to see extremely up close and personal what it's like to be in a region where fighting is occurring. We constantly felt like we were in need of security."
Michele Bachmann told reporters upon her return that "the dangers posed by Islamic terrorism in Iraq, Britain and Pakistan justified the continued American military presence in Iraq."
She argued that the government has no business telling consumers what kind of light bulbs they can buy: "By 2012, incandescent light bulbs will be no more," and "Fluorescent bulbs are more polluting because of their mercury content. We are working on a light bulb bill. If the Democrats can hose up a light bulb, don't trust them with the country," Michele Bachmann said.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association responded to Michele Bachmann's environmental assertions by giving full-support in every way." Michele Bachmann is a real breath of fresh-air in the Global Warming Debate.
Attacher of Christians and Conservatives everywhere - Julia Bovey of the Natural Resources Defense Council also commented that "There is 200 times more mercury in each filling in Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's teeth than there is in a compact fluorescent light bulb."
Even is correct on her assumption - Ms. Bovey must remember that Champion Michele Bachmann at the most would have:
* a possible 20 fillings with mercury . . .
* while there are well over 2,600,000,000 light bulb's in the USA. . . and that number will continue to grow!
* So how absurd is Ms. Bovey to make this comparison???
Although no known source has cited Michele Bachmann quoting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on their policy in handling broken fluorescent bulbs, the EPA has been quoted that it recommends the room be aired out and that contaminated articles should be thrown away.
Plus . . . there is radiation from fluorescent bulbs . . . in a generation, they will be outlawed for health purposes as cancer causing agents - far more destructive than asbestos materials and lead paint!
Michele Bachmann: Class action lawsuits
On June 3, 2008, President George W. Bush signed 'The Credit and Debit Card Receipt Clarification Act' (H.R. 4008) into law. The bipartisan bill, which Michele Bachmann coauthored with Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), removes statutory damages to end "frivolous lawsuits" aimed at businesses.
Michele Bachmann: Environment and Energy issues
During the summer of 2008 as national gas prices rose to over $4 a gallon, Michele Bachmann became a leading Congressional advocate for increased domestic oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf.
She joined 10 other House Republicans and members of the media on a Congressional Energy Tour to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and to Alaska, agreeing with the conclusions of National spokesperson and energy expert from Alaska: Govern Sarah Palin.
The trip was setup by Arctic Power, an Alaskan lobbying group that advocates for ANWR development. The purpose of the trip was to receive a first hand account of emerging renewable energy technologies and the prospects of increased domestic oil and natural gas production in Alaska, including ANWR.
Michele Bachmann was added to the League of Conservation Voters' TOP TWELVE list for 2010, based on her opposition to the American Clean Energy and Security Act: which was all about control and making life more expensive for average Americans and did NOTHING to stop air pollution.
Michele Bachmann: Global warming
Michele Bachmann has claimed that global warming is a hoax and has been a vocal skeptic of climate change.
She has asserted that since carbon dioxide is "a natural byproduct of nature", it is actually a beneficial gas required by plant life.
She stated that because life requires CO2 and it is part of the planet's life cycle, it cannot be harmful.
In a statement she made on the House floor on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, Michele Bachmann stated she was against the cap and trade climate legislation, stating: "Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural; it is not harmful.... We're being told we have to reduce this natural substance to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the earth."
Michele Bachmann: Opponent of Federal bailout programs
Michele Bachmann opposed both versions of the Wall Street bailout bill for America’s financial sector.
She voted against the first proposed $700 billion bailout of financial institutions, which failed to pass 205–228, and instead advocated a plan that would suspend market-to-market accounting rules.
She also advocated breaking up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, . . .
. . . suspending the capital gains tax, and barring executives from excessive compensation or golden parachutes.
The “Big Three” automakers; Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, approached Congress to ask for roughly $15 billion to keep them operational into 2009. Michele Bachmann criticized the bill, fearing that the initial sum of money would be followed by subsequent ones without the companies making changes to revive their business.
