Michele Bachmann Pledges to Have the EPA’s “Doors Locked and Lights Turned Off”

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If Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can’t abolish the Environmental Protection Agency like she promised in June, she may just try to lock employees out of the building.

Speaking at campaign rally in Iowa last week, Bachmann made it clear that she’ll do anything it takes to stamp out environmental protection efforts — even if that means padlocking the front door and switching off the breakers, according to a report from the Des Moines Register:

“I pledge to you I’m not a talker. I’m a doer,” she said …

“And I guarantee you the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) will have doors locked and lights turned off and they will only be about conservation,” she said earlier today at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids. “It will be a new day and a new sheriff in Washington, D.C.”

Republicans have made anti-EPA statements a major part of their campaigns, with Bachmann making some of the most inflammatory remarks. In June, she famously called for “the mother of all repeal bills” focused on the EPA, which she renamed “the job killing organization of America.”

Republican House leaders are also ratcheting up pressure on EPA regulations. Last week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton called on President Obama to stop new EPA regulations on mercury and air toxics, calling them a “regulatory train wreck.”

The EPA is a convenient bogey man for Republican leaders when it comes to their messaging on jobs. But what they don’t mention is that new regulations will be phased in over a three-year period of time, giving most power companies enough time to meet standards. This has nothing to do with today’s economic issues. And over the next five years, the number of jobs created through retrofitting power plants with pollution controls could be in the tens of thousands, with virtually no impact on nationwide rates, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration projections.

Over the 40-year history of the EPA, there’s simply no evidence of the kind of mass murdering of jobs that politicians claim. In fact, since the agency was created in the early 1970′s, GDP has grown by 200 percent and common pollutants have dropped by 63 percent. But the facts don’t seem to matter when it comes to environmental issues this campaign season.

At least Bachmann’s plan to shut off all the lights at the EPA will conserve energy.

 

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  • b040875 (signed in using Yahoo)

CFL bulbs conserve energy. Dim bulbs become leaders of the Tea Party Caucus.

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Sherie Dull Detty · Ocean City, Maryland

or President of the US!

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Steven Maginnis · Contributing Reporter at Baristanet

@b040875: I wish I’d thought of that. Gosh, I wish I’d thought of that.

5 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 9:42pm

Celt Glen · Top Commenter

Sherie how droll!

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Andy Snow

This woman is astounding. And dangerous. The EPA is how we got lead out of fuel, eliminating a significant cause of childhood brain damage. The EPA enforces countless laws that protect our food, water and air from toxic chemicals. Any leader who advocates eliminating the EPA is not fit for public office.

202 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:09pm

John Popp

Totally agree

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Celt Glen · Top Commenter

Andy, perhaps Bachmann was one of the infants who got lead poisoning before the EPA?

55 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 5:57pm

Brandon Gwardys

Agreed…this is going to be an exciting process to watch

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Dirk Schubert

What is with these people? No math, no history, no facts, just angry meaningless reckless rhetoric.
What’s next, pushing agenda for increased pollution? Outlawing organic food? “I won’t stop until the sky is black and your children are all poisoned, but the rich won’t have to pay any taxes. Vote for me!”

125 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 7:42pm

Franz Pusch · The Boss at Renaissance Man

The US has been downgraded to teatarded.

51 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 7:51pm

Chris Moon

well put dirk

2 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 8:39pm

Dirk Schubert

I see a Bachman – Palin ticket in 2012 and I’m going to invest heavily in comedians. Is there a mutual fund for that? CMDY maybe?

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Larry Moore · 3d Artist III at IGT Reno

Isn’t deregulation what caused this great recession in the first place? If she had her way large corporations would run everything and destroy anything to get it, and money would be the only green thing left in this world.

63 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:51pm

Celt Glen · Top Commenter

Yes Larry it was on top of some other things…mostly HATRED and FEAR.

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Danielle Wilson · Designer at Gladstone Flowers

Yeah, The democratic NEVER uses fear mongering to get what they want. I mean Really? Are you blind? Deaf? or voluntarily ignorant?

