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High-minded and high-heeled [Meet a conservative Congresswoman who cast a "No" vote today]
WORLD ^ | 9/29/08

Posted on 09/29/2008 10:37:27 PM PDT by XR7

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Buzzing from the House floor interrupts Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. In a flurry of hot pink she disappears around the corner to cast her vote. Within minutes she is back, sitting on a couch in a Capitol lounge. The perfectly manicured toenails are misleading: The freshman congresswoman is a tax attorney, a full-time mom, and once worked in a fish cannery in Alaska. Before becoming Minnesota's first Republican congresswoman, she also prayed outside of abortion clinics, helped her husband start his own business, and welcomed 23 foster children into her home.

She might not be Sarah Palin, but a noticeable Minnesota accent and Midwestern work ethic put her in the same camp. At 13, Bachmann was forced to become almost financially independent after her parents divorced. She used her babysitting money to buy her own clothes and lunches at school and saved up enough to purchase her first pair of contact lenses. Between college semesters at Winona State University, she took her hardworking streak to Alaska where on one memorable day she cleaned 280 salmon.

"I learned the value of a dollar," she told WORLD. "Deprivation sometimes can be one of the most marvelous teachers."

Bachmann grew up in a Democratic family and worked on Jimmy Carter's campaign during college. But throughout Carter's presidency, Bachmann says she grew disappointed with his liberal approach to public policy, from support for legalized abortion to economic decisions that sent gas prices soaring. Next election she voted for Reagan.

As her politics changed, so did her faith. She attributes a turning point to watching Francis Schaeffer's Christian worldview video series, How Should We Then Live? "In college I felt like in some ways my mind had been saved," she said.

For Bachmann, who is a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn., being a Christian and a politician means fighting for compassion—individual compassion. "People confuse compassion with government being compassionate with other people's money versus people being compassionate with their own money," she said.

For the Bachmanns, opening their family's home to teenage girls was a way to express their Christian faith and live out good economics. That didn't mean it wasn't challenging. At one point, Bachmann was nursing a newborn, juggling two toddlers, homeschooling two children, and overseeing four foster teenage girls. "I was so tired, I could hardly pick my head up off the pillow," she admitted. These days, all of her foster children have moved on, but she still makes time for her mostly grown children, who range in age from 26 to 14.

Until 1993, Bachmann juggled mothering with her work as a federal tax litigator. She took a break to stay home full time, but by 2000 she was back in the workforce. This time she tried politics and won a spot in Minnesota's state senate, where she used her expertise as a tax attorney to author the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Six years later, she had made her way to Capitol Hill. In its marble corridor she estimates she walks at least seven miles a day, keeping up with her varied interests: federal budget reform, border security, energy, and pro-life causes.

During the first week of August, she joined more than 40 other Republican lawmakers in an unprecedented "after hours" protest against soaring gas prices after the rest of Congress had already left for a month-long recess. "We didn't want to go on vacation because the American people can hardly afford to go on vacation," she told CNN.

Last month Bachmann doubled up campaigning back in Minnesota with some time at the Republican National Convention, where she put in a plug for the McCain-Palin ticket and applauded the McCains for setting the example for American compassion by adopting their daughter. "We must never forget what government is not. Government is not a philanthropic organization. Government is not the family. And government certainly is not the church," she told convention delegates.

Bachmann says for her one thread ties all the day's obligations together: "radical abandonment to God's call."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bachman; bailout; rats; wallstreet
The good woman had the guts to stand up for America and vote "No" for the $700 billion bailout/giveaway. Let's pray she sticks to her guns, holds her ground, and refuses to compromise with Frank, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Bush, et al.

Give her offices a call, say "Thank you" and urge her to stay the course and not give in to socialist pressure.

