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Bachmann changes mind on cuts to veterans’ benefits

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Saturday, February 5, 2011 14:25 EDT
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Tea party icon Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) backed off her controversial plan to cut federal spending for veterans’ benefits.

Her $4.5 billion proposed cut to the Veterans’ Administration “received a lot of attention and I have decided that it should be removed from consideration,” Bachmann said in an advisory Friday.

“The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes,” she added.

The proposed cut to veterans’ health care and disability benefits was part of wider plan to eliminate $400 billion from the federal budget.

Bachmann posted a document on her official Web site, calling the spending cuts “real and necessary” to avoid increasing the debt ceiling above $14.3 trillion. She supports the United States wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The turnaround came after several veterans’ advocacy groups, including objections from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, sharply criticized her proposal.

“No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress,” Richard L. Eubank, VFW’s national commander, said in a press advisory.

The US federal deficit is poised to hit $1.5 trillion in 2011, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected recently, and while Congress debates ways to cut spending, veterans’ benefits have not yet been targeted.

“It is really astonishing to see this,” Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, told the Army Times, noting that VA expenses have risen in recent years with thousands of US troops in need of medical attention.

Bachmann has garnered something of a cult following among tea partyers across the nation, and recently elevated her profile by offering her own “tea party” response to President Barack Obama’s most recent State of the Union address.

With reporting by Sahil Kapur.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Smartest thing she’s done?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Its amazing what watching your numbers tank even among people who supported you can do to your perspective on a subject. I’m just surprised that Bachmann had enough functioning brain cells to recognize political death staring her in the eye.

  • Scuby

    She was for it before she was against it!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRCGTVH7SXIVAQMN6VHRMIG6ZM john wilson

    Yes she withdrew the proposal, but I hope we veterans see her true colors very clearly now. She needs to go away in the next election. So whats next for this slime ball, lets see Social Security has got lots of money!

  • Anonymous

    lol yeah, my guess is someone with a brain told her how stupid/bad she would look if she didn’t back off. Too late, she already revealed her true colors but putting it out there in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt she did, someone else likely told her it would be.

  • Anonymous

    She’s just another vile, America-hating Teapublican. Plain and simple.

  • cannotvote

    She should do some porn, girl on girl stuff – thats all she’s good for, that and putting on the kettle for a cup of tea!

  • Anonymous

    She has a mind?

  • Anonymous

    Flip-flops are in season early this year for the Teatard representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) .
    From the looks of her photo no expense was spared on cosmetic surgery.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCMA5PJTVIOV6RTJT2OMVZK634 Richard

    This wacko is only one of many teabagrepubs and blue dog dem corp.toadies that would love nothing more than leaving our Vets with nothing and end social security for everyone else kill health reforms go to the famous get sick die policy that they so love, That will solve the defict alright (NOT)

  • Anonymous

    The fact that anyone had to tell this ignoramus to not cut funding to the VA says an awful lot about ole michelle. If this doesn’t smack the tea partiers up side the head what will? The republicans ranted and raved about patriotism, honoring our military and we never leave a soldier behind [which we all know is untrue] pointing fingers at anyone who dared question the bush administration about the war or military. Now, one of their heroes has to be told not to cut funding to the Veterans Administration? I wonder if this will change any of the tea partiers opinion of their mighty warrior princess! Maybe they are just too stupid to understand.

  • Anonymous

    I have to say that’s people like Bachmann and the whole lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, in fact the Republican Party altogether, will bury this country on the scrap heap of history. Nothing is too absurd, ignorant and extreme for these people, and nothing will save this country until people begin to seriously scrutinize the candidates that they elect to office. In the end, (as a country) we are our own worst enemy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCMA5PJTVIOV6RTJT2OMVZK634 Richard

    This Wacko and her teabag republican and bluedog dem corp.toadies would like nothing more than eliminating Veteran benefits along with social security and all healthcare benefits except of course for themselves the people can join thier famous get sick die quickly program

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCMA5PJTVIOV6RTJT2OMVZK634 Richard

    ooop’s

  • RottenJohnny

    Mizz pearl necklace got spooded pearl necklaced.

