Bachmann: Immigration Reform = ‘No Future, No Hope’


Michele Bachmann showed her typically complete detachment from reality and ability to spout utter nonsense as long as it will make her audience afraid during a talk to college students affiliated with the Eagle Forum over the weekend. She told them that immigration reform would destroy their future.

“If you think taxes are high now,” Bachmann warned, “get ready! This impacts you. This means you don’t have a job. This means you don’t have benefit packages. This means you don’t have a future and a hope.”

Except that the CBO says quite the opposite, that it would boost the economy and increase federal revenue. But that’s reality, something Bachmann hasn’t been anywhere near for years. And the tone of this cracks me up. It’s like she’s reading a scary children’s book to 5 year olds.

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  1. Matt G says

    A nation of five year olds, by five year olds, for five year olds. Kinda sums up their party.

  2. says

    If the college students were minions of the Eagle Forum, talking to them as if they were five-year-olds is entirely appropriate.

  3. Taz says

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

    In other words: “No future, no hope”.

  4. says

    I’m pretty certain that Bachmann & her co-ideologues have done far more to destroy young Americans’ chances at having decent jobs with decent wages/salaries and benefits than any immigrants.

    So why leave it at at “complete detachment from reality”? Let’s not forget “egregious dishonesty” and “outrageous shamelessness”.

  5. says

    It’s nice to see Schlafly & Friends go full on in to crass Nativism. (“Eagle Forum: We used to just hate uppity broads”)
     

    This means you don’t have a job. This means you don’t have benefit packages. This means you don’t have a future and a hope.

    That’s different from non-immigration reform future how?

  6. raven says

    I’m pretty certain that Bachmann & her co-ideologues have done far more to destroy young Americans’ chances at having decent jobs with decent wages/salaries and benefits than any immigrants.

    True. That was my thought.

    The Bush Catastrophe produced a lost generation. The Fed Reserve projects a recovery by 2018. Maybe.

    Unemployment has dropped by it is still high at 7.2% and the broader measure of unemployment is double that. The quality of jobs has dropped too, a lot of part time employment, a lot of low skilled, low paid jobs.

    You can’t blame all that on Bachmann and the GOP. Some of this is just macroeconomic trends that were set in motion decades ago. The end of cheap energy, the rise of China and so on.

    But the GOP did made a bad situation worse, not better.

    Their latest Big Idea is to abolish food stamps and they took that out of the latest passed farm bill. I’m absolutely not seeing that starving a few million people, many of them children, is going to make the USA a better place. And with high unemployment, telling those single mothers and little kids to go get jobs is just dumb.

  7. says

    raven “But the GOP did made a bad situation worse, not better. “
    Scorpions sting. Frogs jump. In other words, that’s their raison d’etre.
     
    “Their latest Big Idea is to abolish food stamps and they took that out of the latest passed farm bill. I’m absolutely not seeing that starving a few million people, many of them children, is going to make the USA a better place.”
    Now, look, you know darn well those millions of poor, working poor, single parents and unemployed are living high off that $152 a month. Living like kings and [welfare] queens, they are!
     
    “And with high unemployment, telling those single mothers and little kids to go get jobs is just dumb.”
    And why should America cede soccer ball production to all those Third World children? This is America! Surely our kids’ chubby fingers can outproduce their thin ones! U! S! A! U! S! A!

  8. says

    I often suspect they’re keeping those immigrants illegal and mostly invisible to taxation just so they can maintain a slave class who can’t appeal for safe working conditions, decent wages, and employee benefits. Other times I suspect they’re trying to reclassify natural born American citizens (particularly the dark-skinned ones and the women) as illegal immigrants for the same reason.

  9. says

    “I’m absolutely not seeing that starving a few million people, many of them children, is going to make the USA a better place.”

    A cherished talking point for at least 50 years, the notion that food stamps are intended primarily to benefit the poor is, like most of their talking points, bullshit. Food stamps are intended to benefit the poor to some extent and Bigfarma. They don’t get ‘em no foodstams, the poor won’t be shoppin’ for the groceries–they need to save their other money for drugs, likker and Cadi’s.

  10. raven says

    A cherished talking point for at least 50 years, the notion that food stamps are intended primarily to benefit the poor…

    They also benefit everyone else.

    At Harvard, a researcher once did a study on what human societies do when there is a famine, in times past a common occurrence.

    The first thing they do is start raiding the neighboring tribes.

    Humans do not starve to death quietly. They will steal food if they can and kill for it if they have to.

    In the coming Tea Party utopia, I suppose this means we will have to guard our grocery stores, farms, and kitchen cabinets from hordes of starving single mothers and little kids. Oh well, those ammo stockpiles will come in handy.

    They’ve seen this in Egypt, Indonesia and elsewhere. Food is subsidized and a lot of people are just surviving. When food prices go up, they riot. This is what doomed Morsi. He couldn’t keep the food supplies coming in at a price people could afford..

  11. raven says

    House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps …
    ww.nytimes. com/…/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-…

    by Sabrina Tavernise – in 66 Google+ circlesJul 11, 2013 – On a party-line vote, the House forced through a stalled farm bill, despite Democratic objections that stripping the food stamp program would …

    This has got to be one of the most absurd and evil things I’ve seen. This year anyway.

    The House GOP will subsidize farmers and abolish food stamps. Welfare for the farmers is OK, food for the poor is not.

    And these people claim to be xians.

  12. Synfandel says

    This means you don’t have benefit packages. This means you don’t have a future and a hope.

    So, it’s kinda like being an undocumented alien, yes?

  13. says

    raven “This is what doomed Morsi. He couldn’t keep the food supplies coming in at a price people could afford.”
    And they weren’t too happy when The Smiths broke up, either.

  14. Skip White says

    Modusoperandi @ 14:

    And they weren’t too happy when The Smiths broke up, either.

    I salute you, good sir! +1 internet for you!

  15. busterggi says

    Someone is actually listening to Bachmann for what amounts to financial advice??????????

  16. says

    Raven@12:

    Welfare for the farmers is OK, food for the poor is not.

    And these people claim to be xians.

    Isn’t Jesus quoted as saying ‘the poor you will always have with you’?
    They’re just doing their best to make sure his words remain true.

  17. Trebuchet says

    Perhaps she’s got a point. Look what happened to the Native Americans after they let all those Europeans in.

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