Michele Bachmann supported an alternative financial assistance plan for the Big Three and the rest of the auto industry rather than the bail-out plan. According to Michele Bachmann, her alternative would set benchmarks for reducing their debt and renegotiating labor deals and would set up the financial assistance as interim insurance instead of a taxpayer-financed bailout.
Michele Bachmann: Calling for the investigation of members of Congress:
On October 17, 2008, Michele Bachmann gave an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews in support of the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain that brought the Minnesota 6th Congressional District race national attention.
Michele Bachmann: Early to see Obama for Muslim, Anti-American Connections
During the interview she criticized Barack Obama for his association with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, saying "…usually we associate with people who have similar ideas to us, and it seems that it calls into questions what Barack Obama's true beliefs, and values, and thoughts are...I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views."
When asked by Matthews: "How many Congresspeople, members of Congress fit into that Anti-American crowd you describe",
Michele Bachmann stated "You'd have to ask them Chris, I'm focusing on Barack Obama and the people he's associated with".
Matthews followed up by asking "But he's a Senator from the State of Illinois, he's one of the members of Congress you suspect of being anti-American. How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti-American?
You've already suspected Barack Obama, is he alone or are there others?"
Michele Bachmann answered, "What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look...I wish they would...I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America, or anti-America.
I think people would love to see an expose like that."
Michele Bachmann: Liberal Anti-Patriots Attack Her!
Some political commentators, including
> Don Frederick, condemned Michele Bachmann's remarks, and > Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar also condemned them.
The five Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation —
> Tim Walz,
> Betty McCollum,
> radical Muslim Keith Ellison,
> Collin Peterson and
> Jim Oberstar — issued a joint statement in which they called Michele Bachmann's comments "embarrassing" and questioned her ability to "work in a bipartisan way to put the interests of our country first in this time of crisis."
Michele Bachmann: Forces Colin Powell out of His "Liberal Closet":
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Minnesota Governor Republican Arne Carlson said that her comments led to their endorsing Obama for president.
Michele Bachmann brought up the interview before business leaders and Republicans during a campaign stop in St. Cloud, Minnesota on October 21, 2008. "I'm very concerned about Barack Obama's views. I don't believe that socialism is a good thing for America."
In March 2010, Michele Bachmann said, "I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views. And now I look like Nostradamus" while speaking at a fund-raiser for the Susan B. Anthony List.
Michele Bachmann: Committee assignments
* Committee on Financial Services o Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises o Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade o Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Michele Bachmann: American Champion of Global Currency:
On March 26, Michele Bachmann introduced legislation that would bar the dollar from being replaced by any foreign currency.
Current law prohibits foreign currency from being recognized in the U.S., but Michele Bachmann's legislation would address concerns relating to the President's power to make and interpret treaties.
Earlier that month at a Financial Services Committee hearing, Michele Bachmann asked both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if they would reject calls for the U.S. to move away from the U.S. dollar and they - being globalist anti-Americans that they are - replied that they would reject such a call.
Michele Bachmann: 2010 Census:
In a June 17, 2009, interview with The Washington Times, Michele Bachmann expressed concern that the questions on the 2010 United States Census had become "very intricate, very personal."
Michelle Bachmann also discerned long before most that A.C.O.R.N. (Anti-American, Communists), a community organizing group that had come under fire the previous year, might be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts.
She stated, "I know for my family the only question 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."
However, her statement was incorrect, as the nonpartisan Politifact watchdog group confirmed that the Constitution does require citizens to complete the census.
Congressman Patrick McHenry (N.C.),
Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) and
John Mica (Fla.),
members of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives, which oversees the census, subsequently asked Michele Bachmann not to boycott the population count.
Along with Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Michele Bachmann introduced the American Community Survey Act to limit the amount of personal information solicited by the US Census Bureau. She reiterated her belief that the census asks too many personal questions.
FACT: Census is COUNTING - that's all! [See EXPLANATORY FOOTNOTE (A) below:]
Michele Bachmann: "Armed and dangerous" quote
In March 2009, Michele Bachmann was interviewed by the 'Northern Alliance Radio Network' and promoted two forums she was hosting the next month in St. Cloud and Woodbury regarding Obama's proposed cap and trade tax policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Michele Bachmann said she wanted Minnesotans "armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back."
