Michele Bachmann Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

The sixth congressional district representative released her response shortly after the speech Tuesday night.

OUTSIDE MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Sixth Congressional Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) released the following statement after President Barack Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address:

"Tonight, we heard more of the same calls for bigger government—and smaller citizens—from President Obama. In his first term, President Obama’s answer to America’s economic challenges has been to tax more and spend more. Four years later, the unemployment rate is higher today than when the President was first sworn into office. The number of Americans on food stamps has soared by more than 46 percent—up to 47 million people. And median household incomes have dropped by 7 percent.

"These are not just numbers, they are real people with real stories. From small town bankers in Kimball, MN to job creators in Watertown, MN, the small business owners I’ve talked with are telling me that increased taxes and burdensome regulations are crippling their businesses and hurting their bottom line.

"When government takes even more of what we make, then we get to keep a lot less of what we earn. Sadly, that doesn’t lead to increasing wages or bringing down the basic costs of living for most people.

"When it comes to investing in our future, we need to reprioritize our spending to achieve objectives that will help all Americans, not just well-connected donors or companies with high-paid lobbyists. All spending isn't created equal. Too much money from President Obama’s stimulus package made its way to companies associated with his political contributors. Imagine if we spent that money on new roads and bridges that Americans desperately need.

"In Minnesota’s Sixth District, for example, we have real transportation needs. We need to expand I-94 and upgrade Highway 10. We’re also working towards regular air service out of the St. Cloud Airport to a major hub like Chicago. Just like the new Stillwater Bridge, these important projects will yield direct economic benefits to the community. These are the type of job-creating projects worthy of further investment – not politically-connected companies like the bankrupt Solyndra.

"Instead of President Obama’s laundry list of big government proposals, we should be laser-focused on getting to a stable, growing economy where wages expand and the cost of daily items like groceries and gas go down.  Here are a few solutions to grow the economy:

  • Legalize America’s abundant energy resources, which would lead to an explosion in jobs and economic growth. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one commonsense example.
  • Reform and simplify the tax code to make America more competitive in the global economy. America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, which hinders economic growth.
  • Expand school choice to make a quality education accessible to help every child succeed in school and life.  Making more classes available online would also help retrain our workforce.
  • Focus on free market health care solutions that give patients more choices. The onerous medical device tax from Obamacare cripples innovation and sends jobs overseas. It must be repealed.

"Despite the bleak economic numbers from the last four years, I remain optimistic. Our nation’s history has been built upon the triumph of hard work and ingenuity. We ventured west, we invented, we went to space. No matter the obstacle, we overcame it. It’s in our blood as a nation. Our future and our children are depending on our getting the economy right."