Washington Office: 412 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2331 Fax: (202) 225-6475

Woodbury Office: 6043 Hudson Rd, Suite 330 Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: 651-731-5400 Fax: 651-731-6650

St. Cloud/Waite Park Office: 110 2nd Street S, Suite 232 Waite Park, MN 56387 Phone: 320-253-5931 Fax: 320-240-6905

1 posted on 09/29/2008 10:37:27 PM PDT by XR7
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To: XR7

Thank you, Michele Bachmann! God bless.


2 posted on 09/29/2008 10:40:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

God Bless her, we need more like her.


3 posted on 09/29/2008 10:41:51 PM PDT by Tempest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNlXgzzdJQA)
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To: XR7
Ahem.

4 posted on 09/29/2008 10:42:29 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: XR7

Bump for a call tomorrow!!!


5 posted on 09/29/2008 10:42:39 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Typical Whitey Gramma just like Obamies!)
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To: XR7

Must be something in the water up there.

: )


6 posted on 09/29/2008 10:45:05 PM PDT by Califreak (Rome is burning and nobody cares)
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To: XR7

Pailin/Bachmann 2012


7 posted on 09/29/2008 10:51:06 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked ( Support Free Republic)
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To: I see my hands
Wow, I like her. The leftist think themselves to be denigrating her by writing what is written on this photo. Wrong, she is going to pick up support from it.
8 posted on 09/29/2008 10:53:59 PM PDT by WildcatClan (The world is full of fatheads; so I invented Diet Shampoo)
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To: WildcatClan
"The leftist think themselves to be denigrating her by writing what is written on this photo. Wrong, she is going to pick up support from it"

So true.


9 posted on 09/29/2008 10:57:08 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: XR7
She is my congresswoman! I am still wondering where I can see who voted which way on the bailsell-out.
10 posted on 09/29/2008 11:11:06 PM PDT by DrDavid (Is this a rhetorical question?)
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To: XR7
The perfectly manicured toenails are misleading: The freshman congresswoman is a tax attorney, a full-time mom, and once worked in a fish cannery in Alaska. Before becoming Minnesota's first Republican congresswoman, she also prayed outside of abortion clinics, helped her husband start his own business, and welcomed 23 foster children into her home.

Pure EVIL!!(/sarcasm)

11 posted on 09/29/2008 11:14:30 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: XR7

This is my Congresswoman!

And, we have a rule that we must post a picture of Michael Bachmann. It’s a sub-part of the Ann Coulter rule!


12 posted on 09/29/2008 11:21:38 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: XR7

This is my Congresswoman!

And, we have a rule that we must post a picture of Michele Bachmann. It’s a sub-part of the Ann Coulter rule!


13 posted on 09/29/2008 11:21:56 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: XR7

very pretty

aren’t they always....

conservative women are happier in their skin

what part of the Great North specifically?


14 posted on 09/29/2008 11:24:45 PM PDT by wardaddy (everyone has underestimated the media and their bias, it's killing us)
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To: Gumdrop

And I NEED to know her email address so I can thank her for not buckling to these a$$clowns who tried to sell us down the river today. Please someone post her address so we can send a thankyou.

ViperDriver.


15 posted on 09/29/2008 11:28:20 PM PDT by yankeebulldog ("Semper Viper!")
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ping.


16 posted on 09/29/2008 11:33:32 PM PDT by XR7
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To: XR7

Inspiring..........another “real” woman.
Some great role models coming out of the far North.


17 posted on 09/29/2008 11:43:34 PM PDT by cowdog77
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To: Mark

She’ll get along famously with Sarah Palin.


18 posted on 09/29/2008 11:46:31 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (speak true, right wrong, follow the King)
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To: Gumdrop

This is my Congresswoman!”
_______________________________
Congratulations.............we should be so
fortunate in Texas where LaMar Smith rolled
over and voted for the bailout today.


19 posted on 09/29/2008 11:49:34 PM PDT by cowdog77
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To: XR7

I’m certainly going to give her a thank you call.


