On Tuesday, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann took to Iowa to call Washington “out-of-touch” in the current debt ceiling struggle, instructing: “What we need is a fundamental restructuring of our economy.” She went on to insist that in the course of her campaigning, she hears nothing but repeated calls to flat-out reject any move to raise the debt ceiling, period.
Let’s begin with the latter claim. Presuming that the voice of the people of Iowa is firmly aligned against raising the debt ceiling under any circumstances, it would appear to run contrary to nearly all polling on the subject. Indeed, on the bottom-line question of whether to raise the nation’s debt ceiling at all, the answer continues to be an unequivocally clear “Yes”. It’s the failure to do so and the surrounding impasse that’s rapidly diminishing the popularity of ALL politicians involved. Yet the Congresswoman insists, “The American people are saying… ‘Don’t raise the debt ceiling.’” Who, exactly, is out of touch?
In addressing the need to “fundamentally restructure our economy,” does Bachmann take it upon herself to buckle down, roll up her sleeves, and work toward a solution? In her severe disappointment with the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, does she show herself to be a capable and adroit legislator by proposing alternatives that can earn the support of the Tea Party Caucus?
The Congresswoman of course has done neither of these things, declining to fulfill the responsibilities of the office to which she was actually elected. Instead, she continues to reveal herself to be a politician of both little accomplishment and low character, a back-bench heckler content to make jejune comments on the campaign trail.
In asserting that she herself would not vote to raise the debt ceiling, Congresswoman Bachmann said, “My colleagues will have to come to their own conclusion.” Where the Congresswoman herself is concerned, “conclusions” are increasingly easier to draw.