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November 10, 2010

Rep. Bachmann: Obama Blames Voters for Election

Rep. Bachmann: Obama Blames Voters for Election

Barack Obama is "blaming the people" rather than taking responsibility for voters' rejection of his big-government programs, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann alleges.

Obama told "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday that he had to take drastic action to save the American economy, which may have left voters with the misimpression that he supports big-government panaceas.

In an exclusive interview Monday evening, Bachmann, R-Minn., tells Newsmax.TV: "He said the problem was not his policies last Tuesday night at the polls. It's the fact that the people didn't understand what he was trying to do with those policies."

"So in other words, the president was blaming the people," she says. "I think the people were very intelligent when they went to the polls, and they clearly rejected the Obama policies.

"They understand big government when they see it. It's just unfortunate that the president has so misread the election results."

As for the president's recent mea culpa that Democrats lost because he failed to effectively communicate with voters, Bachmann says she isn't buying it. "This president has had more press conferences, and more media opportunities, than anyone can imagine," she says. "He's been on everything from 'The View' to Jon Stewart's show, to late-night TV. He's communicated. It is the policies of the president that the American people are rejecting, and I think the president just doesn't want to hear what the American people are saying."

Bachmann recently announced that she is running for the No. 4 GOP leadership position in the House, to chair the Republican Conference. Her rival for that job is Texas GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling, an establishment favorite closely aligned with the tea party who has been endorsed by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor.

The Democratic Party and its supporters poured millions into the effort to defeat the outspoken Bachmann's bid for re-election. Yet she defeated Democratic opponent Tarryl L. Clark, a Minnesota state senator, by an impressive 53 percent to 40 percent margin.

Other key points Bachmann makes during the exclusive interview:

•She agrees with Cantor's statement on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to remain in a leadership position even after the midterm debacle indicates Democrats just "don't get" the message that voters have been trying to send.

•The tea parties were "pivotal" to the GOP surge. "They were central to this election, because the tea party was the rejection of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda," Bachmann says, adding, "we can't underestimate what their role influence was in this historic election."

•For the first time since 1982, women cast the majority of their votes for Republicans out of concern over "pocketbook issues," Bachmann says, adding: "We need to make sure that we focus on getting America's financial house back in order, and I trust we will."

•Extending the Bush-era tax cuts is "the first and most important issue" that Congress must address, says Bachmann, a former federal tax litigation attorney.

•She would like to see federal spending rolled back to 2006 levels and "at minimum" to the 2008 level.

•She would like the new House majority to pass a bill repealing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

•The GOP House should pass a bill to enhance border control, and must remain vigilant to block any EPA effort to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Bachmann also tells Newsmax that she favors a proposal by conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh for the House to pass its repeal of the president's healthcare reforms over and over again to drive home a message. "I think that would be great because we need to send a signal that the American people have sent to us that they want to see this bill repealed," Bachmann says. "Quite frankly, it is causing everyone's health insurance premiums to jack up all across this country.

"In order to bring stability and certainty back into the marketplace, we need to send a signal in no uncertain terms that we are serious about 100 percent full repeal of Obamacare."

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Wild Thing's comment.........

Obama will blame everyone else but himself. It would be funny if anyone ever counted just how many times Obama has blamed Bush. It has to be in the hundreds.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at November 10, 2010 05:47 AM


Do we need anymore proof as to the "elitist" point of view that our President and other Progressives hold?

Blaming the people? Some one needs to tell that nitwit in the White House that, THIS IS A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE!!!!!

Socialism has never worked anywhere. It sure as hell is not going to work here. The people have spoken and will continue to speak.

Obama and his followers have awakened a sleping giant here and the job is not finished. Those of us, who hold are Freedoms dear, must continue to make our voices heard, both at the Ballot box and in communications with our elected representatives. They have to be made to realize that the "Age of Complacency", is over and we are going to take this Country back.

Posted by: Sean at November 10, 2010 11:00 AM

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November 5, 2010
Obama Doesn’t Get It
by Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online

President Obama came close, but he still just cannot admit that his radical policies and their effects on the economy are the cause of his devastating political rebuke. For most of his press conference, an oddly depressed Obama voted present, as he all but said that the problems are mostly ours, not his — or at least not his agenda but perhaps an occasional inadequate communication.