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Bigcheez February 13, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Maybe Michelle can give you some of her "Farm Subsidy" ($265,000) she gets every year for not planting crops and you can leave the country!
Bo Pe February 13, 2013 at 08:09 PM
People laugh about Bill Ayers...People laugh about how people are looney on both sides of the aisle.. However when we are confronted with the truth it is not a laughing matter. I'm sure Michelle is aware of this but haven't seen her speak out on it. Unfortunately her job is probably on the line if she does: Supreme Court for Feb 15, 2013 Fri. Docket conference Noonan et al v Bowen 12A606 brought by Attorney OrlyTaitz which would like the court to bring into evidence this and much more: It's real and not a laughing matter.. http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/12a606.htm Please sign my petition..http://wh.gov/Eoj2 I have 8 Americans..Let me know if you can sign...This would indicate not open and transparent not working again..... 1) Mother's passport information which showed she followed the protocol to cross out his name which listed his last name as Soetoro . By following the protocol she indicated that the child was no longer an American Citizen. This information was released by the FOIA from the US of America. 2) Sworn affidavit from Chief investigar who declared Selective Service certificate is a forgery. Federal law indicates it is a felony not to be registered and one is not allowed to be eligible for the presidency of the US 3) SSN was never assigned to him the one he uses on his tax returns For me, I would just like to see the orignial microfiche and call it a day. The other matters are for other things.
Ken February 13, 2013 at 08:22 PM
NO ONE cares what this reich wing kook has to say about anything.
Lee Edwards February 13, 2013 at 08:26 PM
grow up, can u do better
neil hounshell February 13, 2013 at 08:30 PM
i believe michelle would have made a good president. iwished that her voice would be heard, mabey next time the people will listen and be more well read.
m burrier February 13, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I agree with your post
Peter Campione February 13, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Asking Michelle Bachmann about ANYTHING is like asking a Kardashian. Something stupid, vague and witless is bound to come out. Isn't Bachmann gone yet???? It's already waaaaay more than 15 minutes.
Ron February 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
You can tell from the comments who is living on the Governments dime. (Tax payers money)
Peter Campione February 13, 2013 at 08:48 PM
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL....oh you were serious. You would have gotten a better response from the Kardashians, at least they KNOW they're stupid.
Jim February 13, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I liked Michelle until I found out that she and her husband made their fortune by taking government funds (medicare, etc.) for their "pray away the gay" clinic. They're just snake oil salesmen.
Peter Campione February 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Bachmann's husband could not be gayer if his name were Gay Gayerson. And praying the gay away is insulting....you pray away illness not identity.
Les Demme February 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM
You mean "maybe?" Thank goodness fewer people are listening to her. Even Fox news gave her the heave-ho and Fox is the most poorly rated news network.
Les Demme February 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Yeah, all the rich republicans...in DC for one reason.
Christine Lebens February 17, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Those who show horizontal creases in their foreheads are often liars. Those who wear rings with rocks so heavy, the ring turns downward...they often place more value in things rather than people.
Rick February 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Liberals are laughable. I read "most" of the comments in here. The ones I blew past had some sort of vile attack in the first sentence, so it's not worth reading. The liberal mantra is on full display here. Attack, name call, but offer no facts. Why don't all you libs do this. Go back and re-read the comments of your cohorts and ask yourself this: are you truly proud of yourselves and would you say the same about your mother? The lack of respect from you people is a disgrace. You may not believe in her policies as I surely don't believe in Obama's, but the language and vitriol is truly pathetic.
mike savick February 17, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Bachmann gets it. She says exactly what will appeal to her fearful voters who lack in critical thinking skills. Look up propaganda and Joseph Goebbels, Joe Stalin and Senator Joe McCarthy. PS. there were 2 elections and our President, Barack Obama won both times.
mike savick February 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Really? The first comment that fits you description was made against our duely elected president by you. Can't you read what you write? "Rick 7:04 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 "Right on the money Michele. This President is nothing but a little boy in a mans body. He is totally unfit to be President. He may be a Commander in Chief, but that's just a title." Your side lost the election and Bachmann came very close to losing also.
JT February 18, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Rick, take a second and click on your own name and look at all the attacks you have made on people. Same old talking points. Getting old hearing your repeat yourself. Would you say the same about your mother? What a lack of respect. And when someone attacks you, you get all upset. Your comments are truly sad and pathetic. And old.
