Oldie but goodie: “We’re running out of rich people in this country!”

How did we forget this? It’s better than the light bulb thing by far. Bachmann, in an interview with a conservative radio talk show host, told him that “We’re running out of rich people in this country.” As it happens, multiple economists say the exact opposite is true — that the rich have been getting richer over the past 50 years. That article is from noted liberal rag BusinessWeek and was written in 2004 by the dean of London Business School, BTW.

This was intended as an argument against the stimulus bill. In fact, according to The Washington Monthly, it followed Bachmann’s confident statement that the stimulus bill is a Democratic conspiracy to get pork for their districts. There may be some truth to the idea that the thing was full of pork, but as the president recently noted, that hasn’t stopped Republicans from showing up to ribbon-cuttings and implicitly or explicitly taking credit.

Other goodies from the Washington Monthly piece, all excerpted from the same radio show:

* ACORN is “under federal indictment for voter fraud,” but the stimulus bill nevertheless gives ACORN “$5 billion.” (In reality, ACORN is not under federal indictment and isn’t mentioned in the stimulus bill at all.)

* many members of Congress have “a real aversion to capitalism.”

* the stimulus bill includes a measure to create a “rationing board” for health care, and after the bill becomes law, “your doctor will no longer be able to make your healthcare decisions with you.”

* the “Community-Organizer-in-Chief” is also orchestrating a conspiracy involving the Census Bureau, which the president will use to redraw congressional lines to keep Democrats in power for up to “40 years.” When the host said he was confused, noting that congressional district lines are drawn at the state level, Bachmann said Obama’s non-existent plan is an “anti-constitutional move.”

Most of the articles about Bachmann’s opposition to the census don’t even mention that last conspiracy theory, or Bachmann’s apparent inability to distinguish between levels of government.

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