Minnesota’s most outspoken member of Congress, Republican Michele Bachmann, took to the House floor Monday evening to lambaste Democrats on everything from gay marriage and abortion to taxes, immigration and Mountain Dew. At one point she said the State Childrens Health Insurance Program, recently reauthorized by Congress, would be a “magnet” for “illegal aliens.”
Bachmann: “[B]ecause now President Obama even voted for the SCHIP bill, which we all know will now for the first time swing the door wide open for illegal aliens. I know one thing: The people in my district are not interested in paying for the health care for illegal aliens that are coming across our border to be yet one more magnet to bring people in that should come here legally.”
On taxes and Mountain Dew: “Congress just had a sugar high. It’s as though every member of Congress just ingested a 24-pack of Mountain Dew and said, ‘Hallelujah. I’m on a sugar high. We’re going to spend money, and we’re going to rev this economy up.’ Well, I’m telling you, if you had a 24-pack of Mountain Dew, you would not only be on a sugar high, you would be zooming, but you would crash. And that’s about what we are going to be seeing. That crash is called taxes, Mr. Speaker. And the American people haven’t seen anything yet when they open up their tax bills.”
On the French Revolution: “I know these Minnesota accents are a little tough to get through, but I also want to mention, just for point of reference, I am a federal tax attorney. That’s my background. That’s what I do. Taxes are us.
“But the Obama administration has taken a completely different view. They have taken the view of the French Revolution, which is to tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. And now they have even taken another cue from them — off with their heads.
“Because in their budget proposal, by their own language, the evil are the top 1 percent of income earners. And that’s who they want to whack off their heads.”
On social issues: “We are losing freedom by the boatload. That’s the difference between, I think, what the Republican agenda is and the Democrat agenda. We believe in the Constitution. We believe in the First Amendment, religious freedom, freedom of speech. We believe in the Second Amendment, the right to hold and bear arms. We believe in these important values. We believe in bedrock values for our country.
“Marriage should be between a man and a woman; life should be protected from the moment of conception. We believe in these values. We believe in securing our nation. We believe in taking on the enemy and winning and not being ashamed to win.”