Rep. Michele Bachmann is against the EPA . . . sort of

Via New York Times

Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota wants to padlock the E.P.A.’s doors, as does former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas wants to impose an immediate moratorium on environmental regulation.

Representative Ron Paul of Texas wants environmental disputes settled by the states or the courts. Herman Cain, a businessman, wants to put many environmental regulations in the hands of an independent commission that includes oil and gas executives. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, thinks most new environmental regulations should be shelved until the economy improves.

This all sounds fine and good on the surface.  Republicans have spent a lot of time and energy over the years demonizing the Environmental Protection Agency, one more troublesome legacy left by fellow Republican Richard Nixon, but they’ve never really done anything about it. 

Michele Bachmann has taken some of the right stands (TARP, cap-and-trade, and Libya) during her brief congressional career.  In one of the last breaths of his presidential campaign, Tim Pawlenty castigated Bachmann for not accomplishing much during her time in Congress – that she took good stands but wasn’t able to stop any of those atrocities.  This much isn’t Bachmann’s fault as she is only one of 435 representatives.  But her answer on the EPA indicates that maybe Pawlenty was onto something about how effective she is as an electev official. 

The article continues: 

Mrs. Bachmann drew loud applause 10 days ago at a rally in Iowa when she declared: ‘I guarantee you the E.P.A. will have doors locked and lights turned off, and they will only be about conservation. It will be a new day and a new sheriff in Washington, D.C.’

Isn’t it a little strange to hear someone declare that the EPA’s doors will be “locked and lights turned off,” but they will somehow still be in the business of “conservation”?  Is it stranger still that she contradicted herself in the same sentence and still got roars? 

This is a common problem among some Republicans:  They take the right stand on a given issue, but when given an opportunity to put it into action they back down. 

In the first half of her statement, Bachmann is right that the EPA should have its doors shut and the lights turned off.  In the second half of her statement, she exposes herself as a phony. 

Q:  If she can’t commit to abolishing one unconstitutional agency almost universally unpopular among Republicans, what can we expect that she would really eliminate? 

A:  Nothing. 

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