Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Michelle Bachmann: God Sent the Earthquake and Hurricane Irene to Tell Americans to Cut Federal Spending

Well They Both Did Hit Washington, Didn’t They

Michelle Bachmann (R, Mn) was in Florida over the weekend campaigning for the Republican nomination for President.  As one report accurately put it, she missed Hurricane Irene but now has to content with Hurricane Perry.

Of more interest to The Dismal Political Economist, who was told this very same day by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat that no one had to worry about the religious beliefs of the Republican Presidential candidates was Ms. Bachmann’s take on the recent minor earthquake and the not-so-minor hurricane that hit the east coast.  

To Ms. Bachmann This is a Message about Cutting
Government Spending;  Wouldn't a Post on
 Facebook Have Been Easier?

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Ok, the quote is in the running for first place in the Most Incoherent Statement of August, 2011 contest, but she does seem to suggest that the Deity is sending us a message about government spending by raining down an earthquake and massive rain.

 See Ms. Bachmann, this is why you don't want people paying attention to  your campaign

One does wonder though, that in the age of Facebook and Twitter and the Internet and e-mail and the like if Ms. Bachmann wouldn’t prefer a different way of sending the message, one that did not involve the death of innocent people and massive destruction.  Or if no tragedy is too great for her to use to make political points.

Update:  Ms. Bachmann is now saying this was all said as a joke.  Ha Ha.  Well that does have some credibility since much of Ms. Bachmann's campaign could be characterized in the same manner.

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