  • Anonymous

    Now, can we remove Michelle from consideration!?!

  • samhoustonTX

    Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) is unworthy for suggesting vets take a $4.5B cut in VA benefits, while the rich bankers and corporate officers complete their looting of America.

  • Anonymous

    Michele, “Do you think they will buy it?” God please keep Michele and Sarah talking and in the press!!!

  • Guest

    “…she already revealed her true colors but putting it out there in the first place.”

    She did THAT a long, LONG time ago with other stupid shit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Why do all leftist groups use that stock photo of Bachmann looking insane? I am all for standing against here ideas or whatever you want but why use such an underhanded method repeatedly? Bachmann, Palin, Hillary, Obama, the Neo-Cons, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Really, and the rest are equally mad and over the top.

  • Anonymous

    Any American who even suggests veteran’s benefits should be cut is despicable especially a war monger like Bachman. War is hell and being injured in combat hellish.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it was the calls directly to Bachmann’s office she got from me and thousands of other Veterans like me who told the people answering the phone for her how criminal her idea was that changed her mind!

  • Anonymous

    she needs to give her salary to the V A…

  • Anonymous

    See, she’s evolving right before our eyes. How can she still not believe in evolution?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see michele, and a few hundred congressmen and women and yes even the POUS strapped to the front a tank going into a hot firefight, not wishing them ill, but let them understand what fear is, and that the next minute could be their last. We ask this of our troops, and wonder why they come home with mental problems. It is all done because we have a war based economy, Ike warned us but no one got it.

  • enorceht

    i’m sure it helped … and thanks again for supplying those phone numbers

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    what was I thinking? oh that’s right I don’t think

  • enorceht

    no it won’t, look how much they “luv” spalin, look how much they “luv” ronald(6) wilson(6) reagan(6). they only look at the “facts” that they have created

  • Anonymous

    Better to be thought the c-word than to speak and remove all doubt.

    And you ARE the c-word.

  • Anonymous

    Humorous and insightfull posts follow. Thanks folks. If they ever cut us off from this I will go insane and my head will explode.

  • Anonymous

    Including Obama in the list of names in your post shows a deficit of both logic and association skills which is endemic among conservatives.

  • David R Velasquez

    I get the feeling finding photos of Bachmann looking demented are pretty easy to come by.

  • Anonymous

    Dunno what she was smokin’ B4 she decided to cut Veteran’s Bennies, but it seems she took another toke or 2 and saw the error of her ways. She sure got a lot of comments from us @ DISCUS!

  • maritimer

    She is the face of the c-word.

  • Anonymous

    i suspect finding ones where she looks (and sounds) sane are hard to find

  • Anonymous

    That is very true, however this is something that is going to get her in trouble with even some moderates and conservatives. It remains to be seen however if the democrats will use it. They seem to wimp out on that kind of stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Good to see someone called her on this. Though you know that in her black little heart, she still believes that the $4.5B should go towards more tax cuts for billionaires.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, not stupid. Just scared.

    Guns, God and Gays as “Great Fear” Rethuglican talking points are long oversold.

    She is scrambing for new ones.

    Her mantra is to simply “Fear” those who ain’t like “us”. Problem for her is the electorate is a lot like you and me and she (BAT SHIT CRAZY) ain’t like us. Oh she tries to be but many of us are Veterans and well she ain’t. Toast she is.

  • Anonymous

    not to mention her family’s farm subsidies….

  • CozmicSeer

    Why don’t they just reduce the military budget(which is huge in comparison to this) at least this amount to help the veterans? After all, they gave of themselves to the military so shouldn’t the military be willing to give back to them?

  • Anonymous

    This bat-shit, tory-toon; what about:

    US Soldiers Losing Homes to Illegal Foreclosures

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/01/us-soldiers-losing-homes-to-illegal-foreclosures/

  • RobertX

    Notice she’s not calling for cuts to farm subsidies, which net her a cool quarter-million a year.