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Jessi LeMay · Reno, Nevada

Well, it is a tactic the democrats use, but with the Tea Party, fear mongering is method #1. i.e. The Birth Certificate, Obama Trying to Enforce Sharia Law, Obama is a Muslim, Obama is a Communist, Obama is a Socialist, Obama Hates Christians, Obama’s Education was Paid for by the Saudis and Now He Owes Them, etc. etc. And for the record, corporations if forced to make a decision between doing the right thing (like keeping our air and water clean) and making a profit will ALWAYS go for the profit. This is why we need regulation on some things, i.e. protecting the consumer, protecting our food supply, protecting our environment. I could go on and on.

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Robert Fanney · Top Commenter · Flagler College

Republican wrecking ball smashes economy… Next target, mother earth.

48 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 2:21pm

Danielle Wilson · Designer at Gladstone Flowers

Oh yeah, cuz he dems are doing such a good job at making it work.

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Sharon Marin

Well look how great the GOP Tea party house are doing we are free falling that’s all we need Bachmann as President!

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  • taylorbarke (signed in using Yahoo)

They have been targeting mother earth for decades friend, at least their masters have. These people don’t have actual opinions, just talking points.

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Thomas Jamison · Top Commenter

I can remember back before the EPA when the air was brown and rivers caught fire. It really wasn’t that great.

45 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 4:18pm

  • WILLIAM PARSONS · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

I’m from Cleveland….I agree.

2 · Like · Reply · August 9 at 8:34pm

Thomas Jamison · Top Commenter

Yes, people today have no idea. They think it’s an exaggeration, but that is a completely accurate depiction of what when on back then.

5 · Like · Reply · August 9 at 10:23pm

Rosemary DeLuccia · William Paterson University

I wish we could find pictures of the dirty air and rivers on fire and send them to that idiot. Please save us from her.

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Kelley Zinge · Owner/Operator at Z PilateZ Wellness Studio

Wow, just what we need. When did lunatics get so popular? What happened to the moderates in this country? If you moderates don’t speak up, we’re all in for a world of hurt…literally if this nut job gets what she wants. Why would you destroy the world to get more freedom from regulations…is this what we really want? I implore the good sense in all of you to keep people like this out of office…I’m begging you.

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Celt Glen · Top Commenter

When? This isn’t new Kelley…go back a few administrations and take a long look. It just got out of hand and thereby got hold of the Market…thanks to the TEA PARTY

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Danielle Wilson · Designer at Gladstone Flowers

You know, the “tea party” used to be revered for its “insanity” at throwing tea into the Boston party. Heaven forbid we use a little of that revolution in a modern day setting.

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Celt Glen · Top Commenter

@Danielle, did you really mean the Boston Party or did you mean Boston Harbor?

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Janet Engebretson · Sitting on the Couch Watching Tv at I am retired!

The ignorance of people that actually give this person ANY credence continues to astound me.

25 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:20pm

Jeff Janacek · Asst. Manager at West Marine

She’s my congressperson. And I dislike her more than you do.

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Celt Glen · Top Commenter

Janet we have become a SOUND BITE NATION…this is wherein the rub lies.

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Anthony Hodges · San Marcos Senior High

Sorry to hear that’s your congressperson, really sorry.

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sasparillafizz (signed in using Yahoo)

It’s really astounding to see someone considered one of the front runners (long shot of course) for the GOP ticket saying something like this – it is so far out there (beyond common sense) its amazing. The Koch brothers love this, I’m sure.

I’m torn between hoping she gets the nomination because President Obama will have the easiest time chopping her to pieces based on her statements – and then thinking, but what if she were to win?

24 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 1:26pm

Celt Glen · Top Commenter

If she wins the Prez election…we ” will have doors locked and lights turned off and [she] will only be about [insanity],”

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Parents Sayings

precisely what I thought about Obama…but then.. Obama won…. imagine that… a community organizer and a Senator that was “present”.. but couldn’t make a decision..seems he still can’t make a good decision. Dow down 640.. how’s that change workin for you. And don’t blame the Repubs and Tea party. The Dems had the house and senate for 2 1/2 years to do something.. and now it’s come to Jesus time.. The Dems also had house n Senate since 2006.. and couldn’t get control of spending.. well were all gonna pay now.. good luck. OH and I also think Bachman is a Kook, but at least you know where she stands which is more than I can say for BHO

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Lie much, garbage sack? The Repubs and the Tea Party are exactly who is to blame, as the rating agencies have said.

