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Michele Bachmann: “Fiscal conservative, Strib? You must be kiddin’ me.”

by Bill Prendergast on December 8, 2009 · 3 comments

So they had the rally supporting Pawlenty’s  proposed amendment to stop future governors from spending as much as he spent.

Bachmann was there; she spoke and that rates a mention in the Star Tribune. But instead of reporting, we get this…

Bachmann joins rally on state spending

In St. Paul, she voiced support for a constitutional amendment to cap state spending and end “fantasy economics.”

By BAIRD HELGESON, Star Tribune

Last update: December 7, 2009 – 10:25 PM

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann brought her fiery brand of fiscal conservatism to a State Capitol rally Monday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state spending…

Where are they finding reporters for the Strib, these days? Do the editors just pull up to the local 7-11 and hire whatever kid is working the Slurpee machine?

Bachmann’s not a fiscal conservative. She just talks like one; there’s a difference. And the difference between her actions and her words is the story here–not the fact that she spoke.

Her words are empty conservative BS, as usual. Bachmann notoriously made a pledge not seek or accept any earmarks for her district. If she’d kept that promise, that would be fiscal conservatism–because federal earmark money represents the government spending of other people’s tax dollars in her district. That’s what Bachmann is supposed to be against, as a “fiscal conservative.”

But she broke her promise not to seek or accept earmarks. And that’s not fiscal conservatism, “fiery” or otherwise. That’s called “hypocrisy”–and when a politician is hypocritical on a matter of public policy,real newspapers explain the context and the truth to its readers.

Not the Strib. They don’t see that as their job–if Bachmann tells people that she’s for fiscal responsibility at the same time she’s supporting increased deficit spending: that’s a lie that the Strib can live with, and pass on to their readers.

And let’s not get started on the Pawlenty angle of the story that this story could have included for the readers’ benefit: the story of how TP has the nerve to propose a fiscal restraint amendment on future governors, when he couldn’t govern that way to save his political life. He puts us all six billion in the hole, and wants to be known as the “fiscal restraint” guy!

“Reporting” is not supposed to be the same as “stenography.” The guys who write and publish the Strib should really start reading other papers, so they get some idea of what’s going on in the news these days.

http://www.startribune.com/pol…

Alec December 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

The right has co-opted the term fiscal conservative, but they are anything but. Other than saying the words “fiscal conservative”, they don’t even talk like people who are serious about fixing the debt. A true fiscal conservative knows that your expenses should equal revenues and you should only borrow for long term investments. I consider myself fiscally conservative because I live modestly but will borrow for my education, a car, and my home.

A true fiscal conservative knows that sometimes you have to raise revenue, sometimes you reduce expenses, and you borrow for capital improvements and long term investments. The war is point #1. A true fiscal conservative would know that we have to pay for the war, and not borrow ourselves into oblivion. I don’t hear Bachmann say word one about paying for the war, which means she does not even talk like a fiscal conservative, other than to say she is.

The right has co-opted so many labels that they are not. I culd go on and on about how Bachmann is not even close to being pro-life.

Bill Prendergast December 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm

out about her “not even talking like” a fiscal conservative, and how that’s true of the teabaggers and conservatives in general.

The problem is that that is what passes for fiscal conservatism since the 1980s. A true fiscal conservative would be marginalized by the party and by the conservatives. That’s what happened to economist Milton Friedman after he started pointing out that Reagan’s deficit spending was in fact a humongous and unprecedented tax hike.

Mark My Words December 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Found on the Minnesota Progressive Project:

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By BAIRD HELGESON, Star Tribune

Last update: December 7, 2009 – 10:25 PM

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann brought her fiery brand of fiscal conservatism to a State Capitol rally Monday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state spending…”

Where are they finding reporters for the Strib, these days? Do the editors just pull up to the local 7-11 and hire whatever kid is working the Slurpee machine?

Bachmann’s not a fiscal conservative. She just talks like one; there’s a difference. And the difference between her actions and her words is the story here–not the fact that she spoke.

Her words are empty conservative BS, as usual. Bachmann notoriously made a pledge not seek or accept any earmarks for her district. If she’d kept that promise, that would be fiscal conservatism–because federal earmark money represents the government spending of other people’s tax dollars in her district. That’s what Bachmann is supposed to be against, as a “fiscal conservative.”

But she broke her promise not to seek or accept earmarks. And that’s not fiscal conservatism, “fiery” or otherwise. That’s called “hypocrisy”–and when a politician is hypocritical on a matter of public policy, a real newspapers explain the context and the truth to its readers.

Not the Strib. They don’t see that as their job–if Bachmann tells people that she’s for fiscal responsibility at the same time she’s supporting increased deficit spending: that’s a lie that the Strib can live with, and pass on to their readers.

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Dude, there’s nothing worse than getting mocked at the public square for reporting like a kid running a Slurpee machine.

You guys at the Strib, puzzled by your drop in sales and near bankruptcy disasters should perhaps take some time-out from the Wing Nut Tent and act like a real journalist.  Turning journalism into propaganda doesn’t mean you get to call yourself a “journalist” you know.

Face it Baird: You got smoked by an amateur journalist and those of us on the left are laughing our asses off about it.

Have a good day!

Mark Wayne-Hart

I just couldn’t help myself.  I was drinking some Diet Coke, and I read Bill’s analogy and by the time I got to “Slurpee Machine”, I had Diet Coke coming out of my nose.

Oh dear God that was funny.  

So, I had to email Baird and let him know: “Your a bit of a goof-ball, Buddy.  And everybody else knows it but you.

Thanks for the laugh Bill!  ’Preciate it!  (Although my nose is still tingling…)

Mark

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