Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Bachmann Agenda: Whose Side Is She On?

Bachmann doles out advice to BP corporate honchos, but doesn't show up to vote for constituents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's national campaign tour has once again left her constituents scratching their heads wondering: whose side is she on?

Bachmann's remarks Tuesday were no exception. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation, instead of standing up for the millions of Americans who have been affected by the BP oil spill, Bachmann offered advice to the corporate honchos at BP on how to keep themselves from being ‘fleeced' by the American people.

According to the Washington Post, Bachmann offered these pearls of wisdom to BP:

"But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest -- they've got to be legitimate claims."

Whose side is Michele Bachmann on?

It's hard to know, since Bachmann missed an opportunity to take action when she missed a vote to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, authorizing advances from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund - financed by the Oil companies - to address the spill. While the bill passed 410 - 0, Bachmann didn't even cast a vote. (Roll Call vote 354, S.3473, June 10, 2010)

During her Heritage Foundation speech, Bachmann accused the President of "voting present" on the Gulf Oil disaster - turns out Bachmann herself didn't vote at all.

"Once again, the Bachmann Agenda is crystal clear," said Zach Rodvold, Campaign Manager for Tarryl Clark's campaign for Congress. "While Congresswoman Bachmann is concerned about the ‘fleecing' of BP, she's a no-show when it comes to cleaning up this mess. Whose side is she really on?"

"The oil spill isn't the only thing that needs cleaning up. It's time to clean up Washington, starting with do-nothing politicians like Michele Bachmann," concluded Rodvold. "The people of the 6th District deserve a Congresswoman who will show up and fight every day to put the American people ahead of the special interests. That's what Tarryl Clark has done and what she will do in Congress."


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