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Michele Bachmann Off By a Factor of 12



February 17, 2010 – Comments (8)

A friend just sent me this little nugget from Rep. Michele Bachmann:   

"If you look at the debt level accumulated under George W. Bush, 400 some-odd billion dollars, President Obama in his first year in office accumulated $1.4 trillion, over four times more than that big spending George Bush -- and that was after 911 and the recessions and all that he had to deal with and the two wars. Over four times!"


Eh, close.  She's off by a factor of 12, which we'll be nice and assume is a rounding error. Debt increased by $4.9 trillion under GWB .. not $400 billion.

All the numbers can be found here: 

8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 17, 2010 at 3:58 AM, RonChapmanJr (30.94) wrote:

Does that really matter at this point?

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#2) On February 17, 2010 at 4:40 AM, janis1023 (< 20) wrote:

Yes it does.  The truth always matters.  A lie stated in a  public way meant to mislead the people for their own political gain is just wrong and is let to stand way too often.  I am still not over the country accepting Diebold computers WITH NO AUDIT TRAIL to count votes, when any half-brain knows no computer is perfect.

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#3) On February 17, 2010 at 6:52 AM, dbjella (< 20) wrote:


I understand where you are coming from, but I am kind of in Ron's camp.  I am looking for politicians to say CUT!  Otherwise, I am fearful for my children's sake. 


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#4) On February 17, 2010 at 8:03 AM, devoish (96.40) wrote:

Me, I am very tired of hearing politicians run on the merits of small Gov't and big business. I will not vote for someone to abdicate responsibility for promoting the general welfare of US taxpayers, to something called "free markets".


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#5) On February 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM, russiangambit (29.45) wrote:

She was on dangerous ground here mentioning two wars and how they cost us close to nothing, according to her. It would take a very dim person indeed not to question even that.

Overall, though, I agree that all of politicians lie and I find it very distrespectful. But apparetnly most americans don't.

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#6) On February 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM, brickcityman (< 20) wrote:



I'm sure its not uniquely American, but we take lies much easier when they are coming from "our side".  It could almost be said that each party now succeeds by out lieing, fibbing, and tricking the other.  


The problem is "our side" is now largely defined by issues which are ancillary to the core health of our economy and general well being.  In this I am talking about stances on religion, abortion, and other "social" or "values" issues.


The attention paid to those matters, and their prominence in terms of vote getting, is in my view the biggest issue.  After all politicians are puppets doing battle for votes, the battleground has been poorly defined for the last 10-15 years (maybe more), instead of focussing on economic policy it has been transition to intractable differences of opinion based on personal beliefs.

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#7) On February 17, 2010 at 12:57 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Me, I am very tired of hearing politicians run on the merits of big Gov't and regulated business. I will not vote for someone who abdicates responsibility for protecting US taxpayers, to something called "Progressivism."

Ron Paul 2012!

Hey, devoish, still waiting for an answer to my simple questions: Since slavery has been around since the beginning of recorded history, and States' rights was used by several states against slave laws, why do you refer to States' rights supporters as racists?


David in Qatar

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#8) On February 18, 2010 at 12:07 AM, caterpillar10 wrote:

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