Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared Tuesday night on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor with host Bill O’Reilly and offered some political proposals that would help the Republican Party improve its sagging poll numbers, and one of her proposals involved writing a government check, which many of her conservative colleagues would immediately call another handout, but that didn’t stop Bachmann.
After blaming the liberally biased media for purposely making about “80 percent” of the messaging and reporting regarding conservatives negatively unfair, Bachmann urged conservatives to devise a plan to counter this liberal media’s onslaught of the Republican Party by proposing some new ideas – one of them in the $10,00 range.
“We also believe very strongly in kids – the power of kids. And we want kids to have a fabulous, first-class education. One of the best ways you could do that is give every parent in the United States a check for $10,000 and say: you love your child the most – choose where you want your child to go.”
O’Reilly responded by taking the likely Tea Party, fiscally conservative, Republican, “Party of No” position as he challenged Bachmann on the economic validity of such an idea.
“How can we afford to do that? What would you cut back so you could afford a ten grand check for every kid? What goes?”
After Bachmann evaded the question by blaming what she characterized as “public employee unions” and then sliding off on a tangent about the infamous “knockout-game,” O’Reilly, to his journalistic credit, quickly cut her off and demanded more clarity surrounding her $10,000 check to every parent proposal.
“Wait, wait, wait, wait! So then the public school system you would take money away from it? So you’re giving 10k ($10,000) to every, every parent to educate their child okay?”
“Well a child doesn’t have to pay for public school. Property taxes pay for that. So they (the parents) put the 10k in their pockets and send their child to public school?”
Bachmann continued on defending her proposal by saying that money raised for education on a federal level, a state level, and on a local level should no longer be allocated to “public employee unions,” but directly to the parents, which seems like a brilliant plan, as long as Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin doesn’t call Bachmann and ask for his infamous Medicare voucher program back, because Bachmann’s plan sounds very much like Ryan’s old plan applied to education.
Basically, what Bachmann appears to be trying to do is bribe the American parent over to the Republican’s side with a $10,000 check, but the anti-public education, anti-welfare, anti-big government, anti-economic investment, anti-Obamacare Republicans are not very friendly when it comes to handing out money to subsidize things like education.
If the Republicans were to agree with Bachmann’s plan, their anti-welfare argument goes straight out of the political window, because giving some parent a $10,000 check under the assumption that they will do the right thing is no different than handing that same parent a food stamp card and assuming that they will do the right thing, and conservatives have been a lot less than welcoming about the integrity of the food stamp program and especially its users.
But either way, it’s still big, subsidizing government. If the parent cannot be trusted to do the right thing with the 10k subsidy, the government will have to step in and make sure that the money is allocated correctly, which is big government again.
And although conservatives have had a political field day ripping the government for being what a large majority of them believe is an incompetent monstrosity in regard to do anything right, healthcare (Obamacare) in particular, that argument could undoubtedly pale in comparison to what the average parent would do with a $10,000 check.
It is hard to believe that the Republican Party, and especially the stingy Tea Party, would go for anything like Bachmann's proposal. She might need to consider joining another political party based on that kind of an idea.