Bachmann to Protesters: Leave Wall Street Alone

Blame politicians, not capitalism, she says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 3:25 AM CDT
Bachmann: Protesters Should Leave Wall Street Alone
Michelle Bachmann makes an economic policy address at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Occupy Wall Street protesters should be directing their anger at lawmakers instead of against the "free market," Michele Bachmann said during a town hall meeting in Iowa yesterday. "Protesters need to wake up and stop blaming the free market, stop blaming capitalism, stop blaming job creators for the failures created by selfish politicians," she said. "The problem is politicians who wink at their political donors, and through the force of law put their competitors out of business."

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The "problem is government doing what both the constitution and decent morality prohibit, that is cronyism capitalism, or forcefully taking your money for the purpose of paying off a politician’s political friends," she said, warning that cronyism could turn the US into a "banana republic," ABC reports. Bachmann—whose former campaigner manager recently accused her of being out of ideas—outlined an economic proposal in which all Americans would pay federal income tax. "They need to be invested in the country," she said. "Even if they can only afford $10, they need to pay something." (Read more Michele Bachmann 2012 stories.)

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