Damn. Another fool for Christ caught looking like a fool. Period.

Republican Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, claims she is a “Fool for Christ”, whatever the hell that  means. But this is how she explains what it means to her:

“If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it,” she answered. “When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I’ve said yes to it. “

Which means she must hear the Lord calling her to lie. Because on Good Morning America this ex-tax attorney, who used to work for the IRS, told a whopper:

“Well, remember again what this is. It’s a massive tax increase, and it’s on the people who are the job creators,” Bachmann said. “And people want to think that these are millionaires, sitting in leather chairs, lighting their cigars with $100 bills. That’s not what we’re talking about. These are people who, who are carpet layers who maybe employ two or three other guys, or a plumber, maybe himself and his brother, and it’s $250,000 in gross sales for their business. They’re the ones that are looking at massive tax increases.”

Which is total crap, and of course, she knows it. She’s an expert. The proposed increase (which is not really an increase, only a return to an old rate after the temporary tax cut has expired) is on all those who earn over $250,000 in adjusted income, business owners or not. This is after all itemized deductions including mortgages, business expenses and other legal shelters. So what we are really talking about here are people who make way more than a quarter million bucks a year. Now maybe the Christian counseling center she and her husband own (which receives Federal entitlement dollars, by the way) makes that much moolah but not too many carpet layers and plumbers do. At least not in her home state of Minnesota. Most of these folks are doctors, lawyers, bankers, corporate executives and university professors. Not job creators.

Now I expect most politicians to lay down a line of bullshit every once and awhile (or at least once a day). But this little lady is a Born-Again, Bible thumpin’, 10 Commandment preachin’ Fool for Christ. Right? The same Christ that said the rich should hold on to as much of their money as possible to give poor people an incentive to work harder so they might land a sweet job working for the government with a side line taking advantage of other people’s religious psycho-superstitions with the help of Federal subsidies.

How freakin’ embarrassing for those of us who might still want to call ourselves Christian. Congress is looking more and more like the Temple that Jesus lost his temper in. If only the Neo-Evangelicals were right and he was coming back any day now. Some people are going to look mighty foolish.


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  1. #1 by Ric Booth on November 18, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Yeah, I concluded a while back that “successful” politician must be uninhibited by the thou shall not lie clause. They call it rhetoric and spin but I think that’s just to ease their conscience.

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on November 18, 2010 - 11:51 am

      Right. For some time now people have been talking about the ‘surprising’ and disappointing news that, statistically speaking, there is no real difference in the way Christians and non-Christians lead their lives: divorce, extra-marital sex, teen pregnancy, STDs, homo(gasp!) sexuality, What do they all have in common? They are all ‘sexual’ sins. I wonder if they ever did a survey on the other ‘sins’ – lying, usery, greed etc – if they would find that the non-Christians are as bad as Christians. Probably not.

      Of course, a lot of Christians will excuse this by saying “We may be saved, but we are still sinners”, which is just a crappy cop-out. That’s one reason why I think a great mistake was made emphasizing personal salvation over societal salvation. We may all be ‘sinners’ and that will never change. So let’s start working on institutional sin, like we see with the Teavangelists.

  2. #3 by logiopath on November 18, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    Ya know, Chris, you have a strong point.

    Human nature does not escape the church.

    Besides, gossiping is fun.

  3. #4 by logiopath on November 18, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    Ya know, when I’ve tried to do what I thought the Lord was calling me to do, the church “leaders” often said no. Why is my sense of leadings a lesser sense than theirs?

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