Bachmann: Democrats Want 75% of Your Money

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Apparently, Michele Bachmann (R–Minn.) is a uniter, not a divider. She hates liberal fiscal policy, liberal social policy, and liberal foreign policy! Suzy Khimm reports on her pitch to the faithful today at CPAC:

That being said, Bachmann devoted the bulk of her speech to fiscal concerns, railing against Obama’s “socialism” and “evil bureaucrats” and warning the college students in the crowd that the government could end up taking away “75 percent” of their income in taxes. She paid only the briefest lip service to social issues and national security, focusing instead on the political goalposts of retaking the White House and gaining control of the Senate. In line with the new tea party slant of the GOP, she roused the crowd by chanting the New Hampshire state slogan: “Live Free or Die! Live Free or Die!”

Wow. 75%. That sounds grim. And yet totally plausible! I’m sure it will end up on Fox News shortly.

Just for the record, I’m all in favor of Bachmann running for president. Basically, I’m in favor of anything that helps expose the wingnuttiest hidey-holes of the Republican Party to the gimlet eye of the American people. Besides, she’s good copy.

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