In the interview, she also stated that Thomas Jefferson had said that "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."
According to the Star Tribune, her quote went viral across the internet. Michele Bachmann's office quickly clarified that she was speaking metaphorically, meaning "armed with knowledge."
Michele Bachmann: AmeriCorps:
In 2009, Michele Bachmann became a vocal critic of what she characterized as proposals for mandatory public service. Speaking in reference to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an expansion to AmeriCorps (a federal community service organization), she said in April:
“It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government.... I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums."
The original bill called for an exploration of whether a mandatory public service program could be established, but that entire section on creating a "Congressional Commission on Civic Service" was stripped from the bill.
In August 2009, political opponents of Michele Bachmann publicized in the local media and the blogosphere what they described as the "ironic" fact that her son, Harrison, joined Teach for America, which is a member of the AmeriCorps program.
NOTE: The issue is "voluntary - not coerced!!!"
Michele Bachmann: Health care
Michele Bachmann contributed to the "death panel" controversy when she read from a July 24 article written by Betsy McCaughey from the floor of the House.
Sarah Palin said that her "death panel" remark was inspired by what she called the "Orwellian" opinions of Ezekiel Emanuel as described by Michele Bachmann, who accused him of advocating health care rationing by age and disability.
Michele Bachmann's euthanasia remarks helped greatly to explain and spread the word on Emanuel's position on health care for the elderly and disabled. She also fights against the many doctors who want to legalize euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.
On August 31, 2009, Michele Bachmann spoke at an event in Colorado, saying of Democratic health care overhaul proposals that:“ This cannot pass. What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't pass. ”
Michele Bachmann: Good Ideas for True Health Care Reform
Michelle Bachmann outlined some great ideas for changing the health care system, including:
* Erase the boundaries around every single state when it comes to health care, enabling consumers to purchase insurance across state lines;
* increase the use of health savings accounts,
* allow everyone to take full deductibile of all medical expenses,
* (including insurance premiums);
* and medical tort reform. (frivolous medical lawsuits
* Michele Bachmann denounced the government-run health insurance public option, calling it a "government takeover of health care" that would "squeeze out private health insurance".
Michele Bachmann: Critique of President Obama's Asian Trip;
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on November 3, 2010, when he asked Michele Bachmann if she supported cuts in government spending for Medicare and Social Security as suggested by Congressman Paul Ryan, she answered wisely.
Michele Bachmann later gave a criticism of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia, claiming that it "is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day. [NOTE: She was wrong here . . . it actually costs OVER $200,000,000 dollars a DAY!!!)
Michele Bachmann pointed out how Obama's taking over two thousand people with him. He'll be renting out over 870 rooms in India. And these are 5-star hotel rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
This is the kind of over-the-top spending, destroying the USA budget. Michele Bachmann was referring to information from "an Indian press account attributed to an anonymous state government source in India".
In response to the news report's claim that 34 warships are accompanying the President, Pentagon Press Spokesman Geoff Morrell did not confirm or deny in the sake of national security.
Thankfully, Michele Bachmann was the only conservative spokesperson on the cutting edge to get this information to TALK-RADIO-REPUBLICANS with this statement.
As you might guess for Obama and any liberal extravagant president (Bush's most expensive trip was %5 million a day just two years ago - NOT over 200 million) the irresponsible Obama White House stated that they could not give the actual projected figures for the 2,000+ member Obama entourage on a world-jaunt.
Michele Bachmann: 112th Congress Leadership Run:
After the 2010 elections and the announcement from Rep. Mike Pence that he was stepping away from his leadership position in the House, Michele Bachmann announced on her Facebook page her intention to seek the position of House Republican Conference Chair.
As Michele Bachmann is the Founder of the House's Tea Party Caucus, her announcement caused some to see the leadership election as "an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the anti-establishment movement's winners".
Many among the House's Republican leadership, including Eric Cantor and the retiring Mike Pence, were quick to endorse Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the position;
Speaker-to-be John Boehner remained neutral on the issue.
Supporters of Michele Bachmann’s run include:
Reps. Steve King,
political commentator Glenn Beck.
