Congresswoman Michelle Bachman took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to call out the "gangster government." She also likened America to the sinking Titanic.
"We will always be a superpower," she said. "But one thing that has kept us a superpower has been freedom, free market economists. We are in the process of watching the deconstruction of free market economists before our very eyes, something we have never seen. But as the ice ripped that hole in the Titanic, water started being taken on, and the engineer came out and brought the blueprint of the Titanic. Water came into the first chamber, spilled over to the second, spilled over to the third, and by the time it filled up so many chambers, it was over. It was impossible to resurrect that ship."
Bachmann's gangster accusation was part of a larger diatribe:
I'm very concerned again about these motor takeovers from the federal government.
I saw [an article] today where a constituent had contacted one of the representatives, a Democrat representative here in this chamber, Representative Barney Frank. Barney Frank was able to go and talk to the right people and get this dealership back open.
Is that what we have come to in this country, that rather than a private business with a private contract with another private corporation, they're no longer able to work out their agreements because, as [Washington Examiner] columnist Michael Barone has called, he said, now we've moved into the realm of "gangster government."
We have gangster government when the federal government has set up a new cartel and private businesses now have to go begging with their hand out to their local -- hopefully well-politically connected -- congressman or their senator so they can buy a peace offering for that local business.
Is that the kind of country we are going to have in the future?
Bachmann, however, has been interfering in the auto-industry herself. On her own website, she recounts an instance in which she "led a rally" on behalf of a Lake Elmo, Minnesota Chrystler dealership.
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was on hand to lead the rally to save the dealership. She said she will take their fight to Washington on Wednesday when Chrysler leaders will be questioned by members of the senate about the future of local car dealers.
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