Rick February 18, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Sorry. My comments re. the President aren't even in the same league compared to the vitriolic hatred spewed by those from the left. There is zero comparison. Sway and defer, obfiscate all you want. The facts are in the attacks penned my liberals above. The question I have for the liberals is this: Do you seriously see no issue with our freedoms being taken away? Do you seriously have no issue with the government ordering what you can and can't do? Do you seriously have no issue with this POTUS regulating business out of existence? Do you seriously enjoy paying more at the store for goods and services because this POTUS has run a buzzsaw through the value of the dollar? Do you seriously have no issue with paying $4 for a gallon of gas after this POTUS has declared that he will purposefully run up the commodity price on oil? Do you seriously have no issue with paying a higher electric bill because this POTUS has personally declared war on coal fired powerplants? Do you seriously have no issue with unemployment sitting at 8%+ for this POTUS' entire first term and leading into the second with no "hope" in sight. Do you seriously have no issue with business' flight to foreign markets bacause this POTUS and his policies are destroying the infrastructure of this country? And those businesses are taking flight to such "environmentally responsible countries such as China and India, where restrictions on coal fired powerplants are non existent. Ask yourselves those questions.
eileen February 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM
What the hell does she do in congress that gets her re-elected?! I just don't get it. She did nothing when a republican was president and continues to do nothing with a democrat as president. She collects a pay check and does absolutely nothing for this country!!! She's worried about Russians no longer selling their illegites to Americans, really?!!!!!!!
Rick February 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Eileen, are you serious? So am I correct in stating that you are equating a Congressman/woman with the President? You may want to check on exactly how many elected Representatives there are in Congress and how many submit bills that actually make it just to the floor of the House. And she's still a junior member of Congress which means her status in committees is not as high as senior members. It continues to baffle me that people with no real knowledge of how government works continue to place the noose around their own necks...
eileen February 21, 2013 at 05:19 AM
She's a framing itiate. I don't care if she's a junior member. She is useless!!!!!!! I'm so glad you know how government works. Apparently Washington gridlock works for you, Rick!!!!
Rick February 21, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I'm not sure what a "framing itiate" is, but maybe you could shed some light on how you could fix DC for us. Maybe not having such an obstinate President would be a start.
mike savick February 21, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Talking about obstinate, the tea party leadership of the US House of Representatives and Senate pledged to block everything our newly elected president ever did in order to prevent his reelection regardless of whom or what it they hurt. I guess they will try again to prevent him from getting reelected (even though there is a two term limit). No one ever used the debt ceiling, which is not in the Constitution, as a political weapon before. Remember how many businesses were hurt and world markets were shaken when they nearly ruined our nations credit rating? There were record numbers of blocked legislation and filibusters. The truth is the President tried every means possible to communicate and compromise except call Boehner and McConnell "masta" I often notice that tea party members are unwilling to recommend spending cuts to military bases and contracts to businesses in their states. Perhaps they really know that taxes eventually end up in the private sector directly or in the hands of consumers. Actually skillful new representatives get useful legislation passed by working with leadership and getting more experienced members of congress to cosponsor their initiatives. Bachmann has been nothing but corrosive and many Republicans want nothing to do with her.
Rick February 22, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Good Lord Mike, I don't know where to start... First, so you advocate changing the United States Constitution so a sitting President may serve three or more terms? Need I remind you that this amendment was put in place primarily so America would not become a mirror image of the rest of the dictatorships and monarcy's that exist throughout the world. People realize change is good. Most countries have adopted something similar to our two term limit. It is on record Mike the countless times that Republican leadership have reached out to Obama only to be turned away. Keep in mind. This is the same POTUS who routinely misses the daily intelligence briefs, something every other President before him did first thing in the morning. This is a President who is damging the economy of this country so severely, he actually has people behind him championing eliminating the debt ceiling. As a fact, he also has people touting the seizure of 401k's and having the gvmt run them with a guaranteed 3% return. I could go on. However I will simply state this. Everything I have typed has historical implications and in itself is evidenced of failure throughout history. Lastly, wait until 2014 when obamacare kicks in. It will take about 6-12 months for people to realize that getting just a physical will now become a three month or longer episode.
