By Calvin Palmer
America’s problems can be solved. All voters have to do in 2012 is elect Michele Bachmann as the next president.
At a rally in Newport, Iowa, Bachmann said “it won’t take long” for her to start turning the ailing economy around.
After the event she told reporters that the economy would start to improve almost immediately after she becomes president because she would implement conservative economic policies to slash the nation’s debt, rule out tax increases and cut regulations.
So there you have it. America will be saved, thanks to God and Michele Bachmann.
If only it were that simple.
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott was elected on similar promises. And we are still waiting for his policies to turn Florida’s economy around.
I suppose it all comes down to how Bachmann’s “almost immediately” is defined. I thought immediately meant just that, so “almost immediately” is a redundant and meaningless expression. Either something is immediate or it is not.
Cutting regulations is likely to include an end to the National Labor Relations Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, the Commerce Department, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
That list was compiled by author Robert Ringer, an advocate of laissez-faire capitalism and a great admirer of failed presidential candidate, and right-wing nutter, Barry Goldwater. I have no doubt Bachmann supports it to the hilt.
It seems to escape people of this ilk that it was laissez-faire capitalism in the financial sector that brought America to its present sorry state.
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Clearly insanity runs through the psyche of the far right in America but then we knew that anyway.
The danger is that these glib simple solutions will strike a chord among the simple voters of America, as well as those who should know better.
But America is all about liberty and no doubt millions of Americans will soon welcome the liberty of poverty that will accompany the liberty of the wealthy elite to pay as little in tax as possible.
Bachmann is on record saying that she would consider eliminating the minmum wage.