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Michele Bachmann Cheered by Sarasota Supporters

The only active female presidential candidate visited Sarasota on Sunday with her plan to cut government spending and programs.

Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., came to Sarasota’s on Beneva Road on Sunday afternoon to spread her gospel of smaller government, lower taxes and corporate incentives.

“We can’t just be about politics anymore,” she told a crowd estimated at 1,500. “I know what happens up there. Somebody has to say ‘enough, stop.’ ” 

She repeated now-familiar refrains. Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (“the job-killing agency of America”). Eliminate the Department of Education (“another department that can easily go”). And repeal the new health care legislation, she dubbed “Obama-care.”

“So many of these programs will help America if we get rid of them,” she said. “I’ve done everything I can do to fight this system in Washington, not to build it up.”

Bachmann, founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, brought a sense of urgency to her fight. “The United States is on the cusp of deciding should we remain the number one [military] superpower? Should we be the number one economic superpower? And we have to make a decision on socialized medicine.”

Bachmann’s campaign leaped earlier this month when she came in first in an Iowa straw poll, the first woman ever to do so.

“I will not rest until we repeal Obama-care,” she said. “We have only one chance to do it, and that’s in 2012.” After that, she indicated, the fiscal and legal mechanics of the legislation make it increasingly difficult to tear down. 

While most of her address was about what she would cut or eliminate, she offered one suggestion — another cut — that could stimulate job creation in the U.S. by corporations. She urged a reduction in the “repatriation tax” corporations pay to bring overseas profits back to the U.S.

American companies today have $1.5 trillion stashed overseas to avoid a 35 percent domestic tax rate, she said. The money was earned from overseas sales, and remains offshore. A “repatriation holiday” was tried in 2004 by the George W. Bush administration, but was considered a failure because it had little impact on the economy.

Bachmann did not endorse a “repatriation holiday” while in Sarasota, but said a reduction in the tax rate could provide incentives to bring the money back home. “It just sits there, because the tax is so high” she said. “It would be so easy to bring over $1 trillion into this country.”

The idea is also being considered by the current administration. Reuters reported on Aug. 24, “Most of the money brought back six years ago went to shareholder dividends and stock buybacks, the [National Bureau of Economic Research] found.”

As is obligatory for a presidential candidate, she slammed the incumbent. She, however, never mentioned any of her Republican competitors vying for the nomination. “We need jobs, not class-warfare rhetoric from the president,” said Bachmann. 

The event was sponsored by the Republican Parties of Sarasota, Hardee and Charlotte counties, Englewood’s “Taking Back our Country,” Tea Party Manatee, Sarasota Patriots and Venice 912. 

“This is going to be a very tough slog,” said Bachmann. “I know we can do this. I know it. And I need you to make this happen. I need you to sign up, and volunteer and vote and donate.” 

At 35 minutes, the speech was a bit longer than the usual presidential candidate pep rally. Bachmann used no notes or teleprompter, speaking off the cuff. She also spent about half an hour in the Sahib Temple shaking hands and signing autographs before getting back on her campaign bus for the next stop. 

Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Take Scott for example, he spent 80 million dollars of his own money to represent us? oh yea, ok... you believe that, and I have a snow blower I'd like to sell ya. The bottom line is the almighty dollar is the leader of this country. No one gives a damn about you or I.... it's all about the $$$ there are no morals any longer, it's all about GREED!
Romalue Keith August 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM
What you are saying Hawkeye is so true. Most politicians could care less about the average person, esp the Republicans. The corporations could care less about us also. I have had my hours at work(along with others) cut back so bad there is no way I can pay my mortgage. All they care about is the almighty dollar.....and if you dropped dead at work all they would say is "next".
OSSEOUS August 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM
since we're no longer talking about the so-called Clinton surplus, i guess we're cool with that. I will not name you a single politician who has the citizen's best interest. But I think we can can both name a politician, hyped by the media, who promised to change all that and give us "hope". f him and f them.
OSSEOUS August 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM
i guess you're not a people person. How about war, power, bloodlust, serial killers. Morals have deteriorated, it affects all aspects of human nature, and I don't expect gov't to be able to successfully legislate or control that problem either in the private or public sector.
OSSEOUS August 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
magine a system without special interest money and corruption influencing politicians, where opportunity and not outcomes were ensured. Since many cannot imagine this and some don't even want this, the result is that people look to political parties to save and protect them. The parties love it.
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM
My point exactly Romalue.... I would certainly like to know what Bush meant, during his presidential campaign, when he stated: "The outsourcing of American jobs overseas, is healthy for America's economy. Romalue, can you please explain to me, how broken marriages, spouse abuse, the splitting up of children through divorce due to no money coming in and the financial burnden placed on single mothers, can you explain to them, how the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs overseas, is; "healthy" for them? It's about greed, and making 90 cents on the dollar profit. If Americans only saw what the Chinese little boys and girls endure in the sweatshops. They sit in their own waste for 14-18 hours a day, when little girls get to the age of 12, 13, they are savagely raped and beaten...just to produce our American goods sold at Wal Marts. They have baby hospitals in China, where they produce children for the sole purpose of working in underground sweatshops. But this is OK< because this is the American way and we are supposed to feel all fuzzy and warm because republicans feel it's ok for them to make an "honest" dollar?!
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM
OSSEOUS, here's a thought: No Party Affiliation, No Republicans, No Democrats, No Tea Pary..... "One Nation - One People"....now, there's a concept, right?! The Federal Reserve would be dead-set against this... As everyone know's, the Federal Reserve, - (which by the way, isn't even a Federal/Government entity, nor is it a reserve of any kind), controls this country.
OSSEOUS August 30, 2011 at 01:19 PM
check www.goooh.com it's a start, and growing sorry for spam
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Excellent OSSEOUS! This is a start to get this country to get back on the right track. Get rid of Career Polititions. Oh, by the way Barbara, how's the Florida lottery doing by the way....remember Barbara, back in the 70's, the state decided to hold a lottery, and the proceeds were to benefit our schools...well, this isn't turning out quite like it was planned is it Barbara.... Did you know that less than a cent of every dollar spent towards the lottery, actually goes to where it was originaly intended - Our schools? That's right Barbara, the money goes into a "general fund", meaning, it doesn't even stay in this country. Take for instance a lottery winner who say...wins the 40 million jackpot... he/she get's about 200K out of it...where does the rest of the winnings go Barbara...oh yea, I forgot, our schools...ha! What a joke!
June Burkhart August 30, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I think she stands on principal and the word of God. More people should do the same. Our country wouldn't be in the shape it is in right NOW ! After all God made them male and female. Gee it doesn't take a brain to figure out two males or two females can't reproduce. God gives us free will to choose our lifestyle. He loves the sinner not the sin. I admire her for standing on her faith rather than hiding behind lies as so many others have in the past.
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 03:26 PM
June, the only issue I have with your comment: "I admire her for standing on her faith rather than hiding behind lies as so many others have in the past." Is the fact that Ms. Bachman even went so far as to open a clinic to where she's trying to tell gay people there is something mentaly wrong with them and that they are "wrong" for chosing this lifestyle. She even went so far as to tell them, she'll do everything in her "power" to try and "convert them into being straight. June, tell you what, I know gay couples who've been together much longer than married straights. How many married people do you know, who've commited adultry..or, are married for convenience? Gay people are much more committed to a relationship, than a heterosexual couple. I'll argue these statistics any day of the week!
June Burkhart August 30, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I believe you are reading to many liberal media statistics. They like nothing better than to tear down traditional marriage and are doing a good job with our young people. My husband and I have been married 39 years and have never been more committed. We know many couples who have been married at least as long or much longer and couldn't find any more committed than that. The only gay couple I ever have been around worked at the same place i did and the thing that stands out was the time I overheard them planning there weekend going to a rest stop and picking up other men. (Commitment ?) not quite the same.