  • PrissyPatriot®

    Thanks for your crumb of decency, Ms Teaparty fav…

  • Anonymous

    Whether or not she backed off her bill, it is clear to see where her heart (or lack of) is. With the money. With the rich. To even offer such a evil and demented bill is all the proof we need to know who this twisted dwarf is. She claims she backed off because of all the attetion it got. In other words it is the “attention” not the unfairness and cruel treatment of our vets that bothers her. (I hate to even call her a “her”, but most of my other pronouns would be unprintable.)

  • Anonymous

    Well, she can say, “Hey I looked in the mirror. How can I believe in evolution? Millions and millions of years to produce this image?” You know, that’s a pretty good argument for her side.

  • Anonymous

    I have to wonder if the quick and loud complaints about these cuts gave this twit the idea that she finally hit on the thing that could cost her the job she loves so much. Her face is the first one out there yelling about cuts to education, medicaid and medicare while leaving oil and corporate farm subsidies in place. Her hypocrisy is matched by her stupidity and what’s wrong with those people in Minnesota who keep voting for her?

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    i wonder if the vets will remember her true colors in 2012?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I will. Too bad I don’t live in Minnesota.

    I suspect that the next thing she will say is that traumatic brain injury is just in our heads. LOL

    Wait a minute, I just realized that not living in Minnesota is a plus. LOL

  • freebird44

    MN is my home state even though I don’t reside there. Several months ago before Bachmann was re-elected I would email my (Republican) family members up north and ask how in the world this crazy person stays in office and they admitted she was crazy. Go figure

  • Anonymous

    In other words, she is wishy washy and the tea party followers heads just got whiplash

  • Anonymous

    Michelle McCain?

  • Anonymous

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

  • Anonymous

    This Sick, Ugly, Bimbo, Freak needs a Drug, Psychiatric and Hormonal test, ASAP and please check her for Demon Possession too, I think she is inhaling, swallowing, huffing and tooting way more then normal. She is trying to out Pailin, Pailin. First “Nailin Pailin”, now will “Boinking Bachman” be the next big movie?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    michele bacmannn ~ PSYCHO KKKUNT FROM HELL !

  • shinyorbs

    what’s that sound? the sound of her political career going down the toilet…she can always get a job at Fox

  • Ma’at

    Any fellow Vet who voted GOP … to hell with you.

  • Anonymous

    The four to five billion comes across as a lot of money which it is. However, I suspect rationalizing the US military, its deployment structure and defense programs could realise many times more than this. She was obviously not smart enough to think through the emotional impacts of her proposed actions.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Yea that TBI is just like the recession…all in our heads!

    Sorry that’s a bad joke but we have to remember that McGrumpy said in June of 2008 that we were experiencing a mental recession!

  • Fireblazes

    She supports maiming American soldiers but not the healing of those same soldiers. Congrats to the teaparty on your successful election of a bunch of sociopaths.

  • Fireblazes

    Obama isn’t crazy, he is just calculating, overly pragmatic and weak-kneed.

  • D.Crockett

    the bitch changed her mind well I would have never guessed now she seems like a real
    air head ?

  • Anonymous

    Republicans like Michelle Bachman, who have never served or sacrificed anything for their country but are gung-ho to send other people’s children to war are famous for denying benefits once we come home. As a Veteran I’ve seen this story replayed over and over in Congress. It’s strangely hypocritical how she never mentions the over 1 million dollars her family has received in farm subsidies for a “non-working farm” when she talks about cutting the deficit.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I couldd meet ten people of the sixth district of Minnesota so I could evaluate them.They have to be as whacko as she is.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be fooled. Republicans have no use for our veterans unless they are currently serving or are available for a campaign endorsement. The fact that Bachmann even brought this up for consideration demonstrates contempt for those that serve in our military; they are all just another interchangeable, nameless body available for use, cannon fodder the right-wing war machine. They don’t call G.I.’s “Government Issue” for nothing. Our veterans deserve much better than this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Garcia/1045034130 Anne Garcia

    Her crazy eyes say it all.

  • Anonymous

    Golly gee! Looking at that lovely picture of her, you’d think she was part of a cult or something.