Listing her qualifications for the position Michele Bachmann noted
"I’ve done an effective job speaking out at a national and local level, motivating people with our message, calling attention to deficits in Obama’s policy.
I was instrumental in bringing tens of thousands of people to the US capitol to rally against Obama care and to attend our press conference."
She noted her work to keep the Tea Party within the GOP rather than having it become a third party thereby helping the party capture the House, stating
"I have been able to bring a voice and motivate people to, in effect, put that gavel in John Boehner’s hands, so that Republicans can lead going forward.
…It’s important that leadership represents the choice of the people coming into our caucus….
I think I have motivated a high number of people to get involved in this cycle who may have sat it out and that have made a difference on a number of these races.
I gave a large amount of money to NRCC and individual candidates and started Michelle PAC, which raised $650,000 for members since July, so
I was able to financially help about 50 people out."
Michele Bachmann: Leadership Bid Misunderstood?
However, Michele Bachmann’s bid suffered a setback when she was passed over for the GOP’s transition team on which Hensarling was placed.
Despite Michele Bachmann’s leading all other Representatives in fund raising, a Republican aide stated:
Some "members are getting resentful of Michele Bachmann, who they say is making the argument that you're not really a Tea Party supporter unless you support her. That's gone through the formation of the Tea Party Caucus and the formation of this candidacy of hers. It's just not so."
Sarah Palin, with whom Michele Bachmann had campaigned with earlier in the year, declined to endorse her leadership bid, while other Tea Party favorites Reps Adam Kinzinger and Tim Scott were placed on the transition team.
According to some senior House staff members, the party leadership was concerned about:
> > some of Michele Bachmann's high profile faux pas,
> > the high rate of turnover amongst her staff,
> > and how willing she would be to advance the party's messaging rather than her own.
On November 10, Michele Bachmann released a statement ending her campaign for Conference Chair and giving her "enthusiastic" support to Hensarling.
Michele Bachmann: Political positions
Michele Bachmann: Education Policy
Michele Bachmann supports the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes.
During a 2003 interview on the KKMS Christian radio program 'Talk The Walk', Michele Bachmann said that evolution is a theory that has never been proven, one way or the other.
Michele Bachmann co-authored a bill [that received no additional endorsement among her fellow legislators] that would require public schools to include alternative explanations for the origin of life as part of the state's public school science curricula.
In October 2006, Michele Bachmann told a debate audience in St. Cloud, Minnesota "there is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact or not.... There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design."
Michele Bachmann: Fiscal Policy
Michele Bachmann addressing a Tea Party Express rally in Minneapolis;
Michele Bachmann supports increased domestic drilling of oil and natural gas, as well as pursuing renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar, and is a strong proponent of nuclear power.
In a 2001 flyer, Michele Bachmann and Michael J. Chapman wrote that federal policies manage a centralized, state-controlled economy in the United States.
She wrote that education laws passed by Congress in 2001, including "School To Work" and "Goals 2000", created a new national school curriculum that embraced "a socialist, globalist worldview; loyalty to all government and not America."
In 2003, Michele Bachmann said that the "Tax Free Zones" economic initiatives of Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty were based on the Marxist principle of "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."
She also said that the administration was attempting to govern and run centrally planned economies through an organization called the Minnesota Economic Leadership Team (MELT), an advisory board on economic and workforce policy chaired by Pawlenty.
She said that health care reform advocates "forget what the Constitution says."
Michele Bachmann: Tax Cutter!
Prior to her election to the state senate, and again in 2005, Michele Bachmann signed a "no new taxes" pledge sponsored by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
As a state senator, Michele Bachmann introduced two bills that would have severely limited state taxation.
In 2003, she proposed amending the Minnesota state constitution to adopt the "Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights" (TABOR).
In 2005, Michele Bachmann opposed Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s proposal for a state surcharge of 75 cents per pack on the wholesale cost of cigarettes. Michele Bachmann said that she opposed the state surcharge "100 percent—it's a tax increase."
