I’m in St. Paul at the moment where is a balmy 5 below zero with a wind chill on minus 14; It’s not weather. It’s an emergency condition and I keep wondering why FEMA hasn’t shown up to get these people out.
CityVibes is the Twin Cities version of OC Weekly (no “Ask a Mexican” though; not even an “Ask a Canadian”); they have a fun piece on Rep. Michelle Bachman, who OC’s own Hugh Hewitt shilled for in 2006 (there’s your OC connection). The paper refers to Bachman as a “notorious department store mannequin turned GOP she-bot” and took the Congresswoman to task for her statements in a press conference promoting the GOP “Middle Class Protection Act” which is outstounding for two reasons: 1. It cuts corporate taxes by as much as 35 percent and, 2. The GOP somehow acknowledges that there’s a Middle Class! I’m astonished.
Bachman said, “I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs.”
Writer Matt Snyders said it best: “When you’re trying to justify obscene tax breaks to your campaign benefactors, its a bit condescending to congratulate us for being forced to work longer hours. Are you insane? Wait. Don’t answer that.”
Bachman, you will recall, is the Congresswoman who smooched President Bush after last year’s SOTU speech and held on to his arm so long that the Secret Service considered using a Taser to separate her from the President.