People often forget that in her prior life, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann was actually a tax attorney. That tidbit would likely make Bachmann’s statements over the “$105 billion in hidden spending” in the health care bill even more baffling to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who accuses the Republican of using “imaginary numbers.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed Rep. Michele Bachmann on Thursday for saying that health care reform includes $105 billion in hidden spending, saying that the claim is completely “imaginary.”
Last week, Bachmann accused Democrats of “legislative fraud of the highest order” for including $105 billion in mandatory spending in the legislation without explaining the funds to other lawmakers. She said they “deceitfully” hid the funds, and pointed to a Congressional Research Service report released in October to bolster her comments.
The comments have been deemed mysterious by various observers, including the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” which called her claim “bordering on ridiculous.”
Pelosi said Bachmann’s just imagining things.
“I love numbers. Real numbers, not imaginary numbers,” Pelosi said Thursday after a press conference celebrating the upcoming one-year anniversary of reform’s passage. “I’m not even going to address that.”
Imaginary numbers. Accusations of being hypnotized. This could be a long presidential slog for Rep. Bachmann.