Congresswoman Michele Bachman has always had words roll off of her lips that made you think she was having a stroke, talking gibberish-style, but it seems she has outdone herself in her recent attack on the First Lady.
In a conversation with Laura Ingraham recently Ms. Bachman came across as someone who has been “cheesing”. Her antennae picked up some information recently released by the IRS and she has regurgitated it to fit a narrative about “big gubbermint” that she has tried to capitalize on here lately, a la’ the Tea Party movement. What’s ironic about her attack is when the smoke is cleared from the room it turns out that this anti-tax advocate is belittling – wait for it …. a tax cut.
Apparently the IRS released a statement January 31st that alerted tax payers that breast pumps would now be added to the list of medical devices that could be deducted from their earned income. Though previously not on their list, the IRS revised its position and will now “allow mothers to use pretax money from their flexible spending accounts to cover the cost of breast pumps and other supplies. Those without flexible spending accounts may deduct breast-feeding costs if their total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income and they itemize.”
So what convoluted logic does the female version of the mad hatter from Minnesota make of this?
“This is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from,” Bachmann told Ingraham. “For them, government is the answer to every problem.”
“I’ve given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies,” she added. “To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.”
The equally daffy Ms. Ingraham could be heard agreeing enthusiastically with Ms. Bachman.
To make a connection as she does that a deduction which lowers your taxable income is the same as receiving a check from the government for this specific purpose is beyond comprehension. My expenditures for charities and mortgage payments are not the result of a government handout. The fact that I pay for these out of my personal income and later reduce my tax burden for doing so makes me and every other American a ward of the state in Ms. Bachman’s eyes.
Those on the Right always get angry with those who call some of their people bonkers but perhaps they shouldn’t be too willing to support an idiot statement even when it comes from someone within their ranks who they think has half a brain. The attempt by Bachman and Ingraham to disparage the First Lady, and by default the Obama administration, would carry more weight with some conservative moderates and Independents if it they were intelligible and could be reasonably construed as true to some degree.
But when you come off half-baked and distort the obvious facts to pump up the already hate-filled, misinformed mobs that stroke your ego, you not only gain nothing, you lose potential sympathizers that may cast their vote in your Party’s direction. Clearly Ms. Bachman is more interested here in scoring some publicity points than she is with representing her adopted Tea Party crowd as someone to seriously consider worth listening to.
Like her duplicate, Sarah Palin, (who also crazily attacked Michelle Obama for her efforts to reduce obesity rates in the U.S.) the popularity of Ms. Bachman is strictly due to her reasonable good looks and how that appeals to older, conservative white males who make up the bulk of the far right’s voting block. She has enamored herself with the notion that she is more generally liked than she is by confining herself to those talk shows and town hall meetings in which that voting block is likely to be found and won’t challenge her often ludicrous claims.
She nearly lost her seat in a strong Republican district in the 2008 election but was able to bounce back pretty good in 2010 on the heals of the angry crowd mentality that she helped foster. But time is not on her side. Once the anger subsides her constituents will start taking another hard look at the wacky lady whose self-aggrandizement actions become more of a liability than something to rally around.