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Gloria Lynn · Top Commenter

Basically what she’s saying is she is against conservation of energy, clean air, clean water, safe food sources, safe consumer goods, preservation of any and all lands, conservation of natural resources, high efficiency light bulbs, high efficiency appliances and green technology. She also hates America and having Americans find jobs. I think someone shut the door and turned off her lights decades ago, while she was still in IA drinking polluted water.

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  • taylorbarke (signed in using Yahoo)

But! But! The Market! Profits! My rich masters!

2 · Like · Reply · August 10 at 4:40pm

Rand Moorhead · Works at All over the place

Yes…..the best answer to domestic pollution is to continue outsourcing jobs to China………and then watch a Sixty Minutes report on how bad pollution is over there………

2 · Like · Reply · August 15 at 9:34am

Thierry M Phillips · Was sole prop., now CEO of LLC at Self Employed (Business)

No, she said the EPA was going to be only about conservation. Didn’t say of what, so presumably it’s going to conserve all the threatened wildlife from going extinct immediately as the nation is Borged by the mega-rich to exponentially expand their wealth; we have to keep some wildlife around for the Nuge to shoot.

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Jerry Long · President at Standing Tall USA LLC

The EPA has caused the problem with high gas prices, they have refused to allow any new oil refineries to be built since the 70s. We have plenty of oil but lack refining capacity. The EPA closes down oil exploration because of some lizard in Texas. Refuses to let farmers in California water their crops because of a tiny little fish. No wonder there are no jobs. Get government out of our lives, other agencies of govt have to go as well.

10 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 18 at 11:28am

Jerry Long · President at Standing Tall USA LLC

Colorado only has one oil refinery in Denver for the whole state. Much less populated Wyoming has 5, no wonder gas prices are cheaper in Wyoming!!!!

4 · Like · Reply · August 18 at 11:31am

Lorrie Wallace O’Reilly

I completely agree with you Jerry. Sean Hannity had it on years ago about the little minnow in California that is preventing the best soil there to turn to dust and just about wiping out whole communities. that has to stop, and can’t understand why we don’t drill it’s like they want us to pay really high prices it sure doesn’t help the poor thaat’s for sure..

4 · Like · Reply · August 18 at 11:32am

Frank R Southerington · Magdalen College, Oxford

Do these people keep their pets scrabbling in their own filth? If not, why do they wish us to live that way?

10 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:54pm

Patrick Smith

What an idiot. Were it not for the EPA the South River in Waynesboro would still be mercury and heavy metal melting pot. Not that I, even now, would ever eat fish out that river but it is a lot better.

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Vicki Burns · New York, New York

Where is Godzilla when you need him?

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Frater Lux Summus Deus

She needs some seriously good Cannabis on a regular basis…

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Vicki Burns · New York, New York

Ha!

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Damun Vidoz

I’m picturing Godzilla face-palming on this one…

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Mike Boring · Music director at Eudora United Methodist Church

Why doesn’t this woman just submit herself to arrest for treason now, and save the government a lot time and effort building a formal case against her?

9 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 6:22pm

Mark Orlando · Works at Self Employed and Loving It!

The worst thing to ever touch US shores…The FRIGGIN tea party…a bunch of useless morons with a goal to totally destroy anything American.

8 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 8:17pm

Dan West

I totally agree! These guys are f up they talk about the real Americans have spoken who are the rest of us that didn’t vote for them the imposters

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Mark Orlando · Works at Self Employed and Loving It!

If my seriously questionable memory serves me right, didn’t the original tea party consist of throwing bags of tea in the ocean? That is exactly what we should do with every one of the tea party politicians. Except we should toss them to the bottom of the Mediterranean, because they don’t belong anywhere near US waters…they would seriously pollute it.

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

And they were corporate bags … belonging to the East India Company.

1 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 11:26pm

Colette Erickson

When did “moderate” become a nasty word? Where are all the moderates? Come out, come out wherever you are, before the crazies take over.

8 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 8:59pm

Peggy J White

She’s says she’s not a talker, I really think that should be thinker.