In clingers fashion, he once more is talking down to us, explaining that we confused his necessary solutions with a bogeyman increase in big government, and so typically, in fright and ignorance, lashed out at his party. He is claiming the outrage grew from the same frustration that elected him, rather than arising precisely because of him and his agenda. In short, we are angry because his EU-socialist agenda is progressing too slowly and hasn’t delivered as promised — as it will in time. Perhaps then we will thank him for his proper big-government, big-spending solution.

He seems bewildered (for the first time?) that his popularity as a campaign rhetorician did not last when he became responsible for actual governance. For most of the press conference, a humbled but deer-in-the-headlights Obama half-heartedly argued that the populist outrage against his own massive debt, huge wasteful government, and elitism was really outrage against the economy he inherited, an outrage that he shares. We don’t know it, the president hints, but we are still angry at the Bush years, and yesterday mistakenly took our wrath out on Obama’s methodical, albeit too slow, efforts at recovery. In short, there was little admission whatsoever that Obama’s message and the way he pushed it turned off millions — there was no repentant Clinton, circa autumn 1994, here; instead, a shocked Obama who seems hurt that we do not appreciate him.

I don’t think the American people — who just last week heard their president boast that Republicans had to sit in the back seat, and that Latinos should punish their Republican “enemies,” and who have now given him the greatest midterm putdown in over a half-century — suddenly will pay much attention to his calls for an end to the old divisiveness.

Otherwise, I have two reactions to the election — one about the national scene, the other about my home state, California.

Had not some zealots talked of possible 90-to-100-seat gains, the Democrats would be in greater shock today at the near-historic 60+ House pick-up, along with a stunning near sweep of state legislatures and governorships, as well as gains in the Senate — and all a mere 21 months after the beginning of hope and change. The idea that we are going to copy EU socialism is dead. So is Keynesian massive borrowing. So is the promised second wave of Obamism, such as cap-and-trade and blanket amnesty. Obama’s supporters can brag that erstwhile absolutely safe senior Democratic senators like Boxer and Reid managed to get reelected, but they must understand that Obama’s vision and his method of enacting it simply turned off the vast majority of the country.

Some things also have to change on the conservative side. Congress must not remain hostage to farm-state representatives and senators, for whom the huge agricultural subsidy programs are sacrosanct; a decade ago, we went from “eliminating” those programs via the “Freedom to Farm” Act to calling farm pork a post-9/11 matter of national security. On the budget front, I doubt we will hear much talk, at least in the short term, of massive tax cuts that eventually will result in greater supply-side growth and thus greater revenue. Instead, I assume that any Republican tax-cut attempt will have to be matched in the here and now by a commensurate cut in spending, dollar for dollar — or rather, given the deficits, one dollar in tax cuts, two dollars in spending cuts. I also don’t think we will see representatives bragging of the new pork-barrel community centers they brought home, with their own names plastered on them — at least for a while.

In California, there is some irony: The philosophy that led the state to the highest tax rates in the country, along with the near-worst schools, largest deficits, and most crumbling infrastructure, was reaffirmed. Now California’s state government will have to deal with the reality that if the highest-tax state in the union raises taxes still higher, it will lose even more high earners than the current 3,000 who leave each week. A Republican Congress is not likely to bail out a bankrupt California. More likely, we will see even more of the present ad hoc government-by-euphemism. More “furloughs” instead of pay cuts for unionized public employees, “temporary” larger class sizes in the schools, more “user fees” imposed by executive order in lieu of getting new taxes passed.

The state will continue to descend into a pyramidal society. On top there is the wealthy, leftist coastal elite from Napa to Hollywood, which is seemingly immune from the effects of high taxes and regulation (and wants more green laws, gay marriage, abortion, and therapeutic bromides). The top of the pyramid is in league with a growing underclass in part dependent upon a huge entitlement industry; this coalition thus favors more taxes, entitlements, unionized public employees, open borders, etc. Meanwhile, a squeezed middle-class private sector is slowly being strangled, shutting down, and leaving.

Posted by: gator at November 10, 2010 12:14 PM

Sean and Gator thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 10, 2010 11:23 PM