Bachmann Beat: Sharia, Greece and the Great Society
A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
During an appearance on an Iowa radio show yesterday, Bachmann called for a repeal of Medicare, Medicaid and other "Great Society" welfare programs, the Des Moines Register reports. Later in the day, she made similar comments to a group of business leaders.
Bachmann also used her time on the air to criticize the European Union — particularly Greece, which she called a "tantrum-throwing nation" lacking in fiscal discipline. During the same show, Bachmann expressed concern that Sharia (Islamic religious law) is quietly infiltrating U.S. courtrooms.
You might be aware that Bachmann's memoir, Core of Conviction is due out Nov. 21. Yesterday, her campaign sent out a fundraising email offering to send advance copies of the book to supporters who donate $75 to the campaign. For $125, you can even get a personalized, autographed book.
Other Bachmann news:
- Bachmann is set to give a speech on economics today at Iowa State University. She says all Americans should be made to pay taxes, even low-wage earners who are currently exempt from the federal income tax.
- Bachmann criticized Herman Cain for being inconsistent on some of his policies, but avoided discussing the sexual harassment allegations against him.
- The campaign named its South Carolina staff yesterday.
Finally, Bachmann figures prominently in a lengthy expose on convicted Ponzi schemer Tom Petters and his business partner Frank Vennes Jr. in the current issue of The New Republic. Bachmann lobbied for a presidential pardon for Vennes, who donated money to her 2006 congressional campaign. Mother Jones notes that the article builds on reporting done by blogger Karl Bremer of Ripple in Stillwater.