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Celt Glen · Top Commenter

Peggy this person cannot construct a full sentence, take a look at the interviews that her staffers PULL HER OUT OF>THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

3 · Like · Reply · August 8 at 10:06pm

Ann McG

Those who would kill the EPA deserve to stew in the toxic brew they will create by allowing unregulated raping of the Earth’s resources. Unfortunately, we all share Earth so all will suffer.

6 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 14 at 1:52pm

Brian Dimit

She is not crazy … she’s a raving psychopath!

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Nurse AmySue

How can she have made it this far. She is a nut case!!!!!!!

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Cathy Ortel Severson · University of Colorado Denver

Interesting how Germany has made environmental issues a cornerstone of their governemental policies and they have turned their economy completely around since the crash. hmmmm!

6 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:22pm

Barbara Braid

Germany is a much different animal. Labor has a place at the corporate table and Germans are alergic to debt. Their banks didn’t get involved with subprime loans and all of that. Where they are having a problem is with the falling birth rate and family unfriendly policies that force (mostly) women to choose between family and working.

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Ragnhild Lundh · Top Commenter

Women choose between family and working in this country???
Since most families can’t live on one income it is not a choice in this country. Germany’s unfriendly policies, please explain

2 · Like · Reply · August 9 at 12:10pm

Lisa Paradise

@Ragnild- It is not true that you can’t live on one income in this country. Many studies and articles have been written on how this can be done. Americans choose not to consider this option because they are greedy and can’t live with any less than their neighbor has. The expenses of a second vehicle, child care, meals eaten on the fly, among other things, all can add up to more than the second income actually brings in.

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laska1818 (signed in using Yahoo)

That woman is Palin on crack. She actually makes Palin seem reasonable, and that’s no easy task. The GOP has certainly deteriorated into a three, or is that eight, ring circus. Take you pick, buy a ticket and enjoy the endless ride to oblivion.

6 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 2:59pm

A Kathleen Jackson

This woman and those that agree with her MUST be stopped. I was raise in a petroleum town and the EPA is all that is keeping the folks that still work in that environment alive.

5 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 5:16pm

Preston Dunlap · Fort Worth, Texas

I grew up in a “petroleum environment” also. I remember as a very young one the thrill of watching my Dad torch a sludge pit (many times)! It was great fun then, but even my Dad did not know the horrible consequences of such an act.

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Catherine Gulley · University of Texas at Arlington

Amen!

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John Eddie Long · Austin Community College

Thank you Kathleen. l

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James Hwang · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

The EPA should only be about conservation*.
*Any conservation that may not be favorable to oil, coal, gas, and timber companies excluded. Much of the land already reserved for conservation will no longer be protected.

5 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 2:02pm

Dice Nice

Where is her brain? Does she have no idea how our environment can be contaminated?

4 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 9 at 10:03pm

Anton DeTeton

brain…what is this “brain” you speak of…?

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Angela Hauth Johnson

Holy crap. It never ends.

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Gina Hauth-Miller · Troy, Michigan

She truly is a flippin nutball, isn’t she??

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Russell Burrows · Library Technician at WCUSD

Oh, boy.

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Elizabeth Guerra · San Jose State University

She is a nutball… but she’s only following the party edict to kill the epa. They put a bunch of riders into the budget deal that cut/rolledback epa regs. What a sickening group. Blehh

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Sarah Blanchette · University of California, Davis

I still shocks me that there is such…insanity…how can ANYONE take this seriously? I wouldn’t even know how to debate this without feeling like I am ttempting to rationalize with someone in active psychosis….

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Alana Toups

she’s nucking futs. she and sarah palin should cage fight to the death.

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Wendy Wick · First Grade Teacher at Camas Public School District

active psychosis is right!

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Sheriff Dingo

I know, crazy talk!!

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Stefunny Yazzie

OK…I’ll admit. The EPA is a pretty big thorn in my side with my job, but really? What an naive thing to say/promise the American public. Relaxing some regulations? You betcha! I can name several administrative requirements that are absolutely excessive. But to abolish it all together? A gargantuan mistake. She really should sit down at the table with some environmental “middle” men before saying such things.There’s a reason why these law were enacted and if the American Public wishes to continue drinking relatively safe water and not having methylethyldeath dumped in their unlined landfills, perhaps they’ll not base ther vote on nonsensical promises like this. Hope she has something more substantial to offer voters.

