Bachmann would consider debt limit increase — in exchange for Obamacare repeal

posted at 1:55 pm on July 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A sample of the ideological purity that some say makes Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) a surprisingly compelling contender for the GOP presidential nomination: Bachmann yesterday said she would support a debt ceiling increase if and only if the deal included the defunding of the new health care law, “the largest entitlement in the history of the country,” as she put it.

During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Bachmann stated her conditions for an increase: “They’d have to cut an enormous amount [of spending], including they would have to defund Obamacare.”

When Bill O’Reilly reminded Bachmann that repeal isn’t even on the table, she agreed and said, “No and that’s why I can’t go for [a debt limit increase]. I can’t go for it because never will we be able to balance our books ever in the future.”

She also pushed back against O’Reilly’s insistence that no debt ceiling increase would mean default. She stopped short of accusing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner of lying about the probability of default, but didn’t hesitate to repeat adamantly, “He’s wrong, he’s wrong, he’s wrong.”

“Well, of course, it’s not true that anyone wants to see the United States government default on its debt,” she said. “We don’t have to because the fact is we have sufficient revenue coming in to pay off the interest on the debt. We don’t have to default. … All you have to do is look at the books. We have sufficient revenue coming in. We can pay off all of those obligations first — and we must. We always have and we always will.”

What the nation can’t afford, Bachmann says, is another $2.4 trillion in debt or “wasteful Washington programs.”

Bachmann’s position on the debt ceiling — what O’Reilly called the “renegade” position — is a prime example of the way she favors the fight against big government over any kind of so-called legislative accomplishments (which all too often amount to bills passed for the sake of being passed) that could fill the gaps in her congressional record — the “nonexistence” of which has lately taken so much criticism. Of course, to some, that fight she’s been waging — all those “no” votes — amounts to its own kind of record — a record the other candidates lack.


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unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Sorry, but if you think that Granny is going to blame PBHO under those circumstances you must live in a dream world where someone like Sarah Palin could grow up to be President.

Here in the real world, if Granny doesn’t get her SS check because the GOP is demanding the repeal of ObamaCare you won’t be able to pin it on PBHO. People will not hear you when you cry that we should have starved the EPA instead. People will light their torches, grab their pitchforks and come marching over to the House side of the Capital building, not the WH. You talk about fighting, but all you know how to do is get your butt whipped, not how to win.

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

If possible, Social Security and Medicare payments to the elderly and legitimately infirm must continue, even if it means the royalty in Congress lose their grandiose perks and can’t throw pork at their pals.
MrScribbler on July 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

What do you mean “if possible”? Social Security payments must continue. And what does S.S. have to do with the Kleptocrats and their favored royal friends?

Obama cannot claim that he had to stop payments because of the debt increase. The GOP can give him a temporary increase but he has threatened to veto that – which would make it his fault.

greeneyedconservative on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

You can yell, “No! No! No!” all you want, but you’re dreaming if you think the debt ceiling won’t be raised.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Sorry, but if you think that Granny is going to blame PBHO under those circumstances you must live in a dream world where someone like Sarah Palin could grow up to be President.

Here in the real world, if Granny doesn’t get her SS check because the GOP is demanding the repeal of ObamaCare you won’t be able to pin it on PBHO. People will not hear you when you cry that we should have starved the EPA instead. People will light their torches, grab their pitchforks and come marching over to the House side of the Capital building, not the WH. You talk about fighting, but all you know how to do is get your butt whipped, not how to win.

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Granny will get her SS check. This is a bluff by Obama; nothing but pure posturing.

Go back to Kos, little turd.

fossten on July 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM

The states already inspect everything that needs inspection. Why do we need a USDA seal of approval? Businesses do their own inspections cuz they don’t want a lawsuit, well, maybe not Juan’s taco stand, so I won’t eat there anymore. We are protected from ourselves six ways from Sunday. Zero spouted another lie to scare seniors and vets. It’s to late to stop checks from going out in Aug, he’d have to pull the plug on the govt computers.

Kissmygrits on July 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

On FNC, MB is getting clobbered! This is funny stuff. They showed her “submissive wifey” clip, went over hubby’s de-gay clinic and her recent pledge signing that had Whoopi going all Whoopi. Hilarious stuff, especially after getting dressed down by BoR last night. And this is all just on FNC, the one venue that’s the most friendly treatment she’ll ever find!

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

As a granny who’s semi-dependent on Social Security, I have to ask: What difference does it make whether Social Security payments are stopped because of politics, or they’re stopped because Social Security has at last run completely out of money and the whole country has collapsed, Argentine-style?

If Obama stops all the checks August 3, it won’t be because there’s no money to pay them. It’s because he will do anything to keep and expand his stranglehold on power, the lives of the citizens be damned.

RebeccaH on July 12, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Granny will get her SS check. This is a bluff by Obama; nothing but pure posturing.

Go back to Kos, little turd.

fossten on July 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Beat up on MJBrutus all you like, but he’s right.

The press will blame republicans, no matter what the truth of the matter is. Have you not been watching? If need be, they’ll make it up out of whole cloth.

If you really think most people will blame obama for what’s coming, you are either not paying attention or woefully undereducated with respect to history. Why do you think so many totalitarian governments have existed in human history, and so few free peoples relative to them? It’s because his populist message works, and it is all they’re hearing. You and I are the exceptions, not the rule, and we will be overwhelmed by people who believe obama.

runawayyyy on July 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM

How does Bachmann’s plan pass the Senate or the Oval Office? It doesn’t so what’s the point?
Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

What’s the point of you breathing, idiot?
TexasJew on July 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Ha! Let me see if I can follow your bellicose logic: You need to breathe to stay alive. If a bill doesn’t pass the Senate, or gets vetoed at the White House, the bill dies. Sorry, does not compute. Which makes the dude from Texas all hat and no cattle in the commenting department.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 7:53 PM

On FNC, MB is getting clobbered! This is funny stuff. They showed her “submissive wifey” clip, went over hubby’s de-gay clinic and her recent pledge signing that had Whoopi going all Whoopi. Hilarious stuff, especially after getting dressed down by BoR last night. And this is all just on FNC, the one venue that’s the most friendly treatment she’ll ever find!

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Wow! I guess Michele is doing better than I thought lately to get some people so hot and bothered.

You go, girl. She is really impressing me this week. I think, even though I’ve always liked her, that I’ve been underestimating her.

If nothing else, I’m glad she is fighting for our side. We are lucky to have her and she gets results. No matter what, she will contribute this year to our cause.

Elisa on July 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Elisa on July 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

I’m glad you think so. Just in case you do get lonely over there in MB’s corner, however, you’re welcome to come over to the other Minnesotan’s rally any time :-)

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

MJBrutus on July 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM

I’m for Perry. If he doesn’t run, I’m for Cain, Bachmann and Palin. Don’t think Santorum will get it, but I like him alot. If none of them get the nomination, then Pawlenty is my next choice. Don’t think he has what it takes to beat Obama, but I can put his bumper sticker on my car without gettting sick.

Elisa on July 12, 2011 at 9:02 PM

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