  • Anonymous

    They could still cut back on the benefits that go to our generals…Well, until they take a piss test to see why their war opinions are so WRONG. Butt then they are a bunch of lying ass-kissers!

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, her change of mind has a personal side to it. Like she is about to enlist.

  • Anonymous

    All she’s doing is showing, for all to plainly see, just how much she doesn’t care about other human beings. It’s part and parcel to being a “conservative” in our modern politics (if not the core principle). She’s saying, quite literally, “I don’t care how many peasants that die or get maimed, that’s what peasants are for.. to die so I (and my friends) can get richer.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Foxnooz will label her a flip-flopper now and use that moniker to denigrate her every chance they get. And another thing does she have Charles Manson eyes or what?

  • Anonymous

    Every Congressman and woman should be required by law to spend a month in a Veterans’ Administration hospital emptying bedpans, changing catheters, and tending to the crippled bodies their warmongering foolishness created from sound men and women.

  • Eyeball_Kid

    Bachmann backed down because she lost control of her brand. It’s all about her, not the vets.

  • Eyeball_Kid

    Wasn’t it Phil Gramm, a McCain bed-partner, who said that?

  • Eyeball_Kid

    Bachmann has her place. By her standards, a more subtle fascism seems like liberation. Were I someone who considers conspiracies a common mode for reframing social contracts, I’d jump on the idea that Bachmann’s idiotic rants are designed to pull the center farther still to the right. She’s probably been promised political rewards for playing up to the snickers of satirists, because no one else likely takes her seriously.

    She nevertheless begs the question: Would you rather have a Bachmann in control, or a less rabid fascist? The question tends to be “either/or.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    She’s as irrelevant as it gets.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t that answer make you want to smack yourself in the forehead? I think way too many of us just look for the R or D next to a candidate’s name now when we vote instead of asking what the candidate stands for. That’s the only thing that could keep boner getting reelected in a state that’s lost as many jobs as Ohio has and him doing nothing to help restore jobs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5224.htm

    “Bushfeld and their cronies are parasites, and they are the sole beneficiaries of the chaos you are learning to live in. They get the money. You get the prosthetic devices, the nightmares, and the mysterious illnesses.”

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Ever since the supreme court ruled that nuts couldn’t be locked up unless they were dangerous, we’ve had to put up with these loonies.

  • dk504

    She actually realized, or someone spoke to her, very slowly, that Americans do love their troops and she’d better back the fuck up fast.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    I can just hear her now talking to her advisers, “Oops, did I just alienate a large segment of my constituents without thinking? Silly me, I changed my mind.”

    Why do the people of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Cloud keep on voting for this wacko?

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes, cut those *other* people’s entitlements.

    What would make crazy Bachmann change her mind? Probably thousands of calls and emails from Tea Baggers who don’t want their government checks cut.

    What a bunch of phonies.

  • dk504

    God, that is such a GREAT question!!!! Why don’t people ever remember all the bullshit horrible things like Bachmann, Liebermann, McCain, etc. all those SOB’s. No one holds them accountable at election time. WTF??

  • Anonymous

    “Boinking Bachman” An adult movie about a crazy looking female political leader with multiple personalities and multiple demons who tries her best to destroy her great country and it’s great troops and Vets? While Teabagging every male actor in the Movie? Symbolic?

  • Anonymous

    When we see voters electing candidates like Rep. Michele Bachmann , we know d… we are in trouble.

  • Anonymous

    She wants votes. That is all.

  • Anonymous

    Miss Bachmann has priorities, after all. Sending our soldiers to the other side of the world to kill and destroy- very important. Taking care of the troops when they come home injured- meh.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Those old white Plutocrats look all the same to me!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UCCVJLY2IDSIWFBPERONRYTQ4 Linda S

    Michelle can back pedal and tap dance all she likes. This WILL be remembered in the next election. Whether the voters in Minnesota toss her out remains to be seen.

  • Anonymous

    Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

  • Anonymous

    stupid ass.

  • Anonymous

    You’re very welcome!

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