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Eric Brown · American Military University

unlike.

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Just because something is personally inconvenient to you does not make it “excessive”. Rather than relax regulations, they need to be strengthened and the funds need to be allocated to enforce them.

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Stefunny Yazzie

I wouldn’t say it’s a matter of personal convenience. Having been both an environmental regulator AND responsible for ensuring environmental management compliance (that exceeds regulatory expectations due to govt liability) of over 310 contiguous square miles of govt property, I have rather extensive experience in the matter. There is a middle ground that keeps companies compliantly productive and citizens safe. And if perhaps you weren’t blinded by your bias you’d see that was my point. I have a high respect for the regulatory community…having been an initimate part of it for so long and having jeopardized my life for the taxpayers that I served. They are just as overtaxed with the excessive requirements as the regulated community is.

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Ron Slotkin

It is amazing that the truth is not relevant to this Republican candidate…the Americans are smarter then this….

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Art Donner · Washington, District of Columbia

I believe that the same was said in reference to Hitler and millions died.

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Barry Laycock · Friends with Alan Rosenblatt

So far down the road we have come to babbling idiocy. We have truly become a confederacy of dunces.

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Paul J Spresser · Owner-Operator at EPEE Consulting

Let its mouth runneth over. Who is this really hurting?

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Maureen Anna Healy · School of Hard Knocks

wow…..this is pathetic. truly

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Barry Laycock · Friends with Erica Grigg

Let us spew poisons into the streams and besmirch the air in the name of jobs. Unbelievable. Have these people not a single shred of decency?

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Debbie Slack

The women is a sick F-in ignorant scumbag waste of life piece of garbage! Another sick-O Republican that is turning this Country into a third world Country.

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Chris Sauter · Instructor at Palo Alto College

We don’t need the EPA. Corporations will protect us. They have only our best interests at heart.

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Michael Owen · St. Mary’s Elementary

So wait…she’s an idiot too?

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Tammy Benner · Lake Stevens, Washington

I hope you are being sarcastic.

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Chris is obviously being sarcastic, although with all the wacko teabaggers around it’s getting a little harder to tell.

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Aleisha Partridge · Rockford, Illinois

I really hope the majority in this country are not brainless enough to vote for her.

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Dorothy Pennino · George Washington University, PhD. American Studies

What kind of nonsense is this?

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Peggy Ann Brown · Works at Independent Researcher/Historian

if that “doer” actually does padlock the doors can we finally throw her in the looney bin?

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Dorothy Pennino · George Washington University, PhD. American Studies

That is fine with me.

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Sandy Trubee

and we thought “Palin” was bad? Heaven help us…..

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

I’m all for that being the Republican ticket, but I suspect my reasons are bit different from yours, genius. (What exactly did they teach you at Pima Community College, other than AutoCAD?)

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Sandy Trubee

LOL! not to fear B.c., i definitely caught the satire knowing you as i do! but you know what…scarrry! there are probably people out there thinking that very thing and that would spell the demise of the US as we know it…..

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Hypocrite much, taking shots at people you don’t know? There are plenty of teabaggers who would say exactly the same thing … competent satirists know that one must exaggerate, not just duplicate, to satirize. Teabagger or not, you’re not terribly bright.

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Fred Fanslau

Can you believe it. This woman is dangerously crazy.

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Laura Burgess · UTSA

It is even scarier that some people show up and listen to her speak!

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Tracey Noel · Little Rock, Arkansas

This dumb broad has no clue as to what the POTUS can and can’t do, does she?

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Debra Vail

OMG JIMMY VAIL AKA CAPTAIN PLANET WOULD HAVE A STROKE

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Christopher Thompson · TCC

she is really destroying any chance of being elected.

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Lou Grinzo · Top Commenter · Friends with Joseph Romm

If you mean in the general election (Nov. 2012), you’re probably right. But in the primaries, this is how the game is played when you’re a Republican. You have to say bat sh*t crazy things to get your voters to swarm the polls, and then you can walk it back and sound more reasonable later, as needed.

People don’t realize that last time around Palin wasn’t really running for VP in 2008, she was running for the nomination in 2012. That’s why she’s been, well, the way she is, ever since McCain picked her.

