Michele Bachmann, tax attorney... for the IRS


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The other night I was live tweeting the GOP debacle debate, and I was bombarded by nasty, and mostly stupid, tweets by right wing nut jobs who found it somehow cathartic to call me a "libtard".  I reminded them that their BFF Sarah Palin wouldn't appreciate that term, but that doesn't matter now.

What does matter is that they crowed about how their newest BFF, Michele Bachmann, is highly intelligent. Why? Because, you silly "libtards", she was a professional tax attorney! She went to school for that, you know.

Hey, I can admit that sometimes tea baggers can be correct, just as a stopped clock is twice a day.


Did these ardent Bachmann groupies check into who she represented? Wiki:

From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was an attorney representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

She left her position with the IRS to become a full-time mother.

This is not news. Oh, and she left for personal reasons, not moral ones.  Wiki:

The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and the interpretation and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code.

Here's another take:

Bachmann was a tax collection attorney for the IRS - a repo-gal. One of the big tax scoflaws Bachmann went after was Marvin Manypenny, an American Indian student who worked for a nonprofit and made less than $10,000.

So much for the little guy.

And what about all those Bachmann brains her Twitter followers were frothing so proudly about? Most of us already understand that, just as graduating from Ivy League schools is not necessarily an indication of intelligence, getting a law degree does not automatically make one the smartest one in the room. FYI:

In 1986 she received a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University, followed by an LL.M. degree in tax law from the William & Mary Law School in 1988.[13][14] She was a member of the final graduating class of the Oral Roberts University law school, and was part of a group of faculty, staff, and students who moved the ORU law school library to what is now Regent University.[15]

I poked around, and it was entertaining to discover how many questions there are about her legal education.  But the point is not to be entertained, it is to be informed.

If only more American voters were more informed, we'd have less reason to feel compelled to provide information about Michele Bachmann, and about the (remote) possibility of someone like her one day residing in the White House. The sad reality is, the GOP is doing everything they can to make high quality public education and a truly "fair and balanced" press a thing of the past.

And so we are stuck with (and dumbstruck by) enthusiastic ClusterFox watchers inspired by presidential hopefuls like Michele Bachmann going out of their way to call many of us "libtards".