I really hadn’t intended to write anything more on Bachmann (unless it was actual news), but scrolling through the fact checking website Politifact I noticed something I hadn’t seen with anyone else on that site.
To put it in overall numbers, they’ve fact checked 59 comments from Michele Bachmann over the years and 44 of them have been lies.
And let’s look at a quick rundown of a few of her comments they’ve fact checked:
- The IRS is going to be in charge” of a huge national database” on health care that will include Americans’ persona, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets.—Ruling: Pants on Fire.
- The IRS is going to be in charge of our health care.—Ruling: False.
- The IRS will have potentially the ability to deny or delay health care.—Ruling: Mostly False.
- Scientists tell us that we could have a cure in 10 years for Alzheimer’s” were it not for “overzealous regulators, excessive taxation and greedy litigators.—Ruling: Pants on Fire.
- A report just came out that if we continue with President Obama’s policies, we’re looking at over 9 percent unemployment next year in the fourth quarter.—Ruling: False.
- After the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.—Ruling: Pants on Fire.
- Under Barack Obama’s watch, we have expended $805 billion to liberate the people of Iraq and, more importantly, 4,400 American lives.–Ruling: Pants on Fire.
- When Standard & Poor’s “dropped our credit rating, what they said is, we don’t have an ability to repay our debt. … I was proved right in my position” that the debt ceiling should not have been raised.—Ruling: False.
*To see the rest, just visit the link I provided above.
But the reason why I felt this was important to bring up is because Michele Bachmann has been, and is, a pioneer in the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party since its inception has been a propaganda machine for the far right and an easy outlet for conservatives to slander President Obama.
You see, in politics you don’t really have to be right or even tell the truth—you just need to muddy the waters enough to create doubt. And that’s what they’ve done.
This propaganda machine has pumped out so much sludge against the president and many of his policies that most Americans don’t know what’s true anymore. If you want proof, just look at a few of the polls done about the Affordable Care Act.
When broken down into parts, a far greater number of Americans approve of what “Obamacare” does. Yet, if you ask these same people if they support the health care legislation, the approval drops.
Michele Bachmann was the face of the propaganda against the Affordable Care Act. A woman who throughout the years has been one of the most dishonest politicians I can recall. I mean, they all lie, but nobody lies like she does.
But can we really even call Bachmann’s claims lies? After all, when you’re proven wrong this often, with such blatant distortions of reality, doesn’t that border on being delusional and in need of serious treatment for mental illness?
I’d say so.
Good news for Mrs. Bachmann — according to Politifact, it is “true” that her and her husband run a mental health facility.
Seventy-five percent of the 59 Bachmann comments Politifact has checked have been lies. I’d say that’s a fantastic representation of the Tea Party movement, and certainly Michele Bachmann’s biggest accomplishment as she ends her years in Congress. I’m sure she’s proud.