Amazing. Not only is Michele Bachmann a student of U.S. history…
“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”
…apparently, she’s also a scholar when it comes to Canadian history, at least history covering the last two years. Here’s a tweet sent out by her campaign office.
“Lesson in economic recovery: Consider Canada. No stimulus & unemployment is 20% lower than US.”
How lovely it must be to live in a world where there is no need to fact check statements before blurting them out; the only qualifier is that it fit one’s narrative. The cockiness and total disregard for truth required to pull such a stunt over and over again comes in knowing that your dimwitted supporters will believe anything you say. That and the knowledge that conservative media will repeat the statement a number of times in the course of a day’s news cycle and never once inform their hapless listeners or readers that it’s all a blatant lie…and thus, another Fox viewer or Limbaugh dittohead adds one more notch of ignorance to their vast database of misinformation.
No, the “founders that wrote” the Constitution did not abolish slavery. That was done with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. But hey, in Bachmann’s Tea Party infused mind, making slave-owning founders to be abolitionists sounds so pretty. So what that she was off by ninety years in her recollection of history – it’s a trivial matter between friends.
As for her statement on Canada and its economic recovery, TPM notes…
…the absolute fact of the matter is that Canada undertook a thorough stimulus program under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party — one that was relatively smaller than the one here, but given the apples and oranges situation of having different economic needs, it was still a very considerable one.
In fact, Canada put in place a $40 billion, two year stimulus program which, based on a Bloomberg report and IMF data (per-capita GDP, smaller population, etc.), equates to what would be a $360 billion American stimulus. In fact, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say in 2009.
“The reason this government has proposed such a massive economic plan and such a massive deficit spending stimulus is our anticipation of significant economic challenges including job losses in the year to come. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
There are other factors involved in Canada’s relatively better economic recovery aside from the stimulus (a better regulated and stable banking industry is one key component), but the undeniable fact is that Bachmann and her minions lied in an effort to push their anti-Obama propaganda. The end result is that Bachmann’s supporters now believe that Canada’s economic recovery was done without a stimulus and no amount of debate or discussion by truth-tellers will ever change their minds.
Move over death panels, another bullshit lie has been created to fill the vacuous heads of wingnuts and teabaggers alike.