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 04:05 PM
June, you're wrong...I don't read any liberal BS, Republican BS, Tea Party BS.. I would never, ever "belong" to any party affiliation....June, you can read, all the 47+ posts here and you know what the bottom line will be, while people can spew their Bush this, their Obama that.... nothing, nothing will make a difference... there will be no changes, no results, no difference... June, took ma over 50 years to finaly figure out one thing; money will always come out ahead and the ones who have the most, will always win. I tried to fight my bank for something they did very wrongfully, I hired an attorney to represent me and he said: "you will never, ever win a case against the largest bank in the country"...June, you know what, he's right. Money, greed, will always come out ahead, no matter if you have a Republican, Democrat....there will be no difference... June, let me ask you one last question, what differences have you seen in this country in the last 50 years...besises a rapidly decline in our morals?
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 04:09 PM
GREED will always and has always prevailed... you people can keep writing about Obama this, Bush that, but remember, your vote won't make a damned bit of difference... the polititions will do what they damned well please...the kids today, certainly do not have the cajones of the kids of the 60's... never will... When was the last time anyone has spoke a single sentance without the word: "MONEY" in it?! Point taken! So, keep writing your comments, your views, your ideas and in ten years, let me know how that worked out for you... bye all....
HARISSA August 30, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Now here is a productive dialogue! Agreed Hawkeye RE US manufacturing/labor/lottery scam + oppressive/bureaucratic job killing regulations/out of control spending. Agreed politicians don't give a hoot about us. There is some local action to change business as usual for locally elected politicians.We are getting off our couches. How about townhall meetings for all our elected officials? How about the proposed Bolam Amendment on the ballot in 2012 so taxpayers can decide on what to do with extra "grant" money to non-profits/arts ...? Last year, Sarasota county spent $8.9 million and since 2006 $60 million was doled out! The role of government is to protect its citizens while providing NECESSARY services like fire and police + our County/City are picking and choosing winners and losers! Citizens and the private sector, not government do that best. Kudos to Hawkeye for supporting our local Food Bank. For the first time, citizens will have an input on whom to hire and replace recently departed Jim Ley, thanks to interim Terry Lewis and citizens' pressure. So change IS happening!
HARISSA August 30, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Osseus, I can certainly see supporting a revolutonary idea like www.goooh.com. Should there ever be a time, when vain and apiring politicians will hold the highest seats of government, our country will be in need of experienced patriots - Samuel Adams
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Harrisa, remember when the County placed the referendum on the ballot, to let the "citizens" have a voice on whether or not, they wanted their tax dollars to pay for the new Ed Smith stadium? Well, the citizens voted it down - 3 times! Well Harissa, look at how that turned out.
nancy August 30, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Thank you OSSEOUS. I just went to www.gooh.com. This is great. And, Harissa - meetings at a Town Hall...yes! Here is a story of organization downfall: my husband a tea party-er wanted to become active with local Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter of many hundreds of members through www.meetup.com. Not one person showed up for a recent meeting! Now that's indifference! It is at the ground level that change occurs - I would be happy to attend and/or play a working role in making our politicians accountable from the ground level (Sarasota County and Florida) to the White House. Also the interview with Conrad Black was very interesting Harissa, particularly what he said about Europe, Japan and US all printing vast amounts of money and the resulting increase in our money supply and de-valuation of our dollar internally. Our treasury's are no longer as well received by the Chinese or others. We print and then buy them back pumping godzillions of dollars unto the streets thereby diluting the value of our very own dollar. YIKES. Hope he's right about it's a matter of leadership for us...
nancy August 30, 2011 at 05:28 PM
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nancy August 30, 2011 at 05:31 PM
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Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Here is a book that should be required reading in High School: http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Edward-Griffin/dp/091298645X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314725450&sr=1-2 But then again, it would be highly sensored.... this book will open your eyes to the world, to let you know who "truly" runs this country....then will give you a much broader understanding why things as they are, and will never change...people simply do not have the wilpower to try and overcome the corrpution facing us today.. I can not reiterate enough...today's students simply do not care...they do not have the guts the children of the 60's had and never will... take a hard look at John Filo's famous 60's photo...this one photo seen around the world, put a stop to the viet nam war....can today's youth muster the courage these brave students had...heck no, they can't even quit texting long enough to actually do something about it... http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/index.php/2007/03/28/kent-state-1970/
