Michele Bachmann's Default Plan: Duck and Cover
GOP candidate seems to be rooting for a collapse, Dana Milbank says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2011 10:38 AM CDT
Updated Jul 14, 2011 1:45 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann doesn’t think we should raise the debt ceiling. After all, she argues, even if we hit it, we can still pay Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That plan “is the economic equivalent of the old Cold War strategy in the event of a nuclear attack,” quips Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. “If we just duck and cover, maybe it won’t be so bad.”

Bachmann’s conveniently forgetting a few expenses—minor stuff like the FBI, unemployment insurance, veterans' pay, federal prisons, and air traffic control. But never mind that. Bachmann and her allies say Obama is lying when he warns of economic catastrophe. “We need to be truthful,” Bachmann insists, as she is: Asked recently if higher unemployment would be good for her 2012 hopes, she candidly replied, “I hope so.” "And the truth is," Milbank concludes, "if she succeeds in blocking a debt-limit increase, the resulting economic collapse will improve her 2012 prospects—just as she hoped."

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Jul 15, 2011 3:26 AM CDT
Healthcare is not subject to normal market forces! Anything that you have to buy at any random moment in order not to die is not something to which a rational supply/demand calculus can apply. Check out "Penny Health" articles on how to reduce the cost of insurance.
Jul 14, 2011 7:28 PM CDT
She reminds me of this female Freshmen who used to walk the floor of my dorm. Somewhat easy on the eyes and definitely willing but so bat-shit insane that nobody would have anything to do with her.
Jul 14, 2011 3:53 PM CDT
Bachmann is proof that midwest people are naive and susceptible to neanderthal solutions to complex problems. Politicians are a reflection of the people they represent...Sad but true. We are in trouble!