Michele Bachmann: Social Security and Medicare;
Echoing Glenn Beck's statement about alleged "unfunded liabilities" in Social Security and Medicare, Michele Bachmann has called for phasing out these programs:
“[W]hat you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don’t have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off."
Michele Bachmann says in dealing with Iran, diplomacy "is our option", but that other options, including a nuclear strike, shouldn't be taken off the table.
During a discussion about the G-20 summit in Toronto, Michele Bachmann stated during an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen that she does not want America to be part of the international global economy.
“I don’t want the United States to be in a global economy where our economic future is bound to that of Zimbabwe, We can’t necessarily trust the decisions that are being made financially in other countries.
I don’t like the decisions that are being made in our own country, but certainly I don’t want to trust the value of my currency and my future to that of like a Chavez down in Venezuela.”
Michele Bachmann: Social issues
Michele Bachmann supports both a federal and state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage . . .
. . . and any legal equivalents.
MICHELE BACHMANN GREAT QUOTE:
In support of a constitutional amendment she proposed to ban same-sex marriage, Michele Bachmann said that the gay community was specifically targeting children and that "our children... are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children".
In 2004, the Star Tribune reported that Michele Bachmann said of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, "We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders".
Michele Bachmann has praised the controversial Christian youth ministry 'You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International', appearing as a keynote speaker at their fundraisers.
In 2006, Michele Bachmann stated that she would only vote to permit abortion in cases of rape and incest.
In the state senate, Michele Bachmann introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment restricting state funds for abortion. The bill died in committee.
Michele Bachmann: Her Political Campaigns:
Michele Bachmann: Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Election, 2006
Michele Bachmann won her Congressional seat in the 2006 election with 50 percent of the vote, as she defeated Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party's John Binkowski.
Mark Kennedy, the 6th District's congressman since 2001, announced in late 2005 that he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton of the DFL.
MICHELE BACHMANN GREAT QUOTE:
Michele Bachmann states she was called by God to run for the seat, and that she and her husband fasted for three days to be sure.
According to Bloomberg.com news, evangelical conservative leader James Dobson put the resources of his organization behind her 2006 campaign.
Dobson's Focus on the Family distributed 250,000 voter guides in Minnesota churches to reach social conservatives, according to Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, a local affiliate of Dobson's group.
In addition to Minnesota, Dobson’s group also organized turnout drives in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and Montana.
During a debate televised by WCCO on October 28, 2006, news reporter Pat Kessler quoted a story that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and asked Michele Bachmann whether it was true that the church she belonged to taught that the Pope is the Anti-Christ.
Michele Bachmann stated that her church "does not believe that the Pope is the Anti-Christ, that's absolutely false... I'm very grateful that my pastor has come out and been very clear on this matter, and I think it's patently absurd and it's a false statement."
Michele Bachmann: Wins Over the IRS!
Michele Bachmann came under scrutiny by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for speaking at Living Word Christian Center (LWCC), a large charismatic church located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
CREW went on to file a complaint with the IRS against LWCC's senior pastor, Mac Hammond. CREW took issue with Hammond's using church equipment and facilities to declare "We can't publicly endorse as a church and would not for any candidate. But I can tell you personally that I'm going to vote for Michele Michele Bachmann." 
CREW maintains that this was a violation of US tax law 501(c)(3) that says if a church wants to be exempt from paying taxes then "religious leaders cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official church functions."
Fellow LWCC pastor Rev. Tim Burt said Michele Bachmann had been invited to speak about "her spiritual journey" and "there was no intent for this to be a political event." Asked about the IRS complaint, Michele Bachmann's spokeswoman would only say "Living Word was so gracious to invite Michele to speak."
The Internal Revenue Service lost the case.
Michele Bachmann: Destroying one of the USA's GREATEST MYTHS
Many Americans - lawyers included - believe Churches are not allowed to endorse political Candidates BECAUSE they are tax exempt.
The truth is, Churches CAN enthusiastically endorse Political candidates, contrary to the great myth that they can't. The Constitution guarantee's Free Exercise of Religion and and says NOTHING about Churches giving up Constitutional Rights!
Churches have have EVERY such right, just as do Labor Unions, the Teachers NEA, the American Medical Association, the American Trial Lawyers Union, and all of the rest.