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Christopher D McAuley · Columbus, Ohio

Let us hope!?!?!? I have to believe the American people aren’t that dumb!!!

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Christopher Thompson · TCC

you would be suprised. i WOULD HAVE NEVER HAVE THOUGHT THAT MY MOM WOULD VOTE FOR BUSH, BUT SHE DID.

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Jimmy Wray

Soon her head will spin 360 and all will know!

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Michael Shields

Bachman is One. Very, Disturbed. Person.

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Ragnhild Lundh · Top Commenter

She is an extreme right wing fundamentalist christian with a norwegian background. I would call her a dangerous fascist

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Kathleen Barnard

I like this quote… “What’s next, pushing agenda for increased pollution? Outlawing organic food? “I won’t stop until the sky is black and your children are all poisoned, but the rich won’t have to pay any taxes. Vote for me!”

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Scott Robinson · Kent State University

This woman hates ANY kind of social, environmental or democratic progress…. its ABSURD that she even has an audience.

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Zak Kovach · Ohio University

What the hell is wrong with people (republicans) in this country?!?!?

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Jim Nichols · Cleveland, Ohio

I really, truly hope the GOP is stupid and afraid enough to nominate her.

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Kathleen Dempsey Bailey

OMG! This woman is astounding. And dangerous. The EPA is how we got lead out of fuel, eliminating a significant cause of childhood brain damage. The EPA enforces countless laws that protect our food, water and air from toxic chemicals. Any leader who advocates eliminating the EPA is not fit for public office.

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Alexa Crosby · Atlanta, Georgia

agreed! What’s even more frightening is her populartiy

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Chris Agel

Do away with the EPA…sounds like a good plan. Why don’t we do away with FDA too you know they kill jobs also, don’t forget about OSHA, CDC, yeah I see now the need to get rid of Unions, because those in “charge” always have our safety and health in mind when making decisions. (What a joke, just NOT funny).

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April Dawn Durning · East Carolina University

The EPA has way over stepped their boundaries, making it way too hard to own or operate business in America. Thank God someone is fighting for a cause to eliminate so much strict regulations that companies take their business out of this country. Don’t hate the person because she is standing for so many things that liberals are for to destroy this country.

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Joan Savage · Top Commenter · SUNY-ESF

“..and they will only be about conservation,” says Bachmann.
So what’s not to conserve about health, energy, uncontaminated soil and water?

The US EPA has been so underfunded in recent years that much of its office space is already at or near locked-door, lights-out. Staff work from home a day or two a week to conserve.

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Michael Krettner · Erlangen, Germany

Bachmann needs to be placed into a quiet home with 24 hour care before she gets more totally crazy ideas and causes more damage.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 18 at 8:36am

Lorraine Du Bridge-Jones · Moorpark College

Maybe if she was shoved down a smoke stack at a coal fired furnance, she’d get the message about the importance of the EPA.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 17 at 8:00pm

Scott Hokunson · Owner at Blue Heron Landscape Design

We could just divert the exhaust into her house!

2 · Like · Reply · August 17 at 9:34pm

Dave Martin · Top Commenter · Clinton Community College, New York

Ignorance is contagious, to bad big pharma can’t come up with a vaccine for that.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 14 at 9:57am

Leon Kolankiewicz

Hey, this is right in keeping with that scary photo of a crazed zealot on the cover of Newsweek.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 12 at 9:35pm

Jim Cooper · University of Nevada, Reno

This loud-mouthed woman who knows nothing about the EPA and their mission, should do a little homework before she makes a bigger fool of herself than she already is.

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Kathy Swygart · Apartment Manager at Schaeffer & Assoc

I am in total agreement with you Jim..she needs to do some home.

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Roger Hanson · University of Wisconsin–River Falls

She needs to come and breath some Texas air to understand the need to maintain a strong and functional USEPA.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 8:26am

Frank Hoffman · Assistant Professor, Department of English at Community college of philadelphia

Hey Michele, if you really want to mess with the EPA (and contribute to our planet’s destruction), leave the lights ON — all night! That’ll show ‘em!

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 9 at 11:03am

Ronnie Charlonis

I can hear Nixon rolling over in his grave. She’s taking a shot at the good side of his legacy.

