Bachmann Daily Beat: Tax Cuts and Drilling in the Everglades

A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in Florida today, where she will continue a series of presidential campaign stops.

While in Florida, Bachmann has been busy talking economics. She told visitors to a Jacksonville Beach sandwich shop that she wants to reduce corporate taxes and wouldn't rule out changing the federal minimum wage too. At a separate event on Saturday, she promised that a package of tax cuts could turn the economy around within a single economic quarter after she becomes president.

Bachmann also blasted "radical environmentalists" for blocking an expansion of domestic oil and gas energy. She said she would consider opening up the Everglades for oil drilling and once again promised to eliminate the "job-killing" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

At a rally in Sarasota, Bachmann suggested the recent earthquake and hurricane on the country's east coast were a message from God to politicians in Washington, D.C.:

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

The Hill says Bachmann's support for the beleaguered Stillwater bridge replacement project is a prime target for both liberal and conservative critics alike.

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Finally, since comparisons of Bachmann with rival Rick Perry have become inevitable in the wake of the latest poll numbers, MPR breaks down the differences and similarities between the two candidates.

Paul August 31, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Already seems pretty respectful to me. This is Woodbury, after all.
Ken Coy September 01, 2011 at 02:08 PM
It's interesting that the people who want to remain anonymous because of fear of hyperpolitical people are the most hyperpolitical people on the board. I reckon they're afraid of people like themselves.
br September 01, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Please, that is far too simplistic and is wrought with naiveté. What if you owned a business and did not want to alienate customers but still wanted to have your beliefs and views adequately expressed? Fear of reprisal and intimidation are the tools of oppression and lead us one step close to a fascist state.
Jeremy Rohr September 01, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I agree with Ken. This is the marketplace of ideas. If your ideas are so great, wouldn't a person want to support you?
Ken Coy September 01, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Not simplistic or naive at all. I have many friends on both sides of the aisle and we get into very heated discussions. Our beliefs and views are adequately expressed and we don't alienate each other. That's because we are respectful of other people even when we disagree with their views. The problem with too many of the anonymous crowd is that they refuse to be respectful. Apparently they feel like they can't adequately express their views without being disrepectful (spewing hatred is disrespectful). Those are the people who might alienate customers (people don't want to do business with jerks). Those who are respectful aren't going to alienate anybody.


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