Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Craziest Republican of the Day: Michele Bachmann (again!)

Yes, she continues to add to her already impressive resume of insanity. Consider what she said yesterday about the G20:

Aren't we supposed to be about the United States and making sure that our economy can be the greatest in the world. If you look at the G20, what they're trying to do is bind together the world’s economies. Look how that played out in the European Union when they bound all of those nations economies together and one of the smallest economies, Greece, when they got into trouble, that one little nation is bringing down the entire EU. Well, President Obama is trying to bind the United States into a global economy where all of our nations come together in a global economy. I don't want the United States to be in a global economy where, where our economic future is bound to that of Zimbabwe. I can't, we can't necessarily trust the decisions that are being made financially in other countries.

Of course, no one is talking about economic harmonization, or about a single world economy run by some elite cabal. Even the G20's commitment to deficit reduction is voluntary.

But it seems silly to respond in any way to Bachmann. Does she really not understand that not just the G20 but the entire international community is deeply interconnected economically? Does she really not realize that there was a "global economy" long before Obama became president? Or that some of America's most ardent advocates of deregulated multi-national industry and international trade were the three most recent Republican presidents, Reagan and the two Bushes?

Probably not. She has a long history of delusion and paranoia, after all, always talking up various conspiracies designed to destroy American sovereignty.

I suppose none of this is crazy in her "reality," but that "reality" bears no resemblance to the reality the rest of us inhabit.

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