Bachmann’s Energy Policy: ‘Hamsters Running on a Cage’
April 30, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Far right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) joined a group of potential GOP rivals in New Hampshire Friday, to make her case to Republican primary tea party voters. The “Presidential Summit on Spending & Job Creation” was organized by Americans for Prosperity, a libertarian group founded and partly funded by oil billionaire David Koch. The event was sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute. Bachmann and the rest of the weak GOP field, predictably pandered to their Big Oil benefactors, with “drill, baby drill” nonsense, more corporate tax cuts, and the repeal of federal regulations, so Koch industries can pollute our air and water unfettered, while raking in more obscene profits. But Bachmann, a birther, who has attacked President Obama as “anti-American,” for running a “gangster government,” provided some of the best wingnuttery of the evening, calling for the privatization of polio vaccines and the harvesting of every conceivable energy source, including “Hamsters running on a cage.”
The anti-environment Bachmann, wasn’t advocating for investment in renewable alternative energy sources, with her hamsters scheme of course, she wants to squeeze every last bit of oil, gas and coal from the earth, until there’s nothing left and America looks like a vast polluted wasteland.
The Concord Monitor reported on the AFP summit, that also included Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Godfather’s Pizza founder Herman Cain.
“The candidates asserted that the nation can increase energy supplies and reduce dependence on foreign oil by accessing more of its own resources. Santorum charged that Obama is ignoring market realities by approaching energy policy through conservation alone.” [...]
‘“Bachmann said she’d like to see Congress authorize every kind of energy production: “Hamsters running on a cage, what do we care? All of it.”‘
Bachmann also said she would vote against raising the debt ceiling, and supported GOP plans to render the EPA powerless to protect our air and water.
And one of her crazier ideas proposed to the New Hampshire GOP crowd, besides an energy policy dependent on hamsters, was to privatize federal polio vaccination programs that protect our country from outbreaks of deadly contagious diseases.
“Michelle Bachmann called for an immediate 25 percent cut in federal discretionary spending, the cancellation of outstanding stimulus projects, and the privatization of vaccine development (she cited polio as an example). The debt ceiling? Keep it right where it is. She joined Cain in calling for the abolition of the capital gains tax, the “death tax,” proposed limiting income-tax rates to 20 percent, and then decided to scrap the federal tax code outright. “Let’s get rid of what we’ve got and start over,” she said.
Really? Privatizing polio vaccines? How would that work exactly, to prevent a nationwide outbreak? If the poor can’t afford the vaccine, then tough luck? Will we just isolate the poor who can’t afford vaccines in leper colonies? How insane.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party slammed the Republican contenders, as lackeys for Big Oil interests.
Communications Director Holly Shulman said, “The fact that the very first forum Republican Presidential hopefuls are attending in New Hampshire is one sponsored by Americans for Prosperity tells you all you need to know about the priorities of the Republican party and its candidates: stand up for insurance companies, oil companies, the wealthy and big polluters against seniors, young people and middle and working class Americans.”
She added that AFP, “founded and partly funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, is a special interest front group which is only interested in the ‘prosperity’ of the fabulously wealthy and the corporate special interests.”
Deadly Polio outbreaks, “Hamsters running on a cage,” and Koch Industries dumping poisons into our air and water sickening our population, at the same time health care is taken away from millions of Americans; that’s quite the warped Republican vision for America.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore/Michele Bachmann CPAC, February 10, 2011/Creative Commons Attribution.