Okay this explains basically everything written on Wonkette for the past few months. Ron Paul is getting himself a little following among his colleagues on the Hill, see? He’s been throwing fancy weekly luncheons for a dozen-ish of his minions to discuss the exciting lunch-hour topic of Austrian economic theory (laissez faire/sound money/central bank causes inflation/FREEDOM!). And who, who is his prized pupil? Michele Bachmann! Ron Paul loves her because she’s a good studier! OH MY.
Ron Paul’s libertarian circle jerks are easily the hottest ticket on the Hill!
And then there are the luncheons. The off-the-record talks have brought in speakers such as ex-CIA counterterrorism expert Michael Scheuer, libertarian investigative reporter James Bovard, iconoclastic terrorism scholar Robert Pape, and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. Perhaps the most influential guest has been Thomas Woods, a conservative scholar whose previous books include “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History” and “Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush,” and whose current book “Meltdown” has inspired Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to question Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about economic fundamentals.
Let’s roll that clip again hmm?
Remember when Michele Bachmann made America laugh again, with this? We laughed out of confusion, and sadness! Because it looked so much like Michele Bachmann had simply read a neat-sounding sentence or two in her wingnut conspiracy lunchtime book without really understanding it, but wanted to sound smart and so just went for it in her afternoon hearing. And now we know that this is exactly what happened.
Anyway it’s pretty hilarious how patronizing all of these people sound when talking about Bachmann and her Paultard homework. She’s a real quick learner! We just give her all these books and it makes her have a happy! She gets a check-plus for both note-taking and punctuality!
Bachmann “goes to these luncheons on a weekly basis,” said Debbee Keller, Bachmann’s press secretary. Keller noted that Bachmann was reading “Meltdown,” which argues that the New Deal failed and that the Federal Reserve is responsible for the current economic crisis. “Just as Austrian theory suggests,” wrote Woods, “the Fed’s mischief was responsible for the Great Depression.”
“I had a feeling she’d have some interest in the book,” said Woods, “because she asked some good questions. She was taking notes. She was asking if this or that point could be found in the book. I thought I recognized a sincere person who wanted knowledge, not the usual politician who couldn’t care less about what the truth is and just wanted to propagandize.”
Paul didn’t take credit for turning Bachmann on to Austrian theory (”He’ll give credit to everyone on the planet except himself,” laughed Woods) but said he was pleased to see more members of Congress delving into economics. “She’s very open to studying,” said Paul. “In fact, she’s been working really hard to get me back to Minneapolis. She says, ‘You’ll get such a great reception there!’”
We love you and don’t want to hurt your feelings Doctor Congressman Ron Paul, but this lady, Bachmann, she will not help you, with the rEVOLution. She is not *real.*
Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts [Washington Independent]