“In 1993, she and other parents started the K-12 North Heights Charter School in Stillwater, but she soon left the board of that school when parents complained she was introducing
She definitely showed a vision and IQ level better then George Bush, when she opposed Minnesota’s school-to-work policies. She said, and I really admire this, “”School-to-Work alters the basic mission and purpose of K-12 academic education away from traditional broad-based academic studies geared toward maximizing intellectual achievement of the individual. Instead, School-to-Work utilizes the school day to promote children’s acquisition of workplace skills, viewing children as trainees for increased economic productivity.”
In 2000 she defeated the 18 years incumbent, Gary Laidig, for Republican nomination to Minnesota Senate district 56.
She strongly opposes same sex marriages. On November 23, 2003, Bachmann and representative Mary Liz Holberg, proposed a constitutional amendment that would legally bar states from recognizing same sex marriages.
She was appointed as Assistant Minority Leader in charge of Policy for the Senate Republican Caucus by Senate Republican minority leader, Dick Day, in 2004.
Wikipedia article further reports:
“In April 2005, Bachmann was photographed crouching behind some bushes observing a gay rights rally at the state capitol and left when spotted. She said she wasn’t hiding behind the bushes, but was resting feet sore from high heels. The following week, at a constituent forum in Scandia, Minnesota, when asked about gay marriage during a question and answer session, Bachmann left the meeting twenty minutes early. When two women asked Bachmann questions in the women’s restroom, Bachmann screamed “Help! I’m being held against my will!” and fled in tears. She filed a police report but no charges were filed, with the county attorney concluding that the women “simply wanted to discuss certain issues further” with Bachmann.“
She is the first Republican woman to be elected to House of Representatives, from Minnesota. She opposed President Bush’s Iraq war troops serge, mentioning, “”The American people deserve to hear and understand the merits of increasing U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Increased troop presence is justifiable if that measure would bring a swift conclusion to a difficult conflict.”
She was the member of a congressional delegation that visited Ireland, Germany, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, in July 2007. She changed her stance after the visit and said, “We don’t want to see al-Qaida get a presence in the United States. Al-Qaida doesn’t seem to show any signs of letting up. We have to keep that in mind.”
Wikipedia article further reports: “On July 11, 2007, Bachmann voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that would raise the maximum Pell grant from $4,310 to $5,200, lower interest rates on subsidized student loans to 3.4 percent from 6.8 percent, raise loan limits to $30,500 from $7,500, disfavor married students who file joint tax returns, provide more favorable repayment terms to students who do not use their education to prosper financially and favor public sector over private sector workers with much more favorable loan forgiveness benefits”. “It would allow more students to attend college”, supporters of the bill said. Bachmann’s opposition was based on, “It fails students and taxpayers with gimmicks, hidden costs and poorly targeted aid. It contains no serious reform of existing programs, and it favors the costly, government-run direct lending program over nonprofit and commercial lenders”. House passed the bill and it was signed by president Bush.
Bachmann required GAO report to show that Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) have “clear economic, health and environmental benefits” over traditional light bulbs, through Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act, which she introduced. Her point of view was, “Each light bulb contains between 3-6 milligrams of mercury. There’s a question about how that mercury will fill up our landfills, and also if you break one in your home, you’ll have mercury that instantaneously vaporizes in your home. That poses a very real threat to children, disabled people, pets, senior citizens. And I just think it’s very important that Americans have the choice to decide, would they like an incandescent or a (CFL)”. While Mercury does pose serious health and environmental risks, it is a scientific fact that Mercury is a very dense liquid with very high surface tension and does not have significant vaporization potential on room temperatures. Wikipedia article quotes: “Bob Collins of Minnesota Public Radio commented on the debate, noting a Popular Mechanics article which concluded that over the average life span of a CFL, an incandescent bulb could result in the emission of more mercury than an equivalent CFL, even if the CFL was broken, assuming power was generated by “a coal-fired power plant” (which produce about half the electricity the US consumes)”.
Bachmann co-authored a bipartisan, but controversial bill, Credit and Debit Card Receipt Clarification Act (H.R. 4008) with Tim Mahoney (D-FL), which was signed by president Bush into the law and removed statutory damages to end “frivolous lawsuits” aimed at businesses.
Bachmann still considers global warming a hoax.
Bachmann did oppose the both versions of Wall Street bailout bills. Bachmann has shown several times, a rarity in our politics and in Republican party, specially, that she has a mind of her own and whenever she feels like, she is not scared of party establishment and speaks of her mind, anyway. Her independent thinking is probably her greatest treasure, beside her beautiful face, of course.
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