20 posted on 09/30/2008 3:45:56 AM PDT by constitutiongirl (We will not go quietly into the night...we will fight to save our Republic.)
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To: XR7

“Between college semesters at Winona State University, she took her hardworking streak to Alaska where on one memorable day she cleaned 280 salmon.”

Didn’t Hillary do the same thing?


21 posted on 09/30/2008 4:27:52 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: XR7

A WELS Lutheran. I heard her speak on Jason Lewis’ radio show when I was in Minneapolis to help my daughter move there. She was impressive.


22 posted on 09/30/2008 4:40:39 AM PDT by stayathomemom ( nowanemptynester)
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To: I see my hands

Not Guilty!


23 posted on 09/30/2008 5:41:18 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Wag more; bark less.)
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To: XR7

“She might not be Sarah Palin, but a noticeable Minnesota accent and Midwestern work ethic put her in the same camp.”

WELL DARNED CLOSE. Good for you. We need more of them.


24 posted on 09/30/2008 5:59:20 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we lose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

She needs to move up to the Senate or run for Governor before people will take her serious on a national ticket. I like this lady and she stood strong for the people yesterday. She’s one to watch for the future.


25 posted on 09/30/2008 6:04:02 AM PDT by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking" - JC Watts)
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To: ArmyTeach

Man, I like these strong women. I would not like to be in front of the angry cross hairs of Sen. Bachmann’s eyes.


26 posted on 09/30/2008 8:06:32 AM PDT by dools007
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To: wolfcreek

Or...Hillary ATE 280 salmon. It all went to her hips and thighs.


27 posted on 09/30/2008 9:51:08 AM PDT by txboss
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28 posted on 10/01/2008 7:22:15 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: DrDavid

For Minnesota the Representatives from inside or near the socialist I494/I694 loop voted for the bill. Those outside the Twin Cities voted against.


29 posted on 10/01/2008 7:55:06 AM PDT by MattMa ("Void of ideas, driven by hate, vote the Democratic Party in 2008")
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To: MattMa
For Minnesota the Representatives from inside or near the socialist I494/I694 loop voted for the bill. Those outside the Twin Cities voted against.

Actually, that is not correct. First of all, not a single Congressional district in MN is entirely within the loop. The 4th and 5th are mostly, and those reps (McCollum and Ellison) did indeed vote for the bill. These are the two urban districts, both represented by DFLers.

The only other district with a significant portion with in the beltway is the 3rd district, the Western suburbs, represented by Jim Ramstad, a Republican who voted against.

If you look at the other two suburban districts, both mostly outside the beltway and represented by Republicans, they split 50-50, Kline being for and Bachmann being against.

Finally, we have three rural districts, all represented by DFLers. Two of them, Walz and Peterson, voted against. One, Jim Oberstar, voted for; however, it's notable that his district includes Duluth, so it's less rural.

The bottom line is, there's no clear pattern here based on either party affiliation or location.
30 posted on 10/01/2008 12:41:54 PM PDT by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: MplsSteve

Just called her office

Told the receptionist that I would be voting for Michelle Bachman this year as a new citizen of Minnesota.

Told her I wanted to thank Michelle Bachman for standing strong for the taxpayers and ask that she continue to stand strong for us against the 700 billion bailout.

The receptionist promised that “She will”

I can’t wait to vote for her!


31 posted on 10/01/2008 1:24:13 PM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: trussell

In case you’re interested in donating money or doing some volunteer work, check out her website:

http://www.michelebachmann.com/


32 posted on 10/01/2008 1:41:40 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
It really needs to be added the most hated Republican in Minnesota! And that's a good thing.
33 posted on 10/01/2008 8:31:11 PM PDT by Valin
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To: XR7; All

She’s the real deal, alright! I’m proud to say she’s my Congressperson!


34 posted on 10/04/2008 4:07:34 PM PDT by 95 Bravo ("Freedom is not free.")
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