Speaking at an online town hall event this week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R- Minn.) compared the financial reform bill currently in congress to Italy under the rule of fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
Via the Minnesota Independent:
"Let's remember really what this is. This has a lot in common with Italy in the 1930s and they way Italy dealt with economics," she said. "It still continues private ownership of business but government is in control."
She continued, "So government control of the private business, while it's private ownership, that's still at the end of the day the federal government virtually having a say over private business. We lose freedoms; we lose economic competitiveness."
Recall that the Minnesota congresswoman warned that the health care reform bill would lead to "gangster government" and said that before Obama's election, "100% of our economy was private."
Tarryl Clark, Michele Bachmann Challenger, Launches Website: 'Michele Bachmann Said WHAT?!' MicheleBachmannsaidwhat.com. Some of the low-lights from the site:
Rep. Michele Bachmann told attendees at the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner that Democrats are a “cabal of radicals” that are doing a “leap toward socialism.” The event was hosted by the Frederick County Republican Central Committee in Maryland. “We are unwilling to let this cabal of radicals pull the rug of freedom out from under us in our lifetime. Now we have this glorious opportunity called November,” she said.
On the Wednesday, April 28th broadcast of the Steve Malzberg radio show, Rep. Michele Bachmann said President Barack Obama had the “air of infantilism” regarding financial reform and said the bill currently being debated in the Senate would dictate the pay of bank tellers in Peoria, Illinois.
On Friday, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech commemorating the 15th anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, drawing disturbing parallels between that incident and the current atmosphere of right-wing, anti-government hatred.
Yesterday in a speech to the Chicago Tea Party Patriots, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that Clinton was trying to “take [her] out.” She said that during his speech at the Center for American Progress Action Fund — which was a “celebration” of the Oklahoma City bombing — he went after her for her “gangster government” rhetoric.
In February 2010 Bachmann said of Social Security and Medicare, “But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off. And wean everybody off because we have to take those unfunded net liabilities off our bank sheet, we can’t do it. So we just have to be straight with people.” [thinkprogress.org, 02/08/10]