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Janet Knepper · Works at Clarion University of Pennsylvania

I can’t believe her. I’d like to stick her nose in one of the ponds of slimy orange goo (acid mine drainage) that empty into our creeks.

Like · Reply · August 9 at 12:54pm

Jennie McBride · Jack of all trades, master of none at Guntersville Marina

Yeah, let’s free up mercury and air toxins. I’ll kill more children and lessen the population.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 10:31pm

Rene Donoghue · Guntersville High School

This is just stupid

2 · Like · Reply · August 9 at 12:05am

Tia McKenzie Ennis

Sweet Jesus are you listening to this nonsense. Wow, she is just plain scary isn’t she?

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Susan Shepard

Bachmann’s lights went out a long time ago. She is the one who should be locked up.

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Michael Johnson · University of Phoenix

The woman is crazy. That’s frightening becasue the only people crazier than her are the the ones that voted for her!

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 5:25pm

Nicholas Parker · Top Commenter · Charlottesville, Virginia

I’m willing to sponsor a televised debate between Mrs. Bachmann and Majora Carter. How ’bout a trip to South Bronx..

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Robert Karaffa · Indiana University

I’m willing to sponsor a televised debate between Mrs. Bachmann and The Village People.

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  • laska1818 (signed in using Yahoo)

I thought her husband got out of the band?

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David Reid · Chicago, Illinois

He got to fat to wear the leather outfit.

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Maryann Petro Spager · Hard Knocks

Can this woman get any loonier? What the hell is in that tea?

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Patricia Lynn Mahina Naehu-Gutierrez · IAM REP 4 HNLRR at United

She is just an idiot>>>.

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Debra Kelly · Hanover Park, Illinois

She is dummmmer than Sarah Palin

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Neil Linden · Teacher at Pittsburg usd

Yea – it’s the Pro-pollution Party! To hell with breathing and drinking!

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 6:00pm

Warren Mcguffin

Man that’s scary

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Jean-Paul Awe · Reed College

killing the planet , not a good stratagy for job improvement! or berathing.

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Steven Brooks · Georgia State University

I continue to be amazed at the short sightedness of this woman.

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 9:08pm

Christopher D McAuley · Columbus, Ohio

I’d like someone to turn her lights out, PERMANENTLY.

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Danny McAuley · Manager at South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Tell ya what…you turn out Obama’s lights and I’m sure someone would be happy to turn off Bachmann’s lights. If we have to tolerate the fool in the oval office and his band of hooligans it’s a walk in the park dealing with Bachmann.

Like · Reply · August 8 at 8:34pm

Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

I’d be happy to turn a sack of garbage like you in to the Secret Service.

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Danny McAuley · Manager at South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Yeppers, she’s just about as crazy as that guy who somehow defeated Hillary and then moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave…thanks to the gullible souls who were ignorant enough to vote for him once. Let’s just hope there aren’t enough fools still out there to keep him in office for another term!? If so the Country will be so ruined it may never recover.

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Jean Carr · Purdue University

Facts don’t matter to far right Republicans.

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Tony DiMeo · Lincoln College, Illinois

Why do the repubs ignore science?

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Because reality is liberal.

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Tony DiMeo · Lincoln College, Illinois

YES UNFORTUNATELY THE LIBERALS DONT HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS THE GOP

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

That’s because capitalism rewards sociopathy.

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Kimberly Marie Rein Westland · Associate Scientist at Amgen Inc.

She is really scary and has to be stopped.

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Mike Allen · Thousand Oaks, California

She makes Palin look like Einstein

Like · Reply · August 9 at 10:16am

David Fitch

WTF where is the NRA when you need them!

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Christine Blachuta Lipsky

Unbelievable

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 8 at 6:59pm

Rich McDonald · Recovering attorney at Nowhere lately

I’m a fiscal conservative, but Bachmann is a nitwit with no chance of winning the GOP nomination.

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

Why the “but”? It’s a historical fact that debt rises under the GOP and falls under the Dems. Bachmann is a typical Republican in that she is for war and for corporate subsidies and lowering their taxes.

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Gary Leagan · East Tennessee State University

Now sit down Michelle. Relax. You are now going to watch a little video based on a story by Dr. Seuss. Remember him from your childhood, if you had one. Here it is: It is titled “The Lorax.” “I speak for the trees. I speak for the Swammie Swans. I speak for the Bobaloops. I speak for the Honey Fish.” I am the LORAX, also known as the EPA.

