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Bachmann Endorses Repealing No Child Left Behind, Parts Of Medicare, And All Foreign Aid

By Matt Corley  

"Bachmann Endorses Repealing No Child Left Behind, Parts Of Medicare, And All Foreign Aid"

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President George W. Bush with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)On the day after health care reform passed the House last March, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced legislation to repeal it. But Bachmann’s regressive agenda goes beyond just repealing health care reform. In an October 2009 discussion at the Heritage Foundation, Bachmann laid out her strategy for a conservative future, saying that “after we defund the left, we pass repealer bill after repealer bill after repealler bill.”

When a man named Doug called into Scott Hennen’s radio show yesterday, Bachmann gave an indication of just what she would like to repeal. Doug said that he “very rarely” hears “anybody speaking about repealing all the government programs that have no constitutional warrant” such as No Child Left Behind “and all the money that goes to foreign aid for countries like Haiti.” When he asked Bachmann if she was committed to cutting such programs, she said that she agreed with everything he said:

DOUG: My question to you though, is, has to do with the Constitution and all that I’m hearing people say from the Republican and more conservative sides, very rarely do I hear anybody speaking about repealing all the government programs that have no constitutional warrant. And, as you know better than must of us, that even under the Republicans in the last administration and beyond when we had control of both the House and the Senate there was a lot of things like Medicare B and the farm bill expansion and No Child Left Behind that there’s really no constitutional basis for and all the money that goes to foreign aid for countries like Haiti that we really don’t get any real return on.

My question to you, to hear how you would address it, is your commitment to taking Washington, what is your commitment to cutting programs in an appropriate time frame, but cutting of programs and institutions, and institutionalizing a commitment to say no new programs that the Constitution does not warrant that program. Live by the Constitution as the basis for cutting the budget.

BACHMANN: Doug, I’m in agreement with everything that you said. We wouldn’t be in the problem that we’re in today if the federal government would have followed the constrictions of the Constitution in the first place. … So yes, I am committed to getting our nation back to a constitutional form of government and doing the cutting that will be required, number one, because of the Constitution, number two, because we are looking at certain economic collapse if we fail to do that.

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Bachmann has previously endorsed ending such long-standing programs. In February, she called for a “reorganization” of entitlements like “Social Security and Medicare and all the rest” where people “already in the system” would continue to receive benefits, but “everybody else” would be weaned off.

Transcript:

HENNEN: Question from the audience, Doug for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on the Common Sense Club today at 888-598-8464. Go ahead Doug.

DOUG: Hello Ms. Bachmann. It’s a privilege to talk to you.

BACHMANN: Hey Doug. My privilege.

DOUG: The, I’m very thankful for what you and others are trying to do to win back Washington and I’m excited for that. My question to you though, is, has to do with the Constitution and all that I’m hearing people say from the Republican and more conservative sides, very rarely do I hear anybody speaking about repealing all the government programs that have no constitutional warrant. And, as you know better than must of us, that even under the Republicans in the last administration and beyond when we had control of both the House and the Senate there was a lot of things like Medicare B and the farm bill expansion and No Child Left Behind that there’s really no constitutional basis for and all the money that goes to foreign aid for countries like Haiti that we really don’t get any real return on. My question to you, to hear how you would address it, is your commitment to taking Washington, what is your commitment to cutting programs in an appropriate time frame, but cutting of programs and institutions, and institutionalizing a commitment to say no new programs that the Constitution does not warrant that program. Live by the Constitution as the basis for cutting the budget.

BACHMANN: Doug, I’m in agreement with everything that you said. We wouldn’t be in the problem that we’re in today if the federal government would have followed the constrictions of the Constitution in the first place. Part of the problem has also been courts that have intervened in lawsuits and that have mandated that government actually do unconstitutional actions and spend money in unconstitutional ways. But again then it goes back to the Congress, the legislative body to assert their authority because the Constitution clearly gives the power of the purse to one body only and that’s to the United States House of Representatives. And so even if the federal government would mandate that we’ve got to keep the program like something under the Environmental Protection Agency for instance we are not mandated to fund that program so we could defund it. I introduced a bill to repeal ObamaCare for instance. I believe it is unconstitutional for the federal government to takeover the private health care industry. You can go to Michelebachmann.com and sign my repeal bill for ObamaCare. It’s HR. 4903 and please forward that to everyone on your electronic database. We have to repeal this bill because it is unconstitutional but also because quite literally we are breaking the bank in this country. And within less than 10 years the United States, the greatest, most military economic powerful country that has ever existed in the history of man we will be in the same financial position as Greece. And that’s because we’re imbibing on socialist ideals that have nothing to do with our Constitution. So yes, I am committed to getting our nation back to a constitutional form of government and doing the cutting that will be required, number one, because of the Constitution, number two, because we are looking at certain economic collapse if we fail to do that.

HENNEN: Appreciate the call Doug. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann our guest.

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