Text of Michele Bachmann’s response to State of the Union

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6) responded tonight to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

Not only did that plan fail to deliver, but within three months the national jobless rate spiked to 9.4 percent. And sadly, it hasn’t been lower for 20 straight months. While the government grew, we lost more than 2 million jobs.

Let me show you a chart. [CHART]

Here are unemployment rates over the past ten years. In October 2001, our national unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent. In 2008 it was at 6.6 percent. But, just eight months after President Obama promised lower unemployment, that rate spiked to a staggering 10.1 percent.

Today, unemployment is at 9.4 percent with about 400,000 new claims every week.

After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the $410 billion spending bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have.

But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.


Deficits were unacceptably high under President Bush, but they exploded under President Obama’s direction, growing the national debt by an astounding $3.1 trillion-dollars.

What did we buy?

Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill.

ObamaCare mandates and penalties will force many job creators to stop offering health insurance altogether, unless yours is one of the more-than-222 privileged companies or unions that has received a government waiver.

In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world’s best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come.

For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.

Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy:

The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system.

The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The President could agree to an energy policy that increases American energy production and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

The President could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more.

And, the President should repeal ObamaCare and support free market solutions like medical malpractice reform and allow all Americans to buy any healthcare policy they like anywhere in the United States.

We need to start making things again in this country, and we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators.

America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Look no further to see why jobs are moving overseas.

But, thanks to you, there’s reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government.

I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn.

Please know how important your calls, visits, and letters are to the maintenance of our liberties. Because of you, Congress responded and we are starting to undo the damage that’s been done.

We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation.

Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who’s to say that we can’t see a miracle again?

The perilous battle that was fought in the pacific, at Iwo Jima, was a battle against all odds, and yet the image of the young G.I.s in the incursion against the Japanese immortalizes their victory. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.

Our current debt crisis we face today is different, but we still need all of us to pull together. We can do this.

And that’s the hope we hold tonight as Americans. We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country and to proclaim the liberty upon which we were founded.

And we will do so because we the people will never give up on this great nation.

God bless you, and God bless America

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Johnson/100001689952849 Jerry Johnson

    I found the president’s attempt to position himself as the new champion of entrepreneurs sickening, considering how undeniably HOSTILE his administration is to business interests generally (crony capitalists notwithstanding).

    That said, let me outline a few more points, both obvious and not-so-obvious, concerning Mr. Obama’s current effort to wrap the Democrats’ liberal priorities in the gift wrap of both national/economic security and the symbolism of Sputnik. (And funny, isn’t it, how last year, the same agenda was advanced in the name of jobs, stimulus, and economic recovery …)

    1. Among other purposes, the Democrat Party exists to enrich the public sector. (Indeed, whether the former or the latter ultimately pulls the strings of power is increasingly difficult to determine; they are now effectively one entity.) In keeping with this existential objective, the Left strategically and continuously clamors about an omnipresent and permanent educational crisis which demands ever greater expenditures — when we are *already* spending FAR, FAR MORE than any other nation, even on a per-capita basis, and with píss-poor results. (I further note that, in stark contrast to societal per-capita spending on health care, Democrats never discuss where we rank internationally in education spending — they’ve already socialized this latter sector, and such comparisons would only serve to expose their horrendous record.)

    2. You will note how Obama stressed the need for innovation in the field of education. Of course, this keeps with the first point made above — feed the bureaucracy (or is that *the beast*). But — at the risk of banging my head against the wall with the following mind-numbingly obvious point — WE DON’T NEED TO REINVENT THE WHEEL with regard to education. Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus have not changed in centuries. And where biology, chemistry, and physics are concerned, does anyone doubt that, were the typical student to master the content of a textbook published even thirty years ago, it would generally represent a *massive* improvement, considering the ABOMINABLE dropout rates in some areas, and that those who *actually manage to graduate* often display unforgivable deficits in the most basic skills anyway? In other words, these kids can’t comprehend fractions, but the professionals complain that the syllabus is ten years old?