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 15 at 11:54pm

Shawn Tinker Haugen · Zürich, Switzerland

Every person with a conscience and who loves our country in its pristine best (think Yellowstone, Rockies, clear rivers and lakes sparkling in the sunshine, plentiful healthy wild animals and fish, etc. – oh yeah, and healthy humans, esp. our children!) needs to read this posting and understand who this woman is – she is a danger to our country – she is NOT the great hope or the next Sarah Palin but more palatable that many believe her to be!

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 14 at 11:41am

Ryan Patrick Sullivan · University of North Dakota

Good to know,very good info! however I did not know you would be participating in the next republican primary. So are you voting for Perry given that bachmann is for dirty rivers and such? Just curious who your guy is.

Like · Reply · August 15 at 4:11pm

Farima Berenji

what about Pledges to have more work, health care, and education? she just want people to die…not sure if anyone has read her article in NY Times but she did say she wants to make this nation a christian nation and will change the constitution to a bible constitution…and she will use force! I remember a time in history when this happened…it was called the inquisition.

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Traveler Prophet

They have set their throne above the earth and her children…they claim juridiction over the earth and enslave its population to serve their own maniacle ends… The alians have invaded… they have enslaved us and imprisoned us… forcing us to bake bricks in the sun to build their towers and temples… forcing us to serve their god who requires blood for the remission of sins. RISE UP and do not shrink from death to defend the earth against these blood-thirsty war-mongers…They pollute our waters, slash and burn our forests and destroy our crops. They invade our homes and bring weapons into our churches, They have reduced us to either slaves or beggars, scavengers and theives in their cities and persued us and persecuted us when we ran into the hills to escape their tyranny.

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 9 at 2:04pm

ftealjr (signed in using Yahoo)

This woman is crazy like a fox. Her main point is that enacting laws to protect the environment will handicap business. This will reduce competitiveness and slow our economic growth. AND she is right about this!

Saving our environment will require enormous conservation and sacrifice. She knows that no one wants to hear this message. Of course she fails to mention that this free exploitation of our planet is fast bringing it and us to our knees.

This is why so many environmentalists won’t talk about reducing global warming by cutting back our use of fossil fuels and instead focus on “good green jobs”. They obviously think that this messaging approach is more appealing than asking for shared sacrifice.

Unfortunately, the latter approach is our only solution but it is generally treated like the 800 pound elephant in the room that no one will mention.

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Jim Balter · Top Commenter · Santa Barbara, California

“AND she is right about this!” — No she isn’t; how incredibly foolish and ignorant. There’s are huge business opportunities in environmental cleanup. “so many environmentalists won’t talk about reducing global warming by cutting back our use of fossil fuels” — that’s utterly absurd. I’m with the Sierra Club and I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth.

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Steve Anderson · Owner/CEO at TieDyeSteve.Com

If you were going to try to fairly compare this TEA Party to the original Boston Tea Party, these people would be the ones who would have been using it as an excuse to go out an kill every Native American in sight, and then dredge up the Tea Bags that were thrown overboard, and serve that polluted Tea to the general population… Those of US who are pissed off at what today’s TEA Partiers are doing and saying would have been the ones throwing it off in the first place.

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 9 at 1:35pm

Jennifer Werdman · Eastern Kentucky University, Kean College of New Jersey

Before the EPA existed, I remember there was a creek near my house that had orange water because a company dumped their debris in it. I was told that before that company came, people were able to swim in it. It’s my understanding that it is clean again. If companies were allowed to continue to dump their debris without any regulations, we wouldn’t have to worry about jobs as we wouldn’t have a planet that could sustain life.

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 9 at 10:17am

Cheryl D Williams Shipp · Carson, Washington

I think we should follow her lead and start dumping toxic waste into streams and down caves again…Get that nasty EPA under control, forget about protecting innocent children and families…lets make big money by taking dangerous short cuts…who cares about what happens in 50 years, lets just kick that toxic can down the road…And we can conserve energy by turning off the lights and locking the doors on the EPA. WOW…and how many children does this woman have?

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