Michele Bachmann cancels Iowa events to vote against debt ceiling plan

Bachmann's vote is the only thing standing between the U.S. and sanity.
Bachmann's vote is the only thing standing between the U.S. and sanity.

Don't fear, America, Michele Bachmann is racing back to Washington to bravely vote against the debt ceiling plan that would save America's credit rating and stock markets worldwide.

America's gain is Iowa's loss: Bachmann announced this morning that she probably won't make it to events today in the towns of Newton and Dexter to play congresswoman for the day. The last-minute deal cooked up by Barack Obama and Republicans in the House and Senate to raise the debt ceiling is apparently too important, and Michele must skip out on the good people of Dexter, Iowa, to vote against it.

Bachmann released a statement rejecting the plan just after Obama announced it last night.

"Someone has to say no," Bachmann said. "I will."

Bachmann's also still banking on her extreme position on the debt ceiling to raise money with "emergency contributions" to her campaign.

Obama presented an outline of the deal in a surprise announcement last night, explaining that "the leaders of both parties, in both chambers, have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default -- a default that would have had a devastating effect on our economy."

If you could only choose one of these people to trust, who would it be?
If you could only choose one of these people to trust, who would it be?

Bachmann's statement blames President Obama for the impending crisis, and essentially cuts out Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. To Bachmann, this plan is Obama's and Obama's alone.

"Mr. President, I'm not sure what voice you're listening to, but I can assure you that the voice of the American people wasn't the 'voice that compelled Washington to act.' It was you that got us into this mess, and it was you who wanted a $2.4 trillion dollar blank check to get you through the election. Everywhere I travel across the country, Americans want less spending, lower taxes to create jobs, and they don't want us to raise the debt ceiling.

"The president continues to press for a 'balanced approach,' which everyone knows is code for increased spending and taxes. Throughout this process the president has failed to lead and failed to provide a plan. The 'deal' he announced spends too much and doesn't cut enough. This isn't the deal the American people 'preferred' either, Mr. President. Someone has to say no. I will."

Maybe the only new thing about this debt ceiling debate is that it's the first one since Michele Bachmann was running for president. The American debt ceiling has been raised 106 times by congressional vote since 1940 -- including 18 under Ronald Reagan, 7 under George W. Bush, and three already under Obama -- according to Politifact.

Yesterday, Bachmann supporters got an email reiterating that she wouldn't vote to raise the debt ceiling... and reminding them of the email she sent on Thursday last week, which asked for money.

"That's why I'm writing you today -- I need to know you agree with me that we simply cannot afford to raise the debt ceiling. Will you help me deliver this message loud and clear by making an emergency contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or any amount up to the $2,500 limit?"

See, America? The debt ceiling isn't something you need to worry about. The real emergency is how much money you can give to Michele Bachmann's campaign.

Since announcing her bid for president, Bachmann's missed almost 40 percent of the votes in Congress, The Hill reported last week. But this time, her country needs her. Won't you help buy her a plane ticket?


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