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Hawkeye 1:37pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Here is a book that should be required reading in High School: http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Edward-Griffin/dp/091298645X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314725450&sr=1-2 But then again, it would be highly sensored.... this book will open your eyes to the world, to let you know who "truly" runs this country....then will give you a much broader understanding why things as they are, and will never change...people simply do not have the wilpower to try and overcome the corrpution facing us today.. I can not reiterate enough...today's students simply do not care...they do not have the guts the children of the 60's had and never will... take a hard look at John Filo's famous 60's photo...this one photo seen around the world, put a stop to the viet nam war....can today's youth muster the courage these brave students had...heck no, they can't even quit texting long enough to actually do something about it... http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/index.php/2007/03/28/kent-state-1970/
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Hawkeye 1:37pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Here is a book that should be required reading in High School: http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Edward-Griffin/dp/091298645X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314725450&sr=1-2 But then again, it would be highly sensored.... this book will open your eyes to the world, to let you know who "truly" runs this country....then will give you a much broader understanding why things as they are, and will never change...people simply do not have the wilpower to try and overcome the corrpution facing us today.. I can not reiterate enough...today's students simply do not care...they do not have the guts the children of the 60's had and never will... take a hard look at John Filo's famous 60's photo...this one photo seen around the world, put a stop to the viet nam war....can today's youth muster the courage these brave students had...heck no, they can't even quit texting long enough to actually do something about it... http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/index.php/2007/03/28/kent-state-1970/
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Sam Adams - a great beer!
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Hawkeye 1:37pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Here is a book that should be required reading in High School: http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Edward-Griffin/dp/091298645X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314725450&sr=1-2 But then again, it would be highly sensored.... this book will open your eyes to the world, to let you know who "truly" runs this country....then will give you a much broader understanding why things as they are, and will never change...people simply do not have the wilpower to try and overcome the corrpution facing us today.. I can not reiterate enough...today's students simply do not care...they do not have the guts the children of the 60's had and never will... take a hard look at John Filo's famous 60's photo...this one photo seen around the world, put a stop to the viet nam war....can today's youth muster the courage these brave students had...heck no, they can't even quit texting long enough to actually do something about it... http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/index.php/2007/03/28/kent-state-1970/
June Burkhart August 30, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Hawkeye One thing is for sure I will never give up. I believe in God and this country. I believe in being positive. I will do what ever it takes. I have 5 grandchildren and as long as I breath I will fight to give them the same truths and freedoms I had growing up. We must never quit! God Bless you and God Bless America again!
nancy August 30, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Hawkeye, you are so right about voting down the Ed Smith Stadium debacle! Now let's vote to have the homeless use the property the many weeks the stadium is not in use. It has been proposed already recently. A special area for the homeless would be carved out of the main property....
HARISSA August 30, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Nancy and Hawkeye... yes, bad result on Ed Smith despite the vote, what a joke. Great idea NancyI can't think of anything else than just continue to fight and continue nudging from all angles. There must a weak link in the fortress that will bring the house down. We just cannot afford to be silent any more. Hawkeye, excellent book suggestion. Nancy, the same indifference is pervasive and is so demoralizing... I guess people are not hurting enough or have given up (the intent). But there is a small group of committed activists. I think it is 5% of the population who initiated the Revolutionary War.
Hawkeye August 30, 2011 at 08:39 PM
God bless you June.... :)
Hawkeye August 31, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Nancy, you posted: Let's meet down at the commissioner's office. It is after all that we're a microcosm of the whole. Yea, Nancy, and here's a topic you can bring up to the Commissioners. Ask them this; "Why, when the Commissioners placed a referendum on the ballot to let the voters decide on whether or not they want our tax dollars to be used to build a multi-million dollar home for the Baltimore Oriels - (Ed Smith Stadium). Well nancy, the stadium referendum was placed on the ballot 3 times - YES, THREE TIMES nancy and you know what, it was voted down 3 times, THREE TIMES! Then why nancy, did the Commissionrs go ahead and build it anyways? What happened to our votes and why didn't they count? You see nancy, votes do not count...money talks nancy... Get it now? There nancy, go ahead and ask the commissioners why they did not listen to the tax-paying citizens? Why was out votes not counted? 3 times nancy, the referendum was voted down...well, how did it turn out....we have a new multi-million dollar stadium sitting empty for 52 weeks a year... and people get down on me, for not wanting to cast my vote in November....why, if my vote isn't worth the ink printed on paper?

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