Bachmann’s record speaks for itself

Since 2007 Rep. Michele Bachmann has sponsored nine bills, zero made into law.

She has co-sponsored 167 bills, four made into law:

1. House resolution 373: Expresses support for the designation of September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.”

2. House amendment 634: Requires the Department of Energy Inspector General to report to Congress on waste, fraud, and abuse within the Department.

3. House resolution 789: Honoring the public child welfare program.

4. House resolution 923: Recognizes the State of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary.

She has adamantly opposed earmarks and government funding, yet through the Bachmann Farm Partnership owning 38 parcels in Wisconsin valued at $664,950, she and her husband have received between $17,502 and $105,000 from Farm Aid, according to her congressional financial disclosure forms for 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Her husband’s counseling clinic requested and received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota and accepted Medicaid funding of $137,000.

Despite signing a document saying she wouldn’t ask for or accept earmarks, she has requested $60 million in federal earmarks and $3.7 million in state earmarks.

Her opposition to Fannie May and Freddy Mac has been well documented. However, Rep. Bachmann and her husband took out a $417,000 loan on their home backed by none other than either Fannie May or Freddy Mac in 2008.

Lastly, she is a Dominionist, a conservative Christian who seeks control over secular civil government through political means with the goal of establishing a nation governed by Christians or one governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law. This belief contradicts the Treaty of Tripoli unanimously signed in 1797 by Congress, stating in its 11th amendment that “the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion” as well as negating the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution giving us the right of freedom of (all) religion. — Jon Anderson, Zimmerman