March 24, 2009

Michele Bachmann Conducts Inquisition

Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke are testifying before a House committee today regarding the AIG mess. Sadly, Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is on the committee. In her opening remarks, Bachmann claimed that the American people are wondering if their government is "jettisoning free-market capitalism in favor of centralized government economic planning." Who among you, my fellow Americans, sees any evidence that this corporatocracy-gone-mad is about to turn its back on the capitalist spoon that so lavishly feeds it?

Bachmann then repeatedly hammered Geithner and Bernanke with this question:
"What provision in the Constitution could you point to to give authority to the actions that have been taken by the Treasury?"
Geithner wrinkled his brow tightly and cocked his head a little to the side as he listened. It was easy to imagine his thoughts:
"What the f*ck . . . ??"
Both Geithner and Bernanke responded that the authority came from Congress, the body that authorizes U.S. government expenditures.

This mini-inquisition--and the resulting middle-school civics lesson--was a waste of time and tax-payer dollars in a situation that calls for honest inquiry, not extremist grandstanding.

Bachmann has issues. Perhaps she has a form of schizophrenia that manifests as political paranoia. Maybe she's been brainwashed by a bizarre right-wing cult. According to Wikipedia, her husband runs a Christian counseling center. Hmmmm. . . . Everything with Bachmann smells fishy.

For more of Michele's antics, check out the following:

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