Please note they are tax-exempt organizations just as Churches are!
Amazingly, Jessee Jackson understands this well, and when he ran for US President, he campaigned in hundred's of local Churches and took up offerings in all of them!
Churches have EVERY right to endorse candidates, engage in campaigns in every possible manner, and raise funds, and do all that the Teamsters and A.F.L.C.I.O. unions do.
SPREAD THE WORD!
Michele Bachmann: Supported by Establishment Republicans
Michele Bachmann received support from a fundraising visit in early July 2006 from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
On July 21, 2006, Karl Rove visited Minnesota to raise funds for her election.
In August, President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker at her congressional fundraiser, which raised about $500,000.
Michele Bachmann also received fundraising support from Vice President Dick Cheney.
The National Republican Congressional Committee put nearly $3 million into the race, for electronic and direct-mail ads against DFLer Wetterling. The amount was significantly more than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent on behalf of Wetterling.
However, Wetterling out-raised Michele Bachmann nearly 2:1 in individual contributions. On November 7, 2006, Michele Bachmann defeated opponents Patty Wetterling and John Binkowski, taking 50 percent of the vote to Wetterling's 42 percent and Binkowski's eight percent.
Michele Bachmann: Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Election, 2008 2008
In 2008, Michele Bachmann won re-election over her Democratic and Independence Party endorsed opponent Elwyn Tinklenberg. With all precincts reported, Michele Bachmann won, 46.41% to 43.43%.
Because Tinklenberg was running as a DFLer in the Democratic primary this allowed candidate Bob Anderson to run in the Independence Party primary unopposed despite not having the Independence endorsement. Anderson received 10% of the vote.
Michele Bachmann: Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Election, 2010
Michele Bachmann was challenged in 2010 by Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee Tarryl Clark and Independent Candidate Bob Anderson. With more than $8.5 million, Michele Bachmann spent more than any other House of Representative candidate, although her opponent, Tarryl Clark, was able to raise $4 million.
This was one of the largest fundraising efforts in the nation for a U.S. Congress seat.
On November 2, 2010, Michele Bachmann defeated Tarryl Clark by 52% to 40% of the vote.
Michele Bachmann: Fundraising
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Michele Bachmann is currently the 21st largest recipient of the 435 members in the United States House of Representatives for contributions from the insurance industry, which consists of health, life, property and car insurance companies.
However, the health sector, which consists of professionals in all health-related fields, has not been nearly as supportive, where she ranks 230 of the 435 members in the House for the 2010 election campaign contributions.
She gained much support nationwide from Conservative Christians
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She was targeted for comments made seeking an investigation into the Obama-Ayers connection, the "tolerant" liberal establishment even compared her to the Nazis.
She deserves many compliments for her insight and courage. Congresswoman Rep. Bachmann, "has shown an uncanny knack for infuriating critics with sometimes off-the-wall behavior and comments, all the while advancing her own political career." See also
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Michele Bachmann: Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, References:
1. ↑ http://bachmann.house.gov/Biography/
2. ↑ Bachmann gets new campaign manager, NRA endorsement MN. Public Radio, OCTOBER 3, 2008
3. ↑ Hardball Gone Mad: Congresswoman Compared to Nazi for Insisting Media Cover Obama-Ayers Connection, Tim Graham, Newsbusters, October 21, 2008
4. ↑ Outspoken But Not Outmaneuvered, Rep. Bachmann Manages Her Candor, Judson Berger, Fox News.com, March 27, 2009
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Rickman's 12 reasons - set out in 1798 and repeated in Parliamentary debates - for conducting a UK census included the following justifications:
* 'the intimate knowledge of any country must form the rational basis of legislation and diplomacy' * 'an industrious population is the basic power and resource of any nation, and therefore its size needs to be known' * 'the number of men who were required for conscription to the militia in different areas should reflect the area's population' * 'there were defence reasons for wanting to know the number of seamen' * 'the need to plan the production of corn and thus to know the number of people who had to be fed' * 'a census would indicate the Government's intention to promote the public good' and * 'the life insurance industry would be stimulated by the results.'
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