The debate over ObamaCare "death panels" is back in the news, thanks to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who raised the issue on the floor of the House Thursday.
"That's why we're here," Bachmann said. "Because we're saying let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let's not do that. Let's love people. Let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can."
The Washington Post noted that Bachmann, like Sarah Palin a favorite with Tea Party conservatives, is "no stranger to hyperbole," adding that her address last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference "earned her a pair of Four Pinocchio verdicts from Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler." That speech focused on presidential perks and benefits that, she claimed, had put annual compensation for the president's work somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.4 billion.
Bachmann was referring to a new book, Presidential Perks Gone Royal by Republican lobbyist Robert Keith Gray, who said the book was an exposé on the royal trappings of the modern presidency, rather than an attack on the incumbent, though the subtitle is, Your Taxes Are Being Used For Obama's Reelection. Bachmann cited some examples of the imperial prerogatives of the president, including the claim that taxpayers pay someone to walk the president's dog, a charge Tonight Show host Jay Leno treated lightly by claiming Vice President Biden performs that chore for free.
"Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One," Bachmann told the gathering of conservative activists at a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. last week. "There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. And I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button?
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