Bachmann caught in more spending hypocrisy

Nearly a month ago, we blogged about how Michele Bachmann put her hand out to get a chunk of the stimulus bill for her district — the same bill she has vehemently opposed both before and after its passage. Bachmann is an enemy of almost any kind of government spending not intended to support wars, so it probably won’t surprise you to learn that she also opposes earmarks.

EXCEPT, as it turns out, when they are intended for her distrct. Time magazine’s Swampland blog has the delicious, delicious story:

“It’s all bad, as far as I’m concerned,” Michele Bachmann announced in April, in an appearance on Fox Business. “All this pork is bad. The old pork was bad. The new pork is bad.” 

But she didn’t mean it. In an interview Monday with a homestate newspaper, she said she doesn’t think transportation projects should count as earmarks.

“Advocating for transportation projects for one’s district in my mind does not equate to an earmark. . . . I don’t believe that building roads and bridges and interchanges should be considered an earmark,” Bachmann said. “There’s a big difference between funding a tea pot museum and a bridge over a vital waterway.”

For anybody who has followed the debate over earmarks, this is a breathtaking retreat by someone who presents herself as Tea Party purist. Transportation projects are, after all, among the most blatantly abused slices of the pig.

It goes on from there. We actually think this kind of thing is inevitable for politicians who make an issue out of opposing almost all spending for any reason. This allows people like Bachmann to paint themselves into a corner, which they must then rely on voter amnesia to get out of. The projects may even be worthy of funding, but it’s very amusing to see Bachmann trying to rewrite reality in order to not look like the hypocrite she is.


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