mike savick February 22, 2013 at 03:37 PM
You don't know here to start becasue you didn't read my comment or any thing else. I acknowledged that the president is term limited (in parenthesis) but the tea party is still acting like they are trying to prevent his reelection. The debrt ceiling is a bogus concept because Congress and the president already allocated and spent hte money in the budget process. You nave no proof to delays for health care.
Rick February 23, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Interesting that money has been spent and Obama still has never submitted a budget. No proof for delays of health care? Mike, exactly what do you think is going to happen with a minimum of 32,000,000 people added to the health system and don't have to pay one cent for it? And what do you think will happen when the illegal aliens that are here are made honorary citizens, which is tantamount to a punch in my gut as well as everyone else who emigrated here and did it legally? And speaking of my moving here, I am formerly Canadian. I have personally experienced the "great system that Canada has as many Americans like to say. Funny though... When I ask my fellow citizens when was the last time they were treated in a Canadian hospital, they get very quiet. When was the last time you were in a Canadian hospital Mike? I have relatives who work in health care up there. They say it's actually worse now than before I moved here. It is attrocious. The hospitals are overburdened from lack of staffing and facilities. Get a smack on the head and have concussion like symptoms? Good luck getting an MRI. Preventative healthcare? Good luck. My Uncle died of colon cancer Mike, as you know a very treatable disease. Canada has destroyed it's military to save it's healthcare system. They got away with it because we're their neighbors. Who are we going to turn to when we have to pilliage our military budget to support this coming onslaught of spending?
mike savick February 23, 2013 at 09:40 PM
We are already paying an extroadinarily high price for uninshured people. Health care facilities and professionals are required, as they should be, to treat all emergencies and diagnose and treat severe illness. Uninsured people also get sick and lack of coverage become a drag on the system. Uninsured people wait until they are extremely ill, cost more to treat with out reimbursement and lose more wages. In rural areas of Canada and the US where there isn't a concentration of healthcare facilities care is less available because of geography. Health care is rationed now depending geography, employment and what your employer, if you have one, is willing to cover and contribute to the costs. People who work several part time jobs get no benefits at all. $7000 deductables can be very intimidating. In the mean time how much are you willing to spend in taxes to deport 11 or 12 million people? Whidh militrary bases of defenes contracts are you volunteering to close to cut expenses? Fortunately you can't become president, but if the US has becoming something so terrible and you are feeling so abused, you can become Canadian again.
Rick February 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Mike, I find your comments degrading and insulting. Don't attempt to deflect from the dialogue by slamming me. While you may not agree with my comments, you could be more respectful in digesting my opinion and looking at things from the other side. Quite simply, this country has many ills. Where does one stop after free health care? This country gives everyone unbridled opportunity. We make what we want of ourselves here. No other country on this planet offers the chances to get ahead as this one. That is outlined quite succinctly in the Constitution via the equal protection clause. My point is this. I am not one for rewarding someone for sitting on their rear end and doing nothing. But as we continue down this path of entitlements (and that's a gross misuse of that word if anything) sooner or later the people riding in the cart will overwhelm those whom are pulling it. You want to see anarchy? Wait until the free ride ends. I think it's a pure disgrace that the democratic party has taken to hand out freebies in order to get votes. Yes, you can throw out the vaunted "tax breaks for corporations," but that is a moot argument. I don't follow your military comment. Canada destroyed their military to support their healthcare Our society has created these ills. We no longer value marriage and child rearing like we once did. We have ostracized religion. Our moral compass has been shattered. Drug and alcohol usage is championed by Hoolywood. So should we expect anything else?
Michael Hindin February 25, 2013 at 09:09 PM
My moral compasS is fine. No one seems to be attacking Canada. My adult children are well raised and great people. I don't have to enforce my religion on others. My marriage is not threatened by anyone else deciding to marry or not. There are challenges yet to be met in the US including equal opportunities for all. Check the disparity in pay for women and persons of color. I'm told by conservative economists that tax breaks "distort the market" when alternative energy sources ask for them but not when oil companies get them? Why is special tax treatment for oil companies etc a "moot point?" The price of fuels are artificially fixed on a "global market" when very little oil is imported any more. Someone has indigestion in Saudi and North Dakota and Canadian crude go up in Minnesota? How convenient for the Koch brothers who have the largest refininery within trucking distance of Minnesta.


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