Isn't the state of Minnesota embarrassed enough already over Norm Coleman's hold out? They re-elected one of the craziest members of Congress back into office, and she's not going to stop with the "right-wing Patriot" wingnut rhetoric. Her latest rant piggybacks on a Glenn Beck rant, only she left off "FEMA camps."
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she fears the Obama administration will create “re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”
Here’s what Bachmann said on Minnesota radio station KTLK-AM (podcast) this weekend (in reference to The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a proposed expansion of the AmeriCorps program that Obama may sign into law this week):
It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. …
I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.
...it's time for Bachmann and her fellow travelers to think seriously about the real-world impact of some of their more paranoid statements. This weekend provided a good example of comments that Bachmann should go back and reconsider.
Bachmann has been on a roll lately, worrying that the U.S. is making "the final leap to socialism" and spreading ludicrous theories about the potential replacement of the dollar as U.S. currency. Over the weekend, in an interview with a local radio station, Bachmann jumped on what's now become a substantial bandwagon, espousing one of the paranoid, and completely untrue, rumors about the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a bill intended to enhance volunteerism in the U.S.--
If you're curious, FactCheck.org has a good debunking of this sort of stuff about the bill.
And for all those folks in Bachmann's district suffering from the foreclosure epidemic in their midst: How's that conservative governance treating you these days?