Fact Check Dot Org reveals yet more “untruths” from Michele Bachmann.
Rep. Michele Bachmann officially joined the presidential campaign trail, but made a flurry of false and misleading claims along the way.
The Minnesota Republican appeared on two Sunday talk shows the day before giving her formal announcement speech in Waterloo, Iowa. On the shows, she made false statements about income from her family farm and government subsidies to her husband’s business. She also made misstatements regarding earmarks, federal pay, government-owned “limousines” and health care:
* Bachmann falsely claimed that she and her husband “have never gotten a penny” from a family farm that received federal subsidies. But she reported income from the farm in 2006, 2008 and 2009 — the most recent year available — on her congressional financial disclosure statements. * She claimed she had been “faithful” to her pledge not to request federal earmarks. But she requested $40 million in transportation earmarks in the 2009 fiscal year budget after taking the pledge, later claiming such projects should not be subjected to her promise. She withdrew her requests after the House Republicans took a party position in 2010 not to seek earmarks. * Bachmann wrongly blamed President Obama for increasing the number of federal transportation workers who earn more than $170,000 from one to 1,690 during the recession. At least two-thirds of those employees were receiving more than $170,000 before Obama took office. * She criticized the president for a 73 percent increase in government “limousines.” But one department accounted for the increase, and it had a long-term plan, pre-dating Obama, to add armored vehicles. The term “limousine” includes armored vehicles and sedans, not just actual limos. * She claimed government money received by her husband’s counseling clinics did not benefit the business, because the funds paid for employee training. It’s true the clinics received $24,041 for training, but the business received thousands more in government funds, including money for treating crime victims. * The three-term congresswoman repeated — on two Sunday shows — the false claim that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the federal health care law will “cost the economy 800,000 jobs.” The CBO never said that. It said there will be a “small” impact on jobs.
When she got to Waterloo to deliver her first official campaign speech, Bachmann made her now viral gaffe in saying that tough-guy actor John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. The Duke was born in Winterset, Iowa, and was raised in California. It was John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer, who was from Waterloo.
The woman is incorrigible. Isn’t there a word for people who habitually lie?
* Bachmann wrongly blamed President Obama for increasing the number of federal transportation workers who earn more than $170,000 from one to 1,690 during the recession. At least two-thirds of those employees were receiving more than $170,000 before Obama took office.
Yes blame blame blame. Who Is in office now ????? Obama. Who can do something about that???? Obama.
Some of your critisims are possibly a right to gripe. (if you can back them up with sources) but most are frivolous.
typical Democrat. What about all the lies & mistakes president Obama made??? I didn't know there were 57 states. What about those "shovel ready jobs" huh?????? Or if we didn't pass his stimulus package, unemployment would rise dramaticly. Talk about all the waste. Then he has the nerve to call out congress on their wastefull spending. Typical. Blame everyone but yourself. Or his butt kising to all the foreign countries.
Summary: OBAMA is one of the WORST presidents ever IMO .
Ohh yrea it's really sad when you have to read & hire people to dig up any kind of dirt on a politician. Like when your democrats tired to dig up dirt on Sarah palin. & the best part......... You guys found NOTHING.