    3. And does anyone realize the irony of this situation? Obama invokes America’s history as world leaders in science, technology, and innovation; and points to such giants as Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. And your point, Mr. President? TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU. EVERYTHING THAT YOU SEE, that you can identify as a symbol of America’s ingenuity and industrial greatness, was accomplished WITHOUT all of these “innovations” that Obama and his fellow Democrats insist are essential. To wit: those majestic bridges, which are such key components of our infrastructure, WERE BUILT NOT USING COMPUTERS, BUT WITH *SLIDE RULES*. In short, WE *ALREADY KNOW* what needs to be taught, AND HOW; AND THE MODERN WORLD WE LIVE IN IS ALL THE EVIDENCE YOU NEED.

    4. In addition, we must always be skeptical: how much of what they describe as “innovation” is in fact more thinly-disguised social welfare? We are actually providing students in some areas with *three meals a day*, as well as food to bring home on the weekends!

    5. And when the very president of the United States (to our international embarrassment) must remind American parents that THEY must take responsibility for their children’s education, we are in a grave situation. Three brief points:

    a) We know toward which two demographics (both vitally important to Democrats) this “reminder” was directed, don’t we? This completely hands-off approach to child rearing so often witnessed in those communities — in which the parents (or more to the point, *parent*) essentially absolves her- or themselves of any responsibility for her or their own offspring — is perfectly logical when you subscribe to the Left’s carefully-cultivated worldview, in which government takes care of everything (after all, that’s what it’s there for, right?).

    b) How come Asian-American parents don’t need instruction in this regard?

    c) Obama didn’t mean it, anyway, as his life’s work demonstrates; and it hardly qualified as reproach. In other words, it more accurately qualified as pro-forma lip service for the consumption of middle America — and not as a Sista Souljah moment.

    6. As for Obama’s reference to Sputnik, again, three brief points:

    a) Did he honestly believe that this pathetic, poorly-chosen, and phoned-in attempt at establishing a theme for his State of the Union address would lead Republicans, or even the public at large, to rally around the “same-old same-old” liberal agenda? The same agenda that was so roundly rejected in the election of just a few short months ago?

    b) By invoking our response to Sputnik half a century ago, Obama asks that we replicate the ostensibly massive investment we made in education in the 1950s and 60s. But it is UNQUESTIONABLE that that “investment”, in inflation-adjusted dollars, WOULD PALE IN COMPARISON to the enormous expenditures we make today (in excess of $20,000 per student per year in many URBAN districts alone).

    c) And since Obama brought it up, last point, concerning Sputnik, the space race, and the overarching Cold War (and I will leave you with this): Oh, the irony. Which side was his childhood mentor, the card-carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis, rooting for? How about his long-time pastor, the liberation theologist Jeremiah Wright? And lastly, which side were his parents — who met in a Russian language class, communists both — rooting for?

    2012, people — 2012.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Dix/100000114816931 Chris Dix

    I liked how she twisted the chart to make it look like unemployment went up the second Obama took office.

  • snowshooze

    This is war.
    Don’t think for a second it is anything less.
    And if we do not win this battle, we will certainly lose the war.
    Obama is out there running wild with the credit card…
    And the final war on earth will not be about oil, it will be about money.
    We are on the wrong path with this President. He shows it more every day.
    27 States are challenging Obamacare, and 5 are implementing laws to vet Presidential Candidates for eligibility. Why?
    I think they know more than me.
    We are at a crossroads. We may not get another chance.

  • btrask3

    One of us, stands up !!!

    Thanks, Michele… I applaud you… it’s time more Wash DC elites stand up beside you and agree to fix the problem.

    What’s the problem?… Our “OUT OF CONTROL” government, inefficient bureaucracies, corruption, lobbyists, fraud, waste, etc. etc.

    Bachmann needs to throw her hat into the Presidential Race… We need a straight shooting leader like her!